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October 20, 2014


Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
It's a huge week in athletics for your Cardinals.  We are starting WCAC playoffs today with field hockey challenging St. Mary's Ryken in Leonardtown.  Our boys' and girls' soccer teams are sitting smartly in second place in the WCAC, but both need a win against Paul VI Tuesday to stay perched near the top of the pile.  The football team pulled out a hard fought win against the always tough Panthers of PVI and look to senior day this Saturday with another group of Panthers coming to town, the Potomac Panthers.  The WCAC has switched up its volleyball championships, and we are honored to be hosting the semi-final and championship games this year.  Cross country will start the week Monday in Newport News at Virginia Catholic championships and end it Saturday at the WCAC championships at Lake Fairfax. The tennis girls are readying for the WCAC playoffs with a rained out match with Good Counsel as a final tourney tune up.

It's also Bishop Ireton's annual Open House this coming Sunday from 1-3 pm.  We will have the gym set up for visiting 8th graders and possible transfer students; the coaches and athletes will be on hand to talk about sports while our students and faculty will show off the rest of the school.  You can play a big part in ensuring the continued success of your high school with your strong encouragement of potential students. Nothing we can do or say speaks louder than your strong endorsement of the decision you made to send your child to Bishop Ireton. I hope you will take a moment to encourage a neighbor, a colleague, or a friend to spend a couple hours visiting us next Sunday afternoon. You see me proclaim it, we hope you endorse it, "It's GREAT to be a Cardinal!"

With the myriad of recruiting rules from Division I to III, the variety of regulations specific to each sport, not to mention the changes and new policies adopted from year to year, how do high school athletes and their families navigate such a process?  More and more people are turning to recruiting services and online groups. How effective are they?  The answers vary from family to family, but if you do your research and prepare, they can be of assistance to student-athletes.  They can get your athletic "resume" distributed, but they can't make the decisions or do the work you must do.  Just like hiring someone to fix your car, you have to check out agencies or recruiting businesses you might retain. They should be only one part of your process, however, because in the end, placing athletes and collecting fees is their bottom line. Whether Texas State is really the best fit for child is your responsibility, the agency is looking to place a client in a scholarship situation and that's what they were qualified to do.
As mentioned above, it's coming to playoff time for our fall athletes.  Reality is that, for every team in the playoffs, save one, the season ends with a loss.  As parents, how you deal with "results" before and after are important to your student athlete.  Raising expectations and over emphasizing results can lead to emotional distress, disillusionment, and other negative reactions to participation in the sport. Certainly our athletes are invested in their team and they should be disappointed in a setback.  But, unlike sports, no one in adult life goes "undefeated".  Dealing with a loss of a game is a life lesson.  As parents, we can focus on living in the moment, enjoying the experience, and soaking it in.  As coaches will remind them and we hope you reinforce, your athlete has control over "attitude" and "effort"; that's it. They can't control the results, they can't control the coaches, officials, opponents, or teammates.  Do your best, trust your coaches and teammates. Enjoy the journey, it will be over before you know, win or lose.
Sports Medicine

With the start of our winter sports season just a couple weeks away, this is the perfect time to encourage our young athletes to play multiple sports. Playing one sport year round puts athletes at a higher risk of injury because they are only training those muscles for one specific motion/action. Playing multiple sports can allow recovery for certain muscle groups while strengthening and developing other sets of muscles by performing new activities. Think - a soccer player in the fall, wrestling in the winter, and then playing baseball in the spring. 


A recent study presented on April 19, 2013 at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) meeting in San Diego entitled, "Risks of Specialized Training and Growth in Young Athletes: A Prospective Clinical Cohort Study," found that adolescents specializing in one sport are at a higher risk of injury. The study was conducted by Loyola University Medical Center in conjunction with Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The study found that young athletes who spent more hours per week than their age playing one sport - such as a 12-year-old who plays tennis 13 or more hours a week - were 70 percent more likely to experience serious overuse injuries than other injuries. To prevent injury, the study's authors recommend not specializing in one sport before late adolescence and not playing sports competitively year round. Take a break from competition for one-to-three months each year (not necessarily consecutively), and take at least one day off per week from training in sports.  Click here to read more about this study.  

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
School Store OPEN at home football game this Saturday,  
October 25.  Final home game of the season and Senior Game! 

Great time to pick up items for early Christmas Shopping.  Nike Polos for Men and Women, Baseball and winter hats, Gortex Jackets, Umbrellas and Sweatshirt Blankets
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  
B.I. Athletic Boosters
The monthly meeting of the BI Athletic Booster Club will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm in the Resource Center, all are invited to attend.

The Booster Club supports every sports program at B.I. 100% of the dues we collect get pumped back into the athletic programs. Our mission is to support the sports teams for extraordinary expenditures outside of their budgets and to offer financial assistance that would provide a competitive benefit. Some of the most recent projects that your money has supported are the resurfacing of Fannon Field and its scoreboard, the scoreboard and signage at Witter Field, Godley Gym's renovation, the rebounding machine for all basketball teams, state-of-the-art rehab equipment for the Training Department, State Championship rings for the girls' varsity lacrosse team and countless other expenditures.

Sadly, less than 50% of the athletes' parents are members of the Booster Club. Did you know that approximately 500 of our students compete in an athletic arena? Your support is the necessary life-blood that provides the resources and facilities for our kids to be competitive against the larger schools in the league.

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

Go Cardinals!  
Varsity Swim & Dive Meeting
There will be an interest meeting for new & returning swimmers/divers and parents tomorrow, October 21 at 7:30 pm in the cafeteria. Come meet the coaching staff, learn about Time Trials, the season at a glance and more information about one of the top programs in the region. If you are unable to make the event please contact: Coach John Gullickson.

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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