Homer City, PA

#2 Sep 7, 2012
tickle me elmo wrote:
They lost 56-0. If them kids had any pride they'd just quit haha

If I were you I would go back to school and learn grammar and quit making fun of the kids!! They are doing their best.

Since: Jan 10

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#4 Sep 8, 2012
There horrible they were always horrible even when I went to school.

Latrobe, PA

#6 Sep 15, 2012
Ouch, out scored 97-7 in last 2 games
Derry Football Parent

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Mar 12, 2013
The 2012 Pack Midget team won their season. These are the next year’s junior high team. The Derry High School Football program needs these kids. The reason they keep having a losing season is not the division there in because we have the kids that can play and it’s not that these kids are lazy. It’s the coaching and lack of participation. I know everyone has an opinion on this and this is only mine but I can tell you the reason why the kids are not playing football for the junior and senior high, it is not that they don’t have the heart or want to play, it’s the sitting at the junior high level. The sitting is what I mean by the coaching.
I’ve heard every excuse from the coaching staff as to why these kids sit during the game but practice harder than the starting line. It’s the excuse that they are small and will get hurt so let them sit. That excuse may fly during the game but you use these kids for tackling dummies in practice. Why is that any different than letting them play in the game? Just because they are junior high first year doesn’t mean they can’t play. This whole sit the bench till you do your time crap is for the birds too. They don’t play to sit the bench and they know they are going to get hurt, its football for god sakes. Yes they are small but so was some of Derry's best players in the beginning. They will never learn and I mean truly learn by sitting. Put them in let them show you that just because they are new and smaller doesn’t mean they can’t play. You might find out that they will surprise you. All these kids want is a little pat on the back from the Coach for a good job once in a while and to feel like they are part of the team. Take the time to lean who they are and they will give you every bit of sweat, blood and tears on the field. This up and coming junior high team is made up of a lot of kids that live and breathe football all year, not just in the fall. These boys lift, wrestle, run, and work out just so they can play football. I’m not saying to baby them, just give them a chance. Call them by their names once in a while so they know you’re watching. That’s all. The 2012 Midget pack coaching staff had my son whole heartedly. All they had to do was tell him to do something and he would have walked through glass to complete the task for them. They had his attention because they encourage him, gave him a pat on the back once in a while and made him feel like he was part of the team. To him their word was gospel. The coaching staff asked the kids who was playing next year and almost everyone one of those boys threw their hands up. That coaching staff made these kids want to play the game. My son would have played whether he wanted to or not just because the coaches asked him too. That’s how much those boys looked up to them. That’s what we need in the Derry High School Football program now.
This is not about the division there in but actually getting some of these kids that make up the student body to want to play. Let’s start there by giving them a reason to start in the first place. All those older larger boys in high school started out in junior high as small skinny kids. The Derry football program lost them at the skinny kid that could have been encourage and trained so that later they would have been a force on the line. This is a kids sport let the kids play. Your name, your size, your grade, your years of playing, your last years record should not matter. It’s a new season. It’s what you can do here and now that matters. Encourage them to play don’t just use half the team as a tackling dummy for the starting line. Show them they mean more to the team than that. That’s why it’s a team sport and not a line sport. You’re losing these kids in Junior high. That’s where it needs to be fixed. It’s not moving to a new division. It’s changing the way they are coached and encouraging these junior high kids to move on.

Since: Mar 13

Latrobe, PA

#8 Mar 31, 2013
I like your opinion on the matter, but I have to say I'm afraid until Derry puts together a few winning seasons participation is going to continue to be low. Truth is they don't want to play for a loser. I played ball until I moved to Derry in the late 90's (98 in moved here) I quit because I didn't want to go from starter at one school to riding the pine at another because I was a Junior and not a Senior, let alone sitting the bench for a losing program when I started for a WPIAL powerhouse the year before.

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