May 22, 2013
Attention Dutchmen Players, Parents and Guardians:
Along with the warm weather and sectional playoffs, spring brings us the start of football season!
Whether attending a parent meeting or contributing to a fundraiser, thank you to everyone who has
helped get us ready for the 2013 season. Welcome to the new faces in Dutchmen Football and, to
all, thank you for taking the time to read through this important program material.
And congratulations to former Guilderland Dutchman Drew Smith! Drew, who played in our program
from Modified through Varsity and led us to the Section II Superbowl in 2007, was recently signed by
the Buffalo Bills and is currently in their training camp. Tough and confident while caring and humble,
Drew represents the best of what our school and our football program have to offer. The tireless work
and dedication he invested in the classroom, weight room and athletic fields got him to where he is
today. What advice does he have to offer our 2013 players?
“Squat and do sprints. Squat and do some more sprints. Squat again and if you’re tired, do
more sprints” --Drew Smith, Class of 2008
When it comes to effort, he shares the sentiments of recently retired Coach Bob Ladouceur:
"Preparation is not fun. It's hard work and difficult, but doing something difficult builds
character. It's difficult to have fun with drudgery and repetition. The fun is on game night,
making it pay off."
Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle Football (CA)
33 year record of 399 wins, 25 losses and 3 ties
Coach Ladouceur retired this past January as the winningest coach in high school football history.
His record is one to which only a few can even aspire; however, the values he taught and standards
he sought translate to any and every program, and are what make football such a character building
and life affirming experience for young people across the country.
We all have commitments elsewhere – family and social, religious, academic and athletic – but our
players know that, for us to be competitive at a championship level, we must commit to a high level of
training and football development throughout the year. There are no shortcuts.
This letter outlines the expectations and opportunities for all of our players in the program, from the
players who envision earning a football scholarship to those whose goal is to make the team.
Every player can support our mission by training in our strength and conditioning program,
clearing his schedule during preseason practice and attending our team camps - Black and
Blue and Team Camp at Union College.
June 24 – August 15
Monday through Thursday:
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
New this year – Wednesday sessions: Freshmen Team Lift!
Our lead coaches for the speed, strength and conditioning program this summer are Coach Schewe,
Coach Usher and Coach Penna. Each will lead the players through an intense 60-75 minute
workout that will be tailored to each player’s ability and development. Players should arrive 510 minutes before the start of the session. They attend one session per day, 2-4 times per week
(Freshmen strive for two minimum, JV and Varsity attend 3 or 4). Through this program we are:
BUILDING BETTER ATHLETES: Our training program builds strength, stamina, agility
and speed. We build core strength and flexibility in the abdomen, hips and lower back. We
prioritize ground-based athletic movements that train the whole athlete. We perform
agility/speed drills and Strongman activities. We emphasize proper form and movement
before encouraging athletes to perform heavy lifts.
AVOIDING INJURY: Studies in all sports continue to prove the advantages of proper strength
and conditioning. We continue to heighten our awareness regarding head and neck injuries
and incorporate techniques and routines in our summer program to minimize these risks.
Participation in our program greatly reduces the chance of injury during the season.
PROMOTING TEAM: Players will push each other through team competitions, timed
workouts and competitive goals they set each workout. They push each other and protect
each other just as they will do on the football field.
ENSURING PROPER PREPARATION: Training at the ‘Y’, in your basement, or even with
some of the personal trainers and coaches out there will not meet all of the above criteria. Our
program ensures each player will excel through the rigors of organized football.
HOLDING OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE: No more are players “off the radar” for the
summer. When a player is with us, we know he is preparing. If he is not with us, we know to
contact him. Questions? Interests? Concerns? Contact us anytime or stop by our
sessions and see for yourself.
Please note: During Regents exams, June 11th – 20th, the
weight room will continue to be open after school; players are
encouraged to check in with Coach Jensen for specific times
to train.
May 28 – 31 Athletic Testing (Varsity and JV)
2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Weight Room
May 28 – 31 Equipment Distribution (Varsity and JV) 2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Locker Room
May 31
Ath. Testing and Equip. Distrib. (Freshmen)
3:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Weight Room
June 1
Linemen Challenge
6:00 p.m.
June 2
RPI 7 on 7 Passing Tournament
9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
June 3-7
Black and Blue Camp
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
GHS West Fields
June 3
Physicals (by appointment)
4 – 5:45 p.m.
Health office
June 10
Physicals (by appointment)
4 – 5:45 p.m.
Health office
June 5
Parents Meeting
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
New Cafeteria
June 11–20 Regents/School Exams
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
June 15-16 College Prep Football Camp
Syracuse, NY
June 27-28 Utica College Lineman Camp
Utica College
June 27
SUNY Albany 7 on 7 Passing Tournament
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SUNY Albany
July 7
Cohoes Tiger Shootout Passing Tournament 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cohoes, NY
July 29–Aug 2
Team Football Camp (FR, JV and V)
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Union College
Aug. 19-31 Preseason Practice (Freshman start Aug. 20) Varied
Practice Fields
Sept 2nd
Single-session practices begin
Practice Fields
Sept 6th
7:00 p.m.
Ballston Spa
and lifting exercises this week and receive their equipment after completing their tests.
LINEMAN CHALLENGE – Saturday, June 1st: Linemen who are interested in participating in a oneday test of strength and skill have two events this year in which they can compete. We are looking to
take ten linemen. Contact Coach Schewe for signups and details.
RPI 7 on 7 – Sunday, June 2nd: Our first of several passing tournaments we will compete in as a
team, this event is for offensive backs, receivers, defensive backs and linebackers. We compete
against local and statewide competition in developing our passing attack. VARSITY PLAYERS
should set aside these dates and contact Coach Childs or Coach Penna about signups.
BLACK AND BLUE FOOTBALL CAMP: Our tenth annual contact camp will run from Monday to
Friday, 3:30 – 6:30, with our official starting time being 4:00. At 3:30 and after 6:30, players will have
the opportunity to practice additional drills (kicking, snapping, QB-Center exchanges, etc.) and get
one-on-one attention from the staff and trainer. Cost is $100, and scholarship and multi-camp
discounts are available (see Coach Penna). Players may register up through the first day of camp.
Brochures are located in the weight room and players can bring them in or they can be sent in to the
school. This is a high priority camp; players should see Coach Penna if they cannot attend.
PARENTS’ MEETING JUNE 5TH: We highly encourage all parents to attend this information
meeting. We will explain our expectations for the summer, update signups for events where we need
parental help (the chain gang, concession stand, etc.) and answer questions.
PHYSICALS: In order to compete in August, all players MUST turn in the Parent Consent/Emergency
information and Health History form. Everyone also needs a physical, offered for free at GHS.
TEAM FOOTBALL CAMP AT UNION COLLEGE: This is our second opportunity for all Freshman,
JV and Varsity players to work together with their teammates and coaches in developing their skills.
We introduce and reinforce the techniques specific to our team offensive and defensive schemes.
Cost is $150, with a $50 discount given to campers who attend Black and Blue Camp. Register and
pay through Coach Penna at GHS. Registration sheets will soon be available in the weight room.
ADDITIONAL FOOTBALL CAMP OPPORTUNITIES: Of the many football camps available, we
attend Union and Black and Blue so we can best learn our schemes and come together as a team.
Linemen are encouraged to attend the Utica T-N-T Camp with Coach Schewe for the same reasons.
Interested in attending other camps as well, including single-day college camps or the College Prep
Football Camp? Please feel free to seek out the advice of the coaching staff for the quality and
reputation of those available.
PRESEASON: Preseason camp performance dictates the success of the team and of an individual
player. At the JV and Varsity levels, any player who misses more than one day will be INELIGIBLE
for the first game and will jeopardize the success of his team. Please make your vacation plans for
other times during the summer and arrange transportation plans in advance. Also, given the grueling
nature of double-sessions, players are advised to drastically cut down their work hours or stop any
part-time work altogether. Daily schedule will come in our summer mailing.
FUNDRAISING: Our fundraising efforts have begun as we prepare to fund 50% of the Freshman
Team. Please contribute your dues and get involved! We need to have this fee paid before the
Freshmen can take the field in August.
BOOSTER CLUB: The Guilderland Football Booster Club works hard behind the scenes to provide
positive team spirit, organization of team events and financial support to the Modified, Freshman, JV
and Varsity teams. We ask each player’s family to donate $75 to help contribute to the events and
resources that create the highest caliber experience for our players. See attached sheet.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND HELP: Coaches are available each day during school and in the
weight room. Longtime Dutchmen Football supporter Dom Paratore updates our team website
( weekly with announcements and events. Our program continues to
grow; contact Booster Club Co-Presidents CJ and Krista Gallup ([email protected]) to get
involved. Final reminder: Our next informational meeting will be June 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the New
Cafeteria at GHS. Please call or email the high school to contact any coaches, nurses, etc. with any
questions or comments.
Upcoming Freshman players may contact Coach Cahill at
[email protected], JV players may contact Coach Usher at [email protected]
and I can be reached through email ([email protected]) or at 861-8591 x 5501.
Best of luck to our track and field athletes and lacrosse and baseball players competing in Sectional
and State play as we eagerly anticipate the start of the 2013 season. Go Dutchmen!
Daniel Penna
Head Coach
Guilderland Football
2013 Season Football Dues
Level (circle one) Modified Freshmen
Please include this detachment, make check payable to “Guilderland Football Booster Club” and mail to
Guilderland Football Booster Club
P.O. Box 728
Guilderland, NY 12084
2013 Season Football Dues
Level (circle one) Modified Freshmen
Please include this detachment, make check payable to “Guilderland Football Booster Club” and mail to
Guilderland Football Booster Club
P.O. Box 728
Guilderland, NY 12084
2013 Season Football Dues
Level (circle one) Modified Freshmen
Please include this detachment, make check payable to “Guilderland Football Booster Club” and mail to
Guilderland Football Booster Club
P.O. Box 728
Guilderland, NY 12084

letter - Dutchmen Football