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September 23, 2014


Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
The fall season is in full swing and it has been one of the most exciting seasons in many years! Last Friday was a SoccerFest, with the boys hosting The Heights School in an exciting game while the girls played a national powerhouse under the Witter Street lights before a large "white out" crowd.  The football team had a thriller at Episcopal and earned a #3 ranking in the VISAA state poll for week #1.  Tennis shut out Seton and the cross country team headed to the prestigous Oatlands Invitational.

Softball: All students interested in playing softball are invited to attend a meeting with Coach Terri Pearson on Thursday, September 25 @ 3:15 pm.  If unable to attend please contact Coach Pearson or Coach Hutton.
Hockey: All students interested in playing hockey are invited to attend an interest meeting on Thursday, September 25 @ 3 pm in Room G221.  Please click here to email your interest in joining the team. 

Fall is a great time for juniors to be visiting and thinking about where they may want to play college sports. You can visit any college you want when you pay for the trip and all expenses, that is defined as an "unofficial visit" and the NCAA does not limit those. "Official visits" for athletes are limited to a set number and specific things that can and can't be paid for by the college. Go to NCAA.com for the rules on visits!


Your child's character development is the most valuable outcome youth sports can offer. Therefore, it is important to involve your children in programs that value character development and to seek coaches who are qualified to deliver a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

Consider in advance the type of experience you want for your children. Ask parents you respect for recommendations of suitable organizations, and ask questions of the leaders and coaches within the organizations you are considering. Such research will help you and your children capitalize on the character-development opportunities inherent in youth sports and will help you relax and enjoy the journey.
Sports Medicine


The most important aspect of the management of concussion is recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. A person who has suffered a concussion may have one of the following or a combination of the following symptoms: headache, nausea, balancing problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish, feeling foggy, concentrations or memory problems, and confusion or 'out of it' feeling.

When an athlete is suspected of having a concussion they should be immediately removed from play for the remainder or the day and be evaluated by a healthcare professional experienced in diagnosing and managing concussions (for example a certified athletic trainer). Below are links to some helpful resources for parents and athletes regarding signs and symptoms along post-concussion instructions for home and school.

Center for Disease Control Fact Sheet for Athletes



Children's National Medical Center Instructions after a Concussion 


No form of athletic equipment can fully prevent concussions. In order to help prevent concussions athletes should practice proper hitting techniques during every practice if they participate in a collision sport; practice safe play and good sportsmanship at all times, make sure that the protective equipment they are wearing is up to current safety standards and has no defects. They should also make sure to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion not only in themselves but in their teammates as well, and if they do think they may have suffered a concussion they should report it to their coach and seek proper medical attention from an appropriate healthcare provider. Remember the Center for Disease Control's saying when it comes to concussions: "Don't hide it. Report it. Take time to recover."

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!

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!! 


Cardinal's Nest School Store

 When the weather turns colder, the ONLY acceptable uniform choices are the winter uniform and the black uniform fleece jacket.  Come in soon to order the fleece!
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  
Cheerleading Clinic
Don't miss out on the annual Bishop Ireton Cheerleading Clinic, Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm for grades 1st -8th. The clinic is so much fun and a great way to learn new cheers, stunts, dances and build your cheerleading skills. In addition, you get to perform with the 2014 Varsity Bishop Ireton Cheerleaders at half-time during the Varsity football game! Be sure to invite your friends to come too! With over 140 participants last year, spots fill up quickly so be sure to get your form filled out and secure your spot. Click here for the registration form. Email Coach Angela Hope-Eskew with any questions.  
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!  
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