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 this Fall, a new website and we have some great adjustments to our Spread Offense. The coaches are working hard to prepare for a great season. See below for important dates and notes.
Aug 1 - All registration closes. Final teams and rosters are due to CAL.
Aug 4th – "Pad Week” and equipment pick-up at 19 Mitchell Rd. Head coach will send each team exact time and day for “equipment fitting”. All players must be paid in full or bring a check.
Aug 12,13 and 14 (5 to 6:30pm) – Light practice starts in helmets and shorts (no pads). Lot's of running and non-contact drills.
Monday Aug 11 – Mandatory Coaches Meeting and on-field session to review Combine Day, Drills, Practice plans and Heads-up Tackling.
TUES Aug 12 is "COMBINE DAY” for all players with 6 stations of basic football drills and “timing". A fun way to get the kids back into football and determine positions and skill level.
WED Aug 13 is “Mini Camp” with numerous O and D stations (run by separate coaches) and we mix A thru D players at QB/Backs station, Receiver station, Linemen station with position experts to teach all levels the basics.
THURS Aug 14 is “Team Day” still lots of drills and a little Team O and Team D with 5 basic plays. Lots of running… (still no pads) and PARENT Nite in Town Hall for program overview at 6p.
Aug 18 - First "Full Pads" week - Mon Aug 18 helmets and shoulder pads only for “thud”. No full tackle until Tues Aug 19 . Live tackle only 25% of the time at practice.
Aug 25 – Week 3 of pre-season practice
Sep 1 Labor Day – "Game Week” as we open season on Sep 6/7 at HOME at Ipswich High School. Practice on Tues, Wed, Fri.
Sep 6/7 - Week 2 of regular season and second HOME game v. Winthrop, (practice 5 to 6:30-ish Tues - Fri and remind kids home work is top priority)
Sep 15 – Week 3 and Away Game (see schedule for full details)
•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 games and practices are an important part of improving and developing a team. Its 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” mantra if /when we have even the slightest concern about excessive head to head contact in practice or games.
•Uniforms: The D team, JVC and C teams will all be getting new game jersey’s this year. We are also eventually moving all levels to black integrated (pads already in and stay in) game pants.
See you all very soon,
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