2016 Freshman Football Packet
FRESHMAN FOOTBALL 2017 De La Salle High School
1130 Winton Drive
Concord, CA 94596
Dear Incoming Freshmen and Parents,
We want to welcome you to De La Salle High School! This information sheet will introduce you to our Freshman Football program, including philosophy, tryout guidelines and important dates. The De La Salle Athletic Department encourages all students to explore the many opportunities for competitive sports, recreation, and physical activity offered at De La Salle. Our students’ full development is our educational goal – we want each student to explore his athletic interests in a safe and positive environment.
Each fall, our freshman football tryouts draw about a hundred interested students. This team has no designated team size, and every participating student is given the opportunity to demonstrate his ability. However, tackle football is a demanding game with the potential to be dangerous. It is not for everyone. In order to provide a safe on-field environment, effective coaching, and a positive developmental experience for the student, there is a “cut” process. An evaluation of candidates by our coaches takes into account athleticism, speed, size, effort, and safety.
We are offering a freshman football orientation meeting to all candidates and parents on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in our Theatre. The agenda will include an introduction to the program, coaches, an explanation of the tryout process, and summary of the season. It is also a good time to meet some of the class of 2021. Those wishing to participate in freshman football are expected to attend.
In order to prepare for the demands of tackle football, we have put together a suggested training program for student athletes that incorporates flexibility, foot speed, plyometrics (jumping drills), resistance exercises (using body weight), agility, and general conditioning. We have found that physical preparedness drastically decreases the chance of injury while increasing the chance of success. This is the goal of our training program. You will find the documents outlining the training following this letter.
SUMMER WORKOUTS AND PRACTICES:
Optional workouts, which include our training program, will be held on these days:
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28
Monday, July 32 – Tuesday, August 1
Monday through Thursday optional workouts will be from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Friday optional workouts will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Each workout will take place on the field at the back of the campus. These workouts are great for students to learn the tempo and expectations of the coaching staff.
Starting August 7, practice is mandatory. On August 7 and August 9 only, student athletes are be asked to be on campus (in the locker room) by 11a.m. and will stay until 5:00 p.m. Each student athlete will need to bring his own lunch because there will not be any food provided. On August 8, 10, and 11, practice will run from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Practice will be on the DLS field.
We will practice on multiple Saturdays after the team is set starting August 12. Students should be wearing a white t-shirt with his last name printed on the front and back, green gym shorts, no jewelry or ankle socks. Students should bring cleats (soccer cleats are ok) and running shoes to every workout. Also, if you purchase new cleats, break them in before workouts. Students must have a physical completed by a physician (either M.D. or D.O.) and turned in to the athletic training staff on or before the student’s first workout. Students cannot participate in any workout until this is completed.
In order to suit-up in pads, student athletes need to complete 12 hours of workouts without pads. If the student athlete does not complete 12 hours of workouts by August 7, then he will not suit up in pads until he completes this requirement.
Workout Schedule Summary:
July 10 - August 1: Optional workouts (Drills and conditioning - no pads)
Aug. 1 & Aug. 7: Pads will be issued. Please get to campus by 1 p.m. on Aug. 1
August 7 - 11: 1st week of pads (Final cuts posted on August 11th)
August 12: first practice as a team on Saturday, August 12 at 8 a.m.
If you have any questions, concerns, or calendar conflicts, please contact Coach Guaragna by email at email@example.com or by phone 925-288-8100 ex.7070.
This is always an exciting time of the year, and we look forward to working with your son.
Mr. Paul Guaragna, Head Freshman Coach
Mr. Justin Alumbaugh, Program Head Coach
DE LA SALLE FRESHMAN FOOTBALL 2017 – TRAINING PROGRAM
COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES 3 TO 4 TIMES A WEEK
Foot Speed – Jump rope (5-10 minutes)
This is to increase foot speed, body control, and warm the muscles before stretching
Technique: Use a variety of single leg hops, double leg hops, and running in place
Focus on foot quickness of the ground and small hops, not jumping as high as you can
Flexibility – Stretch (30 second holds)
This is to prevent injury, increase the body’s efficiency, and improve mobility and ability to quickly get into and out of positions
Technique: Hold stretches for 30 seconds (Do not bounce)
Stretching should be slightly uncomfortable, but not painful
There are other stretches, but these are a bare minimum.
Plyometrics (jumping drills) - Choose 3 drills a day
You will need a track to complete the spring workout. A 400 is one full lap, a 300 is ¾ of 1 lap, a 200 is ½ of a lap. These times should be a minimum goal.
You should also work in a long-distance run (1.5 miles or more) at least once a week.