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Letter from Coach Hoefer


Dear Watervliet Football Player & Parent/Guardian:

I would like to take this opportunity to convey our coaching staff’s enthusiasm for the 2017 Football Season. Our off-season has been a great success so far due largely to the support from our parents and the commitment from our student athletes. With that being said, as the summer approaches it is now the most critical portion of our off-season.

A major emphasis for our program and the success we strive to continue to achieve is communication. If you have not already done so, please EMAIL your son’s coach so you can be added to our distribution list. Please also include a parent phone number to contact in case of any issues that may arise. Email addresses are listed below.

Football is a demanding sport both during the season and in the off-season. At Watervliet, we will expect the best from your child in preparation for this upcoming season. Strength training, conditioning sessions and football camps are all ways that we can improve both individually and as a team. Our strength training sessions benefit far more than just physical strength gains. We feel the greater achievements are developing the mental toughness of our athletes and the building of their self-confidence. We expect our players to train at the high school fitness center over the summer with their teammates. They may work out at public gyms on days where they do not have an obligation to their teammates.

The summer is not a time to focus exclusively on football, we understand that. We know your child has family obligations, vacations (July being the best time for vacation), and involvement in other sports. These are all very much encouraged by our coaching staff. We would just ask that you contact your son’s coach to let them know if he will be missing an extended period of time. Communication is a critical component of our program and it cannot start early enough.

If you have any questions regarding football at Watervliet please do not hesitate to contact myself or another coach. We are here for your child and will do anything in our power to make his football experience a positive and memorable one.

Brian Hoefer
Head Football Coach
Watervliet High School

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** Watervliet Football IMPORTANT SUMMER DATES **


bullet graphicSummer Lifting: May 1 – August 4 (M, W, TH 3-5 p.m.)
Each player will sign for attendance, for each session they attend.
Attendance does NOT guarantee making the team or playing time. Their dedication will help individually and help contribute positively to the team. .

bullet graphicPlayer Sign up Meeting: June 6 – 5 p.m., Watervliet HS
Informational Meeting for Player and Parents – Code of Conduct, Blue Cards, Rules, Fundraising.
Meet the Coaches and ask questions. Attendance is strongly encouraged.

bullet graphicFootball Skills Training: June 7, 14 – Open Turf
6:30 p.m. High School Turf

bullet graphic1st Equipment Handout: June 13 – 4 p.m. Watervliet HS
Equipment handout for all returning players and players attending lifting sessions.

bullet graphicFootball Skills Training: July 12, 19, 25, 26 – Open Turf
6:30 p.m. High School Turf

bullet graphic2nd Equipment Handout: July 25 – 4 p.m. Watervliet HS
Equipment handout for all players attending camp, and who has not yet received equipment.

bullet graphic JV/Varsity (Grades 9-12) Team Camp: July 31 – August 4,  5-7:30 p.m. at Shaker HS
Cost $40 before 7/21/17 – Cost $50 after 7/21/17

bullet graphicFree Fall Sports Physicals: August TBA – Watervliet HS
All Players need an updated physical to play football.

bullet graphicJV/Varsity Practice Start Date (Grades 9–12): August 14 – 3-7:30 p.m.Watervliet HS

bullet graphic“Accel” Discount Card Fundraiser: August 14 – August 25

bullet graphicModified Kickoff Meeting: August 22 – 5 p.m. (WHS)

bullet graphicJV and Varsity Scrimmage: August 26 – TBA

bullet graphicModified Practice Start Date (7th and 8th Grade ONLY): August 23 – 3 p.m.


Email Addresses:

Coach Hoefer (Varsity) – bth5110@gmail.com

Coach Smith (JV) – jsmith@watervliet.com

Coach Whited (Modified) – dwhited@vlietschools.org