NORTHSTAR NEWSLETTER

ST. CHARLES NORTH
NORTH STAR FOOTBALL 

WEEKLY JOURNAL 

June 28th-July4th 

Stars family, 

I hope this message finds you well.  As we move into the 4th of July holiday, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past month.  While it certainly  was not ideal the virtual experience that our staff and players created was nothing short of amazing. I want to commend our players for the time and effort they put into the meetings. They brought a “move the needle” growth mindset to every session. There were some highs and lows but the opportunity to get to know our players better was worth it. In short, these kids have responded! 

E+R=O 

Speaking of response. In the North Star Football program we spend a great deal of time talking, learning and reflecting on the importance of a positive mindset.   Adversity is no stranger to any of us and in the game of football it is a guarantee.  It is within these moments of adversity, when we lack control that we must fall back on our training and respond in a manner that will bring us closer to the desired outcome.  We use a simple equation of e+r = o to help support our learning. 

Event + Response = Outcome 

The  events that we have been faced with these past few months  have been life changing.  It has taken everything that I once knew as normal and turned it all upside down . To be honest, it has been a major challenge for me.  But through it all I have focused on one thing and that has been my response .   We do not have a choice as to when adversity will strike but we certainly do have control over how we respond.   I have chosen to be grateful for the extra time with my kids. I have chosen to be thankful for the opportunities I have had to connect with our players.  I try to find moments of joy each day.  It has been a conscious decision and not always easy. It is a discipline that I have yet to master but as each event comes up I see it as a chance to get better. “Bring it on!”

The reason I write all of this is because none of us know what the future holds.  As we eagerly await the IHSA return to play protocols we must focus on being patient and understanding. The administrations of D303, IDHP and IHSA want to see our athletes back on the field but never at the risk of their personal health.  There is no guarantee of a season in the fall. That is hard to even fathom. However, in those moments of doubt we can focus on remaining positive. We cannot control what happens but we can control our own actions. I have asked our players each day we meet to “move the needle” . Move your personal needle forward each and every day.  We talk about putting our head down and not worrying about anything but moving the needle. When the decision comes for the season, we will be ready.  

WEEK AGENDA

  • NO FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES 
  • As of 6/28 July summer camps have not been opened by the district. 
  • If we have camps times are listed on our calendar and homepage of scn4thphase.org 
  • When the district opens we will send the live link via email
  • Please register as soon as  you can because there will be a hard stop on registration. 
  • If you have financial concerns please email me directly 
  • rober.pomazak@d303.or

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

IHSA & IDHP 

  • Phase 1 
    • Have cleared teams to meet in groups of 10 or less and conduct non sport specific conditioning 
    • Phase 2 is being reviewed by the IDHP
    • The act is now under review at the district level 
    • We are still awaiting word on what we will be allowed to do 
    • When we get word we will immediately open up registration

EARY YOUR STRIPES CHALLENGE 

– LAW OF EXTRA 

– Complete defensive midterm 

– ANY EXTRA SKILLS/ DRILL /SELFLESS 

– USE @ROBERTPOMAZAK TO POST 

– EMAIL ME IF NOT ON TWITTER 

COLLEGE RECRUITING 

  • DEAD PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH AUG 31ST 
  • ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS TO MAKE COMBINE VIDEO 
  • I CAN HELP WITH FILMING IF NEEDED 
  • LEGACY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO USE 

ALL AMERICAN 7 ON 7 

  • POTENTIAL JULY LEAGUE DETAILS FORTHCOMING 

NEWSLETTER ACCOUNTABILITY

ST. CHARLES NORTH
NORTH STAR FOOTBALL 

WEEKLY JOURNAL 

June 7th- June 13th 

Stars family, 

I want to thank everyone for attending the player / parent meeting last Monday. We had over 150 people in attendance !  I am so proud and feel so privileged to be a part of this football family. Our young men and women have shown their Iron Star will over the first week of virtual camp. Their attention and participation each day has proven to me that we will be a better program coming out of this than before  we went in.  

F.A.M.I.L.Y

I do believe it is important for our program to take a moment to touch upon the current state of our country.   I struggle to find adequate words to describe the outrage that I feel towards the treatment and injustic of our fellow citizens.  As the leader of this program and member of our community my stance will and always has been to coach to our players hearts regardless of race, color or religion. I want to listen and learn on how I can better support all of our players.  As a father it is paramount  that I teach my daughters right from wrong and that we are all brothers and sisters of this world. I want our future leaders to see that change is possible and that we all have a voice and can make change happen. If anyone needs support or wants to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me. 

ACCOUNTABILITY 

This coming week is dedicated to our tenant of Accountability. In our world we describe being accountable as taking action.  I find it appropriate right now to encourage our players to “take action”. In our world we talk about doing what’s right all of the time not just when it is convenient to you. Staying  committed long after the initial desire has left you. I encourage you to discuss this value with your son or daughter and help support them to develop the accountability that our program needs to be successful.  Each week one of our 8 platoons will be assigned to a presentation dedicated to the value of the week. This week the Average Joe’s will grace us with their version of Accountability, I cannot wait. 

WEEKLY AGENDA

Monday June 8th 

9:30 Pomaton On Demand 

6:00pm So/Var Virtual Camp 

Tuesday January 21ST 

6:00pm So/Var Virtual Camp 

Wednesday January 22ND

9:30 Pomaton On Demand 

6:00pm So/Var Virtual Camp 

Thursday January 23RD

6:00pm So/Var Virtual Camp 

Friday January 24TH 

9:30 Pomaton On Demand 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

IHSA & IDHP 

  • Have cleared teams to meet in groups of 10 or less and conduct non sport specific conditioning 
  • The act is now under review at the district level 
  • We are still awaiting word on what we will be allowed to do 
  • There will be no face to face this week and potential all of June from what we are told. 

EARY YOUR STRIPES CHALLENGE 

  • PHYSICAL – LEGACY OR POMATON TRAINING 
    • 3 DAYS = 1 PT 
  • TECHNICAL 
    • DRILL WORK 
    • (PHOTO FILM TO PLATOON LEADER ) 

– TACTICAL 

– TACKLING /TAKEAWAY GOOGLE FORM 

– MENTAL 

– VIRTUAL CAMP ATTENDANCE 

– LAW OF EXTRA 

– ANY EXTRA SKILLS/ DRILL /SELFLESS 

– USE @ROBERTPOMAZAK TO POST 

– EMAIL ME IF NOT ON TWITTER 

COLLEGE RECRUITING 

  • DEAD PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 31ST 
  • ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS TO MAKE COMBINE VIDEO 
  • I CAN HELP WITH FILMING IF NEEDED 
  • LEGACY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO USE 

ALL AMERICAN 7 ON 7 

  • POTENTIAL JULY LEAGUE DETAILS FORTHCOMING 

Tentative SCN FB Summer Calendar

The 2020 summer calendar has been released and can be found under schedule but also PDF version below. All camps dates and times are subject to change. Currently operating the IHSA no contact guidelines our June camp will be virtual. Scheme, philosophy and tactical pratices will be taught via google meets . While physical and technical will be done at home and follow all state guidelines. Questions or concerns please contact

robert.pomazak@d303.org (allow 24-48 for return contact)

ST. CHARLES NORTH NORTH STAR FOOTBALL

ST. CHARLES NORTH
NORTH STAR FOOTBALL 

WEEKLY JOURNAL 

WHAT’S INSIDE 

APRIL 19TH- MAY 4TH  

Good morning, day or evening (whenever you are reading this) to all of you. First and foremost I hope you and your family are doing well.  Well, the verdict came in and the state has made the decision to keep remote learning for the duration of the school year. I want to express my sincere appreciation to the seniors who are sacrificing their last year of high school for the greater good of humanity. Man, those are heavy words and responsibitlities to put on the shoulders of a 17 or 18 year old. However, if coaching has taught me one thing it is that our students are unbelievably resilient and strong.  This is a necessary decision to preserve the fight and the victory in this war we are in. Albeit does not make it any easier to digest. 

I will keep this newsletter short and to the point. We are being tested… all of us. Not one person is exempt from this situation. Bottom line we are all dealing with it the best way we know how. I for one have found it a difficult road to navigate. My anxieties have gotten the better of me a few times and each day I try to place myself in the moment and find the joy that is present.   It is said that adversity reveals the real you. It shows you what you have inside of you. There is a great quote. 

“Squeeze an orange and you get orange juice. “ 

Bottom line we are all getting squeezed right now and we all want this to end. It will and we will find ourselves together in a new age of appreciatiation. I for one cannot wait. However, we must get through the valley to get the peak and right now we are fighting for every inch. Let’s continue to fight toghether and win each day. That is all we can do… WIN…THE … DAY 

As for the program we are pushing forward with the same design and intent as we always have. The goal is keep preparing and when our number gets called we will be ready. I have scheduled a meeting with each level  So, Jr & Sr this week. I will be going over our 4 month plan. I believe it is essential that we are all on the same page as we move through this situation. I want to keep our players motivated and excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves but I also want to give them individualized direction so that they can succeed.  Please know that I am here for all of you, if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be increasing communications in the coming weeks as we have some very exciting virtual events planned for our program. 

Performance Training 

  • REMOTE DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS SHARED ON GOOGLE SITE FOR PLAYERS 
  • I have posted all lifts on Rack Performance 
  • Additional workouts will be on GOOGLE SITE 
  • Additional skill work has been posted on GOOGLE SITE 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

4/29 WEDNESDAY 7PM 

REAL WORLD SPEAKER 

ANTHONY SCHLEGEL 

FORMER OSU & NFL LINEBACKER 

SUMMER CAMP DATES: IMPORTANT 

COLLEGE RECRUITING 

Due to the shelter in place college coaches are now asking for film and recruiting information to be sent directly to them. I will be doing this for our kids. 

COLLEGE 411 PRESENTATION 

  • Currently on hold
  • Potential Zoom meeting TBD 

SUMMER CAMP LIST 

This year we will have the usual camps listed below . 

*June 1st- 4th is designated for youth and individual skills camps. 

* We have added a new camp opportunity. June 6th – July 30th we will be running a separate strength & conditioning class. Bryce Biel of Legacy Performance and his staff along with our Staff will be running a 75 minute strength & speed session M-R. Camp times will vary from June to July. The availability of this camp will allow us to separate our football and strength development. While this is an extra cost, the development to the athlete is well worth it  in my opinion. Prices have yet to be released but I can assure you it will come down to less than 10 dollars a session which is well below Bryce’s usual cost. We took this step as the logical progression in our program’s development. We have always felt that our strength development conflicted with our football development in the summer. This will alleviate that problem. Additionally, we start official football camp on June 22nd. From June 1st – June 18th we will be having OTA (organized team activities) film and scheme sessions from 6pm – 8pm. These are non padded classroom based sessions. A full curriculum is being developed to better prepare our athletes cognitively for the summer installs. Again we feel this aligns more consistently with our 4 quadrant development model. There will not be a camp sign up as these opportunities are free of charge. 

* I appreciate the monetary investment you make on your child’s behalf. If you have questions please contact me.