Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
October 9, 2018
PVI Football Family:
We have reached the half way point of our season and I would like to take this opportunity to address our football community with some thoughts and reflections. It has been an exciting time for all of us and I would like to bring everyone up to speed with some updates.
- Our team and coaching staff are all very grateful for your support and understanding during last month’s 24 day period of massive rain and the threat of a hurricane.
- We set out in the beginning of our season to have both JV and Varsity teams practice together in the start of each practice day.
- The past weather conditions made it almost impossible to fulfill this plan due to: practice field changes, beginning and ending practice times, Both J/V and Varsity games either rescheduled or cancelled.
- This all required splitting JV and Varsity practice due to field and time availability
- All these issues with last minute change and updates made transportation arrangements for parents understandably frustrating.
- This also made availability for the staff difficult.
- Finally we understand that these changes impacted our athletes as it related to school work and assignments. Everyone involved was impacted in some way by these circumstances.
I would like to say, however, that I am proud of our football community and the never-wavering support and dedication of our program throughout this difficult stretch. As frustrating as this was for all involved, I received nothing but positive energy and felt a deep support that the football community has for this program.
Moving forward, it appears that everything is now back to normal where we can establish a set routine and pick up where we left off prior to these challenges. We are now excited to have both JV and Varsity players all together again for pre-practice and agilities for a portion of practice before we split up into our individual units. This is very important because it brings all players together as one team which is the infrastructure for a winning program.
As we all are aware, our Varsity team is on a 4-game win streak which we all are very proud of this achievement. It is without question our players need this long weekend break for both mental and physical recovery. However, it is our hard work and dedication to our individual goals we set each week that has got us to the position we currently own. I have planned to extend our practice (today) Tuesday the 9th and Wednesday the 10th an additional 30 minutes. This will enable us to add our weight training portion of our program which normally would occur on Monday along with film study. I would appreciate everyone’s support with this. (TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY ONLY) We all have come to the understanding that this portion of our program is for recovery and injury prevention as well as concussion prevention. I believe our fitness and condition has proven to be a big portion of our success.
The next area I wish to address is our funding. I am excited to report that our fundraising effort led by Mrs. Martine Francis was an unqualified success. The success can be attributed to the media guide sales and the letters blitz our team members took part in. We now have built a football budget which started the season in the negative to a point where we are able to function at an operating level with little concern for purchasing or acquiring necessities. The fundraising effort has allowed us to purchase football training sleds which range in the thousands of dollars. We use this equipment everyday which helps us prepare for our ground game. (We currently lead our league in rushing yards and total points scored).
We also have been able to upgrade our HUDL account (software product) which enhances our ability to break down film and game preparations. It also has the capability now to capture and prepare individual player highlights for college recruiting purposes. We also were able to host a pre-season team dinner for both PVI and St. Christopher’s football teams after our first scrimmage. This dual team experience is important to me as the head coach because I view St. Christopher as our sister school and their football program headed by Coach Lance Cleland is one I wish to emulate. Their program including the type of student, competition level and their community respect and faith based ideals is where I see PVI headed. Along with the above costly items mentioned above, we also have the funds for most of our needs to include:
- Technical maintenance
- Workout equipment
- Video services
- Coaches clinics
Some of our future expenditures anticipated are:
- TV Monitor for film study
- IPAD device dedicated to the football program
- Hand shields and portable storage shed to house specific football practice equipment
- Gauntlet (Running Back Training Sled)
- Open field Tackling Machine
As you can see, we have come a long way from the start of our season. Although we have a list of prioritized expenditures that are still out of financial reach, we have closed the gap because of YOUR support. We can’t thank you all enough for this.
Below you will find the football practice schedule for this week. I hope to see many of you at our next game at Sidwell Friends on Saturday, October 13th at 2:30pm. Hopefully you will be there to witness our attempt to gain our fifth victory in a row, something that PVI Football has not done this century. As always, any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Tuesday 3:30 – 6:15
Wednesday 12:45 - 3:45
Thursday 3:30 – 5:45
Friday 3:30-4:30 Walk through
4:30-5:30 Team Meeting
5:30-6:30 Team Dinner
Saturday Beat Sidwell Friends
Note: Spirit wear order in Sept is expected in by the end of this week. Please have your player pick it up during the Varsity Dinner.