Tryouts held for Charter School football

The Marco Island Charter Middle School took another step closer to having a football team with tryouts on Thursday at the school.

While Principal George Abounader has not made it official, Roger Raymond, athletic director, bought footballs for the workout and the potential head coach Mike Vanderjagt led his coaches in running various drills with more than 30 interested players.

The next tryouts are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, at the new site for football and soccer on school grounds.

Assistant coaches, Chris Burt, offensive line, Scott Gibbs, defensive backs and Jim Young, offensive backs, helped with various drills.

Vanderjagt has scheduled a “chalk talk” in Orlando with his former NFL football coach Tony Dungey on May. 16.

Initially, 50 boys and 20 girls claimed interest in football. Vanderjagt said some kids were not there because of other school activities. A number of the kids who have shown interest have experienced football through the Optimist football Eagles program.

Vanderjagt thinks he can field a winning football team.

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islandlover11 writes:

Wow not approved yet, who will they play? Who is paying for this with the school needing money, will the coaches be paid?

RayPray writes:

Wow!

Sure glad school staff has chosen not to worry about silly stuff like brain damage to these young kids and get this all-American game moving!!!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011...

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Have a good time mommies and daddies. These kids are too young for injury causing contact sports.

All because kids of this age like it, and they like it because their parents like it. Talk about peer pressure at home.

It is still is not safe for them.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

These kids will suffer brain damage listening to Chris Burt screaming, Scott Gibbs stu-stu-stuttering and Jim Young with incoheirant rants.

freedomofspeech1 writes:

"Initially, 50 boys and 20 girls claimed interest in football. Vanderjagt said some kids were not there because of other school activities"........the final numbers were 30....sounds like not much interest here...40 kids including 20 girls came to their senses and did not attend....This will be a joke if it ever gets off the ground...actually, it wont really be funny when many of our kids are injured as a result of playing both ways and being overmanned....this needs to stop for safety reasons alone! sign your kids up at Optomist and stop this lunacy! This is a ploy to increase support for that other crazy project that will be a joke and fail...THE MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

In order to avoid injuries and with boys and girls playing. The new sport will be "No Touch" football.

lauralbi1 writes:

I just have one question. I remember reading that Coach V.... was hired by the Marco island Academy to coach football. Has ne been hired by Marco Island Middle School to do the same ?? Is he volunteering his services to the Middle school ??
I am no expert, but I have to believe that the MIA cannot fund the salary for a Charter Middle School teacher.
Anybody know the answers to these questions ??
Is this something we need to have the CCSB look in to ??
Ed Issler

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ed,

You will not get answers to questions regarding the Academy on this site. What you will get ia a bunch of name calling put downs, by a couple of proponents. You will also get comments such as come over to the Esplanade and get your answers from the office there. What office there? There is no office there. Then we were told that the office would be moved to a trailer at the site on San Marco. No trailer, no office there, either.

Now the office for the Academy is listed at being at Jane Watt's Condo.
What is going on? Obviously, many questions but no answers.

Maybe if we call Jeb Bush or Janet Rhee we can get some answers? What do you think?

Gardenman writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

These kids will suffer brain damage listening to Chris Burt screaming, Scott Gibbs stu-stu-stuttering and Jim Young with incoheirant rants.

It's too bad that unhappy horowitz is so negative. whether we are screaming, stuttering or ranting at least we are out there trying to make a difference in kids lives. Not hiding behind user names and putting down every activity and endeavor. Take a look at all 118 of unhappy's blogs. every single one of them is negative and some are down right disrespectful and prejudice. Here's to striving for less negativity and more support and enthusiasm for our kids and student athletes.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to Gardenman:

It's too bad that unhappy horowitz is so negative. whether we are screaming, stuttering or ranting at least we are out there trying to make a difference in kids lives. Not hiding behind user names and putting down every activity and endeavor. Take a look at all 118 of unhappy's blogs. every single one of them is negative and some are down right disrespectful and prejudice. Here's to striving for less negativity and more support and enthusiasm for our kids and student athletes.

Well Chris,
> To act as a coach, is to be a mentor.
Do you really think that screaming and degrading are a successful way to mentor a child and "make a differance in a kids life".
> "Hiding behind user names" Guess what my last name is?
> And yes, here's to striving for more support and enthusiasm for the children of this island, but not at the expense of some of the adults egos.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

All the screaming and yelling does not do the kids any good but to become the same way with other people. Usually, their peers.

Either way, middle school is too early for contact sports such as football, no matter how much the proponents want to push it and live vicariously through their children.

RayPray writes:

in response to Gardenman:

It's too bad that unhappy horowitz is so negative. whether we are screaming, stuttering or ranting at least we are out there trying to make a difference in kids lives. Not hiding behind user names and putting down every activity and endeavor. Take a look at all 118 of unhappy's blogs. every single one of them is negative and some are down right disrespectful and prejudice. Here's to striving for less negativity and more support and enthusiasm for our kids and student athletes.

Psychologists understand that football is a notoriously 'gay' activity.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/art...

Most seriously involved in this 'sport' are either overt or latent homosexuals.

So big surprise that all these soft-around-the-middle he-men need to validate their flickering sense of manhood by strutting around the field and barking at unsuspecting young boys this way?

lauralbi1 writes:

Did the middle school hire the coach or the MIA ?

MrDick writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

These kids will suffer brain damage listening to Chris Burt screaming, Scott Gibbs stu-stu-stuttering and Jim Young with incoheirant rants.

I do not know who Scott Gibbs is but if he really does have a speech impediment as ridiculed by Mr. Horowitz I think it is a disgraceful display by Horowitz to mock him.

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