A Note from our President - Bob Dahl
Greeting Flyers Parents and Players,
The dog days of August are almost behind us; the boys and coaches have been working hard over the past several weeks and I think we saw some quality football played at the scrimmage on Saturday. Once school begins the players will have new challenges with juggling family, school, and football. They will have to budget their time to get their school work done, get plenty of rest, and eat good meals so they can be effective in the classroom, at home, and on the field.
I would like to recognize a few people within our organization; without their commitment to the Flyers things would not run as smooth as they do for the coaches and the parents.
Sue Ludwig is our treasurer, but she does so much more than just collect money and pay the bills. She also makes up the player rosters to send into the league, makes sure the coaches rosters are sent in, handles all of the cookie dough/pizza fundraiser coordinating which is a huge job, and sends out all the reminders to the parents when needed. And there is much more Sue does to make life easier for myself and all the coaches. So when you see Sue at the games please stop by and thank her for all she does for the Flyers.
Jean Framke is our volunteer coordinator, I’m sure most of you know who Jean is by now. Jean makes sure everyone is where they are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there. She is at the field at 8:00am and doesn’t leave until after 4:00pm for our home games. She has to make sure all the food and drinks for the concessions are coordinated along with the all the staffing of the concessions and chain gang people as well. Jean also works closely with Sue, the parent reps, and the coaches to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Brian Dunn is our equipment manager and his job is a thankless task. He makes sure the all the equipment is inventoried, old stuff is replaced, and new equipment is ordered in a timely manner. We believe we have some of the best equipment available to our players.
Last, I would like to thank all of our coaches for all the time they put in everyday preparing your boys for the upcoming season. Their tireless efforts to take a group of 35 or so boys and meld them into a team; and along the way teach them the fundamentals of football, to respect one another, and to work hard for a common goal is greatly appreciated.
So when you are at the games, and the clock hits zero, please try and remember that these are all volunteers trying to work together to have a place for your boys to go to play football, and hopefully the boys learn the importance of what a team is and the sacrifice it takes from everyone to make this organization run as smooth as it does. Take the time to thank the coaches no matter what the outcome is, show your boys how much you appreciate the hard work they put in as well.
Good luck to all the players, coaches, parents, and volunteers; without all of your help and support none of this would be possible.
BFS; Bigger, Faster, Stronger weight training program.
Last year the Oshkosh Flyers started a weight training program under the direction of Coach Joe Schleis based on the BFS; Bigger, Faster, Stronger weight training program. As an organization we saw the benefits our athletes were rewarded with after a full season of weight training. By the end of the season we felt our kids were Bigger, Faster, and Stronger than our opponents. After our season was completed, Oshkosh West offered an off-season weight training program for our athletes to utilize at their facility and it was called CATS. There was a pretty good turnout of middle school kids and then we opened it up to 4th graders as well and they jumped right in there with the older boys.
Because of the momentum this program seems to have the Flyers wanted some of our coaches to become BFS certified. Therefore during the summer three of our coaches; Joe Framke, Kelly Schmitt, and Dave Hickman became BFS certified. Joe Schleis will run our weight training program during the season this year and with the help of Joe, Kelly, and Dave, we will have the boys weight training on Mondays and Thursdays like we did last year. If you want to watch the boys go thru the circuit please come to practice on one of those nights it is really neat to see them in action and the motivation Joe brings to this program.