Head Coach Mike St. Clair
West Chester Rustin Football 2016 Season
West Chester Rustin Football 2016 Season Physicals
- all players must get a physical for the 2016/17 school year. The 1st day for
physicals is June 1. I would like all players to have their physicals completed before the end
of the school year. Forms may be downloaded at
Once physicals are complete they may be turned in to the athletic office Mini Camp
- We will be starting our 10th annual spring mini camp on the following:
Dates will be TBA – practice will run from 3:00 – 4:45 (high school only)
August Camp- football practice begins Monday August 8th. Please do not schedule any
vacations, trips, ect from this date on. This is mandatory for any player who wants to
participate on the Rustin Varsity/JV Football team. We have a game on Labor Day weekend
and we will also be practicing Monday morning.9th Grade Football
- practice begins on Monday August 22 at 3:00pm. Equipment will be
distributed on 8/18 between the hours of 11:30am- 12:30pm. Any player who cannot
make these dates may pick up their equipment after practice on 8/22. Any freshmen that
would like to try out for JV/Varsity must report to practice on 8/8. Only those players the
coaching staff feels will get significant playing time will play up. Players will be notified by
8/21 on their level. Off-Season Conditioning Program
- All players are expected to participate in our strength
a. (Jan-May)- any athlete who is not participating in a spring sport must report to
the weight room by 2:35 on M,T,Th, F. Attendance will be taken. All players will be given
personal charts which must be filled out on a daily basis. For any player participating in a
Spring sport, the weight room will be open for them on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after
practice for ½ hour. This will not only benefit that athlete for football but also for baseball
and lacrosse as well.
b. (June-August)- Players are expected to commit to the weight room a minimum of
4 days per week. The room will be staffed by our coach’s on Monday, Tuesday’s ,
Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9 to 11 am. A speed and conditioning camp will also run
simultaneously, conducted by our athletic trainer, Mr Steve DePol 7/7 Passing scrimmages
- A schedule with place and location will be finalized in April.
Community Service/ Lift a Thon- Monday 6/6/16 the Rustin football team will be having
a fundraiser to raise money for special Olympics while also attempting to raise money to
offset the cost of many items( spirit packs, equipment, ect) required to run a football
program. Forms will be passed out 2 weeks prior to the set date. Attendance Policy:
Football teaches many life lessons. Hard work, dedication, and
discipline are 3 of the top lessons to be learned. It is crucial for
Players to understand the importance of being at practice on time
All players will be at every practice rain or shine.
If a player is at school, the player will be at practice.
If a player gets sick at school or a problem arises, the player must
see or call the Head Coach before they go home. Otherwise, it will
be an unexcused absence.
All players will be on time and prepared to practice everyday.
All excused absences from practice must be pre approved (at least
a day ahead of time) by the Head Coach.
Any team member, who needs extra academic assistance after
school, must have prior approval before being excused from any
practice. Approval will be granted only after a signed note from the
assisting teacher is presented to the Head Coach. Upon return to
practice, the athlete requires a signed & timed note.
Players who miss practice (for any reason) will need to stay after
practice to make up for missed conditioning. This is not
punishment! We have to stay in shape.
Players who are late for practice for any reason also need to stay
after practice to make up for missed conditioning.
Unexcused Late for Practice: (remember all excuses must be pre approved)
1st offense = Won’t Start
2nd offense= Sit out 1 Quarter
3rd offense= Sit out 1 half
4th offense= Subject to Head Coach Decision
5th offense= Cut from team
Unexcused Absence: (remember, all excuses must be pre approved)
1st offense= Sit out 1st Quarter
2nd offense= Sit Game
3rd offense= Subject to Head Coach Decision
4th offense= Cut From Team
Examples of last minute excused absences:
Death in the family, ect.Communication:
Players, Coach’s and Parents
No discussions will take place after a game or practice. If there is an issue or concern,
players must first talk with their position coach. If the issue was not resolved, the player
must talk with the head coach. If the issue was not resolved after the player spoke with his
position coach and head coach, parents can call the head coach at school and set up a
conference. All conferences will take place at Rustin High School.
Topics that will not be discussed at conferences:
Scheme or play calling/ other players/ coaching decisionsPlaying Time (PT)
Playing time is determined by a combination of 2 factors:
2. hard work.
A player that is always lazy and misses practice will not play. A player who always works
hard but can not get the job done will not play. Not all players automatically play in a game.
Players have to be able to get the job done. At the varsity level we play to win the game. No
player will receive playing time based on anything other than ability and hard work. No
player will receive preferential treatment. Our goal is to try to get as many players on the
field as possible. Travel
All athletes must travel and return with the team. Exceptions will be made if the player
receives prior approval from the head coach. Players with prior approval must be seen
leaving with their parent by the head coach/asst coach. No player is permitted to leave
with another players parents. This is a district policy that is a liability issue. Conduct
All team members are expected to act as perfect role models and citizens. Inappropriate
language, swearing, obscene gestures, and fighting will not be permitted at any time.
Athletes who break team rules of conduct will be subject to suspension and/or dismissal
from the team at the head coach along with athletic directors’ discretion. Locker Room
Only Rustin football players are permitted in the locker room. All team members are
responsible for keeping their lockers and the locker room clean. All equipment issued
should be stored and hung up properly in the players locker. NO fighting, horseplay,
inappropriate behavior, etc. will be permitted in the locker room.
Hazing- will not be tolerated. WCASD policy will be enforced.Social MediaGolden Knight Football Pledge
This agreement’s purpose is to inform you of what you can expect from Rustin Football,
and what will be expected from you. Read this agreement carefully. Your understanding
could make a difference. Enlisting a total commitment requires a thorough understanding
of our objectives, for no one can fully extend himself without knowing exactly what is
expected and why. Rustin Football is designed as a phase of your education and is
compatible with your studies. Rustin Football is not a business or a way of life, but
hopefully you recognize that football can add an important dimension to your high school
experience in addition to being highly rewarding and a great deal of fun. The course
content of our program includes loyalty, discipline, a physical test of your strength,
endurance, and courage. It is an experience in sacrifice where you will be asked to
sublimate personal goals for team objectives. Rustin Football represents a special
opportunity for young men of your age. The nature of Rustin Football requires one person’s
success to depend upon the effort of many. When you work with someone and depend on
him, loyalty becomes a necessity. This means that coaches see that your best interests are
served and that you, in turn, exhibit a concern for your teammates and coaches as well. No
group effort can be successful without loyalty; disloyalty demeans the individual more than
it hurts the group. Our concept of loyalty extends beyond individuals and encompasses
principals such as accepting discipline rules. No team will become great with even a single
dissident. Only complete loyalty will enable you to extend your effort beyond your limits
and if we are going to start a great tradition, this will be necessary. Team rules are a very
important part of our program. Commitment to follow our team rules is mandatory for all
players. Rustin Football players must also conform to all school rules and do their best in
all classes. As a player you represent the Rustin Football Program and your actions reflect
on our program, good or bad. All players are expected to attend all practices and meetings.
Any player that cannot attend a practice must inform the HEAD COACH prior to missing
practice. When a player misses practice it hurts the entire team and impedes coach’s ability
to have an effective team practice. When you accept the responsibility of Rustin Football,
you will recognize that rules are necessary for the discipline of a well-trained team.
Remember, the best prepared, most committed team has the best chance of winning. It is
required that you accept the many meanings of the word discipline as applied to football.
You must recognize the discipline of individual assignments which makes the team concept
of football possible and enables you to continue to play successfully even though things
may not be going well for you personally. It is only through this approach that we can stay
together when things become difficult and build a program with great tradition.
I understand the expectations of the Rustin Football Program outlined in this letter
and agree to follow all team rules.
Player Signature__________________________________ Date__________________
Parent Signature__________________________________ Date_________________