Post Game and Playoff Game Prep Note

Thank you to all the families and supporters of the team that were on our sidelines for yesterday’s game.  The players and coaches greatly appreciated it and had hoped for a much better outcome. Your support continued to drive us on and was clearly the force that kept us fighting to the bitter end of a tightly contested game. Now it’s on to the playoffs…more to follow on that below.

A special thanks goes out to Chase Harris’ family who provided the halftime snacks and drinks. Likewise, thank you to Chris Dawson’s, Sam Tabb’s, Kazhon Pierce’s and Austin Moser’s families for providing the after-game meal, chips and drinks upon the completion of the game last night. We all greatly appreciate the time, effort and monetary support for the entire program, no matter the outcome of each week’s game. As continues to be the case all season, we also want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Coleman for setting up and managing the Meal/Snack program and keeping control of our frenzied sidelines as well as Mr. Outten for his filming skills as our team videographer. A very special thanks to the family members who helped out on the chains for the game as well. All the coaches have done this many times ourselves, so we understand the sacrifice…it does allow for a good view of the game!!!!

Today (Wednesday, the 25th of October) we will adhere to our normal schedule however, we will practice outside right after school. We will still release of all players by 5:00 pm for pick up or the opportunity to ride the Activity Bus. We plan to practice our normal Thursday schedule until 6:00 pm, but remember Friday we will practice from 12:45 to 3:30 due to the half-day of school.

All this is due to the quick turn for our game on this Saturday at Wanner Stadium here in Williamsburg. We invite everyone to join us for a kick off at 3:00 pm on Saturday the 28th of October against New Kent Middle School in the #3 versus #4 game. More details on this will follow as we get closer to kick off. At this point we plan to open the locker room at 1:00 pm for issuing game pants and jerseys with a bus departure at 1:30 pm. The locker room will be open 15 minutes prior to 1:00 pm if anyone would like to arrive early.  Of note, for this game, the entrance fee is raised to $5.00 vice the normal $3.00 fee. As we are the home team for this game, we will be responsible for providing folks to work the chains…sorry, no free entry for this game even if you do the chains!!!

Close Out Notes: (1) For those that ordered t-shirts and sweatshirts on line or with cash/checks, we expect the items to arrive today at the end of practice. (2) We are still in search of a pair of black Izod dress pants that were inadvertently picked up off the floor of the locker room by one of the players after the game last week. Based on the size, there are only three or four players who could fit them, so it was clearly a case of grabbing items off the floor and jamming it into the wrong bag. Please return them to one of the coaches at the equipment room when/if found. (3) Don’t forget about this Friday early school release with practice from 12:45 to 3:30. There will be NO activity bus. (4) School-sponsored pictures arrived this morning, so we will hand out today as well. (5) We will have a provision for those choose to stay and watch the final playoff game and thus not ride the bus back to Berkeley after our game on Saturday. Complete details to follow on Friday. Other than an injury that precludes riding the bus, this is the ONLY exception to the WJCC policy to ride the bus to and from the game on Saturday. (6) Complete details will also follow next week on equipment turn-in and the end of season recognition ceremony. For planning purposes, we will start taking equipment next Thursday and Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We will follow into the next week on Monday and Tuesday to complete the turn-in. If all equipment is not turned in, players will NOT be invited to attend the end of season ceremony and collection of funds to pay for replacement will be turned over to the school front office. That has not happened in the past two years, so we don’t expect any issues this year either. Complete details to be published early next week.

Thanks,

Your Berkeley Bulldog Coaching Staff

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Berkeley Bulldog Football Mantra
Playing football for Berkeley Middle School is a privilege, and as such the opportunity to be a member of the team is in the hands of each and every player. You must bring the combination of will, skill and attitude to the field every day. Hard work, disciplined actions and a commitment to the program will result in guaranteed success. In the end, we will enjoy a sense of pride in our team, each other, our community and our entire school. The fall 2017 season is a another chance to build upon past season's successes that Bulldog football players showed both on and off the field.
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