We have reached the end of the first week of our quick two (2) week spring camp and I wanted to take a moment and give you a quick coaches update.
Coach Anderson has high hopes for both teams but one of the mantra of the WVSS Highlander Football Program is always “Attitude and Attendance”. The team cannot be successful unless every player shows up and brings their best effort. Another one of the Program sayings is “Effort over Everything” and that effort is a combination of dedication, commitment and attitude.
Junior Varsity Report
Junior Varsity (JV) Head Coach Cam Currie has likes a lot of what he saw this last week. The JV team this spring has a small but strong core group of returning players. Coach Currie is looking to lean on this veteran core for leadership and set the tone for the new players. All the returning JV players have shown solid improvement since last season.
Our new players have been working hard to develop a strong base of skills and knowledge. The coaches have been impressed with the new players with their athletic ability and willingness to learn.
The JV team in general had a good week of skill development along while learning a new offensive playbook. The coaches are looking forward to building on their understanding of the playbook next week and ramping up the intensity moving into the scrimmage versus the Carson Graham JV Eagles at West Vancouver Secondary School next Friday
Varsity Head Coach Pooya Dourandish is excited about the Varsity team after the first week of camp. The senior team has shown a lot of promise. Last week was not without issues however as the varsity team lost their focus during Wednesday’s practice and the turnout for Friday’s practice was abysmal. The Varsity team needs to bring that Attitude and Attendance we mentioned earlier.
This year’s Varsity team is an interesting mixture of 5-year players and “Day 1” (new to football) players.
The Varsity team this year benefits from a strong returning cast of offensive skill position players. This core group of seasoned players gives the team an opportunity to build a strong offence this spring and fall. Coach Dourandish notes that this strong group of skilled position players offensive players paired with the biggest offensive line the team has had since 2010 allows the coach to really present a two (2) pronged attack through the air and on the ground. The potential could make the Varsity Highlander offence electric.
The Varsity team is blessed with some new faces that are working hard to catch up to the veteran players. These new players are really showing that they can be productive members of the team moving forward. It is exciting to see new player join and of course we could always use more players that are eager to learn and want to be part of something special.
Coach Dourandish and Coach Anderson cannot stress enough that the Varsity team players will need to show up every day ready to practice, bring a winning and learning attitude, give you 100% effort in every aspect, spend continuing to work hard learning the playbook and continue to learn to execute the offence and defense.
The scrimmage this Friday against the Carson Graham Varsity Eagles at West Vancouver Secondary School will be an incredible opportunity to challenge ourselves against a very strong opponent. This game will be another step in preparing for the regular season and playoff run this fall.
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