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October 16, 2017
Championship Week

While it was sad to see our season come to an end yesterday, all good things must come to an end. Our boys worked their tails off yesterday and competed well vs. a team that rolled over them only 3 weeks ago. Many players were in tears afterwards, which only shows how much Ironmen football meant to them. I will speak for the coaches and say “thank you” for letting us work with your player this season. We enjoyed coaching every single one of them, and we love them all. A few reminders for your calendar:

  1. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Ironmen JV will play St. Bernard in the Diocesan championship on Sunday night, 5 PM at Duquesne. It would be great to have a huge fan base there to cheer on the Ironmen program and support our JV team! If interested, the Varsity championship will pit East End against St. Louise. Kickoff for that game is 7 PM.
  2. TEAM MASS – Team Mass will be held Saturday night at 5:30 PM at Saint Kilian. Come out and support the JV team and have your player where his cardinal jersey.
  3. BANQUET – Keep in mind our end of season banquet will be Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 8 PM at Twelve Oaks Mansion. This banquet is always a great event so don’t miss it!
  4. EQUIPMENT RETURNS – Football equipment returns will be Nov. 8, 6-8:30pm and Nov. 11, 9-10:30am, both at the St. Kilian maintenance building. If you cannot make either day, please contact Becca Shoemaker (beccaanddan@zoominternet.net) to make other arrangements.
  5. OLD EQUIPMENT – If you have not yet purchased old Ironmen game jerseys, practice jerseys, or helmets, they will be on sale at both equipment return dates.

September 25, 2017
Letters to Mom

The pillars of SportsLeader are virtue, mentoring, Catholic identity, and ceremony. I am impressed how the boys have embraced the “virtue of the week,” and how they handle themselves during our team virtue discussions each night at practice. It is amazing how open and comfortable the boys have become with one another and the coaching staff. I believe this comfort level is directly correlated to the weekly virtues and the Father/Son jersey ceremony we held back in August. With that being said, it is time to focus again on the ceremony pillar with our “Letters to Mom” event.

Here is what we need…

Each boy should take time to write a letter to their mom or another significant woman in their life based on the points below. I will emphasis this at practice tonight and tell them to ask their parents for help if they have questions or ask a coach at practice. If would be great if dad takes the lead here and instructs their son as needed and help them keep their work secret from mom. All letters should turned into me in an envelope no later than Tuesday, October 3rd .

Points/Topics for the Letters:

  • Mom, I love you.
  • Thank you for all the things you do for me ... be specific.
  • Describe the virtuous qualities you most admire about your Mom ... Patient, loving, kind, hard-working, etc.
  • Describe a moment that you really cherish with your Mom. It can be about anything.

Strive for at least 1 side of a sheet of paper but there is no limit.

On Wednesday, October 4th the boys will practice for an hour and then we will hold a ceremony at 7 PM in a lighted area adjacent to Marshall Middle School. The event is for moms only (sorry, no dads… except for coaching dads). Moms should bring a folding chair for themselves and their son since will not be any seating, bleachers, or benches. (In the event of inclement weather, we will come up with a plan B.) At the ceremony, all 8th grade boys will read their letters to their mom in front of the team and all the other moms. 7th graders and their moms will be present, but these players will simply present their letters to their moms at the conclusion of the ceremony.

August 30, 2017
UPDATES – IMPORTANT

Notable changes to the master schedule:

  1. Addition of QB coaching before Tuesday and Thursday practices starting at 5:30 PM. (More details to come from head coaches.)
  2. Location for optional Monday film sessions is now in the Saint Kilian Church Hall. Times are staggered by football team with Dev from 5:30 – 6:15 PM, JV from 6:15 – 7:00 PM, and Varsity from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. These session will begin on September 11.
  3. Weigh-ins for 5th – 8th graders moved to September 7.
  4. Addition of halftime play for Ironmen JV and Varsity teams on September 30 at the W&J – Thiel college football game. (More details to come on this.)
  5. 2nd weigh-in added on September 28. 6. Varsity Football banquet date will be October 29.

August 30, 2017
Photos

August 28, 2017
Photo Day

This year’s photo day will be held before our first Ironmen home game on September 3. Not to be confused with the photos taken yesterday at Jersey Day, September 3rd is for families that want to purchase photo packages and keepsakes at reasonable prices. All photos will be taken prior to the start of each game. Your head coach will let know arrival times as we get closer to the day.

Like last year, you can order your photo packages online and pay by credit card…no order form to fill out and no cash or check to remember on photo day. The online process will be open until September 7, which allows you 4 days after photo day to place your order.

IMPORTANT: To aid tracking, please place a separate photo order for each Ironmen participant and / or photo group you want taken (i.e., 1 order for your football player, 1 order for your cheerleader, 1 order for a combined player/cheerleader photo, 1 order for player and dad/coach combo, etc.).

Follow this link to order: Ironmen Football & Cheer Photography Ordering

Below are the photos options available for purchase. A description and photo of all items highlighted* can be found here.

  • 8 Wallet Color Photos - $6
  • Individual 5x7 Color Photo - $5
  • Team 5x7 Color Photo - $5
  • Individual 8x10 Color Photo - $10
  • Special dated Individual 8x10 Photo* - $11
  • Team 8x10 Color Photo - $10
  • Special dated 8X10 Team Photo* - $11
  • Custom Memory Mate 8x10 Color Photo (team w/ individual photo) * - $12
  • Traditional Style Memory Mate - Fireball Football/Cheer Folio (includes 3x5 individual photo, 7x5 team) * - $10
  • 4” Color Photo Button* - $9
  • 3x4½ Color Metallic Photo Magnet* - $7
  • 5x7 Color Statuette - photo mounted on 1/8" Masonite with a small black acrylic base - $25
  • Yard Sign – Football Helmet with Player Photo. (stake included) * - $20
  • Home Field Special Effects Poster* - $20
  • Home Field Special Effects 8x10 Metallic Photo* - $15
  • Home Field Special Effects 11x14 Metallic Photo* - $20
  • Acrylic Keychain - Wallet size photo* - $6
  • Metal Keychain - Full color photo* - $14
  • 15 oz. Photo Coffee Mug - Black* - $16
  • 15 oz. Photo Coffee Mug - White* - $16

Any questions regarding photos orders, please contact Christine Spotts at scspotts@zoominternet.net or (724)538-8614.

Unfortunately, there will not be a photo make-up date for those not present on September 3.

August 21, 2017
Practice Schedule Update

Freedom needed to back out of our scrimmage on Wednesday night (Aug 23) – no replacement opponent. The team(s) will improvise by playing intra-squad scrimmages on Thursday evening at all three levels. Click here for the revised schedule for this week.

Still waiting for final commentary from league teams before the Diocesan game schedule can be finalized.

August 14, 2017
Practice Schedule Update

Practice is from 6:30 to 8:30 PM each weekday through Friday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 25. Saturday, Aug. 19 is up in the air as we are trying to get a scrimmage. At a minimum we will practice from 9 – 10:30 AM at Marshall. An updated master schedule will be posted on the website once the season schedule is released in the coming days – click here to view the schedule for the next 2 weeks with scrimmages on the 19th and 23rd still coming together.

August 7, 2017
Rosary Rally – Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00

Recall last year the Ironmen participated in the 1st ever rosary rally at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon. This year’s event is being hosted by Saint Kilian in the new church, and we are asking all Ironmen players to attend even though our season does not officially start until the following week. Several high school and Diocesan youth teams will be in attendance. With the rally conveniently hosted by our sponsor parish, we are looking for strong participation from the Ironmen.

Players are asked to where their WHITE Ironmen game jerseys, “dress style” shorts or long pants, and nice shoes (tennis shoes are fine). Also, players should bring rosary beads if they have them. Rosary beads will be supplied for those that do not have their own.

IMPORTANT: Players attending the rally should plan to get their football equipment and WHITE game jerseys the night before on Monday, August 7 (see separate e-mail to follow). If you are unable to get your equipment on Monday, please let me know and we will have some spare white jerseys available to hand out before the rally.

Finally, the event is expected to last about an hour and be followed by a cold treat in the lower level of the church.

June 8, 2017
Ironmen SpiritWear

Ironmen SpiritWear is something everyone wants when opening weekend arrives, which this year will be September 3. The initial online stores are open now through 11:59 PM on July 9th and items will be delivered by the start of training camp to your home. We have four stores for you to order from…one for Ironmen Fans, one for Ironmen Players, one for Ironmen Cheer, and one for Ironmen Coaches. Please read the shipping information provided in each store carefully as charges can be combined between the stores to save you money. A small portion of the proceeds go toward the Ironmen program… so please buy up!

Check out each store at the links below:

Another online Fan Store will open late in July for delivery in early September.

June 5, 2017
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Days

In preparation for the season, we have once again partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods to offer a 20% discount on all purchases for Ironmen families on two separate days: July 15th AND August 6th. Use this opportunity to take a discount on your cleats, under garments, gloves, water bottles and any other football or cheer expenses you may have. The 20% discount is not only for football and cheer related items, but can be used for any purchase made at Dick's during the event.

Each attached coupon is are good for 1 day only at the Cranberry Township location:

June 5, 2017
3rd Annual North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen Non-contact Football Summer Camp

Download the PDF for more information

June 5, 2017
NPC Ironmen and St. Kilian's to Offer FREE Neurocognitive Baseline Concussion Testing – July 31 and August 1

Download the PDF for more information

May 30, 2017
2017 Schedule is Available

Download the 2017 Schedule

March 8, 2017
3rd annual Ironmen NCAA Block Pool Fundraiser!

This is conference championship week and March Madness starts on Sunday as team are selected for the NCAA tournament. That means it is time for the 3rd annual Ironmen NCAA Block Pool Fundraiser!

This year we have a lower price…$75 for three blocks and three chances to win: one in each Final Four game and one in the Championship Game.

Prize payouts are:

  • Final Four Game 1 - $150 for halftime score, $300 for final score
  • Final Four Game 2 - $150 for halftime score, $300 for final score
  • Championship Game - $300 for halftime score, $1,000 for final score
  • Total payout from the fundraiser is $2,600

To purchase blocks: NCAA Blocks
Rules & latest grid: Rules & Latest Grid (from a laptop or desktop computer only)

Final Four play begins April 1st with the Championship game on April 3rd. Get your blocks while today!

February 7, 2017
Registration is now Open

  • To all our graduating 8th grade AND returning families, please pass the attached flyer on to anyone you know that might be interesting in learning more about the Ironmen. You are the best ambassadors for our program, and I ask that you continue to support us by spreading positive words about what we do and how we operate. It is the best advertising we can ask for and is a substantial help in rebuilding our numbers from those lost to 8th graduation or other reasons. You can also direct folks to our updated website.
  • Returning players / families DO NOT need to attend any of the information sessions (unless you want to). These sessions are for new players / cheerleaders that have an interest in our program and whose families need more information before deciding to register.
  • Registration for ALL players and cheerleaders is now open and will run through April 30th. All returning participants need to submit their registration during this time. Please act early as the registration process will be shut down once we reach 30 players on any of the three football teams. Late fees will apply after April 30th.
  • Families can register at the following links: Ironmen Football Registration, Ironmen Cheer Registration
  • Preliminarily, we are looking to add 25-30 new football players next season to get to our ideal participant level. We clearly have needs for our Developmental football team and to a lesser extent for JV and Varsity. Our cheerleading program has room at all levels.
  • If your player or cheerleader is NOT PLANNING TO RETURN next season, please let me know via return e-mail.
  • Finally, check out our 2017 promotional video

October 20, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW and Playoff Recap

Our boys have come a long way since the lopsided losses to both Erie teams in weeks 1 and 2. They are playing better now than at any point in the season. I am so impressed how they didn't quit when things were not going smoothly. Their perseverance has paid off as we are one step away from the Diocesan JV championship. We will need to work hard to beat St. Louise, but our boys have worked hard all season and are glad for the chance to beat an over confident opponent.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Away game vs. St. Louise at Duquesne University's Arthur J. Rooney Field (600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282). The JV kickoff time is 5:00 PM; players should arrive by 3:30 PM so we can begin warm-ups promptly at 4 PM. We will be wearing our travel white jerseys.

Things don't change much from last week:

PRACTICE – Practice for will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Marshall MS; Saturday walk through will run 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Marshall MS in helmets, practice jerseys, and cleats.

TEAM MASS – It is an Ironmen tradition to attend Mass as a team on the evening before a playoff game. We will attend Mass on Saturday, 5:30 PM at St. Kilian Church and sit in the front right sections. Players should wear their white jerseys.

October 11, 2016
Week 7 Recap

It was a clean sweep for the Ironmen program at last night's Golden Bowl vs. Northern Catholic as each team recorded a convincing shutout and claimed their trophy. What a great night of football in a great stadium. Thanks to all who worked the bake sale and volunteered for other activities. While the game was technically away for us, it had a home game feel to it.

Both our JV and Varsity teams made the Diocesan playoffs, which take place this coming Sunday. Ironmen JV are seeded #3 and will travel to East End (Central Catholic's practice field) for a 2 PM game, and our Ironmen Varsity secured a home playoff game with the #2 seed and will host St. Bernard, 1 PM at NASH. It will be a busy week of playoff preparations. The winners of each game will play in the Diocesan championship game at Duquesne University on October 23.

October 4, 2016
Golden Bowl 2016

Our annual Golden Bowl is quickly approaching. In advance of the game, we will hold a Pep Rally with the Ironmen Cheerleaders next Thursday, October 6 beginning at 7:30 PM. There is no better way to get pumped for the big game then to have the cheerleaders get our Ironmen spirits high with their wonderful cheer and dance routines.

We are asking for volunteers to help make the pep rally a success. Click the Volunteer Spot link below to sign up. Our program is such a success because of all the help our families provide. Please do whatever you can to help out next Thursday. We have plenty of openings/needs

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Golden Bowl Pep Rally!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/xwu51t
  2. Enter your email address (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

October 4, 2016
Week 6 Recap

Tough loss yesterday for our boys. We at least gave St. Louise more competition than they have had all year. In every game prior they have used their Developmental players for the entire 2nd half but could not do so yesterday. We have a chance of seeing them again in the playoffs. That said, we have one game to win this coming weekend to grab the #3 playoff seed... and it's Golden Bowl week on top of it! There is plenty going on for sure. Here is the schedule for the coming week:

PRACTICE

  • Tuesday – Instead of our usual practice we will hold a film session with the boys at St. Kilian. All boys should report to the cafeteria at 6 PM and can be picked up at 7:30 PM. Even though we will not be on the field, this film session is a very important teaching tool. This is not an optional practice.
  • Wednesday – Practice as usual from 6 – 8 PM at Marshall MS.
  • Thursday – Practice from 6 – 7 :30 PM at Marshall MS. The Golden Bowl pep rally will start at 7:30 PM on the practice fields.
  • Saturday – Walk through practice from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Marshall MS in helmets, practice jerseys, and cleats.

GOLDEN BOWL GAME – Away game vs. Northern Catholic on Sunday at North Hills High School's Martarelli Stadium (5325 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229). The JV kickoff time is 6:15 PM (maybe as early as 6 PM). Players should arrive by 4:45 PM so we can promptly begin warm-ups at 5 PM. We will be wearing our travel white jerseys. For those wanting to watch other Ironmen games, the Developmental squad will play at 5:00 PM and Varsity plays at 8:00 PM. Our cheerleading families will be holding a bake sale and selling coffee and hot chocolate at the game. Temps are supposed to be chilly that night so they will be a popular concessions stop for fans.

September 26, 2016
Week 5 Recap

What a great day for the Ironmen program yesterday in sweeping the full slate of section games vs. St. Bernard. It certainly was a great day for football and our fans travelled well to show their support. Our JV team made an important statement in scoring more point yesterday than they have the entire season (44-8 win)…the Developmental boys are still undefeated and unscored upon this season (22-0 win)…and our Varsity boys wrapped up the day with a convincing and hard fought victory (12-6 win). Thanks to the cheerleaders who put plenty of Ironmen spirit in the air for the entire afternoon.

September 26, 2016
Ironmen Alumni Day - Sunday, October 2

Since our first year in 2009, the Ironmen Program has grown strong and proud due to the many contributions of our families along the way. The 2016 campaign is proving to be another huge success with both our JV and Varsity teams positioned well for the Diocesan playoffs.

Recognizing our present success is attributable to many families, players, coaches, and cheerleaders that have since moved on, we are holding or 3rd annual alumni day this Sunday for our final regular season home game at North Allegheny Sr. High School. Kickoff times are as follows:

  • Junior Varsity (5th and 6th grade) at 1:00 PM
  • Developmental Team (3rd and 4th grade) at 2:30 PM
  • Varsity (7th and 8th grade) at 3:30 PM

This game is also our 8th grade recognition day so please join us prior to the varsity game kickoff as we honor our 8th graders.

Thanks to you, the winning tradition is being carried on!

September 21, 2016
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Saint Kilian is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on October 2 from 5 to 7:30 PM. We will have a team Mass at 5:30 PM in the new church that same day. What could be better than moving from Mass directly to the spaghetti dinner in the lower level of the church. Save money on each meal by pre-registering.

Also, service hours are available for 6-8 players / cheerleaders (5th grade and up) for cleanup detail after the dinner. Clean-up will start at 7 PM and should be complete within an hour. Please contact Jessica Smith to sign-up (jessica@sharonfence.com).

September 14, 2016
Announcing a new fundraising partnership with Experimac

The Ironmen Football & Cheer program is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership with Experimac located at 4840 McKnight Road in Pittsburgh. Owner and Ironmen JV Coach, Dave Mehalick, has graciously offered us this program.

Experimac offers professional Apple® related services throughout the Pittsburgh area. They buy, sell, trade and repair Apple® Macintosh® computers, iPhone® devices and iPad® tablets, and offer some of the best pricing available anywhere for Apple® products and repairs.

Please review the flyer outlining this fundraiser and Experimac's offerings. We will receive 10% of all purchases and repairs made through this business so this is a simple way to raise funds for our program!

September 14, 2016
Premier Jewelry Fundraiser – Extended through Sunday, Sept. 18!

Hello Ironmen family! My name is Chrissy McConnell, I am a Premier Jewelry lady!

I am super excited to offer this charm sale fundraiser event for the Ironmen!

Our Ironmen organization will get 40% of the retail from everything on this attached charm sheet. Attached are some of the charms and an order sheet. I will accept cash, check, or credit card.

Online catalogs are available for better views at www.christinemcconnell.mypremierdesigns.com. Feel free to order anything else from the catalog for additional Ironmen donations! We will use 6% sales tax as it will be delivered to me in Butler.

Feel free to call me at (724) 355-0885 or catch me at practices with any questions and with your order.

August 28, 2016
Photo Day – September 4

This year’s photo day will be held before our first Ironmen home game on September 4. Not to be confused with the photos taken last weekend at Jersey Day, September 4th is for families that want to purchase photo packages and keepsakes at reasonable prices. All photos will be taken prior to the start of each game. Your head coach will let know arrival times as we get closer to the day.

We are constantly trying to make improvements within our program and add convenience for our families, so new this year is online ordering and payment by credit card for all photo packages…no order form to fill out and no cash or check to remember on photo day. The online process will be open until September 7, which allows you 3 days after photo day to place your order. (To aid tracking, please place a separate photo order for each Ironmen participant.)

Follow this link to order: Ironmen Football & Cheer Photography Ordering

Here are the options available:

  • 8 Wallet Color Photos - $6
  • Individual 5x7 Color Photo - $5
  • Team 5x7 Color Photo - $5
  • Individual 8x10 Color Photo - $10
  • Team 8x10 Color Photo - $10
  • Custom Memory Mate 8x10 Color Photo (team w/ individual photo) - $12
  • 4” Color Photo Button - $9
  • 3” Color Photo Magnet (button style) - $6
  • 3x4½ Color Photo Magnet - $7
  • 5x7 Color Statuette - $25
  • Yard Sign – Football Helmet with Player Photo with stake (click here for a sample) - $20
  • Photo Flashlight Keychain (1.3" x 1.8") - $9

Unfortunately, there will not be a photo make-up date for those not present on September 4.

August 5, 2016
2016 Seattle Seahawks Tackling Video

The Seahawks coaching staff led by Assistant Head Coach/Defense Rocky Seto has updated the tackling video released in 2014 as a way to educate coaches, players and fans outside of the organization about the team's methods of tackling. The philosophy takes the head out of the play and increases safety, all while maintaining the toughness and physicality that makes the game great.

View the video

NOTE: Like any athletic activity, no tackling technique can completely eliminate the risk of injury.

August 2, 2016
SpiritWear

Our second round of Ironmen SpiritWear stores is now open until midnight on August 14th.

Don't be left without your gear when the season starts. We have two stores for you to order from…one for Ironmen Fans and one for Ironmen Cheer. Please read the shipping information provided in each store carefully as charges can be combined between the stores to save you money. This is likely the final Spiritwear store of the season so don't miss out!

FAN STORE | CHEER STORE

August 1, 2016
UPDATE – Equipment Distribution

We are moving the distribution site to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School to coincide better with Ironmen Summer camp going on those same nights.

Tables and changing areas will be set up in the lower back entrance area adjacent to the cafeteria.

We are asking for all Varsity players on Wednesday night and all JV and Developmental players on Thursday night. Please come on your scheduled night unless you have a hard conflict that cannot be moved. What we must avoid is having everyone show up on the first night and overwhelm our volunteers that are sizing equipment.

June 12, 2016
Equipment Distribution

Ironmen training camp in full pads is less than a month away! We have confirmed our new uniforms and varsity helmets will be arriving in the next few weeks, so we can go ahead and schedule handing out equipment to all players.

We will hold two equipment distribution sessions according to the following schedule:

  • Varsity (7th and 8th graders) – Wednesday, August 3rd from 8:30 to 9:30 PM at St. Kilian
  • JV (3rd–6th graders) – Thursday, August 4th from 8:30 to 9:30 PM at St. Kilian

If you cannot come on the assigned night, feel free to attend the other night. If neither of these nights work, please contact Mike Aluise (maluise@hotmail.com, 412-901-6972) or your team's head coach to set up an alternative date / time. The process takes about 30 minutes to complete, so please budget your time accordingly.

At the equipment distribution, we also collect the Football Physical Form (to be filled out by player's pediatrician) that is needed to complete your player's registration. The forms can be downloaded here.

Finally, both distribution sessions are being held after conclusion of Ironmen Summer Camp at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. If you have not signed up for the camp and would like to attend, please follow this link: Ironmen Summer Camp 2016.

June 4, 2016
ImPACT Testing

Once again, your Ironmen registration covers ImPACT concussion baseline testing for your football player or cheerleader. We asking all participants 10 years and older to have the test done in the event they suffer a concussion and need to reference the baseline to determine the severity of the injury or when to return to play. Please read the guidelines below very carefully.

NOTE: Due to some limitations with UPMC, we are only offering testing for ages 10+ at this time. We hope to add ages 7-9 at a later date in the summer, but for now that level of testing is not available from UPMC.

  1. Please reference the attached flyer. Key details from the flyer are listed below.
  2. The Ironmen Program REQUIRES all football players and cheerleaders ages 10 and older to be tested. The testing is covered with your child's Ironmen registration.
  3. Testing specific to Ironmen participants will be held on June 17, July 1, and July 15 (all Fridays) from at 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM at the UPMC Lemieux Sport Center (8000 Cranberry Springs Dr., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066).
    Use this link to register: Ironmen ImPACT Testing Registration
  4. If the times in #3 do not work with your schedule, there are numerous other time slots available to the general public that you can choose from at the link above… but please do so early to ensure you can find a convenient time slot. These alternate sessions are held at CCAC North and UPMC Southside or Lemieux Center locations. Note that in the Registrant Information section, you will be asked to Enter Your Organization. Please enter NPC Ironmen in this box.
  5. All athletes must be concussion and concussion symptom free for at least 30 days prior to the test.
  6. Registrations will fill up fast so to have the most flexibility with scheduling please register quickly.

June 4, 2016
Upcoming Events

With baseball seasons in full swing and summer vacations just around the corner, it's time to get you thinking about upcoming Ironmen events!

We have 126 Catholic grade school children from ten different northern Pittsburgh school in our 2016 program. Of those, we have 69 football players and 57 cheerleaders. We are still in need of players for our Developmental and JV football team and have room for girls on all cheerleading squads. Ironmen football camp (in pads) starts in roughly 9 weeks and Ironmen cheerleaders will begin practicing even sooner… so get yourselves ready for another great Ironmen Season!

In advance of more detailed communications, I want to alert you to upcoming key activities occurring between now and the start of our season. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Now thru July 4 – First Ironmen Spiritwear store is open, delivery of items direct to your home or to your coach before the start of Ironmen camp
  • June 15 – Cheerleader uniform fittings at St. Kilian (a 2nd fitting session will likely be schedule shortly after depending upon participation at the 1st session)
  • June 17, July 1, & 15 – ImPACT concussion baseline testing for all Ironmen football players and cheerleaders ages 10+ at UPMC Lemieux Sport Center (8000 Cranberry Springs Dr., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066), numerous other "public" date available as well
  • July 10 – Ironmen 20% off day at the Cranberry location of Dick's Sporting Goods, from 11 AM to 6 PM Mid-July – Football equipment distribution for all players at St. Kilian – Coupon
  • August 1, 2, 3, & 4 – Ironmen non-contact summer camp (CWNC High School)
  • August 5 – Cheerleading practice begins for Varsity only
  • August 8 – The start of Ironmen football camp, start of Ironmen cheerleading camp (Marshall MS)
  • August 20 – Ironmen Jersey Day Celebration & Family Picnic (CWNC High School)
  • August 28 – First Ironmen football game

More details will soon follow for each of the events listed above so watch for e-mails from your respective coaches and/or me for football and Monica Valentine for cheerleading.

May 25, 2016
2016 Ironman Summer Camp

More Information and Registration Details

May 25, 2016
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Day

In preparation for the season, we have once again partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods to offer a 20% discount on all purchases for Ironmen families on July 10th. Use this opportunity to take a discount on your cleats, under garments, gloves, water bottles and any other football or cheer expenses you may have.

The 20% discount is not only for football and cheer related items, but can be used for any purchase made at Dick's during the event. The attached coupon is good for 1 day only: Saturday, July 10th from 11 AM – 6 PM at the Cranberry Township location.

Download the Coupon

April 6, 2016
Winners of the 2nd Annual Ironmen NCAA Block Pool Fundraiser

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2nd annual Ironmen NCAA Final Four block pool.

Championship game winners:

Villanova / North Carolina           Halftime Score – Patty Hunter $500
Villanova / North Carolina           Final Score – JP Martha $1,500 (donating $1,000 back!)

Semifinal round winners:

Villanova / Oklahoma                   Halftime Score – Bob Parry $250
Villanova / Oklahoma                   Final Score – Patty Hunter $750

Syracuse / North Carolina           Halftime Score – Ron Balog $250 (donating $150 back!)
Syracuse / North Carolina           Final Score – Steve Spotts $750 (donating $750 back!)

Thanks to all that supported our efforts by purchasing a block, getting family and friends to purchase a block, or by donation back all or a portion of your winnings.  The Ironmen Football and Cheer program netted $4,400 on this fundraiser!

March 14, 2016
2nd Annual Ironmen NCAA Block Pool Fundraiser

It's NCAA tournament time once again so why not join the fun with the 2nd annual Ironmen NCAA Block Pool Fundraiser!

$100 for three blocks and three chances to win: one in each Final Four game and one in the Championship Game

Prize payouts are even larger this year:

  • Final Four Game 1 - $250 for halftime score, $750 for final score
  • Final Four Game 2 - $250 for halftime score, $750 for final score
  • Championship Game - $500 for halftime score, $1,500 for final score

Total payout from the fundraiser is $4,000!

Purchase blocks | Rules & latest grid

Final Four play begins April 2nd with the Championship game on April 4th.

Get your blocks while they last! Questions? Contact Steve Spotts

March 10, 2016
2016 Registration is Open!

Get everything you need to register for the 2016 season!

October 19, 2015
Playoffs Wrap-Up

On a day when the first snow was falling and the wind was howling, all three of our teams were in action today with two of our teams completing their seasons and one being fortunate enough to move on. Our Developmental boys ended their season undefeated with a 12-6 win vs. St. Louise. It was the first time this year they allowed a score! In the JV playoff game, our boys put St. Louise on their heels early but just couldn't get the ball in the end zone. Except for 3 long plays by St. Louise, the game was much tighter than the 24-0 score would indicate. Regardless, the JV team fought hard and end their season IRONMEN STRONG. How far both our JV and Developmental teams have all come since the start of training camp on August 10th.

Over in Verona at Friendship Park, our Varsity boys took charge of the game and handily beat a resilient St. Bart team to advance to the Diocesan Championship game next Sunday, 7 PM at Duquesne University's Arthur J. Rooney Field. We could not be more proud as this is the first time ever an Ironmen Varsity team has made it to the championship. Congratulations are in order to Coach Balog, the entire coaching staff, and to all the players for reaching this new milestone for the program. Our boys will meet Northern Catholic for the third time this season next week. Here's hoping the third time is a charm!

To prepare for the championship, our Varsity team will practice as usual this week. Our Ironmen virtue could not be better… TRUST - The strength to confidently believe in someone regardless of the situation. It is truly a blessing to find a person who is genuinely TRUSTWORTHY. TRUST is one of the building blocks every good team is built on.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the video below with your player and/or cheerleader. Even if you are not practicing this week, check out the video…it's a good one!

October 12, 2015
Week 7 Wrap-Up

It was a wonderful scene at Martorelli Stadium last night for all the Golden Bowl festivities. The Northern Catholic program were great hosts for the event, and it was great to see such a large crown watching youth football on a Saturday night. On the field it was a mixed bag for the program with our JV team taking the Golden Bowl trophy in a convincing win. The defense for our Developmental boys held tough late in the game to preserve a tie. Kudos to the Dev coaching staff for mixing it up in the backfield with several lineman finding out what it takes to carry the ball and several skill players finding out what it takes to block on the line. Finally, our Varsity boys engaged in their usual physical rivalry in the nightcap. They had the lead at halftime but could not maintain it for the rest of the game and wound up losing a tough and emotional battle. Regardless of what to scoreboard said, our boys were winners in spirit, sportsmanship, and comradery. They all were true Ironmen representatives.

We enter playoff week this week for the JV and Varsity teams, and the Developmental boys will have another game as well. While not yet confirmed, the playoff pairings look to have the JV traveling to St. Louise next Sunday for a 2 PM start (Developmental will play first at 1 PM). Varsity will play St. Bartholomew at [I assume] Friendship Park in Penn Hills. Once the league confirms, we will pass along all the details.

This coming week, our Ironmen virtue will be on ENDURANCE - The strength to suffer through adversity with courage. Beginning new activities is relatively easy but sticking with them, especially when the "newness" wares off and the going gets tough … only through ENDURANCE will we fight through and accomplish our goals and dreams.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the video below (it's a long one this week) with your player and/or cheerleader. You can emphasize ENDURANCE and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

October 5, 2015
Golden Bowl

This is a special week as we wrap up our regular session with the Golden Bowl vs. Northern Catholic ON SATURDAY NIGHT. We will play under the lights at Martarelli Stadium, home of the North Hills Indians. The Ironmen participated in the Golden Bowl 2 years ago and everyone really enjoyed the event. I am still waiting for confirmation of the exact game times, but I believe JV will kick-off at 5 PM followed by Developmental at 6:30 PM and Varsity at 8:00 PM. Golden Bowl trophies / medals will be awarded in between each game. (I will leave it up to the individual football teams regarding practices Saturday morning.)

In advance of the game, we will hold a Pep Rally with the Ironmen cheerleaders Thursday night beginning at 7:30 PM. There is no better way to get pumped for the big game then to have the cheerleaders get our Ironmen spirits high with their wonderful cheer and dance routines. We will also hear a few words of wisdom from our Varsity captains and coaches.

We are asking for volunteers to help make the pep rally a success. Click the Volunteer Spot link below to sign up. Our program is such a success because of all the help our families provide. Please do whatever you can to help out on Thursday. We have plenty of openings / needs.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/kySkQT
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Easy! Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.

October 5, 2015
Week 6 Wrap-Up

What a great 8th grade recognition day we had! The weather was beautiful and the chill in the air made it feel like football. Round 2 versus the East End Crusaders proved to be a great one for the Ironmen program. The JV team looked stronger than they did just 2 weeks ago against the Crusaders, but the outcome was still the same and resulted in an Ironmen loss to a bigger and faster team. Regardless, our JV boys didn't quit and scored as time expired on a wonderfully executed series of plays. Our Developmental boys fought hard the entire game and came away with another shutout and another victory. It is so great to watch them develop as a team and as young football players. The final game of the day was a doozy as our Varsity team needed two overtime periods to secure the a 6-0 victory. What a way to close out our home schedule for the 8th graders. They will surely remember today for the rest of their lives!

Congratulations are in order for the Siket and Cook families for winning the Steelers Co-captain of the game awards today. Jason and JL are sure to have a memorable time on November 8th as they stand in the middle of the Heinz field turf for the pre-game coin toss! Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets and bid on the silent auction. The fundraiser was a huge success for the program.

This coming week, our Ironmen virtue will be on LEGACY - The strength to hand down a virtuous tradition and memory of your actions. Yes, leaving a LEGACY is not just for old people. We can leave a LEGACY too, and we will talk about what it takes to do so at practices this week.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader. You can emphasize LEGACY and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

September 30, 2015
Week 5 Wrap-Up

It was another great day for the Ironmen program this week with all three teams having success against a tough St. Bernard's program. Our Development team stayed undefeated with a tough 6-0 win. Our JV team was a scoring machine putting up 36 points and their first shutout of the season. The Varsity boys were successful in the final game of the day in a tight battle that featured several strong defensive plays and turnovers. Our cheerleaders led the spirit for the away crowd with plenty of great cheers and dances. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the day such a success.

This week we focus on the virtue of TEAMWORK - The strength to put the good of the team above one's own personal good. To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader.

You can emphasize TEAMWORK and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

September 21, 2015
Week 4 Wrap-Up

The program's first road game of the season was a great one for our Boys of Fall! The East End Crusaders were wonderful hosts on a wonderful football afternoon at Central Catholic High School. Our Developmental team deserve congratulations as they got a key victory to remain undefeated and unscored upon. Our JV took it on the chin from a larger and faster East End team to fall to 1-1 in section play. Finally, our Varsity boys played hard and came away with a victory to improve to 1-1 in section play. By the end of the day, everyone was better for the effort… win or lose.

This coming week, our Ironmen virtue will be on HARDWORKING - The strength to accomplish tasks with tireless dedication. HARD WORK is necessary for everything in life. For our players and cheerleaders, we will discuss that we all need to WORK HARD on our teams, in school, in our relationships, in our future jobs … nothing truly worthwhile that lasts is easy.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader. You can emphasize HARDWORKING and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

September 14, 2015
Week 3 Wrap-Up

It was another great day for the Ironmen program taking on our section rivals, the Northern Catholic Wolverines at Newman Stadium. Each of our teams played admirably in the face of stiff competition and adversity. The scoreboard was not in our favor every game, but the character and poise displayed by our boys was clearly in our favor. Our cheerleaders were wonderful leaders of crowd spirit and our fans were supportive every minute of the day. How could we ask for anything more from our football and cheer program?

This coming week, our Ironmen virtue will be on CONFIDENCE - The strength to believe in yourself, your team, and the hard work you have put in to achieve your goals. A confident team is tough to beat because they do not beat themselves before the competition with negativity and self-doubt. You carry yourself different when you are CONFIDENT and that makes a big difference.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader. You can emphasize CONFIDENCE and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

September 7, 2015
Week 2 Wrap-Up

What a great day yesterday at Newman Stadium. With all three Ironmen teams in action and all our cheerleaders performing before boisterous crowds at each game, it was such a wonderful day! Thanks to all that came out to watch and support our teams. We have the best program in the Diocesan league because of all our families.

This coming week, our Ironmen virtue will be on NOBLE: The strength to be a person of your word. That when you say yes, or no, or that you will do something … you mean it and you do it. People can count on your word without worry. Our football and cheer coaches will challenge all Ironmen participants to live this value every day.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader before coming to practice tomorrow. You can emphasize NOBLE and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

September 2, 2015
Week 1 Wrap-Up

It was a great victory by the Ironmen Varsity team today to open our season! St. Bart's may have been outmanned but they showed true heart and determination, and they never gave up. What a dramatic end and what a great day for our program. Thanks to everyone who showed up to support our team and cheer with our cheerleaders.

Looking ahead to the coming week, our Ironmen virtue focus will be on COMMUNICATION: The strength to convey and share one's ideas, feelings and concerns. Anything great that we want to achieve in life takes COMMUNICATION. We cannot accomplish our goals as a team, a family, a business without excellent and constant COMMUNICATION. Our football and cheer coaches will encourage all players but especially those most shy or lacking confidence to speak up and COMMUNICATE this week during practice.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below (on the left) with your player and/or cheerleader before coming to practice on Tuesday. You can emphasize COMMUNICATION and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

August 23, 2015
Virtue = Significance

For the upcoming week, our Ironmen virtue focus will be on SIGNIFICANCE: The strength of being worthy of importance, time, and attention. Our football and cheer coaches will reinforce that every member of the Ironmen team is needed, valued, and loved… that we are all SIGNIFICANT and we are only a team with all of us together.

To help introduce the virtue, please watch the short video below with your player and/or cheerleader before coming to practice tomorrow. You can emphasize SIGNIFICANCE and our discussions this week by watching the video more than once and asking you son/daughter about its meaning and how it relates to their lives.

Thank you for your support!

Steve Spotts
NPC Ironmen
President & JV Head Coach

August 13, 2015
August 15: RUSH FOR A CAUSE – 5th Annual Family Sports Blitz Fundraiser

The Ironmen JV's participation in the Rush for A Cause Family Blitz scrimmage is set for Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM.

We are playing at the following address:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS
6380 Mill Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Based on Google maps it is approximately 1 hour 44 minutes from the Cranberry area. Please have the boys there dressed and ready to go by 7:45 AM.​ My apologies for the early start time for our scrimmage and the fact that if you go up Saturday morning you will have to leave by 6 AM. (I have heard that some families are driving up Friday night at staying in a hotel room.) That said, I will plan to end practice early on Friday so players can get home and to bed earlier than normal.

Attached you find a map of the fields. We are playing on the GREEN field.

There is also a waiver attached that needs to be signed and brought to the event. Please wear practice uniforms.

This should be a great day for a great cause! For those that do not know, Rush for A Cause benefits athletes that have suffered catastrophic injuries, and 2015 is the 5th year of the event. The Ironmen have not participated in the past although we have been invited each of the last 3 years. Our Diocesan League brethren from St. Louise attended Rush for A Cause in the past and have said the event is a lot of fun and extremely well run. We are looking forward to participating.

We will be scrimmaging two other schools from the Brecksville, OH area that have been selected to match up well against us.

These are 5th and 6th grade teams from St. Angela / St. Brendan and St. Thomas Moore.

As an FYI, our Ironmen Developmental and Varsity teams are also playing in this event: Dev plays starting at 11:15 AM on the BLUE field and Varsity will play at 4 PM on the RED field.

July 14, 2015
Ironmen SpiritWear Online Store is Open –  ONLY 1 WEEK TO ORDER!

Ironmen SpiritWear is something everyone wants when opening weekend arrives, which this year will be Aug. 30. This year we are giving you an opportunity to get your SpiritWear much earlier than in the past. The initial online store will be open for only 1 week and items will be delivered by the start of training camp (around Aug. 10th). Another online store will open during the first week of training camp for delivery in early September.

ADDITIONAL:

  • The online store will be open until July 21
  • Items can be delivered to people's houses for a $10 fee or they will be delivered on the first night of practice.
  • Vendor will do what he can to make sure that the following items are in by equipment distribution on July 28: Shoes, Gloves, Practice Pants, Integrated pads
  • If there is an issue with a size, the vendor can deal with it at equipment distribution and correct by the first day of practice

View the Online Store

Please direct all questions to Stacey Palmer .

July 10, 2015
Ironmen Equipment Distribution Dates

As many of you know, we are purchasing new SG helmets for our Developmental, JV and Varsity players under 120-lbs. The helmets will not arrive from SG until later this month so we are moving the equipment distribution originally schedule for next week to July 28 and August 3. The original notice to parents from Equipment Coordinator Mike Aluise (below) has been modified with the new dates. Please adjust your calendars. Also, don’t forget to bring the physical form with you to equipment distribution. Alternatively, if you already have the form completed you can scan and e-mail it directly to me, Steve Spotts.

Please see the note below from Ironmen Football Equipment Coordinator, Michael Aluise:

Ironmen camp is a little over a month away and it is time to get football equipment sized and distributed. We will hold two sessions to accomplish this task according to the following schedule:

Returning Veterans
Tuesday, July 28th from 7:30 to 9:15 PM in St. Kilian Music Room (lower level, enter through cafeteria doors)

New Ironmen Players
Monday, August 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in St. Kilian Music Room (lower level, enter through cafeteria doors)

If you cannot come on the assigned night, feel free to attend the other night. If neither of these nights work, please contact me (412-901-6972) or your team’s head coach to set up an alternative date/time. The process takes about 30-45 minutes, so please budget your time accordingly.

At the equipment distribution, we also collect the Football Physical Form (to be filled out by player’s pediatrician) that is needed to complete your player’s registration.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in the event of any questions around equipment distribution.

Thanks,
Michael Aluise
Ironmen Equipment Coordinator

July 6, 2015
ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing

Once again, your Ironmen registration covers ImPACT concussion baseline testing for your football player and/or cheerleader. We asking all participants 7 years and older to have the test done in the event they suffer a concussion and need to reference the baseline to determine the severity of the injury or when to return to play. Please read the guidelines below very carefully as there are two separate process depending on your child's age.

Please reference the flyer. Key details from the flyer are listed below:

  • The Ironmen Program requires all football players and cheerleaders, age 7 and older, to be tested. The testing is covered with your child's Ironmen registration.
  • For Ironmen participants ages 10 -14, testing will be held at the St. Kilian during the mornings of August 1, August 4, and August 8. Other sessions will be held in July at CCAC North in the event you want to get this out of the way earlier.

    REGISTER FOR AGES 10 – 14
  • For Ironmen participants ages 7 – 9, testing will be held at UPMC Center for Sports Medicine at 3200 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, PA during the evenings of July 21, July 23, July 28 and July 30. Sessions during these times are very limited and we are working with UPMC to add additional sessions. Please sign up for what is available on the dates we have listed and be patient with us as we work to add more dates (Thank You!).

    REGISTER HERE FOR AGES 7 - 9

    Note that in the Registrant Information section, you will be asked to Enter Your Organization. Please enter NPC Ironmen in this box. See the attached flyer for more details on the 7 – 9 yr. old process.
  • All athletes must be concussion and concussion symptom free for at least 30 days prior to the test.
  • Registrations for both processes will fill up fast so to have the most flexibility with scheduling please register quickly.

July 2, 2015
North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen and Saint Kilian Parish School to offer FREE Baseline Concussion Testing

NPC Ironmen Football & Cheer Program and Saint Kilian Parish School are pleased to announce that we have arranged Neurocognitive Baseline Testing with UPMC and the Heads Up Pittsburgh Program at CCAC North the Center for Sports Medicine and St. Killian's school. We hope that you will take this opportunity to have your child baseline tested. More Information

July 2, 2015
2015 Schedule

Download the 2015 Schedule (PDF)

June 22, 2015
New Football Helmets

Ironmen Football Parents

Our fundraising efforts over the last two years have afforded us the ability to purchase new lightweight helmets from SG, which we believe provides added safety for our smaller players. SG helmets are made of a carbon fiber and Kevlar® outer shell and hollow chrome moly face mask making them only 2½-lbs. in total weight and half the weight of our current Schutt DNA Pro+ helmets. If you are interested, check out www.sghelmets.com for details. Also see our PowerPoint used to get approval for the purchase.

We have approval to purchase SG helmets for all Developmental and JV players and all Varsity players under 120-lbs. Lead time for delivery is approximately 4 weeks so we need to order this week to have them by the time Ironmen training camp starts. To ensure we get the sizing correct, we are asking all families addressed in this e-mail to come to one of the two sizing nights being held this coming week at St. Kilian. We have options for those that cannot attend. See details below.

ACTION #1: Attend 1 of the 2 helmet sizing nights

Helmet Sizing Nights in St. Kilian Music Room:

  • Monday, June 22 from 6 – 8 PM
  • Thursday, June 25 from 6 – 8 PM

Both sessions will be held in the Music Room at St. Kilian on the lower level. To get there, enter at the front entrance opposite the cafeteria, turn right and go down the stairs opposite the trophy case, turn right at the bottom of the stairs and go back the hallway to the Music Room. (Note: Our SpiritWear vendor will be at the June 22nd helmet fitting (possibly the June 25th fitting also) with catalogs and samples of shoes, gloves and other Ironmen SpiritWear that will be for sale starting in July.)

ACTION #2: If you cannot attend either helmet sizing night

Please determine your player's fitted hat size and send to Ron Balog.

If you are out of town or cannot make either session, we need you to measure your player and send his size to us no later than Thursday, June 25.

You can either use a fitted hat (e.g., baseball cap) or you can use a measuring tape to determine your player's head circumference and reference the corresponding fitted hat size in the chart below. If you are measuring your players head with a tape, please reference first 90 seconds of this YouTube video for proper location of the tape: SG Helmet Sizing. Again, please send us your player's fitted hat size no later than Thursday, June 25.

Please direct any questions to Ron Balog (ironmencoach@gmail.com, 412-980-5904) or Mike Aluise (maluise@hotmail.com, 412-901-6972).

June 22, 2015
2015 Registration is Still Open for JV and Dev

Football registration is still available for JV and Dev teams*. Varsity is now full.

View the informational flyer

IRONMEN FOOTBALL
Tackle Football for Boys in Grades 3 - 8 (2015-16 School Year)
Click here for Football registration through April 30
Ironmen Football Runs from August to October
Contact us with questions

REGISTRATION FEES
*Football: $225 per participant

We do not change fundraising fees or equipment deposits. Registration fees are due at the time of registration and are payable online.
*A late fee of $25 will be added to each registration past the April 30 deadline.

June 1, 2015
1st Annual North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen Football Summer Camp (non-contact)

NOTE: Registration is $70 after July 1, 2015

Where: St. Kilian's Athletic Field, 7076 Franklin Road (behind the school)
When: Monday July 27 through Thursday July 30 (4 nights of camp)
Time:

  • July 27th check-in begins at 5:30 pm, camp begins promptly at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • July 28th - 30th camp begins promptly at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $50 per camper

Our non-contact camp is targeted for Boys/Girls who are entering 1st through 8th grade in the fall 2015. Campers will be divided into 4 age groups 1st-2nd grades, 3rd-4th grades, 5th-6th grades, 7th-8th grades. The camp will focus on proper warmup and stretching, conditioning, individual skill development, proper stance, blocking techniques and fun play sessions. With each session, you will receive in-depth instruction, lectures, and demonstrations from an experienced, knowledgeable coaching staff. The camp will feature guest football coaches throughout the week from local high school (Jason Gildon – Head Football Coach North Catholic High School) and college football programs (Jerry Schmitt – Head Football Coach Duquesne University). To register follow the link below. Camp space is limited.

CAMP SCHEDULE EACH NIGHT

  • 5:30 PM Registration/get T-Shirt – only the first evening – all other nights camp begins at 6:00pm
  • 6:00 PM Camp Starts – Opening discussion and prayer
  • 6:10 PM Stretching
  • 6:30 PM Conditioning Stations
  • 6:45 PM Water break
  • 6:50 PM Football Stance
  • 7:00 PM Blocking and Tackling Instruction (non-contact)
  • 7:15 PM Water Break
  • 7:20 PM Individual Drills
  • 7:50 PM Free Play and Challenge sessions
  • 8:20 PM Guest Coach Discussion (Jason Gildon, Jerry Schmitt and 2 others TBD)
  • 8:30 PM Camp session ends – pick up campers

WHAT TO BRING
Campers will be given a camp T-Shirt to wear during camp, apply and bring extra sunscreen, bring large individual water jug/water bottle, we will have $1 sports drinks for sale, tennis shoes or football spikes (absolutely no metal cleats). Questions call Jim Valentine 724-544-2360, Steve Spotts 724-396-9950 or Ron Balog 412-980-5904

REGISTER

March 15, 2015
2015 Ironmen NCAA Fundraiser Block Pool!


February 12, 2015

2015 Registration is Open

Football and Cheerleading registration is now open for the 2015 season!

View the informational flyer

IRONMEN FOOTBALL
Tackle Football for Boys in Grades 3 - 8 (2015-16 School Year)
Click here for Football registration through April 30
Ironmen Football Runs from August to October
Contact us with questions

IRONMEN CHEERLEADING
Cheerleading for Girls in Grades 4 - 8 (2015-16 School Year)
Pep Squad for Girls in Grades1 - 3 (2015-16 School Year)
Click here for Cheer registration through April 30
Ironmen Cheer Runs from July to October
Contact us with questions

REGISTRATION FEES
Football: $225 per participant through April 30
Cheer: $100 per participant through April 30

FAMILY CAP FOR FAMILIES WITH MULTIPLE PARTICIPANTS
New for 2015, we are offering a $500 family cap for families with multiple participants. Qualifying families should register and pay for each child online and then email Lesley Stofko at lstofko@saintkilian.org for a refund for the fees paid over $500. This cap does not include any applicable late fees.

COME LEARN MORE
Prospective new football players, cheerleaders, and their parents can come meet us at any one of four information sessions.

  • MARCH 12TH @ 7:00 PM, SAINT KILIAN SCHOOL CAFETERIA
  • MARCH 16TH @ 7:00 PM, SAINT GREGORY SCHOOL LIBRARY
  • MARCH 18TH @ 7:00 PM, SAINT ALPHONSUS SCHOOL CAFETERIA
  • MARCH 31ST @ 7:00 PM, BUTLER CATHOLIC SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Each meeting will last approximately 1 hour. Members of our football and cheerleading coaching staffs will be present for a general discussion followed by Q&A.

*We do not change fundraising fees or equipment deposits.
*Registration fees are due at the time of registration and are payable online.
*A late fee of $25 will be added to each registration past the April 30 deadline.

October 27
JV IRONMEN WIN IT ALL!

North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen – 2014 JV Champions!

For the second time in as many years, the Ironmen JV won the Diocesan League championship! On a beautiful night at Arther J. Rooney Athletic Field at Duquesne University, nothing could be better for the Ironmen program than to have a group of dedicated, hard-working, young men and their coaches win it all. Our boys dominated the game but turned the ball over FOUR times in the red zone. Despite the miscues, our boys kept pounding the ball on offense and putting up a stiff defense to hold a decided edge in time of procession and yards gained. Finally, in the 4th quarter our boys scored and looked to put it away with the 2-pt conversion! St. Bernard proved a worthy opponent and nearly scored a miraculous play on 3rd and long from mid-field, but a wide open Charger receive dropped a would-be touchdown and sealed their fate. The JV Ironmen took over, gained two first downs, and then took a knee to close it out. As fans, players, and coaches celebrated, Fr. Bober was there to present the Diocesan Championship trophy to our boys. And what a sweet presentation it was! The Ironmen program could not be better represented by our boys today, whether on the field as JV players or in the stands as Developmental and Varsity supporters cheered them on. Today was a great day for the Ironmen program and… THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES!

October 15
Steppin' Back in Time

Last Saturday, the coaches decided to get all nostalgic on us and hold "Old School Saturday." Here is a pick of them sporting their "Old School" gear from back in the day.

Last Saturday, the coaches decided to get all nostalgic on us and hold "Old School Saturday." Here is a pick of them sporting their "Old School" gear from back in the day.

October 13
Week Seven Recap

Week 7 was the final week of the regular season as the program traveled to Central Catholic High School to play the East End Crusaders. It was a mixed bag for the Ironmen going 1-1-1 on the day. The Developmental team got it started with a 24-6 victory to posted an undefeated record for the year. Several players touched the ball today as Coach Valentine got everyone involved. Even a few lineman carried the rock and learned it's not as easy as it looks. The middle game of the day had playoff implications, but our JV boys were flat and unable to defeat a talented and evasive East End team. The final score was 12-0 in favor of the Crusaders. Our JV boys secured the 4th seed in the Diocesan playoffs starting next week will play at St. Louise (a team the beat handily during week 1). The final matchup of the day was for the Varsity boys, which ended in a 6-6 tie with many boys seeing plenty of action during the game. Going into the game, the Ironmen Varsity had the luxury of knowing they have a home playoff date locked up vs. Northern Catholic next weekend. That game is sure to be entertaining.

It's hard to believe it was only two shorts months ago that we opened Ironmen camp with great optimism about our program and about how each team would fair. I can say for certain each team's goal are still intact with the Developmental boys going undefeated and the JV and Varsity teams eyeing a date in the championship game at Duquesne on October 26th. What a season it has been! Now the second season begins with playoff competition at its best and the Ironmen right in the middle of it all. THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES!

October 7
Ironmen Offense 201
By Coach Balog

Last week I discussed the jet sweep and it's origins. With any good offensive scheme we strive to present the defense with multiple problems but want to keep it relatively simple for our boys. With the jet sweep being our signature play we must have compliments or we will be a one trick pony. This is the beauty of the wing-t and it's order of football. Compliments to our jet sweep are running off tackle, up the middle or the pass. In each of these compliments the play should look just like jet sweep until the snap.

Almost every play is established by blockers in at the hole and out at the hole creating an alley – see the video >

We need to make the defense believe that our offense is complicated and this is accomplished through the use of formations. We currently use multiple formations to run a few plays.

Maybe you have heard your son say the name of one of our plays. The most popular would be "BLUE 28 Jet Sweep". Let's break it down word by word and number by number. Blue is the formation and it means that our tight end or X will be lined up on the left, our split end or Y will be lined up like a wide receiver to the right. Next is our numbering system. Starting from left to right in our formation the left wing back is #2, the full back is #3 and the right wing back is #4. We also number our holes that we run through. #'s 1, 3, 5 and 9 are to the left and 2, 4, 6 and 8 are to the right. The lower numbers are inside plays and the higher numbers are outside plays. The next term is the motion which in this case is JET and finally the play which is a sweep to the 8 hole. See the diagram in our HUDL playbook.

More to come next week! GO IRONMEN!

October 6
Week Six Recap

Week 6 was a great weekend for the Ironmen program with both our JV and Varsity teams qualifying for the Diocesan playoffs! In fact, it was another clean sweep on the day for Ironmen teams as all three levels were victorious over the Northern Catholic Wolverines. JV kicked off first and posted a convincing 36-16 win despite missing numerous players to illness. A win next week vs. East End guarantees a JV home playoff game on October 19th. In the middle game, the Ironmen Developmental team posted their most convincing win of the season with a 42-0 whitewashing of the Wolverines. In all, six different players scored during the context. The best was saved for last as the toughest game of the day came at the Varsity level. Our Ironmen team fought hard in a back-and-forth battle and then held on for a 22-14 victory, which guarantees them a home game in round 1 of the Diocesan playoffs. The cool weather made it feel like football and the strong support from the fans and cheerleaders made everyone feel welcome on Alumni day. Next week the playoff picture will be set for our JV and Varsity teams as they march on to the championship game at Duquesne. THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES!

September 30
Week Five Recap

The St. Bernard Chargers prove year-in and year-out to be one of the better programs in the league with solid coaching and strong players on all three teams. The Ironmen Developmental team started with a convincing 30-0 victory. Our boys worked hard all week and it paid off as there was no doubt who was the better team. The middle game was a tough one for the Ironmen program as our JV team lost for the 2nd year in a row to the Chargers. Our JV boys just couldn't seem to get it going the entire game while the Chargers showed good speed and sound technique across their line-up. It was truly a wake-up call for the Ironmen. Our Varsity boys wrapped up the day with another shutout for the program, this time 22-0. All three of our teams played well – they were humble in defeat, gracious in victory, and showed they are Ironmen. THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES!

September 29
Ironmen Offense 101
By Coach Balog

Have your heard your son say "jet sweep"? Do you wonder why we have a player in motion on almost every play? As our slogan states "the evolution continues". The Ironmen offense has been a work in progress dating back to six years ago. It was born out of the famed Delaware Wing T which was created by Coach Dave Nelson at the University of Maine and then perfected by Tubby Raymond and Teddy Kempski at the University of Delaware.

It should be known that the wing-t is more than just a series of plays or a formation. It is an order of football, which is the title of Tubby Raymond's famous book.

As the offense evolved the jet sweep was created by Coach Herschel Moore at Cumberland University in Tennessee. It is called jet because the motion is full speed straight across the formation, jets fly straight. The jet sweep, if run properly, means that only three to four defenders need to be blocked for the play to be successful. We coach our backs to aim for the hash, numbers and sidelines as a running progression. As with any good system you will have a play to attack the opponents perimeter, their middle, off tackle and misdirection. The wing-t and jet sweep provide this flexibility. Below are two links which provide great reference and background on the wing-t and the jet sweep. Next week will cover the compliments off of the jet sweep.

Read more at: bucksweep.com/wingtrevolution.htm and jetsweep.com.

September 24
BE INSPIRED!

September 22
Week Four Recap

The Ironmen “defended their house” well vs. the South Hills Saints with wins by all three teams and two shutouts. The fact that rain in the forecast stayed away certainly helped put plenty of fans in the stands and boost concession sales. The day started out with the ironmen Developmental team giving up their first points of the season in a 14-6 victory of the Saints JV team (yes, their JV team!). The undefeated and yet unscored upon Ironmen JV followed by posting another shutout, 36-0! The final game was exciting as the Varsity won 20-0 with a great defensive performance. We are now at the half-way point of the regular season and both our JV and Varsity programs are in a good position to enter the playoffs a month from now. Making the playoffs has become an annual tradition for both our teams with last year’s JV team winning it all. THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES!

August 10
Camp Opens!

Ironmen Camp starts Monday, August 11th at Marshall Middle School in full pads.  Arrive early to work through equipment sizing issues.  We start practice promptly at 6:30 PM.

We have 103 total participant in the 2014 program (69 football and 34 cheer). 

  • Varsity football roster consists of 27 players (10 new to the program)
  • JV football roster consists of 24 players (6 are new to the program)
  • Developmental football roster consists of 18 players (13 are new to the program)

August 9
Welcome

New Ironmen football families in our program:

  • Canzian Family (Aquinas Academy)
  • Heim Family (St. Alexis)
  • Kress Family (St. Gergory)
  • Lanthaler Family (St. Kilian)
  • Lefcakis Family (St. Kilian)
  • Littleton Family (St. Kilian)
  • Marchionda Family (St. Alphonsus)
  • Maziarz Family (St. Kilian)
  • Miller Family (St. Kilian)
  • Minder Family (St. Kilian)
  • Onelas Family (Butler Catholic)
  • Pawlowicz Family (St. Kilian)
  • Pindell Family (St. Kilian)
  • Rudduck Family (St. Kilian)
  • Santos Family (Alpha)
  • Sauder Family (St. Kilian)
  • Shea Family (St. Kilian)
  • Siket Family (St. Kilian)
  • Stephens Family (St. Kilian)
  • Wakefield Family (St. Kilian)

August 8
New Practice Equipment

We have some new practice equipment this year to will help our player learn to block and tackle properly. We purchased 4 Tackle Smart dummies and 3 Big Block dummies with proceeds from out April fundraiser.

(L) The Tackle Smart dummies force  the player to focus on shooting his hands through the arm holes, causing the eyes to follow, which results in better head placement. The crown driver, even when approached head on, forces the players head out of the contact zone. (R) The original pro-look standup designed by Football Hall of Fame's Joe Schmidt. Large upper blocking surface facilitates practicing zone schemes and lock-out and drive blocks. Use the cylindrical bottom to drill crab, cut and diagonal blocking. Molded foam core retains shape and lasts longer.

We also purchase 3 O/D scrimmage line markers, which eliminates using live player or clumsy cones. Sleeves slide to simulate your opponent's front look. Two-sided visual reference-offense on one side, defense on the other.

O/D Scrimmage Line Markers


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