Our goal is to develop young boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment that teaches football skills, and builds a winning positive attitude along with raising the self-esteem of all our participants. At this level it is imperitive that children are

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10 Commandments of FB Parents
by posted 11/13/2015


Adapted and reprinted with permission
By Coach George Curry, Berwick High School, Berwick, Pennsylvania

  1. Be positive with your son; let him know he is accomplishing something special by being part of the team. Don’t put him down.

  2. Don’t offer excuses for him if he is not playing. There is usually a reason for it. Encourage him to work hard and do his best.

  3. Don’t put down his coaches. Remember the coach represents the “boss”, the “authority”, the “parent”, the “teacher”, the “law”, etc. If there is a concern about a certain situation or coach, contact the head coach and schedule a meeting. If you constantly bad-mouth your son’s coaches, how can you expect the youngster to respect and play for them?

  4. Whether he is a first-stringer or a seventh-stringer, players must follow rules pertaining to curfew, drugs/alcohol, girlfriends, promptness, and school. Football is a very demanding sport and coaches must concern themselves with a player’s off-the-field activities in order to get the maximum physical and mental performance out of their players.

  5. Insist on good grades, good attendance, and promptness at school. Check the number of hours your son spends on homework. It is the duty of the parents to see that their son is working in the classroom. No matter how good a player is, if he doesn’t have good grades, he doesn’t get into. Eliminate the use of the car, video games, cell phone, computer, television, etc. that cut into study time.

  6. Don’t criticize other players because you dislike their parents. Don’t try to live your life vicariously through your son. Football is a youngsters’ game; let them play it. Don’t show animosity or jealousy to any of your son’s teammates because they carry the ball more, score more touchdowns, or even get good press. This type of envy rubs off on your son and it can devastate a team. Who cares who scores or makes the big play as long as everyone does their job to the fullest?

  7. Don’t be a know-it-all. The coaches work with the players nearly year-round and they know what each player can and cannot do. As a fan, you are entitled to scream your head off, but please don’t become belligerent and arrogant toward players. They are amateurs, as are the coaches. Coaches know their talent. Respect that.

  8. Insist on your son’s respect for team rules, school rules, game officials, and sportsmanship. There are valid reasons for rules in any society. Don’t let him make fools out of his family, school, and team for some uncalled-for gesture or incident that brings him shame. Self-respect begins with self-control.

  9. Encourage your son to improve his self-image by believing in himself. Don’t compare and contrast your son with family members who played previously. Every youngster is different. Don’t add pressure by expecting him to live up to an older brother’s individual accomplishments.

  10. Encourage your son to play for the love of the game, not for a scholarship. This alleviates a lot of pressure on the youngster. Scholarships are in the hands of college recruiters. Many talented players fizzle because the pressure on them to get a scholarship causes them to become selfish. Insist on unselfishness; football is the ultimate team sport. Good things usually happen to the unselfish, hardworking athlete. 

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Why Football Matters
by JB posted 05/03/2015

Why Football Matters, By John Harbaugh

Posted Apr 22, 2015


Football is under attack, but the game and the values it instills in young men are critical to our society.


The game of football is under attack.

We see it every day in the headlines and on the news. The medical concerns are pressing. The game has taken its share of criticism. President Barack Obama said that if he had boys he wouldn’t let them play football. Even LeBron James has publicly said no football in his house.

The question is asked over and over:  Why would anyone want to play football? And why would anyone let their kids play?

Here’s my answer: I believe there’s practically no other place where a young man is held to a higher standard.

Football is hard. It’s tough. It demands discipline. It teaches obedience. It builds character.

Football is a metaphor for life.

This game asks a young man to push himself further than he ever thought he could go. It literally challenges his physical courage. It shows him what it means to sacrifice. It teaches him the importance of doing his job well. We learn to put others first, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. And we learn to lift our teammates – and ourselves – up together.

These are rare lessons nowadays.

Football has faced challenges like this before.

In 1905, there were 19 player deaths and at least 137 serious injuries. Many of these occurred at the high school and college levels. Major colleges said they were going to drop football because the game had become too violent.

That’s when President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in to call a meeting with coaches and athletic advisers from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. He wanted to find a way to make the game safer. They made significant changes, introducing new rules like the forward pass and the wide receiver position. Those changes turned football more into the game we know it as today.

We made progress. Rules changed. Society evolved. The game advanced.

We’re at another turning point in our sport. The concussion issue is real and we have to face it.

We have to continue to get players in better helmets. We have to teach tackling the right way, and that starts at the NFL level. Change the rules. Take certain things out of the game. It’s all the right thing to do.

But even with all of that, the importance of football hasn’t changed. In some ways, it’s more important than ever.

And I believe the most critical place for football is at the youth and high school levels. For 97 percent of football players, the pinnacle of their careers is the high school game. Few players ever go on to the college level. Even less make it to the pros.

For a lot of these kids, it’s not until it’s all said and done, and they look back on it several years later, that they realize the difference the sport made in their lives. They are proud of playing the game. Have you ever met anybody who accomplished playing four years of high school football, and at the end of that run said, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have played’? It doesn’t get said.

We know that football players aren’t perfect. Nobody is. But millions of former players, one by one, can recount the life-altering principles they learned from football. 

They know the value of football is the values in football.

That’s why high school football – and particularly high school coaches – play such a vital role in our society. Our football coaches are on the front lines of the battle for the hearts and minds of the young men in our society. The culture war is on and we see it every day. These young men are more vulnerable than ever.

How many youth and high school coaches serve as a father figure to their players? How many mothers look to the coaches of their son’s football team as the last best hope to show their son what it means to become a man – a real man? More than we’ll ever know.

Coaches teach our young people the lessons of life that very often they learn from no one else. Coaches have the kind of influence in our schools, and with our young people, that is difficult to come by.

Billy Graham once said, “One coach will influence more people in one year than the average person will do in a lifetime.” My dad also says all the time that it just takes one person to believe in a young man or young woman to change their lives. I couldn’t agree more.

Our culture teaches us to judge an activity by how it’s going to make us feel right now. But football doesn’t work that way. The game challenges and pushes us. It’s often uncomfortable. It requires us to be at our best.

Isn’t that what we want in our society?

Football is a great sport. Football teams can be, and very often are, the catalyst for good in our schools and our communities. Millions of young men have learned lessons in football that they could only learn through playing this game. Football has saved lives.

That is why football matters.

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Ward Melville Patriots Football
by posted 12/19/2012

Check out the Stack Varsity Ward Melville Football home page and support the Patriots!

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SBU Football
by posted 12/19/2012

Keep up with the burgeoning Stony Brook Seawolves Football program.
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