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Incoming Freshman

Hamilton Football Parent Meeting

Weds April 21 at 6:15pm in the HHS Cafeteria.  You will meet with coaches from all levels and positions, learn about summer camps and passing league info as well as a calendar review and Q&A session.

The Cafeteria is located on the west side of the school and parking can be found off Appleby road by the tennis courts.

Spring Installation Camp

Our incoming Freshman Spring Camp begins Tuesday April 27th.

Freshman FAQ
Incoming Freshman and Parents: Start Here

On this page you will find information focusing on future and incoming freshman and their parents. Scroll down for the following.

  • Links: Incoming Freshman Parent Links
  • Events: Five day outlook for program events
  • Rules & Communication: Talking to Coaches & Team Rules
  • Volunteers: Joining the Gridiron 
  • Preseason: Current 7th and 8th Grade Players
  • Summer Camp: Team building in California
  • Freshman Survey: Collecting Team Information
  • Clinics: Spring and Summer Clinics
  • Football Academy: Football as a Class
  • Registermyathlete.com: CUSD Athlete Registration System
  • ECA Fees: Extracurricular Activity Fees
  • Tax Credit: Direct your taxes to HHS football
  • Hudl: Film, Practice, and Communication App 
  • Equipment: Provided, Required, Optional and Donations
  • Dress for Success: Pregame Dress Code
  • Practice: What to Expect at Practice
  • Games: Game Day and the Season

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Links

HHS Football Calendar

The Calendar is updated with everything happening for the entire program, Freshman, JV and Varsity. The Hudl App is used for immediate communication such as late buses or field changes.

HHS Camps and Clinics

Click above for link to the CUSD Camps and Clinics page for Hamilton High School. Then search for Football Clinics on page.

Photos by: Heather Hackett

All photos courtesy of Heather Hackett Creates and all available photos are posted on the link above.

Forms

Click Above to find and download the forms (like the AIA Physical form) needed for the upcoming season.

Click Here for Volunteer Opportunities

Every season we need volunteers at all levels of the program. Needs change every year, so be sure to check this out for opportunities to help the team.

Registermyathlete.com

Click Above for the RMA website for athlete documents and training.

Husky Store

Find a large variety of Husky branded apparel, spirit gear, soft helmets and practice wear. See FAQ: Equipment below for more information.

Hamilton High School CUSD Website

Click Above for the HHS district website for all non football questions.

Fundraising

Links to the CUSD tax credit program and descriptions of Hamilton Fundraising partners & events.

All players will be asked to read, sign and abide by the team rules listed above.

Parents are asked to read and abide by the Parent and Coach Communication guidelines above.

Volunteers

Click Here for Volunteer Opportunities

Every season we need volunteers at all levels of the program. Needs change every year, so be sure to check this out for opportunities to help the team.

Volunteers: Joining the Gridiron

 

What is the Gridiron Club?  

That is the official name of the HHS booster club. They make sure players are fed their pregame meal, set up team building events, organize fundraisers and help in a variety of ways. The HHS football program would not be what it is today without it's past, present and future volunteers. 
 
How do I join the Gridiron Club?
 
Head over to the Volunteer Page and see where your skills might fist best. Otherwise, contact the Freshman Team Parent and find out how to help.
Preseason

Click Here for 7v7 Club Team Recommendations for 7th and 8th graders.

Click Above for more information. Skill position players can get great work, with Hamilton coaches with the AZ87 Middle School Club Team.

Camps and Clinics

Click Above for upcoming HHS camps and clinics. See Camps and Clinics below, for more information.

OPEN ENROLLMENT to attend Hamilton High School
View application and procedures links.  

2020-2021 Open Enrollment Application:  https://www.cusd80.com/cms/lib/AZ01001175/Centricity/Domain/75/Open%20Enrollment%20Application%202021.pdf

2020-2021 Open Enrollment Procedures:  https://www.cusd80.com/cms/lib/AZ01001175/Centricity/Domain/75/Open%20Enrollment%20Procedures%202021.pdf

Preseason: Current 7th and 8th Graders Info

 

When can my player start working with HHS?  

Our clinics open up to current 8th graders in the spring and summer. See below FAQ: Clinics or visit the Calendar. Freshman are also encouraged to attend our Summer Camp at Cal Lutheran in California (see below).  Our Freshman coaches run the AZ87 Middle School 7v7 club team for 7th and 8th graders. Our coaches also volunteer with East Valley Pop Warner with the Unweighted Husky Team(s). All of these options are open to players attending any school and are not limited to future Hamilton students.  

Should my player be working out prior to the season?  

If the goal is to maximize their chance for success, the answer is yes.  Players who push themselves with body weight exercises, runs, stretching and cardio work in other sports, all set them up for success their freshman year. Players can succeed by beginning their season without training. However, given the competitive nature of our program, preseason work at home, in the gym and our camps and clinics, will serve all incoming freshman players well. 

If your player is using free weights, please make sure they are doing so safely, with proper form and under trained supervision. Poor form while lifting, can cause injury and limit their progress in gaining strength. It is can also be very hard to unlearn a bad habit with improper form.

 

Summer Camp: Team building in California

 

What is the Cal Lutheran Summer Camp?

As a program, all levels (Freshman, JV and Varsity) travel to Cal Lutheran University located in Thousand Oaks California, for a week long chance to come together as Huskies. 

This is the single best experience our players will have to bond as a team, while also improving their football skills and character.

What will the players do at the camp?

Coming together as a team is a big part of the process. Eating, sleeping and sweating together allows players to bond in ways that are more difficult to do during practice. On the field they will be doing positional work, installs and conditioning. Off the field they will have meetings with chalk talks that elevate their football IQ as well as character building exercises. They will also have a chance to have some fun with supervised events like a bonfire, hiking and a trip to the Magic Mountain Theme Park.

When is the camp?

Players will board the comfortable Motor Coaches around dawn on Monday July 5th and arrive at Cal Lutheran around 1:30. They will return home Friday evening 7/9.

Last updated 3/25/21. Emails will be sent by the Girdiron and will have the most up to date information. 

What is the cost to attend the camp?

The cost is $535 and includes meals, theme park entrance and is all inclusive except spending money at the park and snack money on the bus trips. 

It’s important to note that we want EVERYONE to attend and that assistance may be available to help with the cost.

Where do I pay for the camp?

The Husky Store will have option to pay in full or in a two or three payment plan.

What should my player bring?

Toothbrush, toothpaste, twin bed sheets, pillow, blanket or sleeping bag, sun screen, towel, toiletries, notebooks, writing utensils, spending money, T's/Shorts/Socks for 9 practices, beach wear, tennis shoes, cleats, Gold Bond, shower footwear, temperature appropriate clothing for low in 50s.

Can I chaperone my player?

Contact the Gridiron club for chaperone opportunities. 

Freshman Survey: Collecting Team Information

What is the Incoming Freshman Survey?

Each season we take a survey via a Google Doc, to collect all the contact and equipment sizing information for each player. We also want to know the football experience level and 8th grade GPA. 

Where can my player complete the survey?

You can take the 2021 survey by clicking here

Click Here to Register for HHS Camps and Clincs

Click above for link to the CUSD Camps and Clinics page for Hamilton High School. Then search for Football Clinics on page.

Incoming Freshman: Spring and Summer Clinics

 

What kinds of clinics do you have?  

We have positional, speed and agility and weight training clinics that run at various times throughout the spring and summer. 

When are the clinics?  

Head over to the Calendar  to see the latest dates and times. Players attending need to be registered through the CUSD site.  

Where are the clinics?  

They will be on either the Freshman, JV or Varsity practice field(s)

Are the camps and clinics mandatory?  

They are optional, but highly recommended. The more work we get as a team, the better results we will see during the season. 

Football Academy: Football as a Class

 
What is Football Academy? 
 
Freshman are able to take Football as a first and second period class, throughout the entire year (not just the season). In season the two periods are used for practices, watching film, study halls and changing before and after practice. After the season, the two periods consist of weight training and speed work on the track. Freshman who take Football Academy will take a 7th period class which extends their school day to 
 
Do they get a grade for Academy?
 
Yes. Failure to attend practice and workouts will result in a negative affect on their grade. 
 
How do I enroll my player in Football Academy?
 
Contact your player's Academic Advisor.
 
Does my player have to take Football Academy? 
 
Yes, otherwise their first and second period classes will conflict with practice each morning.
 
Why do they stay in Academy after the season is over? 
 
The class counts as their PE credit and also allows them to get solid, continued and focused weight training as well as speed training during the off season. 
 
Is my player allowed to be in other sports? 
 
Absolutely. We highly encourage multi-sport athletes. Body control and conditioning translate from all sports. A sport like Track is highly recommended for all players. They would still have lifting in the morning and can participate in after school sports.
 

Registermyathlete.com

Click Above for the RMA website for athlete documents and training.

Athlete Forms and Documents

Click Above for to download the latest forms and documents needed to play.

Registermyathlete.com: CUSD Athlete Registration System

 
What is Register My Athlete? 
 
CUSD uses Registermyathlete.com (RMA) to collect all documents and waivers as well as distribution and cataloguing of all district mandated training. Players can not practice or compete until they are eligible in the RMA system.
 
What does a parent need to do with RMA?
 
As a parent, you need to collect documents, get your player a sports physical on an AIA Physical Form, have your player read some information and watch some videos. Only once everything in RMA is completed can players fully participate in practice or games.
 
How do I use the RMA system? 
 
If your child has played a sport with CUSD you will have a log in and athlete set up already. For each sport your child competes in, you will need to complete a separate registration.
 
To complete a registration you will need to fully complete the Electronic Documents, Physical Documents and Final Signature portion of the registration.
 
What are the Electronic Documents? 
 
The E Documents section is a series of check lists to read through, watch and then electronically sign, which can all be completed through the RMA system.
 
What are the Physical Documents? 
 
These are documents that are not yet available in digital form, or must be uploaded by you. The Sports Physical form is one example of a Physical Document. With each Physical Document RMA will provide a download option for you to print, complete, and sign. You will then scan, or take a picture of the document and upload it to RMA. Occasionally there will be a document to physically turn in.
 
How do I upload documents? 
 
Follow all instructions given on the RMA site. Scanned documents usually are the safest and easiest to be approved. However, most documents can be uploaded with a clear picture taken from a cell phone. However, even if a document is posted, your player will not be eligible until all posted documents are approved by CUSD (not coaches). Unapproved documents are usually due to missing or unreadable information. 
 
When posting uploaded photos of documents, avoid cropping important info, or glare from flash. Also avoid using the "Live Photo" option on your phones which creates an animated rather stationary picture. The HEIC format used by the "Live Photos" are not compatible with RMA.
 
Can my player practice with something missing from RMA? 
 
Some documents are mandatory and others can be completed a little later in the beginning of the season. We will advise through Hudl the various deadlines. However, once they are required, they are required by the district and can not be influenced by anyone at HHS. 
 
The AIA Physical Form however, is required before any on field activity (other than spectating) is allowed.
 
Can I turn in a physical form from my doctor and not the AIA Physical form? 
 
No. ONLY AIA Physical Forms will be accepted.
 
Every doctor has their own physical forms with information that may or may not match the AIA form or might be in different locations on the sheet. By having all Arizona Athletes use the same form, it allows anyone involved to quickly and easily verify that a player is cleared by their doctor. 
 
Be sure to download and print the form before going to the doctor, or your doctor may require a return visit to fill out the form.
Extracurricular Activity (ECA) Fee 

 

What is the ECA fee?  

Sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities have a cost associated with them with the school. These fees are mandatory and collected by the school. The ECA fee for football is $60.

How do I pay the ECA fee online?  

Click Here for instructions on how to pay the ECA fee online. 

How does my player pay the ECA fee at school?  

The ECA fee can be paid in person at the Bookstore. The bookstore is in a hallway just outside the cafeteria and is open during school hours.  

What happens if we are late paying the ECA fee?  

ECA fees will not be waived and can hold up graduation and other complications if not paid promptly.

What is the tax credit and how do I use it to pay my player's ECA fee?  

The tax credit is a critical tool for our successful football program. Please see the FAQ below for information about what the tax credit is and how it works. 

Tax Credit Donations

 

What is the AZ Tax Credit?  

The tax credit is critical to funding our football program in ways that funds donated through the Gridiron Club can not. One example is the payment of coaches stipends which allow us to continue to recruit quality coaches.

Arizona law ARS 43-1089.01 enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400.00 per calendar year if filing status is Married, filing Joint Return; $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is Single or Head of Household; and, $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is Married filing separate return — for contributions that fund extracurricular activities in public schools. A tax credit is a full refund, not a deduction.

Contributions eligible for a tax credit are donated directly to schools, not to the state or the school district. 

  • Parents donating on behalf of their child online 
  • Parents donating on behalf of their child through the mail

Can I use the tax donation to pay for my player's Extracurricular Activity (ECA) Fee?  

Yes but only if done at the time of the the donation. 
 

Where can I find more information about the Tax Credit?  

Watch the video below or head to the CUSD page by Clicking Here

Hamilton Freshman Hudl Public Page

Click Above to visit the Hamilton Freshman Public Hudl Page

If your son has registered at HHS, enrolled in Football Academy and finished their Registermyathlete.com (RMA), then click this link to send an email and request Hudl Access

Hudl.com: Film, Team Communication and More.

 

What is Hudl.com?  

Hudl allows coaches to present game film as well as coaching instruction through an app and website to the team. The website has more functionality for in depth study, but the phone will be the primary interface for players. It is their playbook and also the team group text app, allowing team wide communication from coach to player, player to coach and player to teamates. Players are allowed to join the Hamilton Hudl once they are enrolled at HHS as Freshman and are on the final roster.

What does studying film mean at Hamilton?  

Through Hudl a player can see film of a teammate, themself, our competition and even study the playbook with clips of the plays attached. Players can then use the app to text their position coach, their positional group or the whole team to ask questions. 

A successful Hamilton player must budget time each week to watch film of upcoming opponents, a positional evaluation of the previous week's game or the person(s) ahead of them in the depth chart.

How does Hudl Texting Work?  

Coaches can message the entire program, team, position group or individual player. In general Hudl group texts are top down, with coaches giving instruction with minimal responses necessary (example: Bus arriving 10 min late). If players have questions they should be directed at coaches or players individually. Otherwise information gets lost in players back and forth chatter. Team group texts by players should be extremely rare and only used for questions that affect everyone. 

Where is the rest of the playbook?  

Freshman will start with a small slice of the Freshman system. As players advance in their understanding of our system, they will have access to more and more of the offense and defense playbook. Coaches reveal portions of the playbook in increments called Installs. Receiving the entire Varsity playbook Freshman year would confuse most players. Also playbooks would too easily drift to other schools. 

 

Equipment
Equipment: Provided, Required, Optional and Donations

 

What Equipment does Hamilton Provide?  

Hamilton will provide the following

  • Certified helmet with a chinstrap
  • Home and Away jersey
  • Game pants (shells worn over girdle)
  • Belt
  • One set of practice knee pads (can not wear during games)
  • One set of knee pad inserts for game pants

What equipment is required?  

Parents are expected to provide the following 

  • At least one mouthpiece (mandatory for practice)
  • Black or White Nike Cleats (We are a sponsored Nike Elite Academy)
  • Black practice shirts and black practice shorts (HHS gear or minimal logo and colors).  More than one set is optimal to keep from nightly laundry. 
  • A water jug minimum of 64oz in size. Filled with water for each practice. 
  • A padded girdle 

A player must have thigh, hip, and knees covered by pads or they will not be able to practice or play in games. The best solution is a girdle that is worn under practice shorts and game shell pants. Due to hygiene and laundry concerns, parents may want to invest in more than one. 

What equipment is optional?  

The following items are allowed but not required. Receiver or Lineman gloves. Additional pads such as neck rolls, lower back pads, rib protector shirts, knee braces or QB towels. 

It is highly advised to write your player's name in sharpie on all personal gear not provided by Hamilton.

What equipment is not allowed?  

Sleeves must be attached to the shirt worn under the pads. They can not be detachable (like in the picture above). Jewelry. Helmet visors, unless prescribed by a doctor.

Can my player buy his own pads and helmet?  

Yes. If you would like to donate a helmet and/or shoulder pads, you can find the form and more details by Clicking Here.  

Due to the certification process, no used equipment can be accepted. All donated equipment must be brand new, unused and presented to the HHS Equipment manager with an unsealed envelope with the player's full name on the outside, with a copy of the receipt of purchase and the signed and filled out donation form inside.

Helmets: Must be an Adult Size and painted "Raider Silver" and we recommend the Riddel Speed Flex for safety. Properly fitted helmets requires training and practice. We highly recommend visiting a retailer such as Sunvalco in Tempe to ensure proper fitting.

Shoulder Pads: sizing and fitting are subjective and vary from player to player and manufacturer. Some players and positions want less restrictive movement while others want maximum protection.

Click Here or Here for links regarding Shoulder Pad and Helmet sizing. 

When will I know what my player's jersey number is?  

The short answer is around two weeks before the first game and no guarantees about number requests will be made.

The long answer is that there are a number of considerations to be made before assigning jersey numbers. Numbers are position specific in High School tackle football. Some numbers make a player ineligible to catch passes. It is impossible for Freshman coaches to know who is going to be in a position until players have demonstrated their abilities with their pads on. This usually brings us close to the date of our first game, and past the time some items (like soft helmets) are needed. Also, as a school, we can not carry all sizes of all uniforms with every number. The number your player wants, might be okay for his position, but the jersey with that number is the wrong size for your player. 

If possible, do not buy any gear with your child's number on it until after numbers are official, or leave the number field blank when ordering. Also be aware that when moving up to JV or Varsity, their numbers can change again depending on the players above them. 

 

Dress For Success

Dress for Success: Pregame Dress Code

What is Dress for Success?  

As a program we want to instill pride and a sense of professionalism in what we do, and who we are as football players. To aid in this, we dress professionally as a team prior to our games.

The day PRIOR to our games (for Freshman, usually Tuesdays) players are required to Dress for Success. They must wear a button up all white long sleeve dress shirt, black dress slacks, black tie, black belt, dress socks and black dress shoes.

What do they wear on game days?  

The day of the game, players are allowed to wear their game jersey to school. Home games are black, away games are white.

 

Practice
Practice: What to Expect

 

Where do Freshman Practice?  

Generally we practice in the NW corner of the school on the Freshman Practice Fields, located directly behind the Tennis Courts. 

What time are practices?  

The Freshman locker room opens at 6:10 am. Players are expected to be in full uniform and on the field by 6:30 am. Practice lasts until around 8:00 and then players are rotated through the locker room to shower and study while waiting for third period to begin.

How should my player prepare for practice?  

Before worrying about football, please ensure your player has completed all school work.

Secondly, encourage hydration! The number one cause of missed or shortened practices early in the season is dehydration. Hydration must start the night before practice, not the morning of. It is still around 80-90 degrees out at daybreak when our season begins.

With schoolwork and hydration out of the way, focus on healthy nutrition, getting eight hours of sleep and then some time looking at Hudl for plays and film analysis. 

Where is the weight room?  

When possible we try to use the Varsity weight room located on the south side of the school in the field house. When unavailable we will use the Freshman Weight Room which is near the Freshman locker room just north of the basketball court.
 

What is the schedule for the weight room?  

Incoming Freshman start in the weight room during summer clinics, usually beginning in March. Check the Calendar for times.  In season weight training is usually about maintaining gains in strength and flexibility made during the preseason. The schedule will be announced through Hudl and can vary depending on availability with other sports. After the season is over, Freshman who remain in Football Academy first and second period will to weight train and do speed work on the track. 

 

Games
Games: Gameday and the Season

 

When are Freshman Games?  
 
Freshman games are almost always on Wednesday nights. Occasionally they may be on Tues or Thurs but usually with significant advanced notice. Kickoff can happen anytime between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.
 
Where are Freshman Games?  
 
Home games are on the Main Football Field. Our opponents name and locations can be found on The Calendar
 
How many games do Freshman play?  
 
Freshman play eight games with no play off games. Some players may be asked to move up and practice with Varsity at the end of the Freshman season, as Varsity moves in to the playoffs. This is based on Varsity need for each position.
 
How to buy tickets?
 
You can buy at the gate or through the GoFan app . Freshman games do not usually sell out except vs Chandler.
 
What happens the day of the game?  
 
Game day begins the night before as players should try to get ahead of as much school work as possible, as they will have little time on Game Day. Please make sure your player is well fed, well rested and well hydrated.  It is a long day. Practice, classes, team meal and the game keep players at school from sun up until as late as 10:00pm (for some away games).
 
In the morning we generally arrive for practice a little later than normal to allow for some extra sleep. We then have an unpadded walkthrough and shower as usual. Please send them to school with an extra healthy snack and plenty of water.
After school, we try to avoid having players go home  then return again for the game. This keeps parents from making multiple trips to the school, keeps players out of trouble and gets everyone on the buses and the field on time. Occasionally it can not be avoided and players will need to go home and come back.
 
In general, players will meet after school and hang out on the Cafeteria patio. Then we eat a team meal provided by Gridiron Volunteers (see Volunteers above), get taped (if necessary) then head to the locker room to change in to equipment. Finally, we either head to the bus, or to the field if a home game.
 
What happens after the game?  
 
Players are encouraged to leave the field quickly. We ask that parents refrain from pulling players over to the bleachers and instead meet them as they exit. Especially during away games. Players will greet parents, friends and family at the field exit.
 
For away games, when the buses are boarded, all players will be told to send a text to their guardians, saying when the buses leave and an eta for arrival at HHS. With Home games, players are allowed to leave with guardians after checking out at the locker room. 
 
Please do everything in your power not to leave your player stranded at the school after a game. Coaches will not leave players alone.  Coaches' like the players, will have been at work since 6:00am and would like to get home to their families as well.  
 
How many Freshman Teams are there?
 
Usually there are two complete football teams competing at the Freshman level. The A team will play all our scheduled opponents. As a school we work hard to schedule a B team game with all opponents that have enough players to have a B team. This usually is between 3-4 games each season depending on our schedule. 
Occasionally a school will ask for our A and B team games to be on two different days. This is rare and we try to avoid it.
 
Can my son play on both Freshman teams?  
 
Each player has a maximum of 8 games they can play all season split between any level (Fresh, JV or Var). This makes the playing up and down a discussion that needs to happen between coaches and players to make sure a player does not run out of eligible games. 
 
Can a player play on Varsity as a Freshman?  
 
Varsity slots are earned and not given. A Freshman that can demonstrate the strength, speed, agility, football intelligence and maturity to play at the Varsity level, will definitely earn the ability to compete at the highest level they are able to master. Given the competition at Hamilton, playing Varsity as a Freshman is rare.