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Practice Friday and Kennedy Tournament (Varsity)

Due to the overwhelming success of the open gym on Monday, we will not be having open gym on Wednesday, but we will still have practice on Friday from 10 am until 12 noon. JV is allowed to come and have open gym while the Varsity practices.

Our tournament on Saturday will start @ 8am, all players are supposed to be @ Kennedy High School no later than 7:15 am. We will play the 1st, 3rd, and 6th matches, and then the tournament.

Parents Meeting

We will be having our parents meeting on Monday, March 31st @ 6:30 pm we would like to invite all parents to attend. The meeting will hopefully be held in the media center, but if we have a problem with that again we will meet in the practice gym. At the meeting we will finish all of the plans for the rest of the season, as well as answer any questions that you may have.

Parents Meeting

After the game on Tuesday Mar 18th any of the parents who are available will meet to discuss the rest of the season, signing up for committees, etc. I would encourage all parents who are available to meet with me afterwards.

Varsity Team Roster

Giovanni Casteneda
Kevin Fajardo
Bryan Seybert
Cory Schmitz
Josh McKay
Shane Rothman
Leo Samala
John Lee
Kevin Van Smaalen
Eric Tran
Darren Wood
Devon Nitta
Josh Selbe
Brendan Campbell

Junior Varsity Team Roster

Ryan Brassfield
Christian Adams
Paul Oh
Kevin Hanson
Jeff Whitaker
Shalom Fiaseu
Rapi Lefapsau
Brian Park
Joseph Pyun
Kevin Tsuruta
Sean Han
Michael Marquez
Kevin Pak
Dalton Reynor


The First Day of Practice will be :
Tuesday, February 12th 2008

Our Practice Schedule for the 2008 season will be:

Monday - Friday :
3:15 - 5:30

*Exceptions to the Practice Schedule will be made to accomodate games, school events, etc. but these exceptions will be left to the discretion of the coach and the players will be informed of them no later than the practice before, if possible I will also post the change here on the Blog*

*If a player needs to miss a practice for any reason, he should notify his coach at least one practice before the missed practice*

Getting Organized

There were a lot of problems with the way that the program was run last year, some were just rookie mistakes by myself, and others were due to a complete lack of organization on my part. (Which may also be another rookie mistake) This year I want to be much more on top of the organization of the team, and hopefully by doing so, we'll have a much smoother season.

Having said that, I have made up a list of things that are required of the boys, and the specific due dates that they are going to be required. Failing to complete these assignments will have various consequences from missing a game to running lines, and anything in between. The list is (in absolutely no particular order) as follows:

1. 1 Business ad and 1 Personal ad for the program (Due February 29, the Friday before our first game)

2. The athletic packet for the athletic directors office, or (this is new this year) information, either written or verbal (make sure I write it down) for which sport the player played for the high school during the off season for which the have already turned in a packet (Due before February 11th, if you can't get it to me, give it to the Athletics Secretary to put in my box)

3. The date that their parent will volunteer to either work, or pay someone else to work to cover BINGO (BINGO dates are provided on the Blog, as well as in the packet handed out to each student) (Due February 11)

4. What committee their parent would like to be a part of for our volleyball boosters (Due February 11)

5. A typed essay (100 words or more) about their thoughts and feelings about last season, including what I, as the coach, could help the team to improve on. (Due February 11)

6. A list of at least one phone # and one email address that we can use to get in ouch with
parents to keep them informed about the goings on of the team. (Due February 11)

7. An answer of whether or not their parents would like to host a team dinner (Due February 11)

In explanation of the above #'s:

1. Last year we were severely lacking in ads to put into the program, especially business ads, so to keep on top of that, if we have each player get one ad from a business, and one personal we can avoid this problem. Also it will help to get the players to earn some of the money for their season.

2. We cannot start practices until I have packets from each and every one of the players. Luckily for us this year, if the students played another sport for the high school in the off-season, their packet will carry over for volleyball as well. So, if they have played another sport I just need to get down what sport it was.

3. We had a lot of problems with Bingo last year, so we want to make sure that we have our nights covered

4. It seems like all too often, all of the work is done by only a few, I want to try to keep those few from getting burned out. Many hands make light work. This will also be a good way to get to know the other parents on the team.

5. I have thought about what I could have done better, and what I can do better this season since the last season ended, I have a million ideas, a few of which I have planned to implement this season, but it's always good to have a fresh perspective on it, and what better place to get it from than from the payers who we're doing this for anyways. The essays don't need to have names on them, and I will gather them on the first day of practice, and mix them up so I don't know who wrote what, so that I will not bias any furthe decisions on what is written. In doing this I hope it will help the boys to be completely honest with their opinions.

6. Another ting that I relearned last year with teenage boys is that things set home very rarely get there, so I want to get a list of emails, and phone numbers so that if something important is happening, the parents actually get to find out about it. I will still send copies home, but I will send an additional one to the email address to ensure proper delivery. As a side note, the blog will also have copies of all things sent home from either of the coaches.

7. Again this is just so that we can plan beforehand.

Player Checklist

Here's all of the things that the boys need to get turned into me, and the dates they are due (a full explanation is set forth on one of the blog entries below):

Players Checklist

[] Business Ad for the Program (2/29)

[] Personal Ad for the Program (2/29)

[] Participation Fee (2/29)

[] Parents Form Signed and Filled out (2/11)

[] Essay (2/11)

[] Packet/Sport____________________

Copy of Parents Form

For those of you whose boys don't bring things home, here's a copy of what we need you as parents to fill out:

Parents Form
(To be signed and returned by February 11 at the first practice)

1. BINGO night I will volunteer to cover: (circle one)

January 20 February 17 March 16

April 6 May 25 June 22

2. Volleyball Booster Committee I would like to volunteer for: (circle one)

Banquet Committee Program Committee BINGO Committee

Information Committee Team Dinner Committee

2a. I would be willing to be the head of the above committee: Y/N

3. The Best Phone # To Reach Me At Is: _______________________

4. The Best Email Address To Reach Me At Is:


5. I would like to Host a Team Dinner Y/N

**I declare that the above statements are true and that I will not look dumbfounded if Coach Wheeler or Coach Crooks asks me about this form because it was I who signed it, and not my son:

(If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, we will be having a parents meeting on February 7th, where all questions will be answered, and where we will discuss the upcoming season)

FAQ's About Bingo

This is some information sent to me from the Booster Club to answer any questions that you might have about Bingo:

Q: Why do we have to work BINGO?
A: BINGO is the imryfundraising venture for all of Cypress High School athletic programs. The proceeds from BINGO benefit all athletic programs at the high school. BINGO has also been provn to generate the greatest profit per volunteer hours worked.
The majority of the income that BINGO produces is generated from the sales of event games, (AKA pull tabs) that are sold by the volunteers. When there are sufficient workers, the patrons of BINGO are satisfied as customers which results in higher attendance and increased spending on thir part.

Q: Can I buy my way out of working BINGO?
A: Yes, but you must make arrangements through your BINGO parent representative to do this. At this time, you must contact an eligible worker, negotiate payment arrangements and then notify your BINGO parent representative of who will be working on your behalf. We are in the process of compiling a list of workers who would be willing if called. To be eligible to work, a volunteer must be at least 18 years old and not still attending high school. When the list of potentia workers has been generated, it will be forwarded to your BINGO representative via e-mail.

Q: What if parents have religious beliefs or English language difficulties that they want to use as an excuse not to work?
A: Parents who want to use eligious beliefs or English language difficulties as an excuse not to work BINGO create hardships and resentments among those who are willing to do their fair share of volunteer work. These parents can count and bundle the event game cards or, as described previously hire a qualified worker to ork for them.

Q: Why can't the boosters simply hire workers?
A: This would seem lke an easy solution to the problem of finding workers except that state law prohibits this practice. Cypress High School Athletic Booster Club would also be in violation of their non-profit/charity status if we were to do this. For this reason, we ask that all parents who wish to hire a replacement worker do so on thei own and notify their teams BINGO parent representative.

Q: How much time will I really have to work?
A: Bingo shits are generally from 3:30 to approximately 9:30.

Q: How do I know that the money being earned at BINGO is benefitting the athletes at Cypress High School
A: You can find out exactly how much revenue BINGO is generating for each of the athletic programs at the high school by attending the monthly meetings. By joining the boostr club, and attending the monthly meetings, you can also have voting privileges. Joining the Athletic ooster Club board of directors is another way to be even more involved!