Richmond Hill High School football coach Brian Brocato is trying to get the word out to all interested in next season’s Wildcat football program that they need to attend an orientation meeting this coming week.
He said the meetings are step one of what he hopes will be a successful season next year and it is crucial for both players and parents to attend.
He has arranged a series of meetings for each class and each player is required to attend one meeting. The meetings will all held at 7 p.m. in the weight room at RHHS and the dates are as folows: Jan. 28 for freshmen, Jan. 29 for sophomores, Feb. 5 for juniors and Feb. 7 for seniors.
"It’s important to get parents involved to create a better understanding of what is expected of parents and kids," Brocato said. "We haven’t had as much parent participation as we like thus far, so I’m hoping to see a good turnout."
Brocato, who in past years was also the JV baseball coach, said he is just coaching football now and is focusing all his attention on getting everything organized for next season.
He said the meetings will include going through the playbook and rules, the practice schedule and filling out forms to create individual files on the players – "so be sure and bring your insurance cards and be prepared to stay long enough to get everything filled out," he said.
"Another reason for these meeting is simply to get to know the parents and create an open line of communication with them," Brocato said. "For example, I don’t think a lot of them know that their kids are on radio. Another thing is that this is the first time we’ve ever had a freshman team in Richmond Hill."
Brocato said next season will include three freshman games and seven JV games.
As for varsity, there will be four non-region games against Johnson, Savannah High, BCHS and Long County and a scrimmage against Groves. Brocato said the new region 3-AAA lineup consists of tougher teams than years past.
"Don’t take my word for it. Look at their websites and see the records for these schools. I’m not intimidated by this – I welcome the challenge, but, on the same token, this is a growing program and that’s just one more reason why we need to get organized and hit the ground running come game time."
Brocato encourages parents to get involved in the booster club and said some booster members will be at the meetings. Discussion will include one of the club’s biggest fundraisers – the Gridiron Golf Tournament which is slated for May 17 at Crosswinds Golf Club.
"We’re looking for big things next season," Brocato said. "We have a wave of players coming on board that have had very successful runs in the rec, middle school and JV levels. This new high school region is a lot tougher than the teams they faced, so we need to be prepared."
Next year, the change in region 3-AAA will include Richmond Hill having to play Baldwin, Burke County, Liberty County, Thomson, Washington County and West Laurens.