Last Updated: October 28, 2014
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IMPORTANT TIGER PRIDE 2014 DATES:
November 1st: Superbowl @ Keystone oaks
2014 WELCOME LETTER FOR NEW AND RETURNING PLAYERS FROM OUR PRESIDENT BERNIE CAPUTO:
Welcome to Tiger Pride Football.
I want to let all of you know about the great things going on with Tiger Pride football and cheer. This year we will continue to take substantial steps toward the safety and well-being of the participants. As part of the G19 Youth Football League, we have partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers to become full members of USA Football and the Heads Up program. We have instituted a new initiative designated as ETA (Equipment, Technique, Awareness) and we are formalizing our Concussion protocol. This is our commitment to our children.
Equipment is a big part of safety. We strive to outfit our kids with the best equipment. Our helmets are all 4 star helmets (rating based on 1-5) and all helmets are less than 5 years old. We annually have the equipment representative in to examine all helmets and recondition helmets per manufacturer specs. Older helmets are discarded. The shoulder pads are new and designed for the player to tighten the straps easier to provide better protection. We have gone to integrated game pants so pads are in place and properly situated on the player.
Technique is also important to avoid injury. Some of our coaches participated in a 5 week program with Darnell Dinkins, a former Pitt standout and NFL player. The clinic was for kids but showed various techniques needed in the game. We are continuing to stay close to Art Walker the High School Coach and utilize his system and get coaching pointers. Our coaches will be spending a lot of time throughout the season with blocking and tackling technique.
Awareness is important to avoid further injury. The Heads Up program will require all coaches including assistants to complete the training course established by this national organization. We are requiring the coaches pass a concussion test administered for High School coaches. Our protocol which we have followed for several years will be written and will require medical clearance for any player taken from a game with concussion symptoms. Players who complain of head symptoms will be removed from practice and parents notified. As always a trained Medic will be at all games.
Football is a great sport that teaches kids more than just the game. We want to keep it safe for all to enjoy. See you on the field this Fall.
The NA Tiger Pride Field...absolutely beautiful!!! (photo courtesy of Bernie Caputo)
Another beautiful picture of our NA Tiger Pride Field!
(Photo courtesy of Mona Powell)
Baseline Head Injury Testing
Through our affiliation with UPMC Sports Medicine, Tiger Pride is now offering the opportunity to utilize ImPACT concussion baseline testing at a cost of $20.00 per athlete. This computer based online test is a series of memory and reaction questions that help establish a baseline of normal cognitive function. The baseline test will then be used as part of a comprehensive clinical evaluation to determine recovery following concussion. It should be noted that this test does not prevent concussions or determine if your son or daughter is predisposed to a concussion. The test is simply one more tool that can be used to determine if your son or daughter can safely return to play following a concussion.
This test is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. Likewise, if your son or daughter were to sustain a concussion during the season I would strongly encourage him or her to seek medical care from the UPMC Sports Medicine or other concussion experts. Additional information regarding the concussion program is available on the Sports Medicine website at the address below.
Appointments for the ImPACT concussion baseline test can be made by calling UPMC Sports Medicine at 412-432-3775.
Beautiful Aerial Views of our Tiger Pride Stadium thanks to Dennis Watkins!
Few of items of concern that need your attention
1.Physician Release Forms: These need to be completed and turned into your Team Mom/Coach by Monday August 15th or your child will not be able to continue with practice. The form is available on our website under "forms".
2.Please Care for Franklin Park’s Pavilion: While these are our practice fields made possible by awesome donations of time, labor and materials; we are still guests in Franklin Park’s facilities and we are lucky to have these awesome facilities. Franklin Park has repeatedly ask that better care and courtesy be practiced by us and our kids while at Blueberry.
a.Feet Remain on the Ground: this means no feet on the benches, tabletops or railings. Also means if you want to sit at a table – please have your feet on the floor and your butt in the seat, not your butt on the tabletop and your feet on the seat. Needless to say this is especially important when things are muddy but Franklin Park has requested we get compliance with this at all times.
b.Bathrooms: Each of us is responsible for cleaning up after ourselves and our children. Trash belongs in the trash can.
c.Parking: Handicapped Spots will be enforced and offenders will receive tickets from the Borough of Franklin Park. There is no parking along the road way up the hill out of the lower lot. If you park there you will also be ticketed. Parking at the bottom nearest to the field is for Coaches Only and will be clearly marked soon. If you are dropping your player off and they are putting things on – please pull into a parking spot so the flow can continue.
It is good to be back in full swing. Just a little bit of care and common courtesy and a great year will be had by all.
Good Luck to all in having fun learning Football and Cheerleading.