FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

SERVE-STRAIN-SACRIFICE

Wow, what a week! It's amazing to think that so many things can be put into one week and we can still carve out time for the game we love. Make no mistake, it's a lot to ask and the time requirements are high for those that want to be great. I also know that I ask our coaches to respond to a schedule that included inservice training all day followed by the practice times at night. They did just that. Not because they were sacrificing for a job, but rather because they have a calling to serve you and they have a passion for the game and coaching. 

We talked about raising our standards if we wanted better results, and that's exactly what we must continue to do if we want to experience a reward and not just seek fun. I believe there is a difference between playing for fun and playing for a reward. When we started playing the game of football it was likely because it was fun. For most of us it is still a lot of fun, but I suspect almost all of us have arrived at high school football with a sense of it being different than it was in our youth. At this level of football we all can agree that sacrifice is required. There is a great model of life and balance at the core of high school football. The work to reward ratio is intensified just as it is in college and careers. The idea of getting out of your comfort zone and being strained by the demands, both physical and mental become less of an annoyance and more of a challenge that we awake to daily. This balance of work to fun becomes a very reasonable barometer for what adult life will be. This is what is great about football. No one enjoys a game that is easily won and no one should look for an easy day. We simply were not made to exist this way. As men, we are called to the work and competition that allows us to protect and care for those we care about. A man was made to enjoy the sacrifice he makes for those moments he can represent and make his family proud. This game gives us a chance to do just that. This year we have more players demonstrating this than ever before. It must continue if we are to overcome the good that we are and become great. If you are not there yet, respond today!

As we enter week two of Fall practice I want us to FOCUS on the sacrifices that have been made for you and the things you have given up to wear the brand. I want you to understand that we are going to ask you to pay a price for success this season. It won't just be what you have done to get here, it will be what you must do to overcome one of the best schedules anyone around will play. We play the best for a reason. We want it to be a challenge. We want success to be hard to get. We want you to struggle so that you can grow. We want to see how you will handle adversity, disappointment, and fatigue. Most importantly we want you to overcome those things and gain confidence in doing so. It will take true sacrifice to get there. It will take hours of practice and hard work. You must allow us to demand this from you if you want the reward and very few achieve it although almost all have it as a stated goal. Everyone wants to win, but not everyone wants to prepare and sacrifice. 

This week we will be making preliminary decisions on what team you play on. We are curious to see who is excited about their opportunities and who just wanted to be on the team with the best players. The very reason we have four JV teams (2 JV and 2 FR) is so that we can give as many players as possible a chance to play and develop. Not one of those JV teams is any different in that respect, however they are all working towards the only team that records are kept for in our varsity. Often players and parents both can be disillusioned by the placement on a particular team but last year one of our best players on the varsity and a two-year starter was a player that started off on a "developmental" team. Good players that work hard will be found and our evaluation does not end after one or two weeks of practice. Trust me that our goal is to put the best players on the field. That may or may not be the best players from last year, middle school football, or youth football. Things change rapidly in high school ball, and your One Day Resume is significant to our staff. If you are serious about being a good player, we have a plan for you to develop. That plan has worked year in and year out for not only individuals but also for teams that have won championships. If you want that kind of success then you have to give up on the "old way" of thinking and move up to a tried and true system. There are no guarantees that you will play one position for all four years or that your measurables won't change. That is why we train at multiple positions and on both sides of the ball. No one knows for certain where they will end up when they fully develop.

Once again, sacrifice is required. If you want to know what great organizations do, then stop focusing on talent alone and FOCUS on mindset. If you want to be better than any other Panther football team then you have to embrace the uncomfortable and stop looking for easy and casual. The service, strain and sacrifice is a high price to pay, but the rewards are greater still for those that Panther On.

Sincerely,

Panther Coaching Staff
#PantherOn

Week of August 13-18, 2018

Week of August 20-25, 2018 Schedule

"Scrimmage Week"

*This week will be slightly different than a normal week with it being a scrimmage week. 

**Next week Var/JV report times will be 6AM. This week is 6:30AM but coaches will be available for extra film work at 6:00AM. 

*** The weight room is not finished yet. In season weight training begins next week. 

Monday, August 20
MENTAL TOUGNESS  MONDAY
6:30AM JV/Var. report
7:00-9:00AM Practice (Full Pads) from .
9:20AM 2Words
930AM Breakfast
9th Reports for 1st period.
3:30-5:15 PM Practice (Full Pads)  in the PAC.
5:30PM Player pick up 
4:05-5:00PM Var/JV Tutorials or Film
6:00 PM Mandatory All Football Parent Meeting at the PAC Meeting Room. Important compliance information for the season.

Tuesday, August 21
TEMPO TUESDAY

6:30AM JV/Var. report
7:00-9:00AM Practice (Full Pads)
9:20AM 2Words
9:30AM Breakfast
9th Reports for 1st period.
3:30-5:15PM Practice (Full Pads) in the PAC.
5:00PM Red Shirt Meeting 
5:30PM Player pick up 
4:05 to 5PM Var/JV Tutorials or Film

Wednesday, August 22
WIN ON WEDNESDAY

J6:30AM JV/Var. report
7:00-9:00AM Practice (Full Pads)
9:20AM 2Words
9:30AM Breakfast
9th Reports for 1st period.
3:30-5:15PM Practice (Full Pads) in the PAC.
5:30PM Player pick up 
4:05 to 5PM Var/JV Tutorials or Film
5:00-5:45PM Yoga offered in PAC

Thursday, August 23
HIGH FIVE  THURSDAY

6:30AM JV/Var. report
7:00-9:00AM Practice (Shells)
9:20AM 2Words
9:30AM Breakfast
9th Reports for 1st period.
3:30-5:15PM Practice (Shells) in the PAC.
5:30PM Player pick up 
4:05 to 5PM Var/JV Tutorials or Film ​​​​​​​
Captain Selection

Friday, August 24
FOCUS FRIDAY

8:30 AM JV/VAR report
9:30 AM Breakfast
9th Reports for 1st period.
5:00PM "GO GOLD" NIGHT- Supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness 
5:00PM 9th/JV Scrimmage vs Red Oak at CHHS
6:30PM Var. Scrimmage vs Red Oak at CHHS

Saturday, August 25
SACRIFICE SATURDAY
8AM Treatments (All levels)
9AM Lift and Run (All levels)
10AM Fundraiser Calls (All levels)
11AM Film and Grade (Var. All levels are always welcome to come)
12:30 Lunch and pick up. 

Rank One

Click link below to access RankOne Forms. These forms were due Monday, August 13 by 3:45 PM. If you have not completed them for your athlete, these must be completed ASAP!