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A message from Coach Fields… 

August 17, 2017

Raider Players and Parents-

The first day of practice is almost here!! I hope that all of you are ready for an exciting and competitive season. Players – I really hope you have been working on your touch and conditioning!! The Hurricane and The Mountain will let me know who’s put the work in to be a Champion. Please remember that EVERY SPOT IS OPEN right now. The worst thing you can do is to come to tryouts thinking your spot on the Varsity is safe. If you are out-performed, you can and will lose your spot.

Attached to this  e-mail is the Schedule v1.0 for 2017. It has all of our practice and game times for August-October. Copies have also been posted to the BHS Girls soccer web page found through the high school website. Game schedules for Varsity and Junior Varsity can also be found at www.NWCathletics.com.

For the Players – remember that if you are on time to practice, you are late. Be ready to step on the field at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Respect your teammates and coaches by valuing their time. If you cannot make it to practice or anticipate being late please reach out to me BEFORE practice begins.

Dress Code – players are expected to wear the following to each practice:

  • Soccer shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Shorts – please ensure that your shorts cover your entire rear end. We will maintain a “1 roll” rule. If your shorts are too small you will be asked to leave practice until you find suitable attire that meets this requirement.
  • Shirt – players are longer allowed to practice in a sports bra only. A tank top is allowed for hot days.
  • Weather appropriate – on rainy/snowy/windy days please come prepared to play in the elements.

*We would like to institute practice apparel this year. It is strongly recommended that all girls purchase the white and charcoal cotton t-shirts ($10.00). We will be alternating colors on practice days. If you cannot afford the cost of the t-shirts please contact me privately. there is some assistance the school can provide your daughter. *

All players must be cleared through the ASB and Athletic office prior to practice on 8/21. This is REALLY, REALLY, IMPORTANT. Nothing derails the first day of practice like 12 girls sitting out who cannot play. Remember – you are missing an opportunity to impress the coaches at Try-outs when you miss practice.

Player Packs – below is the link to Prostocks player pack. The only items we are asking the Girls to get are a WHITE and a CHARCOAL COTTON T-SHIRT. BHS colors are RED/WHITE/GRAY and we are really making an effort to get back to those colors. The link offers 3 colors for each item but I am making some changes:

NO BLACK APPAREL

Performance Long Sleeve T – Charcoal

Cotton Long Sleeve T – Charcoal

Hooded Sweatshirt – RED

Cotton long t-shirt – White and Charcoal

Sweats – Gray or Charcoal

Here is the link – https://bhsgirlssoccer.itemorder.com/

Again, if there is a financial issue with the player pack please reach out to me. There are school programs that can assist you.

Parent night is August 29, 6:30 pm. It will begin with a general Parent meeting in the Performing Arts Center and then we will break off and discuss Girls Soccer. Please try to attend, I know you are all busy, we will be discussing schedules, core values, parent/coach interactions, Athletic Code, Team dinners, and fundraising.

We have extended an offer to a Junior Varsity coach candidate that we are all very excited about. A formal announcement should hopefully come out by Friday. I can already tell that she’s going to be way better than the old JV Coach  😉

As always, please contact me (text, e-mail, call) with any questions or comments you may have. Thank you!

Go Raiders!

 

Coach Fields

 

 

August 5, 2017

 

Red Raider Players and Parents –

I am very excited to be reaching out to you as the new Varsity Girls soccer coach for Bellingham High School. For those of you who do not already know me – my name is Jared Fields, I have been an assistant in the BHS Girl’s soccer program for the past 17 years, and I was the Varsity boys coach from 2006-2010 (state champions 09/10 season). I am a local product growing up in Bellingham and I have played collegiate and semi-pro soccer. My wife Jenny and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary this August and we are the proud parents of 5 wonderful kids (4 boys and a baby girl). You will get the opportunity to meet my family as the season rolls on – I very much believe in the Red Raider soccer family which includes all of you now as well! I look forward to getting to know all of you over the course of the upcoming season.

 

My vision for the Red Raider soccer program going into this season and beyond is to establish a positive culture that supports your daughters growth and development as a young woman who excels in the classroom, on the field, and in our community. Very similar to the University of Washington football coach Chris Peterson’s “Built for Life” program, we will focus on helping your daughter learn skills and attributes that will help her succeed in every aspect of her life. In terms of our program – the NWC requires us to have a Varsity and Junior varsity, but within our program there is only one team. The girls will be introduced very early to the concept of “I play for the TEAM” and what it means to give fully to something bigger than yourself. Your daughters will forge bonds that will last a life time and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way.

 

On the field we will field a fiercely competitive team at all levels. I have always built my teams around strong defense across the field, dictating the pace of play, elite set-piece execution, and above all, consistency in how we play. My expectations for your daughters will be very high and I will always push them to find they very best in themselves. As many of you know the Varsity level of the Northwest Conference (NWC) is extremely competitive and our goal will always be to challenging the top teams (and that includes US!) for a league title every year. At the Junior Varsity level we will focus on player development and growth, preparing our future Varsity players for the challenges of competing in the NWC.

 

*Side note: As it stands now, we do not have a Junior Varsity coach. I just took over the Varsity job a few days ago! We will be interviewing some exciting candidates on Monday and hope to fill that role very soon. I will let you all know who that coach will be as soon as I know.*

 

Try-outs will begin on AUGUST 21, 10 AM @ RED RAIDER FIELD. Your daughter will need to be cleared through the ASB and Athletic office prior to being eligible to try-out. There is an opportunity for your daughter to clear early on the same day the Football team does. Please contact the Athletic Office for details – I will try and send the information out as well.

 

iT IS REALLY IMPORTANT YOUR DAUGHTER HAS CLEARED PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE!!!

 

A quick note on try-outs and my philosophy – Everything is earned at our program. I have always believed in competition and rewarding those who put the hard work in. While I have been at the program for a long time and I know a lot of your daughters, nothing will be given freely to returning players. Each player must fight for their spot and the right to be on the field. I will answer this question right now: It is really important for your daughter to be at try-outs! I know a lot of families try and sneak a last vacation in prior to the start of school. Family time is important and I respect that. However, your daughter will be starting off behind those who are at practice. I will be sending out Try-out information, expectations and a few other items later this week.

 

If you have any questions please contact me at:

E-mail: JFIelds14@comcast.net

 

Thank you to all of you who have reached out in support of me becoming the Varsity coach. I really look forward to seeing you all on AUGUST 29TH, PARENT MEETING NIGHT – I will be laying out all of our program information, goals, values, code of conduct, schedules, etc.

 

Enjoy your summer and GO RAIDERS!

 

Jared Fields

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