The purpose of this overview is to provide players and parents with a summary of the expectations we have for the players and an understanding of how the high school football program operates. Football is a year around commitment for both players and coaches.
We start in January with our weight lifting program two nights a week for returning players. We utilize the Bigger Faster Stronger program, which is a nationally recognized strength program. Weight lifting is a critical investment each player needs to make in order to achieve his highest playing potential. Lifting will also benefit player’s performance in other sports. Lifting takes place at the high school weight lifting room. All lifting sessions have two coaches present to provide instruction and ensure players are utilizing safe practices. In February we offer an “Introduction to Weight Lifting Program” for all incoming freshmen. March through August all players lift together two nights per week. As part of our lifting program we created weight lifting clubs to recognize players’ achievements in improving their strength. The clubs we have established are 500lbs, 750lbs, 1000lbs, 1250lbs and 1500lbs. We test the players in April and June of each year.
At the conclusion of the school year we have our summer program. All players have two nights of lifting, conditioning, and skill development on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8pm. Linemen will have a private practice on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8pm. On Friday nights we participate in a 7 on 7 passing league. As part of the league we travel to different high schools in the greater Portland region to play our games. The league is for RBs, WRs, QBs, Centers, LBs, Corners and Safeties. The passing league provides our offense an opportunity to test its passing skills and defense to test its pass defending skills. The league is primarily for varsity players, but some incoming freshmen may be invited to participate. In addition, we may participate in some 7 on 7 tournaments. On the last weekend of July we have an overnight camp at Central Maine Community College in Auburn from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Our overnight camp is a great opportunity to fine tune our offensive and defensive schemes before the start of the season. It is also a wonderful bonding experience for the team and coaches. The first two weeks of August are the no contact period for coaches. During the “Black Out” period team captains may invite teammates to continue working on their conditioning. Finally, double sessions start on Monday of the third week of August and last for two weeks. During the second week of double sessions we will have a scrimmage with another team on late Monday afternoon and Friday night we will have an exhibition game.
Regular season starts immediately at the conclusion of double sessions. All players practice together Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:15pm. On Thursday evenings after practice we have a team dinner. Our varsity games are played on Friday nights with a 7pm start. Our JV team travels with the varsity team for all games and depending on the situation some JV players may play. The JV team plays its games on Monday afternoons at 4pm. The JV team plays the JV squad of the varsity we played on the previous Friday night. On Sunday morning we have film session for all the players where we outline our game plan for our next opponent. The film session starts at 9am and concludes at 11. We play in the Campbell Conference Class B Western Division, which is a very competitive league. The playoffs run through early November. We have made the playoffs for 4 out the last 5 years. The state championship is played at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
The varsity squad is very competitive and players must earn their starting position. While we try to get as many players into varsity games as possible it all depends on what is going on in each game. All decisions regarding a player’s playing time and what positions he plays rest with the coaching staff. Because we view our JV team experience as a developmental opportunity, all players play a substantial part in every game. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Head Coach. It is better to let your concerns or questions be known early, so you will have a better understanding of the coaches’ perspective.