Wednesday, April 15, 2009

From Char, re Tuesday night Training

Attention Training Participants:

For those that are interested sessions will continue throughout April on Tuesday evenings at 8pm at Dakota Community Centre (3 weeks). Cost for the program will be $25.50. In order for this sessions to continue a minimum of 10 participants required. The first session ran this past week and we did not have the numbers. All money for registration must be handed into Char at practice this Thursday.

Please email her with your intentions. This is also open to all new training participants. If Tuesdays do not work there is an adult program Monday nights at 8pm that runs until June.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Please Note Time for this weeks practice

8-10 pm at River East Collegiate.

Message from Coach Dan

I have a concern. Last week we had a 20-woman night at River East. This cannot be a regular occurrence with this team or with any football team. When a program cannot even field enough players to form an offence and a defence, there are major concerns.

Last week was difficult to adjust to, that I understand. It was a late venue, it resulted in an unexpected time change and it had been "officially" cancelled prior to being put back on. But we cannot have a 20-woman night again. As Coach Bach has said multiple times, if you are going to miss a practice, there needs to be a communication. But I am not posting this to dwell on last week so much as to prepare for the coming weeks. There cannot be a 20-woman night again.

Many, if not all of you, understand what it takes to be committed to something. A football program is no different. It takes dedication to the team to re-arrange priorities and make the sacrifices necessary. Family will always be first. Many things will often be second. If, for the next two and a half months football is not third, you need to look at your priorities. This is a team worthy of being committed to. This is not a recreational team, though it's wonderful for team morale that it often feels like it. Ladies, this is a provincial team. You are an elite group of women that has been asked to represent Manitoba, volunteered or not. The only way to properly represent a province that has become so very football proud again in recent years between its growing programs and national championships is to attend practice and remain dedicated. 20-woman nights do not build successful teams, and they certainly do not build successful programs. They cannot happen.

I hope that you all understand that I am not speaking to any one individual. I am speaking to the entire team with a message of caution not to become complacent. This is a provincial team. This is a team that represents Manitoba. This is a team to be proud to play for and a team to proud to coach for. And, when it comes time to host the rest of the prairies, we Will be the most conditioned, best educated, arduously practiced and undoubtedly Fearless team on the field. See you Thursday.

Coach Washnuk