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Middle school is a unique time in every athlete’s career. Physical development alone, during this time frame, has an incredible influence on athletes: players that were once the biggest, fastest or strongest in youth football, often find that their teammates and competition are catching up with them and vice versa. Of course, there is also the ever-present social and personality development for this age group. Our primary focus is always on highlighting the unique skill set that every player brings to the team. Falmouth Football believes that football is one of the most powerful tools available to help our athlete’s become the leaders of tomorrow.
Simultaneously, the middle school football program prepares our athletes for transition to the high school football program. We work with the HS coaching staff to devise an age-appropriate playbook, integrate teaching methods, style of play and terminology. By the time our athletes graduate from the middle school program, they are fully prepared for seamless advancement to high school football.
Our middle school football program is part of the Southern Maine Youth Football League and consists of 2 squads, Varsity (8th grade) and Junior Varsity (7th grade). Any 7th or 8th grade athlete who lives in the Falmouth School District is eligible to play. Any athlete who desires to play football is welcome to join the team and will receive in-game playing time. In other words, we do not host tryouts and there are no “cuts” – every player will make the team. In the few circumstances that arise where a 7th grade athlete is physically prepared to play on the Varsity squad or where the coaches believe that an 8th grade athlete will gain valuable experience by playing on the Junior Varsity squad, parents will be consulted before any decision is made. In any event, all 8th grade athletes will dress for the Varsity game.
Practices will start in mid-August in the back fields behind the high school locker room. Once school starts, teams generally practice, in full gear, 3 days per week (Tuesday-Thursday) with weekend games against other local teams (practice times TBD based on coaches’ schedules). Additional practices, by way of film study and “walk-throughs,” will be held on Mondays and Fridays, as specified by the coaches during the season. Home games are presently scheduled for Saturday mornings at the Falmouth High School Stadium (aka the “Turf Field”) with away games on either Saturday or Sunday (transportation for away games is by parents, similar to the Youth Program).