Upcoming Calendar Events: Team Calendar
July 31 - Physicals Due (Past Due)
September 10 - No Workouts
September 21 - Monday Night Football OTA at 6PM-8:30PM at ECHS
September 21 - Snap 20 Due
October 19 - Monday Night Football OTA at 6PM-8:30PM at ECHS
November 16 - Monday Night Football OTA at 6PM-8:30PM at ECHS
December 11 - Team Dinner Gear Hand Out (Dinner Sign Up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aea622abf85-football)
December 14 - Football Begins
December 31 - Scrimmage at 1PM vs Francis Parker
January 8 - First Game vs Temecula Prep
Out of extra cation we are going to pause our Thursday Workouts in light of last Friday athletic department release:
ECHS Athletes and Families,
We received word today that one of our student athletes have been exposed to COVID 19. Please note that this exposure did not occur on campus and that none of our athletes or coaches have tested positive for COVID 19. In order to ensure our top priority of student safety and coach safety we are going to put a pause on future conditioning and training until further notice. We will keep you updated if any of our athletes or coaches were to test positive. Thank you for your understanding as we follow our health protocols and guidelines.
Escondido Charter High School
As we move into Resiliency Rule 3 this is a great time to share about setting standards and convictions in our lives that will help guide our decisions.
I want to share with you this story by Chris Speery called “17 Inches.”
In 1996, more than 4,000 coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for a convention. 1996 was special because this was where John Scolinos shared the story about “17 Inches."
Who is John Scolinos? In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.
Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?
After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos finally said… “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”
Scolinos then asked how many Little League baseball coaches were in the room.
“Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches."
“That’s right,” he said.
“How about in Babe Ruth League? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach.
“That’s right,” said Scolinos.
“Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
“You’re right!” Scolinos barked.
“And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”
“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed.
“And what do they do with a a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?”
“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'”
” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid profanity? What if he gets caught drinking? or lying? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him, do we widen home plate?
The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, the planet was revealed. “This is the problem in our world today. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”
Coach Scolinos concluded, “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”
DYK (Did You Know)
DYK 01 - Parent Meeting and Team Dinner POSTPONED
We are going to postpone our parent meeting, team dinner, gear handout and evening program to December 11.
In the meantime please check out the following link to see how you can get involved this season:
Parent Meeting and Team Dinner Sign Up (December 11) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aea622abf85-football
DYK 02 - Physicals and Release Forms
Please visit: https://escondidocharter.rankonesport.com/
DYK 03 - We are going to collect new contact information for our 2020 Football Team. Please know that this data is only used to email important information, create Hudl (hudl.com) accounts, Team Buildr (teambuildr.com) and to contact you. Please take a moment to fill out the online form at: http://goo.gl/TWJDoF
DYK 04 - Do you know of someone who is interested in playing football next year.
1. Join Our Team at:
2. Escondido Charter High School Football Player, Parent, and Coach Commitment at: https://bit.ly/echsfbccommitmentform
3. Watch the Play as One Orientation
DYK 05 - Football (Stay at Home Order) Workouts
DYK 06 - Football Schedule
12/31 - Francis Parker (Scrimmage)
1/8 - Temecula Prep
1/15 - O'Farrell
1/22 - Cornerstone (Thursday)
1/29 - Orange Glen
2/5 - Tri City Christian
2/12 - Foothills
2/19 - Hamilton
2/26 - Army Navy
3/5 - Maranatha
3/12 - Classical
DYK 07 - Fall Work Outs
Stating August 20th we will continue our Strength and Conditioning Program for all athletes here at ECHS. We will workout 1 day a week and then increase day's as we approach our December 14th start. Space is limited.
ECHS Release Form for Parents & Student-Athletes:
DYK 08 - Football Fundraisers
As we prepare for our 2020 season one of our opportunities to help develop our football program of excellence is fundraising as a team. Here are a couple ways to do it:
Digital Smart Phone Ads
SnapRaise Snap 20 (Due September 21)
Play As One!
“We don’t have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.”
- John Wooden