A Note from Geoffery Smith - Our Player Safety Coach

Subject: Just around the corner

Yesterday I was driving home and passed a high school football practice.  At the time the temperature was about 87F.  My first impulse was to look at the amount of gear the athlete's were wearing.  My second impulse was to write to each of the Flyer's parents.

 

I have coached with many of the Flyer's coaches and I can assure each parent that these coaches are some of the best.  They are not only extremely knowledgeable in the sport we all love to coach, but one of our main concerns is the safety of the athlete.  I am extremely honored and humbled when I was asked to be the player safety coach for this organization.  To help, I ask for your continued support during this season.
 
Heat acclimatization (ah-climb-it-I-zay-shun) is the single most important protective benefit against heat illnesses.  It takes an average of 10-14 days for full effect, but it starts providing benefits immediately.  Our young athlete's need to start acclimatizing today.  This means less time exercising their thumbs with xbox and wii and more time outside in the warmer temperatures allowing their bodies to adapt. Their first practice is 11 days away.
 
Now, you ask why I may be writing to you about this?
 
HYDRATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND NEEDS TO START TODAY.  Do I need to repeat that :-) ?  If we start emphasizing hydration now, their bodies will be ready for the practices coming up.  Water is the easiest, least expensive form of hydration. Sports drinks provide electrolytes and sugar which most kids like the taste better, so it is easier to hydrate them.  Proper hydration helps their bodies maintain a lower core temperature, a lower heart rate, and increase their ability to store water for enhanced sweating which cools the body.
 
The coaches always adjust practices in accordance to extreme heat conditions, provide water, and rest breaks during practice.  We have emergency action plans in place for any signs of heat illness.  But, we can really use the parents help with your commitment to start acclimatizing your child, starting today.

 
Geoffrey Smith
USA Football Heads Up Certified
Oshkosh West Player Safety Coach

 

Important Concussion Information for Players/Parents/Coaches


Dear Oshkosh Flyers Parent:

Recently the state of Wisconsin adopted the following concussion law:
Wis. State Statute:  
At the beginning of a season for a youth athletic activity, the person operating the youth athletic activity shall distribute a concussion and head injury information sheet to each person who will be coaching that youth athletic activity and to each person who wishes to participate in that youth athletic activity. No person may participate in a youth athletic activity unless the person returns the information sheet signed by the person and, if he or she is under the age of 19, by his or her parent or guardian. 

If you know your child will be participating in the Oshkosh Flyers Football program, no person may participate in a youth athletic activity unless the person returns the attached information sheet signed by the person and, if he or she is under the age of 19, by his or her parent or guardian.  Additional concussion informational sheets are being provided as well - see above links.

The athlete should bring this document with them to the equipment handout on July 19th.  These documents must be signed by the parent/guardian and the participant prior to the first practice, which is scheduled for August 2, 2014.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Bob Dahl

President

Oshkosh Flyers Football Club.

920-233-0364