What a year of football. We can officially say that we made it through this season. At numerous times during this year I wasn’t sure if they would allow us to continue to practice and play, but we adjusted and did what was necessary to continue. I would like to thank the Rams Football Organization, Football Alberta, CDMFA and AHS who all worked together to be able to play and make everything look as close to a regular Football season as possible.
This year would not have happened if it were not for the many countless hours of preparation and organizing from our extraordinary Peewee team Manager. Cindy was simply amazing and was always there keeping us safe and ready behind the scenes that practice and scrimmages occurred. Thank you!
This year I was able to compile and amazing group of Coaches and Trainers.
Cole De Sousa – Offensive Coordinator
Keegan Poelzer – Defensive Coordinator
Darcy Kooznetsoff – Assistant coach and line coach
Liam Fraser – QB coach
Brian Suchand – DB coach
Clay Knutsen – Equipment manager and RB coach
AJ Oosterveld – Rec Junior Coach
Joel Whiting – Rec Junior Coach
Jolene Zuchetto – Conditioning Coach
Trainers: Head Trainer – Dan Cailliau and his staff Greg and Michelle Rowan and Travis Simonson.
All of these incredible competent individuals made my life easier this year. Their dedication and love of the game was evident at our practices and scrimmages. I am so thankful for all of their contributions.
Our goal at the beginning of the year was to be able to play tackle football. Initially it looked like we were only going to be playing 6 man flag. With lots of discussions with other coaches, Football Alberta, CDMFA and AHS, we were able to put together a framework to play. What you saw this year was that framework. Although there were numerous updates throughout the year we were able to meet the protocols and provide a game in a safe manner during a pandemic.
I cannot say enough about this fantastic group of Players, Coaches, managers and trainers that made up this year’s Rams Peewee staff. Our team consisted of 19 players who were made up of returning Peewee players, players coming up from Atom and players new to the game. Our goals were to have players develop at multiple positions, prepare them for the next level (Bantam), continuous growth developing their skills, instill in them what it takes to be a great team member, having each other’s back. Give 100% effort in everything you do, become the fittest peewee team, do your job/by in and have fun along the way.
Large goal to achieve but we did it. I had numerous coaches from other teams who saw us at our first scrimmage and saw us play at our last scrimmage and all of them said what huge improvement by all players was evident. One Coach said that if it was a regular season that he would not have been surprised if we were not the tier 1 champion. We saw improvement and by in in what we wanted to achieve in practice everyday. All this was done without a spring camp and only 2 practices a week. A really great accomplishment by an excellent group of kids. I am really looking forward to watching these players grow in the sport and move up to new levels.
At our last practice/Halloween Spectacular we had a few awards given out. With the short notice, we were not able to hand out the trophy at this practice but we will get the trophies and plaques to the winners:
MVP – Peewee Rams – Jeremy Poelzer
MVP – Defence – Liam Ebbers
MVP – Offence – Daniel Suchand
Rookie of the Year – Adam Gilmour
Lineman of the Year – Cooper Waldman
Greatest Contribution with the least amount of Recognition – Felix Zuchetto
It really has been a privilege to work with this group of players and coaches. Thank you for being a part of the Rams Family and I am already looking forward to next session.
Coach Ken – Head Coach of the Sherwood Park Peewee Rams