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Player safety is the most important aspect of the Roosevelt football program. It influences every decision that we make as members of the Rough Rider football community. Coaches know that if we aren’t proactive in our approach to protecting the players, the amazing, unique learning opportunities of football would be obsolete.
ANY player experiencing ANY PAIN AT ALL must inform their coach, and see our athletic trainer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Second, they must follow up with the trainer EACH successive day until they are PAIN FREE. Third, it is vital for their safety that they are honest during this process. It is absolutely essential our athletic trainer and thus coaches are properly informed to ensure the most effective recovery.
Our coaches take the responsibility of knowing the players as well as we can. They also continue to learn the most up-to-date information on safety in sport, including yearly training in concussion prevention and protocol as well as awareness and response to heat stroke and sudden cardiac arrest. Every coach is also CPR/First Aid trained and certified, which is updated every other year. We also attend clinics to learn new techniques of the game that continue to make football safer than it ever has been before.
In addition to this, we are absolutely privileged and honored to have a certified athletic trainer from Children’s hospital attend EVERY event where contact football is being played, whether it’s practice or a competition. This is someone who knows the players well and helps diagnose, refer and rehab any ache, pain or injury.
As for the players responsibility, first, ANY player experiencing ANY PAIN AT ALL must see our athletic trainer BEFORE they leave school that day. Second, they must follow up with the trainer EACH successive day until they are PAIN FREE. Third, it is vital for their safety that they are honest during this process. It is absolutely essential our athletic trainer and thus coaches are properly informed to ensure the most effective recovery.
Roosevelt high school has an Athletic Trainer (AT) provided by Seattle Children’s Hospital that is on site 35-38 hours per week during the football season. They are present at every football game, home and away, and every contact practice. The AT is there for on-field injury management, including emergency care, wound care, orthopedic assessment, and concussion management. They are there to help each athlete return to their sport safely, and want to see each athlete play to the fullest potential.
Injured athletes are expected to check in daily with the AT until they are back to full participation. The AT is managing hundreds of athletes during the fall season, so it is very helpful for the athlete to report each day so the AT does not have to go find them, and so communication with the coaches and parents is clear.
It is also important to remember that the WIAA requires that if/when an athlete sees a medical provider (MD, DO, NP, PA, or ARNP) for any sports-related injury, they must bring back a note from that provider, specifically in the case of being cleared back to their sport. All provider notes are to be given to the AT.
The AT is also in charge of, and has the ultimate say in, management and clearance of concussions. ATs administer more on-field concussion assessments than any other healthcare professional, so they are truly experts in concussion assessment and management. Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Sports Concussion program collaborate to provide our ATs with the best assessment tools and implementation of the most current and evidence-based return-to-play protocol to get the athlete back to their sport safely. The AT also has specific paperwork that is given to the concussed athlete, and should be brought to the provider appointment after a concussion, then must be brought back to the AT after being filled out and signed by the provider.
Athletic Trainers love sports and love to see their athletes succeed. We want to help every athlete play their sport in a safe and healthy way, and are always looking out for the best interest of the athlete. It is never fun to have to hold an athlete out of the sport they want to play, however, ATs are entrusted with the difficult task of sometimes having to make tough decisions regarding an athlete’s playing time. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at any time!
Here is how the Varsity/JV/Freshmen splits work. At the end of the day, your player should discuss his status with the coaching staff personally if he has any questions.
Freshmen always play for the freshman team. The team has it's own coaching staff, separate practices, etc.
Some players suit up exclusively for the JV team. If a player is playing JV, they are being given the chance to develop their skills and pick up valuable playing experience.
Some players will suit up for Varsity on Friday nights, and on the JV team the following Monday. Here is how this is determined:
If any player is going to miss practice, it is essential that they notify Coach Nelsen or another coach directly. This is preferred in person, but a phone call or email is acceptable as well.
Coach Nelsen can be reached at mbmuetingnelse @
The families need to provide work out gear (shorts, sneakers, etc.), cleats and a mouth guard. Note that players should always have sneakers available during practice, in addition to cleats.
The team provides all other required equipment. However, if a player needs or wants any personal gear (gloves, sleeves, etc.), the family will need to provide those too.
If a family has financial challenges, and cannot provide cleats or mouth guards, the player should notify coach. Frequently, the team has backup gear for those kids.
In general, we have registration materials ready by early May. Materials are available in the school office and on our website. There is always A LOT of paperwork, and none of it can be completed online (per Seattle Public Schools' requirements).
And, yes - unfortunately all paperwork needs to be completed anew each year.
By far, the most time consuming part of registration is the player medical forms. These need to be completed every 24 months (the form needs to be valid thru the END of the season). If your son is a freshman, and attended a middle school that is in the Seattle Public Schools system, you can get a copy of their physical from their middle school and submit it with your registration packet.
You do NOT need to wait for registration materials to be released before you renew your medical forms. If you have any questions about your players' medical forms, you can email Laura Remme in the main office at lremme @ seattleschools.org (remove spaces).
If your family has any problem with the expenses and/or fees related to playing football, please contact Coach Nelsen at mbmuetingnelse @ seattleschools.org (remove spaces).
We believe strongly in the benefits of football for every young man, and do not want a family's finances to hold any player back from this great game.
We have lots of experienced parents, who are keen to help you get settled! You can always contact the team parent directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the contact button in the menu and your message will come straight to me!
Later in the summer, we will designate a team parent for the Freshman and JV teams - I will share their contact information with you then, to make communications more efficient.
You can always contact Coach Nelsen directly at email@example.com. If there is something particular that you can share with me, feel free to copy me on the email, and I will help to make sure you get an answer!