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April 8, 2014 

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Dear Parents & Student Athletes,

I hope you were on hand for the thrilling 13-12 win for our girls' lacrosse team yesterday on Fannon Field over the Cubs of Visitation. The girls came into the contest undefeated and ranked #4 while hosting the area's number 2 team. No rest for the girls as the #3 team visits today, defending WCAC champs, Good Counsel at 4 pm.


The week was also marked by the unhappy news that we have replaced our boys' lacrosse coach. It was a difficult decision and unpleasant for everyone involved. I will be at school to meet with those who would like to speak to me about this at 9 am Saturday.  

Sports News:


The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) estimates 15.2 million high school students are participating in athletics in school.  AthleticQuest estimates 75% of all high school all conference athletes do not get recruited to play in college.  Despite what we see with Alabama recruiting football players or Kentucky for basketball, most colleges in the US have an average recruiting budget of $2,000.  To that end, we think it is critically important for our athletes to reach out to the schools THEY are interested in attending rather than waiting for schools to contact them!

When your children make a mistake in competition, they may look at you on the sidelines. Do you want them to see your grimace and hear your shouts of anger? Or would you rather they see a supportive gesture and hear your reminder that mistakes are OK so they can focus on the next play?

The latter describes a Mistake Ritual. Your child's team (or just you and your child) may use the "no sweat" gesture. So, when your child makes a mistake in a game and looks to you on the sidelines, make the gesture of flicking sweat from your brow and say, "No sweat, next play!"
Sports Medicine

Athletes and Allergies

It is allergy season and here in Northern Virginia, the experts are saying this year will be one of the worst on record for allergy sufferers. Allergy symptoms can include but aren't limited to a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and/or a sore or scratchy throat. If you think you may be suffering from seasonal allergies make sure to consult your physician before taking any over the counter medications. If you are an athlete who is currently taking allergy medications, make sure you are staying adequately hydrated (drinking plenty of water and or sports drinks) because most allergy medications can dehydrate you.


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 Bookstore
Celebrate with fun, colorful bags, luggage and jewelry...
Just in time for
Spring Break Travel and little
Plus an adorable assortment of the best
Easter Cards!

Bookstore Hours:  7:30 am to 3:30 pm, or call
Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment  
Softball Chipotle Fundraiser - One for the Team
Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support the Bishop Ireton High School VARSITY Softball Team. Come eat at the Beacon Mall Chipotle on Tuesday, April 8, from 5:0 0pm to 8:00 pm, and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the team. 
National Football Foundation Awards
Hudson Sullivan and Taylor Dean were honored by the National Football Foundation last night as scholar-athletes.  Hudson was also honored as a Fidelity Investments scholar-athlete (one of eight nominees to receive a prestigious award).  The chapter honored Dan Paro of Georgetown Prep and Tony Verducci with awards recognizing our contributions to the chapter and amateur football. 
Summer Camp
Click here for BI's Summer Camp Brochure.  Contact Mr. Peter Hamer with any questions. 
Sean O'Malley Scholarship
Alumni Contact Football Game
This scholarship, to honor the memory of former BI student Sean O'Malley, is open to male students who have completed one year at BI and have participated in football and/or wrestling at BI.  He must exhibit financial need, strong community service, have a passion for health and fitness, and have a 2.5 or above GPA.  This scholarship is for a minimum of $1000 and a maximum of 50% of tuition for one year while enrolled at BI.  To apply, submit a letter detailing your qualifications by April 30. Click here for more details.  
To raise money for the scholarship fund,  BI is holding a BI Alumni Contact Football Game on Saturday, April 12, 1 pm, Fannon Field.  76 plus players have signed up to play and we invite everyone to come to watch these two teams coached by current Head Varsity Coach Tony Verducci and former head football coach Chip Armstrong.  Cost to attend is $10/adults and $5/BI students and children under 12.  To purchase tickets, click hereClick here to support the Sean O'Malley Scholarship Fund.
Game Changer
We will bring live coverage of Cardinal baseball.  You can download the application or sign up on-line to follow the games "live" when you can't be there.  We are working to get every varsity game, home and away, covered so you are never far from the action or left wondering, "how did they do?"    Click here to sign up for free. 
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!  
Positive Coaching Alliance Scholarship
PCA Student Athletes may now apply for the PCA's Triple Impact  Competition Scholarship Program. Click here for the form.  Deadline is May 31 Juniors who are  
Athletic Boosters
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Coaches are also asked to provide photographs for inclusion on the BIAB Facebook page.

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