Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tigerbeat - Douglas Pop Warner Parent’s Newsletter

Week of August 25, 2008


Isn’t that a great way to kick off a season?! The Jamboree is a good forum to experience contact, check out the other teams, observe technique and execution, and all the other things you want from a pre-season scrimmage. The hard work and commitment of our athletes and coaches was clearly evident Saturday. To a team our Tigers were PAWESOME! You can all be proud of your efforts – players, coaches and parents. It has taken a lot of effort from all of you to get to this point. Congratulations on your commitment. We now go to the next phase in our season.

Many thanks to those of you that volunteered to help on Saturday. This is a volunteer organization and what you experienced on Saturday was the result of many, many volunteer hours. If yours wasn’t one, two, or more of them consider volunteering here at home for the snackbar, Mandatory Play Monitor, etc.
Congratulations to those of you who made your weight! We know you worked hard and you are to be commended. We’ve a few players that didn’t make weight Saturday. They will continue to work so they can play in the first game. Encourage them, folks. It is difficult as they aren’t allowed any extreme weight loss measures – just hard work and clean eating.

If your child didn’t make the Jamboree he/she will need to get certified at the first game. That means weighing in before the team in shorts only like they did at Jamboree.

If you were close on your weight remember that you must make weight at the original weight at the first game. After that it goes up one pound a week.


Our athletes are really stepping up for Tigerthon this year and certainly everyone wins in this one. Turn in days are Tuesdays & Thursdays. It’s nice to get it done before the first game, but we will collect as long as you are active. You can turn in what you have and get a new envelope if you want to keep going for the big prizes. Have you called Aunts & Uncles, older brothers & sisters, Grandma & Grandpa? They are usually good about dropping a check in the mail for you. Keep up the good work everyone! A good Tigerthon contributes to maintaining the Douglas Edge. Thanks for all you are doing. Turn-in data by team, Tigerthon Paw Tracks, will be updated here soon! The many Jersey winners will also receive “Beat Recognition”.


This is a volunteer organization, folks, and it is only as good as the volunteers in it. Please don’t stand by and see what happens – get off the sidelines and into the game! We need snackbar volunteers for practice and games, we need a sound monitor for games, people to help line the fields, public relations types for each team, etc.

Mandatory Play Monitors are needed for each team. This is a very important position for without one the Head Coach must sit out a game, and a game can be forfeited without appeal. You will be on the sidelines right next to the action. Plan on learning the position and working it for several, if not all of the games. It is a good idea for a team to be consistent with the MPR monitors at each game for many reasons. Can we rely on you? Please? You will be trained at a clinic next week, Wednesday, 9/3, 6:00 at the snackbar area. Contact your Team Manager.


Some people from other Cities acted funny last weekend. This will continue as long as the hard efforts of our athletes and coaches yield such dramatic results on the field of play. As we proceed with our season remember, win, or lose, we always maintain our Tiger Dignity and the spirit of sportsmanship. Others may act out their frustration, or momentary jubilation, as the case may be, in a less than civilized manner that is actually detrimental to their children. We don’t do that. Regardless of the game results, have fun at pizza, and be proud of who you are and what you represent. Everybody is special regardless of where they live and how they play. Applaud good performance and especially effort regardless of which side of the ball the athlete lines up on – it is a good way to live.


After Labor Day the National Pop Warner rules mandate a cut back in practice times. We will practice 3 days a week, 2 hours each plus breaks beginning next week. Your coach will advise you of which days you are practicing.


Sept. 5 or 6: First Game, Schedule soon
Saturday, September 13th: Photo Day – Lampe Park


The new gear bags didn’t ship when we were promised they would ship, August 14th. The company told us they are behind in production, but failed to call and let us know. These bags are actually manufactured for us. We are told they will be expedited to us soon–this week. Hang in there!

By now some of you have been exposed to the interesting world of swirling rumors that sometimes appear on our sidelines. Rumors only serve to create doubt, mistrust or anxiety where there should be none. You know by now that we are a transparent organization – there are no secrets in Douglas Pop Warner. If you have a question about something feel free to contact your business manager, coach, or someone listed below. The only stupid question is the question that isn’t asked.

Do you have good pictures or video? Send them to dpwtigers@hotmail.com so we can put them on the website or use them for promotion. Thanks.

The Tiger Beat is posted on the website thanks to Coach Brian Loshbaugh. Tell your out-of-town family members that they can read it @ www.douglaspopwarner.com.

If you have questions about what is going on, not going on, is going to happen, etc., call your coach or one of the following: Parent Advocate: Lisa Wetzel-782-8777, ext.254, 782-4073; Commissioner: Mike Biaggini-782-6250, 265-2679, or Mike Dillon – 691-3388, Cheer Coordinator: Cliff Brewer 450-8153, or Jim Valentine, President- 782-8777, ext.255, 781-3704.

Thanks for your participation and cooperation!

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