The summer is quickly flying by and football season is drawing near. I encourage all the young men coming to SMA in the fall to give the best of their talents to help us achieve our goal of a championship football season. Last year we took a big step in winning our first play-off game in a long while. With all of the returning players and a few added pieces to the puzzle, I believe we should set our sights on winning the T-CAL Championship!
I encourage everyone to get involved. Football is a great game that can help teach many life lessons, such as working cooperatively with others for a common goal, learning to overcome obstacles placed in front of you, learning to make good decisions based on a desired outcome and understanding the value of a great work ethic. Football is the ultimate TEAM sport. No other sport has so many moving parts that have to come together in order to achieve success.
Football: Not Just a Physical Game
Football is a tough, physically demanding game, but it is more than just that. It is also a very cerebral sport that requires more thought processes than any other sport. Football is a contact sport, but each player is equipped with safety gear, and we teach the players how to play the game properly in order to lessen the risk of injury. Injuries are an unfortunate part of any athletic venture, not just football.
General Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander in WWII and later President of the United States, is credited with the following quote:
“I believe that football, almost more than any other sport, tends to instill into men the feeling that victory comes through hard—almost slavish—work, team play, self-confidence and an enthusiasm that amounts to dedication.”
Football Teaches Leadership, Team-building and Self-confidence
I know that some of our athletes have never played football, and others may have tried it in the past and not enjoyed it, but I would like our high school boys to give me and our great football staff a chance to work with you to develop your athletic skills. Everything we do in football will help you in other sports as well as help you learn leadership, team-building and self-confidence.
Camp Is Coming Aug. 10-14
An added bonus to participating in football is the chance to take part in our football camp the week before school starts, Aug. 10-14. The camp is for all 9th through 12th grade boys interested in playing on the Junior Varsity or Varsity teams. Registration for campers is Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1:30-4 p.m. and the fee for the camp is $190 for boarding students and $40 for day students. Day student camp hours will be 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For new students, registering and being on campus the week before school begins provides a great opportunity to make new friends and become familiar with the Academy campus before classes begin. Returning students will also benefit from the extra week of work outs and practices after their summer off. Additionally, camp students will have the opportunity to be involved in some school orientation sessions during the camp week, which will help them as the new year gets underway.
To register for camp, download the form from our welcome packet page and return it to the Academy with your payment. Also be sure you have a current physical turned in to the Academy in order to participate in camp.
I will send out more information about football camp next month; in the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.
Coach Les Davis, SMA Athletic Director and Head Football Coach