BISHOP DIEGO FOOTBALL SUMMER PROGRAM
Welcome to Bishop Diego! We appreciate your interest in being part of our Football Family and the tradition established for competing against and with the very best in the sport. This coming year we will be members of the Camino League with Camarillo, Moorpark, and Newbury Park as league opponents and we have a list of formidable non-league opponents as well including Righetti, Garces Memorial, St. Bonaventure, and Oxnard among others. To prepare for our season, we run a summer program consisting of both introduction to our strength and conditioning program and field practices. Below is information related to frequently asked questions by new players/families:
When is the first day of Summer Practice?
New players are welcome to join us starting June 21, which will be the first day of summer practice for both varsity and JV players. However, all new students must have completed their current school year before starting.
What is the Summer Schedule?
We will have weekday field practices from June 21 through July 2, take the week of July 4th off, and then resume practices the week of July 11 leading to the season in August. The week of July 4th, we will have voluntary weight room hours for those players who wish to have supervised workouts.
What are Practice Dates & Times?
Summer field practices for our JV players will be from 4 pm to 6 pm Monday thru Friday. Additionally, our new players will have introduction to weight lifting typically four days a week, Monday thru Thursday, from 3:00 to 3:50 pm. If a player is also participating in Bishop’s summer basketball program, we will have alternative lifting hours on Tuesday and Thursday to avoid conflicts.
**Please note that there will also be a couple passing league events for our JV players which will be at a time different than those noted here. You will be notified in advance as to those dates and times.
What if we have a vacation scheduled during the summer?
We recognize that some may have vacation plans and not be able to start immediately (or may have to miss some of summer for vacation). In that circumstance, we ask that you notify Coach Gonzalez (contact info at bottom). Additionally, when a player is going to miss practice for any reason, we ask that a coach be notified in advance so we can 1) account for all players and 2) adjust practice plans accordingly.
What is the “Dead Period”?
In the past, the CIF mandated all schools choose a period where there are no sports practices. This was called the “dead period”. This summer, due to the impact of Covid on sports schedules, the CIF has eliminated the dead period. Note, however, that we are still planning on limiting activities the week of July 4th as mentioned above.
What do I need to participate in summer practices?
To begin, a player will need shorts and a t-shirt (preferably in Bishop colors), tennis shoes for the weight room work, and football cleats for the field work. Additionally, parents must complete the Athletic Clearance forms available at https://www.athleticclearance.com/login.php- prior to their son starting in a helmet or pads at the beginning of August.
What is a “spirit pack” and how do I get one?
Most sports provide an opportunity for players to purchase sport specific Bishop Cardinal apparel called “spirit packs”. For football, our apparel provider, BSN Sports, creates a Team Shop online where families can purchase spirit pack items during a specified window. We do request that players have both a red and white t-shirt and a pair of black Bishop shorts for practices. These items are available on the spirit pack Team Shop which you can get to by clicking on https://www.bsnteamsports.com/ and entering our team code --- FBALLBD . Other apparel items are available and, in fact, we do strongly recommend that players purchase the game day sweat suit identified on the flier. Please note that family members and friends are welcome to purchase items as well. NOTE: THIS WINDOW FOR PURCHASING SPIRIT PACK ITEMS WILL CLOSE ON MAY 24!!
How can I help support the program?
We frequently refer to our Football Family because we truly value the active support of parents and families of our players and, in fact, rely upon that support to create a high level comprehensive program. In addition to activities through the school Cardinal Club booster organization, there are many opportunities to help support your son’s experience including things like driving players to passing league contests or games, volunteering for some game day activity (chain gang, field clean-up, food purchase or prep for team meals) etc.. As we move through the summer and State/County Covid restrictions are eased, you will hear more about these opportunities from Michelle Lash, our parent rep, who will be in communication with you regarding ways you can help. And, of course, the most important way to support your son and the program is through your positive encouragement of all the players on their journey!
Who do I contact if I need more information or if my son is going to miss a practice?
Speaking with any coach on staff will probably allow you to pass on information or get more information. Abel Gonzalez is our JV Head Coach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aaron Skinner, our AD is a varsity assistant coach and he can be reached at email@example.com. You can also reach out to our Varsity head coach, Tom Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, Michelle Lash is a valuable source of information and communication for parents and you will hear from her frequently regarding schedules, changes, and opportunities. She can be reached at email@example.com.