Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils Football Program Information
Mission Statement: The Grosse Pointe South “Blue Devil” Football Program exists to develop its members as students, athletes, and citizens; to prepare them to take their place as contributing members of our community. It is a comprehensive football program which not only emphasizes the skills required for football but also the development of lifelong values through hard work, dedication, discipline and teamwork. This is based on a foundation of mutual respect among coaches, athletes, parents and officials. It serves as a positive and productive force for the school, community, and most importantly the student-athlete. Success will be achieved through preparation, execution and belief in our team and our program goals, and measured through the experiences and character of our young men.
Communication – The Grosse Pointe South football program and its coaches have an open door policy for the facilitation of communication. The football program maintains a website, email database, Facebook, Twitter & Remind accounts for the dissemination of information. Any questions or concerns by players or parents should be brought to the attention of the coach in question or the Head Coach directly.
Physicals – Every football player must have a complete physical examination and be cleared to participate prior to the first practice. A physical card must be on file and a completed gold emergency card stamped by the athletic department must be given to coach prior to participation in practice. Physicals will be offered by the athletic department at South prior to the start of the season for approximately $20.
Gold Cards – Gold Emergency Cards must be completely filled out and signed by the players and their parents. It includes permission to travel, liability waiver, permission to treat, and insurance information. Every player must have their gold card stamped by the AD and they must be turned over to their coach to be eligible to practice. If an athlete shows up the 1st day of practice without a stamped gold card, he will be sent away to remedy the situation and it will be counted as an unexcused absence. See the GPSFB Code of Conduct attendance policy.
Participation Fee – Each player is required to pay a participation fee of $220.00 payable to the Grosse Pointe South athletic department. This fee goes for such things as field maintenance, officials, transportation, and the athletic trainer. The participation fee is due prior to participation in a game. This fee may be paid online in which case a printed receipt must be given to the coach. If paid by check, check should be made out to “GPS Athletics”. If there are any questions regarding exemptions, contact the athletic office.
Practice Pack – Each Athlete in the Grosse Pointe South football program is required to pay a practice pack fee of $100. The items included in the practice pack are all required to participate in football and are the athletes to keep. The practice pack includes the following items: Practice jersey ($20), practice shirt and shorts ($32), hex pads ($36), two pair game socks ($16), mouthpiece ($1), combination lock ($6) and (varsity only) locker name tag ($14). Prices are approximated. The practice pack fee is due the second Friday of the season. If paid by check the check should be made out to “GPS Football”.
Coupon Books - Due to the condition of economics in education, football is mainly self-funded. The GP South Gridiron Club raises a large sum of money for the operation of our program. The biggest fundraiser of the year is our coupon book sale. Each athlete in the football program is required to sell 24 coupon books at $25.00 each. The coupon books have thousands of dollars in valuable coupons from local Grosse Pointe establishments. We take one Saturday out of the season for our “Coupon Book Blitz”. This is a very important endeavor for our program and we can show our appreciation to the Gridiron Club by doing our part and selling the books.
Shoes – Football shoes should be purchased prior to any summer activity so they can be properly fitted and broken in. The only requirement of the football program is that they be (90%) BLACK with white insignia. Athletes should not focus on a specific brand because proper fit is the most important consideration. If an athlete or parent is not sure whether a specific model shoe meets our policy, they should ask the HC prior to purchase.
Strength & Conditioning – The football program offers an extensive S&C program. The weight room is open every weekday after school during the offseason school year and 4 mornings a week in the summer. All football players not participating in another sport are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to train four times a week. Football players currently playing another sport should attempt to train at least twice a week with permission from their in season coach. Our S&C program is designed to create superior athletes, not powerlifters or bodybuilders. The focus is on injury prevention, the core, and strength, speed and agility training.
Summer Camps – The football program operates three camps for the improvement of football skills and orientation to our system. The passing camp is designed to prepare the team for 7v7 competitions and gives the varsity staff the opportunity to evaluate players. The Linemen Camp will prepare offensive and defensive linemen through technique and fundamental training. The Freshmen Football Camp is for athletes entering the 9th grade and is designed to orient them to HS football and prepare them for the upcoming season. The “Little Devils” Camp is intended for future Blue Devils and will be exposed them to all skills and positions related to football in a fun-filled learning environment.
7 on 7 – The varsity football team competes in multiple 7 on 7 (passing) tournaments and scrimmages in the summer. The competitions are intended for varsity candidates only, but the entire program is encouraged to come, prepare and observe. The positions that participate in 7 on 7 are QB, RB, TE, WR, LB, & DB. The passing camp is designed to prepare the team for the competitions and give the varsity staff the opportunity to evaluate players. The varsity will be traveling to the University of Notre Dame for a passing tournament. There is an extra cost for transportation, room & board for this trip.
Varsity Game Jerseys – All prospective varsity football players are required to purchase their game jerseys. The jerseys are designed to be worn for the athlete’s entire varsity career. Once a set of jerseys is purchased the first year an athlete competes on varsity they should never have to purchase another. If an athlete decides to change his number or he loses his jersey, he is responsible to purchase a new one. Jerseys will not be ordered until a nonrefundable deposit of $75.00 (total cost $150.00) is paid. Deposits are due for jersey orders on or March 1st.
College Recruiting – All student-athletes who aspire to play college football should make their intentions known to the football staff via the GPS football questionnaire. The coaching staff compiles a list of these athletes and sends their information to various college coaches around the country numerous times throughout the year. There is a very valuable recruiting timeline and information sheet on the GPS football website, and a recruiting video on www.MHSFCA.com. Once coaches start to contact you, stay in contact and advise coach if any further info is needed. All DI/DII college football candidates should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after your junior year football season.
Varsity Letter Policy – Because football is a no-cut sport, an athlete must exhibit commitment to their team and the program to earn a varsity letter. To be eligible to letter, an athlete must compete at the varsity level. Letters are awarded based on input from all the varsity coaches, but the final determination will be made by the head coach. Playing time and on field contributions are factored but are not the chief requirement to letter. Other factors are adherence to the athlete’s code of conduct, attendance, teamwork, and passion. If an athlete is in jeopardy of not earning his letter, he will be notified in advance and explained as to the rationale.