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October 28, 2014


Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
Exciting week ahead for the Cardinals: WCAC playoffs starting tonight with volleyball at O'Connell.  Ireton hosts the volleyball semifinals on Wednesday and championship on Thursday.  

Tomorrow sees both soccer teams hosting quarterfinal WCAC games at 3:30 pm. Girls have Paul VI on Witter 1 while the boys entertain Good Counsel on Witter 2. Winners play on Thursday and championship game for soccer is Saturday night!

Football qualified for state playoffs with their win on Saturday and our boys' soccer team has qualified for states as well. That's the good news. The "less good" news is that VISAA tournament games are all charged admission games, no student passes, no season tickets honored for these games, so start saving if necessary, you don't want to miss our march to fall glory!

Maryland's recent move to the Big 10 has their athletic department anxious to show off their new rivalries and fill their venues with fans. The Terps have reached out to us to offer great promotions and discounted tickets for groups attending everything from football to wrestling as they make their first year through life in the BIG 10 Conference.  If you or your team are interested in seeing some of the action, contact Mr. Simmons at (703) 212-5169.

StudentAthleteWorld recently shared this with their audience regarding college recruiting:  We've found that many 17 year olds focus on things that won't matter in 40 years and not enough on things that will. For example, two of the most common reasons for choosing a school are often distance to home and level of play (D1/D2/D3/NAIA). The reality is that in two years you won't want to come home from college anyway and in 20 years no one will care at what level of play you competed. However, things like academic reputation and personal/social fit will have a lasting importance to you over the course of your life. 
It's great to have real life examples of coaches honoring the game. McNamara's Adam Bender is the boys' JV soccer coach. In the course of their game at Witter Field on Friday, Ireton lost a goal when the official called an off side on the Cardinals during the play that scored.  Coach Bender went to the game official and pointed out that, from his vantage point, the play appeared clearly onside and should have been an Ireton goal....You read that correctly, the McNamara coach attempted to convince the ref to make a call against his own team.  PCA would call that "honoring the game" by recognizing that making the right call and rewarding a good play is more important than winning the game.  It makes winning more satisfying because you earn the win rather than benefit from a mistake to win. The officials did not change the call, but the impact on our coaches and team was immediate.  I hope I would be an Adam Bender!

Sports Medicine

Recently there was an investigative report conducted by NBC News on artificial turf and link between the crumb rubber infill used in artificial turf and cancer. The report focused on soccer players, specifically goal keepers, who over the years of playing on artificial turf have been diagnosed with cancer, citing inhalation and ingestion of crumb rubber infill as a cause. The report lists 38 players, 34 of which are goal keepers.


While these facts are thought provoking it's important to keep in mind that this is a news report, and not scientific research. The investigated sample size is quite small considering the millions of people that play sports on artificial turf nationwide. US Youth Soccer alone had a player registration total of 3,020,633 in 2012.


Currently there is no scientific research directly linking chrome rubber exposure to cancer, but there is not much research on the subject as a whole. As with many of our advances in technology, more research needs to be done on the health risks associated with crumb rubber infill. Two study's I believe to be significant on the subject are below.  


In October 2010 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch studied the chemicals of 2 artificial turf fields in New York state and found those fields do not constitute a serious public health problem since the risk of health effects are low. The study based their exposure rate on a lifetime use of the fields by athletes, which it stated would OVERESTIMATE health risks.


The University of Connecticut Health Center, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Public Health, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, completed a two-year comprehensive evaluation of the health and environmental impacts associated with artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill in 2010. The study focused on 1 indoor and 4 outdoor artificial turf fields in summer conditions in Connecticut. The study found that outdoor and indoor artificial turf fields are not associated with elevated health risks from the inhalation of volatile or particle-bound chemicals.

Injury Prevention for Throwers
Monday, November 3, 6:30 pm, Auditorium

From Matt Horton, B.I. Athletic Trainer:
This season our baseball and softball teams we will be taking part in an Injury Prevention Program for throwers.

We are partnering with Medstar Health and, specifically Angela T. Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, COMT, ATC. Angela is a Physical Therapist for Medstar Health and she is the team Physical Therapist for the Washington Nationals. One of the things Angela does with Nationals players is conduct pre-season evaluations where she identifies players at risk for throwing injuries and develops programs for at-risk players, making program modifications needed to maintain a level of physical excellence for the Nationals' players. Angela will now be providing these same services for our student athletes here at Bishop Ireton.

Angela has worked extensively with numerous Major League Baseball, Canadian Football League and European basketball players. With more than 11 years of clinical experience, she earned her Master's of Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, Ohio, in 2002, and obtained her Doctorate of Science degree from Andrews University in Michigan in 2012. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist through the NAIOMT and is certified at dry needling. In April 2013, Gordon became a published author in the IJSPT: Relationships between core strength, hip external rotator muscle strength, and star excursion balance test performance in female lacrosse players. Our girls' lacrosse team was part of this study, and the work she did with the girls led to less overall injuries that season and, as a result, less time lost to injuries for practices and games. I'm confident that will be the same result when she works with your team.

The process starts with a presentation for perspective players, parents, and coaches on Injury Prevention in The Overhead Throwing Athlete. The presentation will be Monday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in our Auditorium. The seminar will be on the prevention of throwing injuries and it will also discuss the entire throwing prevention program we will be taking part in.

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 will be OPEN during Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 5 and 6

Need transitional outerwear?  School Store has the Nike Gortex  waterproof jacket and the Nike weather resistant jacket in stock as well as hoodies, crews and sweatpants.
Plus, our B.I. umbrella/sunbrella is back in!

Not too early to start Christmas Shopping while the supply is still full!! 
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
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Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Boosters

Go Cardinals!  
Varsity Swim & Dive Time Trials
Time Trials to Begin This Week
For those interested in trying out for the Winter Varsity Swim & Dive Team please mark your calendars: October 27, 29, and 30.
Time Trials will be conduced at 4 pm at Lee District Rec Center for team consideration and selection. If you have any questions please contact: Coach John Gullickson.
Crew Fruit Baskets and Wreath Sales
Fruit Basket The B.I. Crew Team is selling fruit baskets and Christmas wreaths. Please click here for the order form.  Contact Kathy McCabe 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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