PARENTS & PLAYERS,
The 2018 Season is now upon us!!
Last season's 6-2 record demonstrated a significant improvement from the previous season, especially when considering the talent we lost from the year before. Last season's success is a tribute to the hard work, dedication, and leadership of not only those returning from that team, but the current 7th graders as well, in the weeks and months leading up to our first game. I think we all learned valuable lessons about ourselves as individuals and as a program that should enable us to find greater success this season and in the future. That is the goal of our staff going into our third year with myself as your Head Coach and its what we'll expect and demand from our players and everyone involved with Rucker Football.
Complacency is unacceptable here at Rucker! We WILL be more successful this season than last season! And our players WILL be even more prepared to succeed in the future at the next level.
We would love to improve to 8-0 this season; get our team photo on the gym wall for the first of many times; and establish our program as a powerhouse and elite among our middle school competition. However, our first and most important goal is to ensure that every young man that wears Rucker Rams across his chest is as prepared as possible to be a Bruin and represent the city of Lancaster in the near future on the gridiron at LHS!
The good news is that the mission to achieve this goal has already been started by most of you. I can't thank those of you enough who participated in our Krispy Kreme fundraiser and helped us raise over $1,200 toward the cost of our new blocking sled purchased at the start of last season. If there's one lesson we learned last year it's that our blocking and aggressiveness on the offensive line must continue to improve if we are to be able to have greater success this year and in the years to come.
We had 16 young men who sold at least 10 Krispy Kreme certificates (2 of which sold over 30). All these young men will receive their Rucker Football T-Shirt and Shorts for free as they are already well on their way toward demonstrating their commitment to making our Program the best it can be. Others will need to purchase them for $10 prior to our first official practice on August 6th.
Another fundraising effort may arise during the season as well as requests for further parent participation in the way of a team mom(s), pre-game meals, home game chain gang, video crew, etc.. More info and announcements to come in this regard. We will most likely have a brief parent meeting over the summer prior to our first practice. A Connect Ed phone call will be made announcing this meeting in which these and other season related issues will be discussed.
Until that time however another key to our improved success this year, as last year, will be dependent upon our players from last season and all rising 8th graders working out in the weight room consistently twice a week with the Bruins players and coaching staff in preparation for this season. These workouts will begin immediately upon our return from Spring Break on Mondays and Wednesdays after school at the LHS Rice Building from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. These workouts are for current 7th graders only until the end of the school year. When the school year is completed and summer vacation/break has begun; ALL potential football players are expected to be in attendance at workouts twice a week, both rising 7th and 8th graders.
I'm proud of all the hard work that everyone's put in so far with regard to the fundraiser and spring workouts. It will indeed pay off down the road, but that said; We've only just begun!
The following are the dates and times in which participation in pre-season/summer workouts is expected of ALL players who wish to try out for the team: (All Workouts will be held at LHS Rice Building unless otherwise noted; all workouts in June and July at LHS will include Breakfast and Lunch before and after the workout provided at no cost)
6/4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 - 8am-12pm
7/9, 10, 23 , 24, 30, 31 - 8am-12pm
8/6-9 - Tryouts (No Pads) @ AR Rucker - 3:30-5:30pm
* * * ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE A VALID PHYSICAL COMPLETED BY A LICENSED PHYSICIAN AND THE APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL FORMS ON FILE WITH US IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER WORKOUTS AND/OR TRYOUTS (physicals are good for one year and those completed between 5/1 and 8/5 are good for all sports throughout the school year, all players should get their physicals during this time or between these dates) Physical forms can be attained from myself, Coach Elder, or Coach Winters. * * *
* PLEASE GET YOUR PHYSICALS TAKEN CARE OF BEFORE JUNE 4 TO ELIMINATE ANY CONFUSION OR QUESTIONS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR SUMMER WORKOUTS OR THE SEASON!!!!
* All dates and times are subject to change and missing one or two dates due to circumstances such as planned vacation, emergencies, or other conflicts is understandable. However, please inform a coach BEFORE missing a workout.
* These workouts are critical to our success and will involve not just lifting weights but improvement of our football skills and abilities by focusing on five elements I call SSACC:
-Speed, Strength, Agility, Conditioning, and Commitment
* Attendance will be taken and Commitment considered when it comes time to select a final roster in August!
Once again this year we are blessed with 3 of the finest coaches any program could ask for at this or any level:
Aaron Cureton: Special Teams Coordinator, QB's, DB's
Doug Kirkland: Defensive Coordinator, DB's, WR's
Palmer Hudson: Offensive Coordinator, OL, DL
We are also excited to announce the addition of Coach Elliott Moses to our staff this year who has already been a huge help this off-season!
Our season schedule will be located and updated on the calendar to the left.
We will be spending time in the classroom taking mental reps on the board and on paper in our notebooks in the pre-season and at the beginning of each week so come prepared with a writing utensil and we'll provide the notebooks. Also, due to inclement weather at times, in addition to cleats; always make sure you have tennis shoes, gym shorts and a t-shirt (preferably school colors - white, navy, carolina blue); in case we have to practice indoors. A "spirit-pack" of gym shorts, t-shirt, and socks will be offered for sale before the start of the season. Those who sold 10 or more doughnut certificates will of course receive theirs for free.
Looking forward to achieving our goal of an undefeated season this year and firmly establishing a new-era of Football dominance at Rucker and beyond.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.