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.
On this page you will find information focusing on future and incoming freshman and their parents. Scroll down for the following.
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.
What is the Gridiron Club?
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
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.
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.
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?
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
Registermyathlete.com: CUSD Athlete Registration System
What is the ECA fee?
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.
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.
Can I use the tax donation to pay for my player's Extracurricular Activity (ECA) Fee?
Where can I find more information about the Tax Credit?
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.
What Equipment does Hamilton Provide?
Hamilton will provide the following
What equipment is required?
Parents are expected to provide the following
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.
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: 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.
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?
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.