I hope that everyone is safe, healthy, and ready to get back to work. I received an email from UIL today that summarized any changes to the strength camp guidelines and included the plans to begin fall competition seasons as scheduled on the UIL calendar. The UIL, and PISD, will continue to evaluate the COVID situation and make decisions to do what is best for the student / athletes.
Here are some notes from the email:
The UIL is releasing revisions to the COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines for summer strength and conditioning/skill development. This updated guidance is effective immediately until the first day of instruction or the start of in-season activities, whichever is earlier.
For complete details please see the UIL website, but updates are briefly summarized below:
As the public health situation changes, and/or if subsequent Executive Orders are issued by the Office of the Governor, these guidelines may be further modified. Schools should carefully review this guidance, as well as information released by TEA, when re-evaluating local plans for reducing the risk of spreading the virus. Schools should consider their local context related to the virus and plan accordingly.
At this time, UIL plans to begin fall competition seasons as scheduled on the UIL calendar. UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any further modifications to this guidance.
We will continue with the schedule that was set on June 22nd:
7:00-10:00 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
7:00-8:00 – Friday (on the turf)
10th – 12th grade
9:00-12:00 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00-10:00 – Friday (on the turf)
Please make sure your son brings water, cleats, tennis shoes, and is wearing his mask.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I would first like to thank you all for your patience. In order to meet the district and UIL guidelines, we have had to make many adjustments. I have attached a few things to this email to help explain what we will be doing.
1. S&S 2020 Updated Brochure – Your son will need to bring the completed form, with payment, on his first day of camp. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building with their son, so please make sure the form is complete with parent signature.
2. Self Screening Questions – Your son will need to answer these questions when they arrive to camp each day. Please go over them at home with him and do not send him to camp if there are any questions about his health. We must be careful and considerate of others. One case of COVID could put a stop to camp for the summer.
3. FAQ – These are some Frequently Asked Questions I have received over the past few days. If you have other questions, please email me and I will get the answers to you as soon as I can.
4. M,W,F Groups – This is the list of athletes and what group they are assigned to for the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Strength and Speed Camp. We are limited to 40 athletes per group.
5. T_TH Groups – This is the list of athletes and what group they are assigned to for the Tuesday and Thursday Sport Specific Training. Please note: there is a group of athletes that will have different times for Tuesday and Thursday.
We will have a parent and athlete zoom meeting Thursday, June 4th, at 7:00 pm. We will be discussing all of the procedures we must follow at camp. It is very important for you to be there.
Zoom Meeting ID: 833-0421-6547
We will not have camp on June 9th. I believe that it is important for the athletes to be with their families to pay their respects and honor the memory of George Floyd.
Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines that we are being held to. The UIL and PISD have set the rules for the safety of the athletes, and we must follow them. The athletes must be here on time and must be picked up on time. The athletes will not be allowed to wait for their rides in large groups. The social distancing guidelines that we have to follow for camp also apply when they are waiting for their ride.
We are very excited about being able to see the guys and work to get better as a FAMILY. I hope to see you all at the zoom meeting Thursday at 7:00.
We are getting closer to being able to release the plan for Strength and Speed Camp and Sport Specific Training each day. I apologize for the delay, but we want to make sure we are doing things the right way…
There are a few things that I would like to pass along at this time:
1. Your son needs to be drinking water. When we begin, they will be in the weight room for approximately 40 min. and outside for approximately 40 min. Being hydrated is important, and they can’t wait until the day before to start worrying about it. When they come to camp, they will need to bring their own water bottle. Due to the restrictions we must follow, we are unable to provide water for the athletes. We can’t allow any of the athletes to share water bottles or drink from a water fountain, so it is very important that they bring their own water.
2. It is recommended for each athlete to bring his own towel to the workouts. In an effort to keep the surfaces they will be working on clean, it is a good idea for them to use their towel. When we are doing bench press, incline, core work on the floor, or any other activity where they are laying on a surface, they will be able to place their towel down on that surface.
3. It is recommended that the athletes have a mask when they come to camp.
4. They will need to have athletic shoes (flats, tennis shoes) and cleats each day. Slides or Crocks will not be allowed.
5. Registration – The cost will be $100, there will not be a late or walk up fee this year. We will send out the registration guidelines early next week. If the athlete is bringing their registration and payment on June 8th, they must have it completed when they get here. Parents will not be allowed in the building with their son.
6. Drop off and pick up times – The schedule for the kids will be different this summer. In order to stay within the guidelines from our district and the UIL, it is very important that the athletes are dropped off at the correct time and picked up from camp at the given time. We are required to follow a strict schedule and can’t have the athletes waiting around in groups while not in their camp session.
This schedule will allow us to meet the standards that have been set by UIL and by our district. This schedule is subject to change as the restrictions and guidelines from the UIL change. We will assign the athletes to groups when we have collected all of the information from the survey that was sent out yesterday. If you didn’t receive the survey, you can click the link below.
Student Athlete Questionnaire
Our goal is to have the groups assigned by Tuesday. We will send that information out to you and then have an athlete/parent zoom meeting Thursday evening to go over all of the rules for camp.
The camp schedule will be run in groups of 36 athletes at a time. Below you will see how these groups will be coming through camp.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Strength Camp)
Group Blue wt room Transition Turf
1 7:00-7:40 10 min 7:50-8:30
2 7:50-8:30 10 min 8:40-9:20
3 8:40-9:20 10 min 9:30-10:10
4 9:30-10:10 10 min 10:20-11:00
5 10:20-11:00 10 min 11:10-11:50
6 11:10-11:50 10 min 12:00-12:40
* 36 athletes in each group, 216 athletes total
Tuesday, Thursday (Sport Specific Training) Groups
1 7:00-8:00 Freshmen
2 8:30-9:30 Group 2
3 10:00-11:00 Group 3
* Must be able to keep a 15 athletes to 1 coach ratio
** 10/1 ratio if we have to move inside
The dates of camp are as follows: (Monday – Friday)
June 29-July 2 (no camp on July 3)
July 6-11 NO CAMP
July 20-24 NO CAMP
Football Practices begin August 3rd. I appreciate your patience throughout this process. I understand the difficulties of planning transportation, family vacations, child care, and all of the other things that happen, but you can be sure that we are taking every precaution we can to keep your son safe and healthy.
We will send out more information as we have it.
I just wanted to reach out to all of you to continue to keep you informed on what the FAMILY has going on…
Mindset Talks for this week: We didn’t have mindset talks this week because we are getting maxes in the weight room. We are having presentations for the guys though. On Tuesday, Dr. Jeffress came in and gave a presentation to the Juniors. She spoke to them about college, applying for colleges, SAT/ACT, GPA, and what they need to do to prepare their college applications. Dr. Jeffress gave the guys a handout that will help them with the process. If it didn’t make it home, let me know, we have extras.
Today, Mrs. Spruce will be speaking to the Sophomore and Freshmen players about social media. This presentation will educate them on the importance of using social media responsibly and how it can effect opportunities for you in the future.
Lift-A-Thon: All of the guys have gotten their bench press max, and should be collecting money from those that supported them. They can bring the money to their position coach at any time (so they can get it out of their hands…). The money will be due on the Friday, after Spring Break. Every player that meets the expectation of $1 per pound will receive Jordan game cleats for next season.
Booster Club Golf Tournament: The booster club is hosting the annual golf tournament on May 8th. They are looking for sponsors and teams to play. Please visit the Dawson Football website for more information. dawsoneagles.org
Strengh and Speed Camp: We handed out the strength and speed camp forms to the guys last week. It is very important for them to be at camp this summer. We have some planned out weeks “off” for family vacations.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your support.
Dawson High School
Head Football Coach / Boys Campus Coordinator
(281) 412 – 8843
I have attached our Important Dates, Strength Camp brochure, the 2020 Football Schedule, and this week’s Mindset Training. We will give paper copies to your son, but I know they don’t always make it home.
The Lift-A-Thon commitment papers are due Tuesday, Feb. 25, so please encourage your son to do his part.
Dawson High School
Head Football Coach / Boys Campus Coordinator
(281) 412 – 8843
I am emailing to ask for some help from home…
We are all very busy with second sports, fundraisers, golf tournaments, working to improve the athleticism and strength of our players, working to teach our FAMILY lessons that will help them become better men, and trying to become more prepared as coaches so that we can succeed next season. There are good days and not as good days with all of these things, but we continue to give our best effort.
One of the standards we have as a program is for all of the athletes to make A’s and B’s in their classes. This is something we work towards throughout the school year, not just during our season. We understand that this is difficult for some of the guys to do, so we have a tutorial system that we use to try to help them succeed. If a player has below an 80 in a class, his position coach gives him a tutorial schedule that he is expected to follow. The player is supposed to get the teacher’s signature on the sheet so we know that the athlete attended. If there was an issue (the teacher was not there), it is the student’s responsibility to let his position coach know and find a solution. We pass these out to the players on Tuesdays and the players turn them in on the following Tuesday. Depending on the number of athletes each coach has at their position, it takes around 30-45 minutes to check their position player’s grades, find the teacher’s tutorial schedule, and make the schedule for the player. If the players fails to turn in a completed sheet, there are consequences given to them during the athletic period. It is disappointing when we have to punish the athlete for not meeting the expectation, we shouldn’t care about their academic success more than they do…
The grade/tutorial system is intended to help these young men. As with everything we do, we are trying to develop qualities that will help the kids in our program become better young men.
What do I need from you? I am asking you to just talk to your son about his grades. Ask him if he received a tutorial sheet and if he is completing it. Help us, help your son, by stressing the importance of meeting the expectations that are set for him.
I have also attached our mindset training for the week.
Thank you for your continued support.
Below is a message from our booster club:
The Dawson Football Booster Club Nominating Committee has been hard at work recruiting officers for the coming year. At the current time, the committee has received nominations for all positions with the exception of VP-Ways and Means.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about Dawson Football, is willing to talk to local businesses and wants to help provide the best experience possible for our players.
This position is typically held as co-chairs because it is a large role and especially busy in the summer months leading up to fall kick off. We have current board members willing to guide and help volunteers for this position.
1. Reaching out to current and potential new Dawson Football sponsors to secure commitments for the new season
2. Delivering all promised sponsorship benefits, such as season tickets, parking passes, media guide and website ad placements, banners, plaques.
3. Assisting with securing sponsors and auction items for the spring golf tournament
4. Planning any other spirit night or fundraising events such as BBQ with the Coaching Crew
If you are interested or know someone who might be a good candidate, please contact Lee King, Nominating Committee Chair, at email@example.com or 281-755-6327.
Please join us in building the future of Dawson Football! Go Eagles!