Middle Park Family,
Well, our season is off to a fast start. I thank you for the trust you have put in me to teach your sons, and I look forward to your support as we take Middle Park basketball to new levels.
Day-by-day, I learn something new about the way basketball has been done here at Middle Park. I think it is appropriate, then, that I outline some things about the program we are building and the expectations that I have. We are creating a new culture around all our athletic programs, and I want to explicitly clear about what will become The Middle Park Way.
The easiest and most efficient way to communicate is through text and e-mail. I have set-up a REMIND for MPHS Boys Basketball. You should download the app or register online. You will receive immediate information about practices, games, schedule changes, etc. as they occur. Sign-up at online (www.remind.com). The access code for our team is @agb69. Join, and you will be connected. You can also communicate with me through the app.
Although there are always changes, most of what you need to know is on MaxPreps. Our full calendar up to the state championship game is online. That’s practices, games, etc. You can find all that information here - http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/middle-park-panthers- (granby,co)/basketball/calendar.htm. I will let you know through REMIND when changes to the calendar occur.
I am available to talk to you individually and in-person by appointment. Let me know what is best for you, and we will make it work.
2. The System
We are teaching a lot of basketball, many fundamental things that our kids have not mastered. Although our style of play may look like chaos, it is very structured, and there is a lot to learn. Now that our first game is upon us, I am going into straight, lockdown, X’s and O’s mode. We have to play harder, faster, and smarter than we ever have before, and we need to be absolutely focused during the limited practice we have.
For that reason, we are closing practices until further notice. You may wait in the Commons for your son, but no parents, brothers, sisters, girlfriends, cousins, or ride-homes will be in the gym when we are practicing. This will help me keep our team on schedule, and we should be able to get back to a 4:30 to 6:20 after school practice time.
Please do not try to talk to coaches immediately before or after practices or immediately before or after games. We are also trying to get home to our families. Again, feel free to make an appointment.
Academics are a priority. I am a teacher. That’s my profession, and that’s how I approach the game. I am very proud to be an English teacher, and many coaching icons have held the position I hold now. The game just naturally lends itself to poetry. I am passionate about my work, and I want to do my job well. That being said, your sons and I both have to take care of our homework. We will never make academic expectations so that your son can play a game. Our district has specific restrictions on travel and academic progress, and we will not miss school for a game if our grades are not exemplary.
4. Team Travel
We ride as a team, and we come back as team. Whenever it is possible, we will sit down and eat as a team. Parents are welcome to join us during team meals, but I am adamant about being together coming and going.
We are happy to drop kids off at Murdoch’s in Fraser or at the gas station in Hot Sulphur, depending on the direction we are coming from. Please understand, however, that students will not leave school in their own cars to meet the bus in some other location. It will take some planning ahead, but students can arrange to ride share and carpool to and from school the day of a game.
For example, a student can leave his car at Murdoch’s before he goes to school on gameday. He must arrange a way to school. When we arrive in Fraser, his car will be there. Likewise, a student may leave his car overnight at the school, and a parent can pick him up at Murdoch’s on the way home from a game.
It takes a little planning, but it can be easily done.
We will practice throughout the winter break on every day that we are allowed. There are about five days that are restricted by CHSAA. We will not practice on those days, of course. Please understand that all players are expected to be at every practice.
Occasionally, it will be unavoidable, and a player will not be able to make it. Coaches should be notified as soon as practical. Late night texts are okay. It is not okay, however, for a player to miss practice without any contact.
When players miss practice, they are expected to make-up for anything that they have missed. Most importantly, we will need to make-up all conditioning and lifting. Our system runs on maximum effort from every player every moment he is on the court. We cannot simulate our conditioning outside of practice. Make-up conditioning is not punishment for missing practice.
6. Uniforms and Laundry
We have practice gear for all of our players, and they are expected to be in issued gear at every practice. Coaches and managers will be responsible for maintaining equipment. We will collect all laundry at least once each week, and we will return gear the next practice.
Uniforms will be handed-out before games and taken up immediately afterwards. Like practice gear, coaches and managers will launder all uniforms.
7. Nutrition and Rest
Having enough and energy to workout and practice is a primary concern of anyone who wants to become a better athlete. Often, a decrease in performance can be traced to improper nutrition. What you eat determines how you supply energy to your body before workouts and practices. After a workout or practice, our kids need to replenish all the nutrients that have been utilized in order to speed recovery.
The body cannot recover between workouts without enough rest. Eventually, if our children don’t get enough rest, it may lead to overtraining, injuries, and missing performance goals. Getting enough rest should be high on our priority list, especially during periods of physical and mental stress.
We want out athletes to train hard, eat right, and get plenty of rest. I tend to think of nutrition as a three step process.
Step 1: Carbohydrates - the main source of energy for competition. Complex carbs take longer to digest and provide energy over a longer period of time. Please try to include beans, whole fruits and vegetables in your son’s diet. A general rule of thumb is if it looks like it does in nature, it’s probably okay to eat plenty of it.
Step 2: Proteins - the building blocks of muscles. Don’t think that means I’m trying to turn your son into a carnivore. Raw nuts and seeds, beans, peas, broth-based soups, eggs, milk, and yogurt are all good sources of protein. Again, the closer it looks like it does in nature the better.
Step 3: Hydrate - Hydration is very important before a game. We should try to consume about 20 ounces of water with our pre-game meal. Another general rule is that we want to drink about one ounce of water per day for every pound of body weight (150lbs = 150 oz. of water). Try to avoid caffeine, colored, and sugared drinks.
We can add to that supplementation. It’s not a bad idea to take a multivitamin everyday.
I know it is a lot to throw at you at once. Thank you again for all that you do for our school, our program, and our children.
All the best,