Senior Clippers - Grades 7 & 8
THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE WORKING!
Portsmouth Clipper Program is made up of 7th & 8th grade players from Portsmouth, Newington, New Castle, Rye, and Greenland schools. Portsmouth youth Portsmouth Youth Football is dedicated to the instruction of football, teamwork, sportsmanship, and competition in a safe and respectful environment. We value safety, respect and person responsibility, football instruction, and competitiveness while making this an enjoyable environment for our players.
Coaches: Portsmouth Youth Football coaches are USA Heads Up Certified and are required to be re-certified each year. You will not see a coach who is not certified at any time on our fields throughout the season. Our coaching staff is made up of a head coach and 4 to 6 assistant coaches. Players are separated into two teams based on skill level Varsity and Junior Varsity. Practices plans are repetitious, up-tempo and team oriented. Playing time is based on the comfort level of the player and coach. Players will not be put into any situation that will put them in harm’s way.
Players: We expect our players to be prepared and constantly studying game film and our playbooks. As a feeder to the Portsmouth High School program, we have a very high level to attention to detail. Our players need to have the ability to focus on School, Family and Football while having a “never quit” attitude.
Parents: Portsmouth Youth Football is made up volunteers. Parents are required to help throughout the season with assigned duties such as scoreboard, chains, announcing, gate, snack shack, etc. Duties will be sent out by email from our team mom. Parents usually have 2 or 3 duties throughout out season but may need to do more. Parents are responsible to get players to practice and games on time, dressed, and ready to walk on the field. Please reach out to other parents for assistance or to create a carpool system.
Practice: Practices are two hours long (5:30pm to 7:30 pm) three days a week. Our normal practice schedule is Tuesday through Thursday throughout the season but may change due to weather or field availability. Throughout the season we will be scheduling Monday night film study without gear. The head coach will keep you posted. Coaches will be 15 to 30 minutes early every day for practice to allow players to kick, throw, and catch.
Game Day: Game day is Saturday afternoon/night depending on field availability. Occasionally we will have games in Morning. Varsity games will play first with junior varsity right afterwards. Players are expected to be at the field one hour before kickoff. During both games coaches are not allowed on the field and everything is coached from the side lines.