A mom recently shared this article with us, and I thought others would like to read it. It's a heartfelt breakdown of one man's journey with the sport, and the benefits boys get from playing. I found the last two paragraphs particularly insightful. Feel free to share.
Believe it or not, it is time to begin preparing for the 2015 Football and Cheer season. With that, we are starting the process of creating our 2015 Game Day Program that will be available at the High School football games. This is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, with the proceeds supporting the football program in many ways, such as purchasing new helmets, uniforms, and equipment, at all age levels and across the Tackle, Flag and Cheer/Stunt programs.
We are asking each of you to consider becoming a Falmouth Football sponsor, or to contact a local business to become a sponsor. We need your support with this fundraising effort, and sponsorships are available at various levels:
Wheelhouse: $500 - Wheelhouse sponsors will receive a full page ad in the 2015 Game Day Program. Ads can be for your business, or can simply offer support and encouragement for the team or your favorite Player! Wheelhouse sponsors will also be able to hang a banner at the football stadium, will have an advertisement posted on the football website, and will be listed on the website by category.
Anchor: $250 - Anchor sponsors will receive a half page ad in the Game Day Program (again, for your business or personal use) and will be listed on the website by category.
All Hands on Deck: $100 - These sponsors will receive a quarter page ad in the Game Day Program and will be listed on the website by category.
Galley: $50 - These sponsors will be listed in the back of the program and on the website by category.
Regardless of your child's age, program they are involved with, or even if your child is no longer in school, we encourage you to consider a sponsorship. It is vital to the entire program and a great way to show your support for the Falmouth Football and Cheer community.
If you are willing to contact a local business about a sponsorship, that is also every bit as helpful!!
If you, your business, or someone you know is interested in a sponsorship, please contact me or Tim Bryant (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to confirm your level of support.
Thank you, and Go Falmouth!
Use Hannaford Clynk to donate bottles to Falmouth Football
With the hot summer months, here are some key points to keep in mind to ensure that your children are getting enough fluids while playing sports. A special thanks to Rob Sulliven (HS Trainer) for providing this information
Drink about 15-20 fl oz, 2-3 hours before exercise
Drink 8-10 fl oz 10-15 min before exercise
Hydration During Exercise
Drink 8-10 fl oz every 10-15 min during exercise
If exercising longer than 90 minutes, drink 8-10 fl oz of a sports drink (with no more than 8 percent carbohydrate) every 15 - 30 minutes.
Hydration After Exercise
Weigh yourself before and after exercise and replace fluid losses.
Drink 20-24 fl oz water for every 1 lb lost.
Kids should drink on a schedule, not when thirsty. Your child need to regulate his fluid intake by drinking according to a schedule, rather than in response to thirst, because thirst is not an accurate measure of a child's need for fluid. By the time your child says he is thirsty, he is already dehydrated. Consuming cool fluids at regular intervals during exercise protects your child's health and optimizes athletic performance.
Kids' fluid intake needs to be supervised. Please remind them consistantly to drink during hot days. Children do not instinctively drink enough fluids to replace water losses, so it is essential that you watch to see how much water they actually drink.
Kids need to be watched for signs of heat illness. During prolonged exercise, children and adolescents may not recognize the symptoms of heat illness and may push themselves to the point of heat-related illness. It's our job to recognize the warning signs and act immediately.
Warning signs and progression of heat illness
Heat cramps are typically caused by significant exertion accompanied by intense sweating. Your sweat contains lots of salt. If you drink plenty of water but do not replace your salt losses you may experience heat cramps. Your muscles become irritable because the normal chemical balance has been upset and you experience a cramp. The treatment is usually straightforward. Gentle stretching of the muscles combined with fluid and salt replacement. Any of the sports drinks such as Gatorade provide plenty of electrolytes in an easily digestible form. These are much better tolerated than salt pills, which can be very irritating to your stomach.
Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition. This is the most common form of heat illness. It most commonly afflicts unacclimatized people who exercise hard during periods of high temperatures and humidity. These people sweat heavily but do not replace their fluid and salt losses. As they become more dehydrated they may experience headache, confusion, weakness, muscle cramps, and loss of coordination. Their internal body temperature is elevated but their skin may feel cool and clammy. This is because their body is beginning to shut down because of fluid loss. At this stage people can recover if they are removed from the heat and given lots of fluids containing a balanced salt solution. A cool spot in the shade, and cold fluids can turn this condition around. If the person is vomiting such that they are unable to drink fluids they will need medical care so that fluids can be given intravenously.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat illness and is a progression from heat exhaustion. If the person continues to overheat and lose fluids their organs will begin to shut down and they can quickly die. The brain is very sensitive to heat and will swell as your body temperature rises. This will cause loss of consciousness and possibly seizures. Damage to the liver and kidneys also occur, as body temperature becomes extreme. The victim will go into shock and at this stage can only be saved through aggressive medical care. The most important thing you can do is immediately cool the victim. The best way to accomplish this is to remove all clothing and mist the body with water and use a fan or breeze directly on the victim. This has been shown to be the most effective cooling method as it simulates sweating. Placing the victim's body in cold water is not as desirable as the patient is often not coherent and they can be difficult to control while in the water. Only give fluids by mouth if the person is awake and alert. Cooling should be started immediately and continued while heading to the nearest hospital. This is a medical emergency and people will die if not aggressively treated.
Choosing the right fluids
Sports drinks are best. The best source of fluid to hydrate the body is a sports drink. Your child will be more likely to drink the fluids they need if you give them a flavored sports drink that tastes good and stimulates thirst.While sports drinks are absorbed just as quickly, and promote optimal cardiovascular function and temperature regulation as well as plain water, they offer the following advantages:
Sports drinks contain glucose and sodium, which increase the rate of fluid absorption by the small intestine;
By providing carbohydrates for working muscles, sports drinks improve performance during both prolonged exercise (lasting an hour or more) and when exercising for an hour several times a day; and
They encourage drinking by "turning on" the thirst mechanism (research has shown that children stay better hydrated when drinking sports drinks compared to plain water).
For optimal absorption and performance, look for sports drinks that contain:
4 to 8% carbohydrate (10 to 18 grams per 8 ounces)
About 36 to 77 calories per 8 ounces.
Because most sports drinks contain 5 to 8% carbohydrates, it's a matter of personal preference: have your child try several sports drinks to find the one that works best for her. Note, however, that research has shown that children and those in early adolescence prefer grape-flavored sports drinks to apple or orange.
Avoid sugary, carbonated beverages, and energy drinks. Beverages that contain more than 10% carbohydrates (about 96 or more calories per 8 ounces), such as fruit juices or energy drinks, or are high in fructose, like carbonated soft drinks, should be avoided. They are absorbed more slowly and can causes stomach cramps, nausea, bloating and diarrhea.
Avoid caffeinated beverages. Children should avoid drinking ice tea or soft drinks containing caffeine because they are diuretics (promote urination), and because the potential side effects - agitation, nausea, muscle tremors, palpitations and headaches - work against peak athletic performance.
We are very excited to introduce our new, Falmouth Football Estore.
We have partnered with Brian Gilbert Associates (BGA) to be able to offer you a very easy and convenient way to show your support of Falmouth Football, and to be able to purchase high quality merchandise from the comfort of your home. You are able to choose from many different styles, prices, and colors. You can also choose from several different logos as well as custom personalization.
By working with BGA, we are able to offer the rare combination of internet convenience and a way to support local businesses at the same time. BGA is conveniently located on Rte 9 in Cumberland, less than 4 miles from Falmouth High School. So take your pick – order on line, or take a ride down the road and check out the BGA store in Cumberland.
In exchange for this opportunity, BGA has agreed to rebate 15% of all purchases back to the Falmouth Football Boosters.
As you can see, this is a “win-win” for everyone. You are able to purchase quality, personalized merchandise (either on line or in person), and Falmouth Football receives a 15% rebate on all purchases
We encourage everyone to shop around the site. We are confident you will be pleased with what you see.
If you would like to learn more about our program, we welcome you to read our Falmouth Football Handbook. This handbook has been put together over the years and is a summary of everything we feel is important to running a succesful program.
Since we all learn something new every day, this document is always being reviewed and updated.
We welcome your ideas and suggestions on how we can make Falmouth Football better for everyone
To view this our handbook, select the Documents tab on the left hand margin of the home page, and then click on Falmouth Football Handbook
Check out the great Falmouth Football logo merchandise available at our Estore. 15% of all purchases are donated to Falmouth Football
Just click on this link and see for yourself. Don't forget to add this link to your favorites! http://falmouthfootball.company-store.org/
Falmouth Football needs your help.
Between 1 - 2 hours is all we ask
Click on the Volunteer tab on the top of our home page to find out more