I hope everyone had a restful and bountiful holiday. The Hickman High School Football off-season will start tomorrow morning with a session at 6:45 am that will end at 8 am. There will also be an evening session that will start at 4:30 pm and last until 5:45 pm.
I have posted this letter to answer some of the frequently asked questions and to allow you a window into the goals of our off-season program at Hickman. The goals of our offseason program are to develop strength, speed, and flexibility are what you might expect. However we also use our off season program to build team camaraderie, team accountability, and hone a taste for competition. Your son’s participation in the off-season is vital in the development of our program.
Consistent participation is necessary to maximize development of our student athletes. I hope that my answers to the question posed below will answer some of the questions you may have. If there is something I have not covered please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-268-4813.
What are the days that we will work out?
Workouts will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Rest days are Tuesday and Thursdays.
Are players required to attend both sessions?
The optimal plan is for two workouts on those days. I have asked for most of the upper classmen to have a strength and condition class for PE. Freshmen for the most part are not allowed into strength and conditioning classes without permission from the teacher. I had hoped that the boys could get two workouts in on our work days but I understand that there are issues with transportation, other siblings etc. If your son has a Strength and Conditioning class he only needs to attend one of the sessions. Most of the players who drive are attending the morning session and then their strength and conditioning class. Most of our young people who do not drive will be lifting in the after school session. If your son does not have strength and conditioning class you will have to make the decision that best suits your particular situation about getting him there for both workouts.
Will a Schedule be posted?
Yes, on the blog and on the school website.
If my son is involved in another sport what should he do?
Football, Baseball, Wrestling, and Track, have all agreed to support this program. I am not saying other sports are not. We are starting a new year with an emphasis on creating a platform for all our sports. The coaches of the above mentioned sports have discussed everything from the actual workouts to participation. Those athletes and any other Hickman athlete male or female that presents themselves will be trained. In regard to the Hickman Football Program, I expect all student athletes who intend to play football to participate in the offseason. I understand that those student athletes currently in season may not be participating especially if I have not spoken with the head coach of that program. Again I refer you to the opening sentence of this answer.
Does my son need to do something outside the Off- Season program?
No. As I stated in my letter in December we have had great success with our offseason program over the years at Hickman High School. The way we have set the program, rest days will be just as important as work days. We know how to train athletes. As I stated before this is not just about getting bigger stronger and faster, but also about building team, building community, and building pride. I expect all training activities to be completed by the staff and personnel at Hickman High School. As I stated there is no need for personal trainers or the like. We have an accomplished staff here at Hickman High.
How Can I help?
Please help by getting your son to workouts as consistently as possible. Also I found a pretty simple Nutrition Plan outlined by the staff at Baylor University. I found the plan easy to follow as did some of the parents who have read it. I posted it on the blog at hickmanfootball.blogspot.com.
As crazy as it may sound our success and failure will depend a lot on how we prepare and how committed we are to the work in the weight room. In 2012 our attendance for 130 players was at 94% the following fall we were 9-2 and ranked 6th in the state. In 2011 and in 2013 we were under 90% attendance in the off season.
I hope I have answered some of your questions. If there was something I have not covered please feel free to contact me.