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Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
The 2014-15 is rapidly coming to a close. We have races for our crew, but otherwise, the year in sports is completed for this academic year. What a year we had! Congratulations to our 2015 girls lacrosse team who won the state championship on Saturday!

We started the fall with our football team playing for a state championship in Richmond and ended the year with our girls' lacrosse successfully defending their state championship against neighborhood rival St. Stephens & St. Agnes. In between, there were a number of exciting wins, heartbreaking losses, and, I hope, many life lessons that prepare our students to meet the challenges of life successfully. As we tell our athletes, you can't control the outcome, but you can control effort and attitude. 

It's awards season, beginning with the Alexandria Sportsman's Club gala which was on May 19th. Seven athletes, a coach and three scholarship winners were feted at their annual event celebrating the high school athletics at the City's four high schools. Next week, we will honor our athletes at the annual varsity awards banquet.

It REALLY is GREAT to be a CARDINAL!

Sports News:
Recruiting
Athletic scholarships are very subjective. Division I and II have specific guidelines on what is allowed, while Division III is not allowed to offer athletic scholarships. At the DI level, football and basketball only offer "full scholarships". For the other sports, sometimes referred to as "minor sports", partial scholarships are the rule, not the exception. For example, a fully funded lacrosse program has 12 full scholarships, but will carry as many as 30 players. And, not every program is "fully funded".  
PCA
John Mason, in his book, "Expect to Win," talks about commitment.  Here's a portion of his perspective: "The moment you definitely commit yourself, change begins. All sorts of things happen to help you that never would have otherwise occurred." Kenneth Blanchard observed, 'There is a difference between interests and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.' Lack of decisiveness has caused more failures than lack of intelligence or ability." This is not only the cornerstone of success in sports, but in life. The short term goal for us may be to prepare for a season; but, the real teaching point for our athletes is that this is critically important to being successful in life.

Sports Medicine

We live in an era when technology is advancing at an unbelievable rate. With the intent of improvement, technology is entering our lives in areas we once couldn't imagine, providing us with instant information. In sports, technology is being used to help people become faster, stronger, and now healthier.

A recent article in Science Daily highlights a new running shoe set to be released in 2015 which provides instant biomechanical feedback to a runner through a smart phone application. The goal is to reduce injury by providing a runner with real-time medical evaluations and subsequent recommendations on proper foot positioning, unequal force distribution etc. while the runner is running. Click here to read the full article:

 
Athletic Banquet, Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
Alexandria Hilton Mark Center
The event will be held at 7 pm (reception at 6 pm.)  We will recognize the individual accomplishments of all of the varsity teams and athletes with the presentation of our team awards and overall athletic department awards.
Registration is closed and tickets will not be sold at the door.

Volunteers needed to run the check-in table at the Varsity Athletic Banquet on May 27th at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center from 5:45 to 6:45. Please contact Matt Horton.

See our website www.bishopireton.org/athletics
to get the stories and scores for all the games.  Sign up for email updates or follow GRT2BACardinal on Twitter so you are never far from all the excitement of Cardinal athletics!
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With that you can see each day's games, results, what may be broadcast, news articles, and much more.

Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169

Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172

Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171

Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer 

 

Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.   

 

 

Go Cardinals!! 

 

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DADS & GRADS...Your School Store Has Gifts for All! 
Plus 20% Off Sale on many items throughout the store!

      School Store Hours:  Monday-Friday 
7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00 pm; 3:00-3:30 pm, or call 
Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment  
Summer Camps at Bishop Ireton
Summer Camps offered in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Theater for grades 1-12!  Click here to find out more or contact Mr. Pete Hamer.
B.I. Athletic Boosters
The Bishop Ireton Athletic Booster Club (BIABC) will hold elections for officers for the 2015-16 academic year in April. The offices of president, vice president, and secretary are to be filled. President is a two-year office, vice president and secretary are one-year terms. The officers comprise the executive committee of the Club and meet monthly with the director of athletics. Interested members may contact Mr. Simmons or Mr. Lucas, current president. You are invited to attend the pre-election March monthly executive committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm.

Click here to join
Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Boosters

Go Cardinals!  
The Cardinal Shop
Visit our online store, "The Cardinal Shop"!   
This Booster Club initiative brings hundreds of Bishop Ireton items right  to your fingertips, and, best of all, the website is loaded with gifts for all ages!   Take a look, your favorite things are in the right color, right size. Click here: MyLocker.net.   Pick up a $10 gift card from the athletic department and Go Shopping!  
Athletic Boosters
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Coaches are also asked to provide photographs for inclusion on the BIAB Facebook page.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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