The emphasis at the termite level is on introductory fundamentals, skill development, safety, and having fun. At the beginning of the year, players come in with a range of skills (some kids are first-year players while others have been playing for a couple of years). Coaches work with players individually and in small groups to accelerate their growth. Players learn football fundamentals of offense and defense and how to tackle safely, block, run, and throw the ball. Key tenets of teamwork, dedication, and hard work are introduced.
What you can expect your player to learn:
Every player will start on either offense or defense and will see significant playing time.
Introductory camp (with full equipment) begins approximately the third week of August – location to be determined. Practice occurs three (3) times per week as a team from approximately the first week of September thru the last week of October (practices are typically at the same field, but may rotate as turf time is available. Home games occur on Saturday’s either at Mellon Middle School or at Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium. Away game sites will vary.
Times of the games vary. Games consist of four (4) 10-minute quarters with paid PIAA officials. To help with the transition to a more complex game, coaches are typically in the huddle for the first game-or-two, then plays are called from the sideline.
Games are played with (8) players on either side of the ball.
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