Welcome to the 2014 Season! We have a great season planned and lot’s of exciting improvements to our program. All home games will be played on the high school field again this Fall, we have a new website and we have some great adjustments to our Spread Offense. The coaches are working hard to prepare for a fun season.
Coaching Philosophy (see website):
Have fun, stay positive, teach “hustle”, teach the fundamentals of football, teach the life lessons of teamwork, preparation, and determination, facing adversity and “dust off and get back in the game”. Homework and schoolwork is job number one. Football is fun and football is family!
We practice on Tues, Wed, and Fri during the season, but please ask the individual coaches as times and days my change due to weather or busy schedules.
During season practice times are 5:30 to 7p (until it gets too dark)
Sunday , Sep 7: Home game v. North Andover
Saturday, Sep 13: Home game v. Winthrop (yes, one home game on Sat this Fall).
Sunday, Sep 21: Away Game v. Pentucket (see schedule for full details and locations)
•Coaching Clinics: Many of the coaches have attended offseason coaching clinics put on by some of the best coaches from successful youth, HS, College and Pro (Patriots and Eagles) organizations. Emphasis during most of these sessions were safety, proper drills and techniques , safe tackling and keys to improving your program.
•Video: Filming our games and some practices are an important part of improving and developing a team and football skills. It’s also a competitive advantage that many teams in the Cape Ann League use to teach the kids. In coming months you will be seeing some announcements on this exciting new tool ITYFL plans to implement. Its called HUDL, an online tool that all coaches and players will be able to access.
•Concussion Awareness: All of our coaches are required to complete an online course with USA Football that covers concussion awareness and prevention. All coaches are taught proper tackling techniques and “concussion awareness” and we then teach all the players the “heads-up tackling” technique from USA Football . We promote the “when in doubt, sit him out” philosophy.
•Uniforms: The JVC, C and B teams will all be getting new game jersey’s this year (A Team got new jersey’s last Fall). We are also eventually moving all levels to black integrated (pads already in and stay in) game pants.
We need your help. Please volunteer to help at the Concession Stand this year or to set-up and break-down the game field.
2014 ITYFL Board of Directors:
President: Steve Moylan
Vice President: Dave DeGrappo
Treasurer: Kevin Murphy
Secretery: Greg Stevens
Equipment Manager: Scott Levassuer
Dir Coaching/Plr Agent: Peter Ginolfi
Director of Comm: Laura Kilgour
Director of Cheering: Deb Monroe
Safety Officer: Howie Lewis
Sep 7 Home vs. N. Andover
Sep 13 Home vs. Winthrop
Sep 21 Away vs. Pentucket
Sep 28 Home vs. N. Reading
Oct 4 Away vs. Newburyport
Oct 11 Away vs. Amesbury
Oct 18 Away vs. Lynnfield
Oct 26 Home vs. Ham-Wen
Click here for exact times by team.