Happy 2014! As we enter the new year, I want to continue to push our team to excellence. If our program can continue to do things the right way and improve in areas where we have identified weaknesses, we can make 2014 “OUR YEAR”!
The next 6 months are the time when champions can be made. I have always said that football players can never be “Too Smart”, “Too Fast”, or “Too Strong”. Those three areas should be our focus. With four weeks left in the semester, it is a perfect time for our student-athletes to be making a final push to get their grades up. Making sure all assignments are turned in and done to the best of their ability will help Semester 1 GPA’s. It is really hard to ever go back and fix poor grades. The time is now to open future opportunities. We also need to make a more focused push in the weight room and in conditioning classes. Each day is an opportunity to increase mass, strength, and speed that you can never get back. Are you lifting more weight today that you did last week? If not, get with it and compete with yourself. Eat correctly, get 8 hours of sleep, and set goals for your weight, max lifts, and speed and agility numbers. Being a functional athlete is important so strengthen your core and increase flexibility. All of these will pay huge dividends on the field this year. We also push our football players to be multi-sport athletes. Learn to compete on the field or on the court or on the mat. As spring approaches, we need you involved in our track program or playing baseball and lacrosse.
At the banquet in November I also talked about pushing through to the next level once again in 5A. I addressed the one ingredient we feel is missing and that is “GRIT”. Grit is the ability to push through in the long term. Grit is being able to make the play when it needs to be made and it is one on one with the guy across from you. Grit is pushing yourself and your teammates to go beyond what you think your are capable of. Grit is personal toughness and competitiveness. We need to find guys who have grit in the next 6 months. Be one of those guys!
A few dates for those who are setting up Family Calendars:
Spring Football- May 27-June 13 (3-4 days/week at 3:00 after school)
Air Raid Passing Tourney- June 7-8 at Bend High School
Linfield Team Camp- June 15-18
Moratorium Week- July 27-August 2
I also have included an important flier from St. Charles on free Heart Screenings in 2014. One is Feb 14 and the other in May. Every year these screenings find abnormalities that can be life threatening in teenagers.
Here is to great 2014. I can’t wait to see what this new journey holds.
Play Hard – Play Smart – Play Together