EXTRA POINTS NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

Coach’s Message

11.16-11.21

Star’s Football Family-

Happy Thanksgiving Week! 

I want to take this opportunity to express my hope that you get a moment to relax and enjoy a special time with your family this week.  I know this year we have seen ALOT of our families but it is always a little more special on the holidays.  As we continue to navigate through 2020’s unrelenting onslaught of uncertainty, I want to express my gratitude to all of you.  Your support and encouragement throughout this ordeal have been a wonderful representation of what being an Iron Star is all about.  

In our program, we live by our credo of “Iron Star Football”.  The Iron Star was developed by our 2013 team and my 1st team as a head coach. It was created to serve as our guiding light for the behaviors we will support and develop within our program.  Each and every day the message of the program is built around these pillars of behavior. 

As we enter this new phase of this journey, there is a level of belief that we all need to have. Sometimes we have to believe even when the odds are against us. As we say: 

“A group of people with a shared belief  can become an unstoppable force. Belief is a force multiplier…an ignitor”

When the chips are down we need to fall back on the values that make us who are we. We can all find a way to make our Iron Star values applicable to our lives.  Stay strong, have a purpose, and share your light. 

The Plan

In the coming weeks, our parent group 4th Phase and Cover 4 Hospitality Group will begin moving forward with the plans for our 2021 spring campaign. While there is a lot that still remains unclear, we will be working to create an ELITE experience for all parents, players, and community members. Please be on the lookout for correspondences coming from both groups in the near future. It takes a village to run this football program and we will be calling on all of you to come and be a part of the mission, vision, and purpose.  If you are interested in being on a committee please contact Trisha Sharkey at tshark3@gmail.com . 

Parting Shots 

We will get through this!

We will play football!

 It will be awesome! 

TOP PRIORITY

  • SUNDAY 11/29 
    • ALL PROGRAM WINTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN – PLAYERS ONLY
    • ZOOM LINK 
  • WINTER PERFORMANCE TRAINING 
    • Due to the Tier 3 mitigations, we will be asking playes/families to fill out the below form so that we can create our programs 
    • Winter Performance Training Track Selection – All players fill this out so we can track who is doing what 
      • Option 1 Legacy – (Fill out this form if interested in legacy training) 
  • Toys for Tots 
    • Register for any time that works for you/ not going as a team due to covid
    • Parent’s family welcome. 
  • Calendar update

4 QUADRANT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS WEEK 

  • SHORT TERM PLAN 
  • Below is OUR plan to continue on our journey to ELITE 
    • 11.30 – 2. 14
      •  WINTER PRE SEASON DEVELOPMENT PLAN 
    • January 29th end winter sessions 
    • Feb 1st conditioning acclimatization begins 
    • Feb 15th begins the 20-21 season 
  • COLLEGE RECRUITING 
    • If you are interested in being recruited for collegiate football please fill out this form.  
    • If you and your parents want to set up a meeting with our College Recruiting Team please fill out this form. 
    • SCN Virtual Recruiting Program (please feel free to share it with coaches who contact you via twitter or email
  • REMINDER 
    • Please do your best to protect yourself and each other. Utilize ELITE social distancing practices at all times. 

EXTRA POINTS NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

Coach’s Message

11.16-11.21

Star’s Football Family-

A good evening/morning or afternoon,

I hope this message finds you doing well.  I understand how challenging the past two weeks have been for many of our families. The virus has affected us all on many levels and to those who have to deal with it in their home please know that my thoughts for your health and safety are constant.  We found out Monday that my mother-in-law had come down with the virus. While she did struggle early on she has battled back and is doing well at this time. I can only say the stress, anxiousness, and fear is real. As a reminder to our entire football family let us please stick together through these tough times. We are here for each other through thick and thin. I am here for all of you if ever need anything please do not hesitate to reach out. 

GRIT 

With our kids, we have spent much of this months focus on the word  “Grit”. For many years, I thought “grit” was just coaches speak. I never fully understood it nor did I want to believe in something that mythical. I tend to lean toward a more tangible rationale. However, over the last few months, I have taken a harder look at what “Grit” is and isn’t. 

  • Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.
  • Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.
  • Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–

Grit

“ A goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.”

This whole experience has been a battle of will and perseverance. It is so easy to quit and give up because our goal keeps getting put into question.  We often talk to our kids about leading…even when it is hard. Well,  I have to say that our players have shown me that grit can become 3 dimensional. They have shown it to me through their effort in all aspects of their life.  Never in my life have I been prouder of a group of young men and women. 

 I know it is difficult to navigate much of what is going on with the virus, school, holidays, and the question mark of the season hanging over us. With that said, I will continue to present our plan to prepare for the Feb ‘21 season. As distracting as this all is I find the thought of playing our season a great horizon line to pull me through. I hope you feel the same way.  As we transition into the “Winter Pre Season” there is much work to be done and the next two months will be gone in a blink of an eye.  As we said last week. 

“Enjoy the journey because the destination is a mirage.”

Parting Shots 

We will get through this!

We will play football!

 It will be awesome! 

PLAYER TOP PRIORITY

  • TURN IN BLACK JERSEY TO COACH POMAZAK (WEIGHT ROOM/LEAVE ON DESK) 
  • TURN IN GREEN BAND TO COACH POMAZAK (WEIGHT ROOM/ BLUE BAG) 
  • Player Calendar update
    • NO FACE TO FACE ACTIVITIES 
    • VIDEO REVIEW WEEK/ PLAYER EVALUATIONS 
    • VIRTUAL CONTACTS – TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 
      • SUNDAY 6PM VARSITY TEAM CHECK-IN 6PM 
      • TUES DEFENSIVE SCRIMMAGE REVIEW VIRTUAL 8PM 
      • WED- OL SCRIMMAGE REVIEW TBD 
      • THURS- WR SCRIMMAGE REVIEW 8PM 
  • Winter  Meeting Var Player to Coach
    • Starting Nov 16th I will be conducting winter progress meetings 
    • Dates are available on Calendly below 
    • Calendly sign up  
  • Sports Performance ScheduleS
    • FALL CYCLE HAS CONCLUDED 
    • D LOAD CYCLE 11/16-11/29
    • WINTER CYCLE BEGINS 11/30 LOCATION TBD 
  • SHORT TERM PLAN . 
  • 11.15- 11.29 Recovery Cycle 
  • 11.30 st begin winter off-season cycle -location TBD
  • January 29th end winter sessions 
  • Feb 1st conditioning acclimitization begins 
  • Feb 15th begin the 20-21 season 
  • COLLEGE RECRUITING 
    • If you are interested in being recruited for collegiate football please fill out this form.  
    • If you and your parents want to set up a meeting with our College Recruiting Team please fill out this form. 
    • SCN Virtual Recruiting Program (please feel free to share it with coaches who contact you via twitter or email

EXTRA POINTS NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

Coach’s Message

11.09-11.14

Star’s Football Family-

A good evening/morning or afternoon 🙂 I hope you have been able to take advantage of this wonderful slice of summer we have been given! I cannot remember 70 degree days during the second round of the playoffs. (btw I refer to all events in correlation to the chronology of the high school football season.) It is great to see college football back on track. It is even more exciting to have 3 of our former SCN football players suiting up in the BIG 10.  Each of these young men had different paths to achieving this moment. The one commonality was that there was a process that got them there.  This past weekend Alec Kritta caught his first collegiate pass with the University of Iowa and Tyler Nubin won his first game as a starting safety at the University of Minnesota. Both of these events are pinnacle moments in each of these young men’s lives. To say that we are proud is an understatement. I hope these young men take the time to appreciate what they are accomplishing. Moments like this get me thinking about our motto “The Process”. It is not something I made up, I am not that smart. The Process comes from the University of Alabama and Nick Saban. The Process is a philosophy that in life we will have memorable moments but the true joy is being present and selling out to the hundreds of moments that lead up to the big one.

“Enjoy the journey because the destination is a mirage.”

We talk as a team about the importance of being willing to do the work. Everyone wants to be the best but only a few will be willing to put the work in. I am so proud of the entire program for their commitment to this philosophy. Nobody outworks our kids. NOBODY! They understand their process and the constant recommitment it takes to be ELITE. 

Ugly Sweater Anyone 

In the spirit of the holidays, our program is holding an ugly sweater and mask sale from 11.01- 11.09.  6 different models of an ugly sweater, t-shirts and long sleeve tees are available. Along with 3 models of winter masks. Perfect to wear to the holiday ugly sweater zoom party. Information can be found below 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/eUd7FRrknv

Parting Shots 

We will get through this!

We will play football!

 It will be awesome! 

Congratulations

Zach McClure : Varsity Team Captain 

Carmine Bastone : Varsity Team Captain

These two young men were overwhelmingly supported by their teammates and coaches to represent SCN Football as 2 of its 4 team captains for the 2020 (‘21) Season.  

We will name 2 more captains before the opening game of the Feb 2021 season. . 

TOP PRIORITY

EXTRA POINTS NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

Coach’s Message

11.01-11.08

Star’s Football Family-

Well, we did it! A successful fall contact period has now come to a close. I want to send a heartfelt thank you to each of your families. Your dedication to providing the best for your children allowed us to creates some memories. Our experience was awesome, it actually felt like football! I can only hope your son or daughter enjoyed it as much as the staff did.  As I reflect on the past 2 months, the highlight for me was this past Tuesday night. The entire program was safely spaced on the stadium field. As the varsity practice on one end I look over to the freshman/sophomore side of the field and was completely awestruck by the level of investment that I saw from the coaches and players. It was a feel-good moment in a year that has been short on them.  As we enter the winter season, my hope is for your family to stay healthy and find some time to enjoy the holidays and the special moments it brings. In the coming weeks, our program will be outlining the progression for our players and program during the months of December through February. As we evaluate our options, our main focus will be to provide the best experience possible for our kids. 

Ugly Sweater Anyone 

In the spirit of the holidays our program is holding an ugle sweater and mask sale from 11.01- 11.08. 6 different models of ugly sweater, t shirts and long sleeve tees are available. Along with 3 models of ugle masks. Perfect to wear to the holiday ugly sweater zoom party. Information can be found below 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/eUd7FRrknv

Congratulations

Ian Erickson : Commits to St. Thomas 

Michael Priami : Commits to Plateville 

Parting Shots 

We will get through this!

We will play football!

 It will be awesome! 

TOP PRIORITY

  • PLATOON CHALLENGE #4 TRICK OR CLEATS 
    • Over 50 pairs of cleats 
    • Ian Erickson and Valhalla with the win 

STARS FOOTBALL 9.13-9.20 “MOVE THE NEEDLE” NEWSLETTER

MONDAY 9.14TUESDAY 9.15WEDNESDAY 9.16THURSDAY 9.17FRIDAY    9.18 SATURDAY 9.19 SUNDAY    9.20 
Legacy 3-5 pm No Fly Zone Varsit Film 8pmFALL CONTACT DAY             ALL LEVELS 5PM-7PM LEGACY SESSION 3-5pm check groupings No Fly Zone Film 8pm FALL CONTACT DAY         ALL LEVELS 5PM-7PM FALL CONTACT  ALL LEVELS 5PM -7PM FALL CONTACT DAY 2 ALL LEVELS 5PM-7PM YOGA PLAYER 8AM PARENT 9A FREE @ LEGACY 
    • Fall cam day protocols Arrive 4:40pm 
    • URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: GET 7 ON 7 PERMISSION SLIP ASAP RETURN TO LEVEL COACH 
    • Helmet, spikes, water , green band for varsity 
    • Green MVP t shirt / blue shorts helmet (tuesday) 
      • Uppers Thursday 
      • Reminder dress appropriately for the weather 
      • Weather 
  • Soph Green MVP T shirt/summer shorts 
  • Frosh green MVP t shirt / black blue gray or white shorts 
  • Must have self certification completed via D303 prior to coming 

TOP PRIORITY

  • Player certification- YOU MUST COMPLETE SELF CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT NORTH  USE ABOVE LINK
  • Updated Calendar please review 
  • Freshman helmet pick up option 1 3-4:30 Monday Sept 14th 
  • Freshman helmet pick up option 2 3-4:30 Tuesday Sept 15th 
  • Fall Meeting Var only (depth charts begin) 
  • Sports Performance Schedules
    • SCN FB FALL sports performance week 2 
      • Numerous players not attending with no notification you MUST contact myself and bryce prior
      • Sport Yoga: Sunday 8am we had 2 players Corey & Nick . It is not mandatory but nothing is. Players choose if they want to attend. I would say that it is free and unbelievably beneficial. 
        • Note: your coaches are attending camp for 0 dollars , they are volunteering their time. It is not mandatory for them to attend yet they do.. Probably because they feel accountable to you and want to prepare for victory. 
  • Cost per player $120 (=$10 per session ) (20 sessions) 
  • Signup 

IMPORTANT 

  • JUST PLAYS: 
    • Defensive install will be posted on classroom/ justplays. 
    • REVIEW PLAYLIST- screen cast youtube playlist to help you learn. 
  • Updated IHSA regulations & SCN plan
    • Below is a “very’ soft plan for the next 7 months leading up to the season. There is much that is still up in the air at this point. This is merely a framework. As we get more information regarding contact days I will add more detail and create a more “stable” calendar . 
  • Sept 7th we will be allowed 20 days of contact
  • DEC 1ST st begin winter off season cycle 
  • January 29th end winter sessions 
  • Feb 1st recovery weeks 
  • Feb 15th begin 20-21 season 
  • COLLEGE RECRUITING 
    • Coach Groff has been brought on to be our director of Recruiting. He and I will be developing better systems designed to support our players looking to move on to the next level. 

2020 Committee Chairs needed!

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.
~Author Unknown

SCN Football is in need of Committee Chairs for the 2020 season. These positions are integral to the smooth operation of football activities throughout the season.

Please click here to view the open positions and strongly consider volunteering!

EXTRA POINTS NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

Coach’s Message

10.26-10.31 

Star’s Football Family-

Another week in and another week of great successes for our kids. Day in and in day out our young men and women continue to live our Iron Star virtues. I speak to many other head coaches throughout the week and I have to say the level of investment, accountability, and selflessness of our Stars is NOT common. Our kids love this game and their enthusiasm is infectious. I can honestly say I love them all like my son our daughters. Their experience is my top priority and I can only hope that they are enjoying this as much as I am. I keep telling our players that at some point we will be the only ones playing and every other state will be wishing they were us. To get to spend these last 20 days with our kids has been the highlight of what has been a difficult year. 

Memories 

This past week I had to say goodbye to one of my closest friends, possibly the closest. He was a neighborhood buddy who moved in down the block in 6th grade. Basically, from the moment I met him at the bus stop on the first day of school, we were inseparable. Throughout the years we shared in the good, bad, and indifferent of each other’s life.  In high school, we would spend hours on the football field playing for a fairly poor team. Even though we didn’t win many the time we spent together and the memories we made are priceless. He had my back and I had his.  To this day there is nobody I would rather have by my side when the chips are down. As the years went on, life took over. Between kids, jobs, and everything else it can be hard to stay in touch.  While we didn’t see each other as much we still kept in touch. I always appreciated the opportunity to connect with somebody who knew me back then. He knew where I came from and understood the mindset because in our neighborhood you had to have it.  It was never awkward, it was just picked up from wherever we left off. At his funeral, they had our old football helmet out on display.  Seeing that helmet for the first time in 25 years hit my like a ton of bricks and made me realize that the reason I coach is to provide our kids with the same great memories that I have. I will never get to hear his laugh again and I feel with his passing a part of me has gone with him. 

I write this is because it is a perfect example of the importance of this moment in time for our kids. There will be a time when the cleats are hung up and all that is left are memories and friendships. Years will pass and lives will change but in those precious moments when you see your old friends the memories you share will become the fabric of your lives. During this tough time when we have so many reasons to stop believing and throw in the towel, my sole motivation has been to continue to stay true to our program’s mission, vision, and purpose. It is my NORTHSTAR! It is my guiding light! 

“PEOPLE over PLAYERS, EXPERIENCES over EVERYTHING” 

Congratulations

Carmine Bastone 

Committed to Cornell University 

Parting Shots 

We will get through this!

We will play football!

 It will be awesome! 

TOP PRIORITY

  • PLATOON CHALLENGE #4 TRICK OR CLEATS 
    • GOODWILL CLEAT DONATION 
    • LIGHTLY USED CLEATS 
    • NO HOLES OR SEVERE DAMAGE 
    • TEAM WHO COLLECTS THE MOST CLEATS WINS 
  • Camp day location 
  • Monday  
    • Frosh : no practice 
    • Soph/Var 5-7pm on turf
  • Tuesday  5-7pm
  • All levels on turf 
  • Wednesday 3-5pm (yes 3-5pm!) 
    • Soph/Var on turf 
    • Frosh on far west field 
    • Last day for sophs/ frosh 
  • Saturday