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Whitney ISD Athletics. Building A Total Program: Faith, Family, Community, Academics and Athletics By Kenneth Gilchrist . Kenneth M. Gilchrist & Family. ATHLETIC MISSION STATEMENT PROMOTE PERSONAL GROWTH OF OUR PLAYERS

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Whitney ISD Athletics

Building A Total Program:

Faith, Family, Community, Academics and Athletics

By Kenneth Gilchrist



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ATHLETIC MISSION STATEMENT

PROMOTE PERSONAL GROWTH OF OUR PLAYERS

We will have our players leave the program as better people and more prepared to live life.

We will take our players to a level that the student-athlete cannot take himself by maximizing each player’s academic /athletic talent and character.

We will work with an approach that is based upon the core values of TRUST, CARE, RESPECT, and ENTHUSIASM.

We will work knowing that the primary lesson to be gained from athletics is a commitment to excel which requires DEDICATION, HARD WORK, COOPERATION, and the SUBORDINATION of the individual for the good of the team.

PROMOTE A BELIEF IN A STRONG WORK ETHIC THAT LEADS TO BEING THOROUGH AND PREPARED.

We will make our student athletes understand that a work ethic applies during the season, off-season and during the summer.

We will make our student athletes understand that success requires hard work.

We will work to have a WINNING SEASON, WIN DISTRICT, PLAY IN THE PLAYOFFS AND ULTIMATELY, WIN THE STATE TITLE.

PROMOTE A BELIEF IN REPRESENTING OUR SCHOOL IN A POSITIVE WAY

We will operate our program PROFESSIONALLY and with INTEGRITY.

We will require players to fit in to the ACADEMIC mission of the school.

We will give our players every opportunity to GRADUATE.

PROMOTE THE ELEMENTS OF TEAM WORK AND LEADERSHIP

We will develop a “FAMILY” atmosphere between our players and from coach to players.

We will promote UNITY, PRIDE, CONFIDENCE and a feeling of ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE TEAM.



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Whitney Wildcats

Character Curriculum


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FIVE KEYS TO BUILDING A TOTAL PROGRAM

To accomplish this philosophy and this mission statement, I believe that we must be successful in five phases.

FAITH

FAMILY / CHARACTER EDUCATION

COMMUNITY

ACADEMICS

ATHLETICS


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FAITH

Friday during athletic period we will hold game day chapel. We will invite different leaders of churches from within the community to lead this chapel. Young people today need a strong faith system in their lives. We will do everything we can to provide this for them.

We will make a strong FCA or Young Life program available to our athletes.

We will also apply the 4 Way Test of Faith in athletics.

Players must have faith in other players.

Players must have faith in their coaches.

Coaches must have faith in their players.

Coaches must have faith in other coaches.


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FAMILY / CHARACTER EDUCATION

We will strive to make every young person in our athletic program become a better family person.

They must realize that family is of the utmost importance: family at home as well as their athletic family.

Each week a coach will develop a bulletin board to reflect a winning edge message. These are items, which reflect and relate to the character of our football team. These include preparation, belief, passion, focus, perseverance, courage, character, unity, attitude, effort, and integrity.

One day a week, I will speak to them about personal development.

Coaching to Change Lives is designed to develop skills in the following

areas: Character, Attitude, Responsibility, Self-Image, Leadership and Goals.


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FAMILY TIME

Once a week we will have “Family Time”. This talk is geared toward character education, and can be about any topic. The coach of the week should prepare a 4-5 minute presentation on whatever topic he feels needs to be addressed. Listed below are some ideas for topics.

Topics

Aggressiveness, Ambition, Being your best when your best is needed, Believe in Yourself, Believe in your Teammates, Class, Character, Courage, Citizenship, Being Coachable, Commitment, Communication, Confidence, Do Your Job, Desire, Dedication, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Effort, Execution, Encouragement, Full speed when you are tired, Goals –short term-long term, Habits, Hard Work, Intensity, Knowing the situation, Leadership, Morals, Never give up, Poise, Positive frame of mind, Pride, Picture yourself doing well, Playing with pain, Quitting, Responsibility, Success, Sacrifice, Toughness, Togetherness, Teamwork, Unity


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COMMUNITY

We will always be looking for opportunities to serve others and to be active in our community.

Helping People in Need through fund raisers or the giving of our time

Spring Practice Community Wide Picnic

I will attend Booster Club meetings and show the prior weeks film to members.

My staff and I will conduct a Dad’s Clinic and a Mom’s Clinic through the Booster Club.

Whitney Athletics will provide a support group for little league associations within our community.


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ACADEMICS

The athletic department will create a faculty relationship that will benefit the academic achievement of our athletes as well as benefit the learning process in faculty classrooms.

We will have weekly grade checks. These will be documented by the position coaches.

KEEP PARENTS NOTIFIED – They can really assist us and their goals for each athlete are much like ours.

We must work to have the most Academic All District and Academic All State team members for the district.

We will have mandatory tutorials when convenient for the teacher and this will be documented by the “academic coach”.

We will have “Friday Jerseys” where athletes get to choose a teacher to wear their jersey.

“Teachers of the Week” will be selected to attend all of our Friday functions and to travel with the team and to be on the sideline during the game.

Once a week, we will have a “pep rally” after practice where I will celebrate praises that were sent to me by teachers.

Once a week, we will hold “Remembrance”, where I will review criticisms that were sent to me by teachers and there will be consequences.


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ATHLETICS

Leadership Council: Council comprised of 3-4 members of each class, voted on by that class, as a liaison between the team and the head coach. These individuals will have direct and immediate access to me to discuss any concerns that the “team” or a team member may have.

Athletes will learn that their Faith, Family, Community and Academics will combine with the hard work and discipline of the athletic program and will create an atmosphere in which great things can be achieved.

All five phases must be in place to be successful. It is imperative that emphasis be put upon the first four phases. For without the first four, wins in athletics will ultimately mean nothing.

“A coach is not measured by his wins and losses, but by the players his men and women become.”


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Wildcat LETTER OF INTENT

To be a PLAYER in this program, I know is an honor and a responsibility. I am no longer an individual, I am part of a family. Within that family is a brotherhood. Being a part of this brotherhood has it’s cost and responsibilities. I make this vow that I will uphold to protect the legacy of my family and my team.

I VOW………

I will strive to be a complete player.

I will strive to make ALL workouts.

I will strive to be in the weight room at least three days a week during the summer.

I will strive to go the extra mile.

I will always treat my teachers with full respect.

I will always treat my teammates with respect.

I will never jeopardize the team with dumb penalties.

I will never allow my grades to affect my team or myself.

I will, if a starter, practice to be a champion and maintain my starting position.

I will, if not starting, plan and prepare to be a starter.

I will never be late for any meeting or practice.

I will always use proper judgment when out in my community.

I will be proud to be an athlete on this TEAM.

When I walk out on to the playing field I represent:

My School

My Teammates

My Family

Myself

I know that when I take the field I represent all those that came before me and that have worn the Whitney colors and all that will come after me. Now is my time in history. I vow that before I leave, history will remember me as a CHAMPION.

I PROMISE TO FOLLOW THESE VOWS.

NAME: ____________________________ DATE: ______


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The Tradition Begins

“The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program”

Kenneth Gilchrist

Head Football Coach


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The Turnaround of a Football Program

  • Superintendent, principal and athletic director.

    *Be Fortunate to bring in my own staff.

    **All BELIEVE IN THE SYSTEM AND WORK TOGETHER

  • Outstanding Teachers.

    • Character

    • Family. Staff Chemistry

    • Relate to kids. Great rapport.

    • Football Knowledge.

    • Work ethic. Enthusiasm! Fun!

  • Dismissal of Cancers

  • Find ways to improve our program


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • WE PRACTICE NO LONGER THAN 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES PER DAY.

    • WE DRESS IN FULL GEAR 1 DAY. TUESDAY

    • HALF SHELL ON MONDAY & WEDNESDAY.

    • WE CONDITION HARD ON MONDAY’S & TUESDAY’S ONLY.


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    WE BELIEVE:

    • WE BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY IN TEACHING FUNDAMENTALS.

    • WE BELIEVE IN BEING A DISCPLINED PROGRAM

    • WE’RE GOING TO BE A BETTER CONDITION TEAM THAN OUR OPPONENTS.

    • Organization is key. Staff meetings. After practice evaluations of practice.

    • Video Tape everything and evaluate it all.

    • Watch game film the next day with FR – Friday, JV – Friday a.m., V – Saturday.

    • Weekly goal sheet by each JV/V athletes

    • Takeaway & turnover period. A daily must! 5 minute period daily!. Talk about it daily! Chart.

    • We want our kids to watch as much film as possible. Practice, opponent, etc.

    • In season lifting program 2 Days. Tuesday & Saturday.

    • Keep kids fresh for Friday nights.

    • Thursday after school Team meeting, review Friday’s time line and game plan. Watch Hi-Lite video of previous weeks game.

    • Varsity Team meal.

    • Locker-room preparation for Friday. Game day schedule.

    • Game Day. Friday’s are a special day ! Our kids report to us immediately after school.

    • Walk to victory.


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    The Nuts & Bolts of the Turnaround of the Football Program

    • “New look” field house, weight room, locker-rooms, hall ways, etc.

      • Change attitudes, the way we think.

      • Higher expectations! Believe all things are possible!

      • Action = Work ethic. 11

      • Move toward what you see in your mind.

  • Peak Performance.

    • Integrating the Power of the Mind activities

    • No one was born losers! They are exactly what they think they are!

    • 90% mental

    • Visualization


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Off-season program

      • Key ingredient to our success!

      • Establish discipline & work ethic.

      • Goals: Off-season, Spring, Summer.

      • Boot camp- 8 weeks/ Entire Off season.

      • 1 day, 1 week, 1 month approach, 24/7.

      • 5 Phases

        1. Orientation – do things right.

        2. Station Work/ Speed Conditioning - Fartlek. Game Day.

        Classroom 111. Ropes course.

        3. Skill Work – Sprint Groups/Speed Resistance.

        4. Spring Ball – Team Work

        5. Summer Conditioning, 7 on 7.


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    The Turnaround of the Football Program

    Summer 7 on 7 passing league

    • (6 teams, 4/2 teams).

    • 6 weeks = 12 games. Every Tuesday.

    • State tournament host and participation.

      We have 40 kids involved, 2 teams.

    • We also have 7th/8th/ 9th grade league


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    The Turnaround of the Football Program

    • Summer Conditioning Course

      • M/T/TH. 3 days - 6 hrs per wk in a 168 hr wk.

        Hours: 9:00-11:00 or 5:00-7:00.

      • W/F/S/S = VACATION + REST.

      • ? enrollment fee

      • Coaches summer supplemental pay.

      • Goals: Sprinting, core strength, movement, flexibility, explosive, effort!


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Ladies Football 101 Class. $25.00. 30-40 Participants.

    • Senior Breakfast.

    • Banquet & Senior roast of coaches.

    • Eligibility

      • Eligibility checks. Every two weeks, both in-season and off-season

      • Coach’s faculty contact list

      • Parent Phone contacts. *Crucial!

      • Individual files on each kid

  • Improvement Group

    • In-season and off-season.

    • Consistency in enforcement. 1 coach.


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Faculty Coach of the Week

      • Teachers, administrators, maintenance personnel. They attend and are recognized at our varsity team meal on Thursday nights.

      • They ride with us to away games or at home games they join us from 4:05 on in the locker-room for meetings and pre-game movie, etc.

      • On game day’s they wear a game jersey at school. Recognized at pep rally

      • This year we recognized 45 teachers, counselors.

      • Provided lunch for the administration & maintenance department.

      • Last year we recognized 39

  • Touchdown Club Luncheon: every Friday at 12:00-1:00

    during the season.

    • Recognize varsity players (4-5 players) each week, and 1 extra coach each week. Video Highlight Tape of the previous game

    • Review of previous game and a review of upcoming game


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Football Program “Parent Coordinators” = 16

      • Coaches Saturday noon lunch coordinator

      • Thursday night Varsity Team meal coordinator

      • Freshmen and Junior Varsity Locker-room Decorating Coordinator

      • Varsity Locker-room Decorating Coordinator

      • Freshmen away game Sack Lunch Coordinator

      • Junior Varsity Sack lunch Coordinator

      • Varsity Sack lunch Coordinator

      • Tunnel Transportation and setup coordinator

      • Banquet Coordinator. Decorating, meal, program, seating information.

      • Market and Fundraising Coordinator

      • Football program Coordinator

      • Friday Night Tailgate Coordinator

      • Program Add Sales Coordinator

      • Sub Varsity concession stand Coordinator

      • Merchandise sales, design and ordering Coordinator

      • Booster Club Membership drive Coordinator


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Athletic trainer

      • ?/5-8 student trainers

  • Graduate assistants.

    • Filmers – 3-4

    • Managers – 4-5

  • Coaches and Work Equipment

    • Each coach has their own TV and VCR setup for individual position meetings


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Community Resources, Private Donations

      • A needs letter.

      • Parent meetings: mandatory.

        - Off season = December

        - Spring = May

        - Preseason = August


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • FCA

      • Strong leadership from our coaching staff

      • Friday morning Chapel. Volleyball,

        Football athletes and coaches

      • Involvement from our kids.

  • Award Recognition Boards.

    • Varsity Board and a Freshmen/Junior Varsity Board

    • Scout Team Awards for each week


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    The Turnaround of the Whitney Football Program

    • Staff Education

      • Clinics

      • Spring Ball visits

      • Talk with coaches and take visits to colleges in the area.

      • Always on the look out for better ways to do things and to improve our program.


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    DEVELOPING A TOTAL PROGRAM:

    Have a plan that you believe in, with no compromise on your part

    Possess the ability to make all those involved in the program feel important to the success of the program

    Make each person involved in the program understand their role

    Coordinate all coaches at all levels to ensure adherence to the philosophies of the overall athletic program

    Organize the program from top to bottom in order to operate at maximum efficiency


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    LOWER LEVEL DEVELOPMENT

    Lower level development is the backbone of our program. We will spend most of our time teaching the fundamentals of the sport and the basic core elements of play. As coaches, we will teach technique, toughness, and discipline. This means keep them in the program, but be firm and fair.

    The lower level programs, which also includes the 7th and 8th grade programs should expect the following from the varsity coaches which also includes the head coach:

    Workout suggestions for off-season training including lifting routines.

    Offensive and Defensive drills that fit the philosophy of the varsity program.

    Techniques for specific positions.

    Complete playbooks with installation procedures.

    Program rules and regulations.

    Any literature that might help promote educational growth and knowledge of the game.

    Standing invitation to all in house clinics.


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    SUMMER WEIGHT AND SPEED CAMP

    Our coaches work our SWSC—2 sessions for kids that need to work during the summer.

    7 a.m.-9 a.m.

    5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

    Weight Room

    *5 Core lifts, 3 to 4 Support Lifts

    Core Training Station

    Flexibility

    Conditioning

    *Form Running, Starts, and Sprints

    *Hills, Agility Stations

    *Obstacle Courses, Competition Days

    All players and coaches take a week off. (4th of July)

    Open Weight Room in the afternoons—for kids who can not make either weight session


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    OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY

    Mobility with Adaptability—formations and tactics must be flexible.

    Many Formations—broad but simple. By use of formations, we can adapt to whatever personnel we have from year to year.

    Play Numbering system—allow us to add plays without confusion.

    Exploit our strengths against our opponents weaknesses.

    Balance—between run and pass, power and finesse, inside and outside plays


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    MULTIPLE ONE & TWO BACK GUN SPREAD

    This incorporates:

    • Shotgun with 4 wide receivers/TE – One Back

    • Shotgun with 3 wide receivers/TE – Two Backs

    • Shotgun with 5 wide receivers/TE – No Backs

    • Element of surprise: Screens, Draws, and Special Plays


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    DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY

    Must adapt to personnel from year to year.

    Must easily shift into and out of multiple fronts.

    Must be able to adapt and change so that offense never gets into a rhythm.

    Must have a multiple stunt package—linebackers, down linemen, and secondary.

    Must be more physical than anyone we play.


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    DEFENSE

    • Base out of the 4-2-5

    • Multiple fronts and stunts

    • Attitude!

    • Excitement!

    • Make things happen!


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    Wildcat Football “Special Teams Philosophy”

    • As a coach, it is only natural that you want to spend most of your time in practice working on offense and defense. You hope the kicking game will take care of itself. Many games, especially the early season games, are lost because the kicking game has been neglected. It is important that we teach the fundamentals of kicking, receiving, and snapping at an early age. This starts in the 7th grade from day one and never ends in a season or a career. We always want to have a great kicking game.


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    Wildcat Football “Special Teams Goals”

    • Average 35 yards in kick-off returns

    • Average kickoffs inside the 30 yard line

    • Net 35 yards per punt

    • Block a kick or a punt

    • Make all extra points

    • Make all field goals inside the 20 yard line

    • Score as a direct result of a special teams play

    • No penalties

    • Execute all phase of special teams better than our opponents


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