SOUTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL ADHERES TO ALL SAFETY STANDARDS.IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR EQUIPMENT NEW, CERTIFIED, AND IN TOP SHAPE, THAT ADHERES TO SAFETY AND GAME REGULATIONS, WE ARE ADMINISTERING A FOOTBALL PLAYER FEE OF $50.00 THIS SEASON.THIS FEE WILL COVER MEDICAL TEAM SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATIONS, AND UPKEEP.REMEMBER:WE ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH LIMITED FUNDS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS.YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED FOR US TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.
THE FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-NEGOTIABLE, AND MUST BE PAID IN FULL WITH CASH OR MONEY ORDER ONLY, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS, AND MUST BE PAYED BY ALL PLAYERS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE THIS SEASON.YOU DON’T PAY, YOU DON’T PLAY!ALL FUNDS MUST BE PAID BY Thursday, SEPTEMBER 19.NO EXCEPTIONS.ALL STUDENTS THAT DO NOT PAY BY THIS DATE WILL NOT PLAY GAME 1.ANY STUDENT THAT HAS NOT PAID BY GAME 2, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26, WILL BE CUT AND EQUIPMENT PICKED UP.
SOUTHEAST PROVIDES:HELMETS, SHOULDER PADS, KNEE PADS, MOUTHPIECES, CHIN STRAPS, PRACTICE JERSEYS, GAME JERSEYS, GAME PANTS.
PLAYER PROVIDES OWN:PRACTICE PANTS, GIRDLES W/ BUTT, HIP, AND THIGH PADS BUILT IN, CLEATS (BLACK), WHITE SOCKS FOR GAME DAY, UNDERSHIRTS,
PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO USE THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT IF CHECKED BY A COACH FOR SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS
2013 SOUTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
ABOUT THE COACHES
I am Coach Schexnayder.I am 38 years old. I am married and have 2 children that are 4 and 2 years old.I have played and been around this great game of football my entire life. I have coached the following sports:football, wrestling, boxing, baseball, softball, and track. This will be my 8th season of coaching football, with 2 seasons as an assistant on the middle school level and also as an athletic director, and 3 seasons as a receivers coach/passing game coordinator at Woodlawn High School/Walker High School. This will be my 3rd year as head coach (Offensive Coordinator), and I am looking forward to this incredible opportunity and journey to coach alongside veteran high school coach, Jeremy Lofland, who will be our Defensive Coordinator/Line coach. Coach Lofland has been coaching for the past 10 successful seasons, and is married and resides in Denham Springs.Of course we will have the help and mentorship of long time successful Southeast Middle Football coaches, Jonathan Boswell and Danny Mestayer, as well as appreciated help from dedicated volunteer Southeast Faculty. Obviously, we are here to teach the sport of football, but more importantly we will use the sport of football to help teach some very important life skills like discipline, responsibility, teamwork, and sportsmanship.Our goal is to teach these things while everyone learns to love the game through immense hard work and hard play.
Some of the following rules may seem excessive or harsh, however, what we would like you to understand is that football is a very intense and somewhat dangerous sport.Many of the rules and techniques that we teach are in place in order to keep your child and everyone else’s children safe as they enjoy the fun side of this wonderful game.We will work on these safety issues every day. The discipline it takes to follow these rules, the responsibility that each player must exhibit each day, the teamwork it takes for our team to function properly as 1 whole unit, and the good sportsmanship that is learned through hard work and competition will all serve your child throughout the remainder of his life. And these things are only some of the attributes of football that make it such a great sport for a young man to learn and to play.
1. Attendance is the MOST important responsibility for your child as a member of this team. When any player misses practice it hurts his development as well as the development of his teammates, or what we call, our Team Family. Missing practice can also cause him to be physically unprepared to play on game day.Any player deemed by the coaches to be unprepared for game situations cannot play until he is able to satisfy our criteria of readiness.
2. If your child is going to miss a practice, then HE should call or see one of the Coaches. Each absence will be categorized either as an excused or unexcused absence. If he cannot commit to the football schedule, he should not play football this season.Doctor appointments and similar situations should be scheduled on non-practice days whenever possible.
3. Homework is not an excuse to miss practice. School is incredibly important, more important than football. Children that cannot keep up with their schoolwork should not be playing football. Long-term projects need to be worked on throughout the course of the project. Players who “wait until the last minute” to complete school assignments and need to miss a practice, will be charged with an unexcused absence. Otherwise, day-to-day assignments should be completed in the hours after school and practice. It is the players’ responsibility to budget their time.
4. A death in the family and an illness that keeps a player bedridden are both examples of excused absences.All injured players however, should attend practice in PE Uniforms to avoid falling behind.
5. Excessive tardiness will be treated like unexcused absences.Players should go immediately to the locker rooms after the bell.They should not go and hang out at the buses, or they will be charged with a tardy.
6. Unexcused absences or tardiness will affect the amount of playing time on game days.We play no “Favorites”, no matter how athletically talented the players are!!
Expectations of Players
7.Perfect attendance. We are learning important elements of the game every single practice.Our league allows a limited number of practices in which to teach all of the safety items as well as the rules and fundamentals of this sport.And then of course we have our team’s offense, defense and special teams.So, if you want to play on game day, be at practice!!
8.Be fully dressed and on the field at the start of practice.This means getting to the locker room immediately, changing into uniforms quickly, and getting out on the field, unless there is a team meeting or instruction time in the locker room.Better to be early than late.On time is almost too late!
9.Relentless hustle. During practice, players are not permitted to walk on the field.During drills, players will be ready to go when it is their turn, and they will hustle to the back of the line when they complete each drill.Due to the limited amount of practice time and the emphasis we place on safety, our practices will be fast paced and loaded with very important information.So we must start on time and we will hustle for the entire practice to get everything finished.
10.Knowledge of assignments and techniques. Very simply put- players who do not learn our system will see their playing time suffer.We play no “Favorites!”Learn the playbook and system by studying and paying attention to detail in practice.Look at this as another subject to study and master everyday, so you will always have Football homework to do on your own.Being the best football player you can be requires more than just tackling, running, blocking, etc.The best football players study their playbooks and become students of the game, mentally!
11.Mutual respect. As coaches, we promise to give your kids 100% and we expect them to give the same in return. Players should make eye contact with coaches during instructional periods. We will never disrespect our players, and disrespect from the players will not be tolerated. Players will ALWAYS respect their Coaches, teammates, opponents, and game officials as well. There will be absolutely no taunting other teams, taking your helmet off after a score, dancing, etc, etc.This is NOT the NFL!You will do either or all of these 3 things after a score:Put the ball on the ground and come off the field, hand the ball to the ref and come off the field, and show excitement and congratulate your Team Family, who helped you get into the endzone!This is not a show for single players and the “Me” attitude will not be tolerated. We will always line up to shake hands with the other team after the game.We want respectful players that exemplify sportsmanship and represent Southeast Middle with a positive demeanor.Anything else will not be tolerated!
12.Desire to play football.This sounds simple enough, but it is very easy to tell who does not want to be here.Football is a contact sport.Football players have to have a physical and an aggressive mentality, especially on this level of play.If a player does not welcome physical contact, and like to “hit” and be “hit,” than football might not be the sport for them, and that is ok.There are plenty of sports that do not involve hard physical contact. We say this because if the player is afraid to make contact, and they shy away from contact, they can get hurt quite easily. Also, football is not an easy sport to play.Players practice tirelessly for relatively few games when compared with other sports.
13.Respect your gear at all times because it keeps you safe, and it is very expensive.Never sit on your helmet.Anyone not in full gear will participate so they do not fall behind, but during all contact drills they will work on conditioning instead, because contact without proper equipment will not be allowed under any circumstances.Players will have their own equipment sack issued at the beginning of the season.All equipment is to be placed in their sack and left in our locker room in their designated spot after practices. It will be the player’s locker and their RESPONSIBILITY. At the end of the season, we will conduct an inventory.Whatever is missing from each player sack, the player/parent will be responsible for the cost of that missing equipment.
14.We will only play “Student Athletes!” In order to play football, all players must have a 2.0GPA from the last report card from last semester. A 1.99999 is not an eligible GPA!If players are not performing in the classroom (Academic/Behavior) starting in August, they will see a reduction in playing time.Academics come 1st. Being a “Student Athlete”means that the student not only strives to do his/her best in sports, but is striving to do great things in the classroom, is involved in school related activities, exemplifies respectful and positive behavior on a daily basis, and is a role model and leader to the younger students on campus. If your child is giving 100% in the classroom, then he has a good chance of doing well in sports as well.We want model students around campus to be part of our football program.After all, you can be the best athlete in the parish, but if you can’t make the grades, you can’t play, and your talent will not be seen.
Expectations of Parents
14. Be positive and set an example with your good sportsmanship. Do not yell at officials, coaches, your child, other children on the team, or our opponents. Do not try to show up the coaches. Remember that your child’s coaches basically volunteer their time and money to do what they do. Cheering is strongly encouraged!! Parents- We need your support!!!
15.Parents areNOT permittedto attend practice near our practice field during our practice sessions.The “Closed Practice Rule” is a Southeast Middle School Handbook rule that is in place for athletics, to limit distractions for our players, so that they can focus on their work and their teammates.However, parents can wait in their cars while practice is in session and watch from a distance. At games, you are not allowed on the sidelines or field, except for an injury to your child. The field is for coaches, players and game officials.Please respect this simple rule.We would greatly appreciate your help with this.
16. ***Please show up on time to pick up your child from all practices. Practice will begin immediately after school and end at 4:45pm.On game days, we might be traveling from an away game and we will let you know what time to be there for away games to pick up your child from the school. (Should be around the same time as the end of practice). As mentioned above, we want to start all practices on time and at the end of the practices, Coaches and players need to go home. This is not a babysitting service!Set up carpools with other parents. Whatever we have to do, let’s get everyone out at a reasonable time.This very important issue falls strictly on the parents and we ask for your help in keeping everything running on time.If your child has permission to walk home from practice, we need that in writing and signed by a parent. The first infraction of being late for pickup is a loss of playing time, and the second infraction will be dismissal from the team.We know it is not the child’s fault, but he cannot be on the team if he cannot get a ride at the appropriate time at the end of practice.Traffic and other excuses will not be accepted.If you cannot get to the school at 4:45pm to pick your child up, consistently, then they will not be able to be a part of the team.
17. The best way to solve any problems or get answers to any questions that you have this season is to come to the coaches as long as it is not during practice or games. After practices and games, when we are away from the team, or on the phone, is the best way to talk with us. Expect honesty and I will expect the same.Please do not discuss problems you might have with other parents or coaches in front of our players.For a football team to be successful, the players must believe in the coaches and the techniques that they are being taught.Football is an amazing sport in part due to the multitude of ways that it can be taught.You may not like the offense, defense, this technique or that technique, but that doesn’t make them wrong or ineffective.I may not like certain offensive systems, but I would never tell my son that his coach doesn’t know what he is doing if they choose to run that system.Again any concerns you have, we will be happy to discuss them with you at the appropriate time, after practice or during my office hours at the school, for a conference.
18. Do not teach your son techniques that differ from what we teach him.Do not coach from the sidelines.This will confuse your child and could cause him to perform poorly in his assignment.Different schemes require different techniques and while you may know a great way to coach a technique, that doesn’t mean it is correct for the scheme that we are using.If you are truly interested in teaching techniques, then please see me about learning what we do, so that you can help your son with our system.This would be strongly encouraged.Not only will that extra work at home help your son and the team, but it will give you a chance to spend some great quality time together, learning the greatest sport in the world!Make sure whatever you go over and coach, that it is OUR SYSTEM!This will give your child the best chance to succeed on game day.
20. I understand that most players and their parents have very specific ideas of what position they should play. Unfortunately, there is only 1 starting QB on the team and 21 other positions that must be filled.Each player will be tested in drills and placed in a position where we feel he can best help the team. Remember that teamwork is of utmost importance in the sport of football, so encourage your child, no matter what position they end up playing.It is not about “ME, ME, ME!!”It’s all about the TEAM FAMILY and what is best for our TEAM FAMILY! Period!
21. Our intent is that every player has a starting position and makes a meaningful contribution to the team. Whether or not that goal is achieved is up to the players.Playing time is based on many things, including but not limited to attendance, assignment knowledge, and physical readiness to safely function on the field of play.
22. Playing time is at the discretion of the Coaches and will only be explained after practice or on the phone.Before and after games is not an appropriate time for this discussion.Remember, this is a very competitive football league that gets your youngster prepared for High School play, so if the game is on the line, the 1st team will stay in!On any occasion, when we are far ahead or way behind (I hope never behind!), I will sub in players to help ensure that all Southeast players get a chance during games.Some of the best young men I have ever coached were not “starters.”They were TEAM players that did there very best every single day, without question, and put the TEAM first, and were leaders and role models for their TEAM Family, on the Sideline and on the field.
23. Football is a collision sport and players are protected from injury by using the proper equipment, proper techniques, and following all safety rules and regulations.We spend a lot of time working on these things in practice.
24. If your child cannot block and tackle safely, they will NOT play.This rule is for their safety as well as the safety of all the other players on our team and our opponents’ team.It is very important that all of our players learn to block and tackle properly.
25. Players should never put their head down on the football field.Unfortunately, this seemingly simple idea takes instruction and repetition to keep it from happening.Instruction and repetition is what we do daily at practice.
26. When blocking and tackling, players should NEVER lead with any portion of the helmet. This is not only a penalty (spearing), but it is also incredibly dangerous because it can cause a spinal cord injury to either or both players.
27. Players are not permitted to wear any sort of jewelry in practice or games.
28. Players must wear a proper mouthpiece at all times.
29. Players must wear a shirt under their shoulder pads to prevent injury.
30. All serious injuries or heat related symptoms must be reported to the coaches immediately.
Equipment and Uniforms
31. All players must use rubber-molded cleats (no metal cleats).
32. No player may wear a clear mouthpiece. They must be colored white, yellow, or blue, and they must be attached to the facemask.
33. Full gear includes the helmet, chinstrap, mouthpiece, shoulder pads, jersey, tailbone pad, hip pads, girdle, thigh pads, kneepads, pants, socks, and cleats. Unless otherwise stipulated by the head coaches, we are in full gear. Game Jerseys should NOT be worn to practice.On the day before games, we will go Shorts/Shoulder Pads. (Southeast Gym shorts)
34. Before you buy supplemental equipment such as forearm pads, elbow pads, a neck roll or rib pads (flak jacket), please speak with the Coaches.Many times these items can be a hindrance for a youth player.
35. Wash practice gear at least once a week. We want to prevent the spread of infection.Air dry jerseys and pants after washing.
36. Football equipment is incredibly expensive. Take good care of it. We are fortunate that the EBR School System provides us with equipment for athletics, so we need to show our appreciation by taking care of it!Loss of equipment or mishandling of equipment, playbooks not returned at the end of the season, results in the player/parent being responsible for the cost of that item.
37. For games, our uniform will consist of our Blue Game Jerseys/Yellow Numbers & Yellow Socks along with our new Blue game pants and Blue helmets. (Players must purchase their own yellow game socks). For colder games, if your child wishes to wear long sleeves, they must be without logos on the arms. Again, this is part of our uniform, and we will all look the same. Black cleats are preferred.
Diet and Hydration
38. Players need to come to practice hydrated.They should not have their first water when they arrive at practice.Especially in the summer months, it is very hot outside and players need to be properly hydrated.When they use the toilet before practice, their urine should be clear, not yellow.In order to stay properly hydrated throughout the season, we need each player to drink at least 6 glasses of water each day.Don’t skip out on the weekends either.
39. Players should avoid beverages like soda and iced tea that are loaded with caffeine.Energy drinks are forbidden on this team.Some Gatorade or Powerade each day is ok but only some.3 to 1 water to sports drink is a pretty good mix ratio for this age group.Just think- WATER-WATER-WATER!!!!Baton Rouge heat can be brutal during August and September practices.
40. Players should avoid eating slow-digesting foods shortly before practice.Players should eat a diet high in proteins and complex carbohydrates. Eat a good breakfast and lunch and drink your water all day.This will also help in the classroom!
We think this will be a fantastic opportunity for your son to learn one of the greatest sports in the world that teaches integrity, responsibility, mental and physical toughness, sportsmanship, character, fair play, and discipline, that will help them throughout their lives.Thanks so much for your support of Southeast Athletics and allowing us the great honor to coach your son.We take this opportunity very seriously, and even though we may be tough on them everyday, we will give all that we have for your child.We treat all or our students and players like they are our own kids.We will care for them and protect them, guide them, and always look out for their very best interest, even after they move on and leave Southeast- We promise that to you! Anyone interested in helping out with video for games should see us or give us a call ASAP.If you have any questions please feel free to contact the coaches at the phone number below or you can always see us after practice while we are gathering up the gear. REMEMBER-WE ARE ALL IN THIS FOR THE KIDS, AND WE ARE ALL PART OF THE SOUTHEAST FOOTBALL TEAM FAMILY!!
Coach – Kevin Schexnayder 225-753-5930 (off hours 12:15pm-12:45pm)
Coach – Jeremy Lofland 225-753-5930 (off hours 12:15pm-12:45pm)
SOUTHEAST WILL PROVIDE: PRACTICE AND GAME JERSEY, KNEE PADS, HELMETS, CHIN STRAPS, MOUTHPIECES, SHOULDER PADS, GAME PANTS, BELTS,
PLAYERS PROVIDE:PADDED GIRDLE (HIP, THIGH, BUTT PAD), PRACTICE PANTS, BLACK CLEATS, WHITE SOCKS, SOUTHEAST PE UNIFORM
ANY SOUTHEAST PLAYER CAN USE ANY OF THEIR OWN PERSONAL EQUIPMENT IF INSPECTED BY A COACH, AND OF PROPER COLOR AND SAFETY STANDARDS WITH LEAGUE RULES.
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF SOUTHEAST ATHLETICS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON!
Some of the following rules may seem excessive or harsh, however, what we would like you to understand is that football is a very intense and somewhat dangerous sport.Many of the rules and techniques that we teach are in place in order to keep your child and everyone else’s children safe as they enjoy the fun side of this wonderful game.We will work on these safety issues every day. The discipline it takes to follow these rules, the responsibility that each player must exhibit each day, th