How do I contact the Head Varsity Football Coach?
Coach Adams, the Head Varsity Football Coach can be reached at (650) 550-7645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many football teams does Terra Nova High School field?
Terra Nova High School is one of several public schools in San Mateo County that offer three levels of football ... Freshman, Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity. Since the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) does not offer freshman only football, Terra Nova's freshman team plays an independent 10 game schedule. Terra Nova's JV team competes in the PAL Bay Division JV football league, playing 10 games (5 non-league games ... 5 PAL games). Terra Nova's varsity team competes in the PAL Varsity Bay Division ... playing a 10 game season (5 non-league games ... 5 PAL games) with the opportunity to earn a berth in post-season playoffs at the Central Coast Section and CIF levels. Terra Nova is the only San Mateo County football program to compete in the PAL Bay Division, the highest level of San Mateo County public school football, every year since its' inception.
What are the basic philosophies of the Terra Nova Varsity Football Program?
The Tiger Football Program believes in the coaching and teaching philosophy of DEMAND & CONFRONT. We demand excellence in effort and performance in both the classroom, the athletic field and the community. Those who achieve at an appropriate level will be rewarded with playing time ... those who fail to achieve or refuse to meet expectations in relation to proper effort will be confronted and held accountable for their unwillingness to meet the Tiger Football Program expectations and goals.
The primary goal of the Terra Nova Football Program is to fairly and appropriately win varsity league, sectional and CIF championships with young men who have matured into excellent students and citizens. The freshman football program is the "introductory and experimental" phase wherein a youngster is given the opportunity to decide if interscholastic tackle football is for him. Once a youngster signs-up and commits to play on the JV team ... it is assumed by the coaching staff that the player understands the parameters and expectations of the football program and that they are genuinely committed to the football program through their senior year.
All Terra Nova Football players will be motivated to understand and assertively implement the connection between academic achievement, disciplined behavior and continued athletic participation. The development of appropriate year round behavior on and off campus ... good sportsmanship, character, integrity and safety are the coaching staff's highest priority.
The Terra Nova coaching staff believes in the philosophy of the multiple sport athlete and will actively encourage football players to participate in winter and spring season sports in addition to football. Those football athletes who do not elect to play a winter or spring season sport will be presented the opportunity to improve their athleticism and football skills in a physical education training class and a voluntary off-season before school weight training & conditioning program. Following the conclusion of the school year, football athletes will be presented the voluntary opportunity to participate in spring football practice (10 days) and a voluntary summer program.
What league does the Varsity Football Team compete in?
Terra Nova High School is a member in good standing of the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) and CIF Central Coast Section (CCS). The 18 team PAL football league is a three tiered "power league" consisting of Bay, Ocean and Lake divisions. The 6 team Bay Division consists of those football teams that historically represent the strongest programs within the boundaries of the PAL. Terra Nova is the only PAL school that has earned the continuing privilege of competing in the Bay Division of the PAL since the inception of the PAL "power league" concept.
Terra Nova's Varsity football team has won a total of 17 league and 4 Central Coast Section Championships in its' history ... by far the most championships of any school in San Mateo County ... public or private.
How do I sign up for Varsity football at Terra Nova?
After the previous season has concluded, a VARSITY FOOTBALL sign-up meeting will be held at in the Football BFS classes and also at lunchtime for interested athletes not in a football BFS class. The sign-up meeting will be widely promoted in Terra Nova's daily bulletin, football information bulletin boards in the Men's Locker Room and on Terra Nova's athletic department website www.terranovasports.com.
Student/athletes who are new to or have recently transferred into Terra Nova High School must promptly arrange meetings with Coach Adams, Head Football Coach and the current Athletic Director to determine their transfer student status and to begin their Central Coast Section residential eligibility paperwork.
Terra Nova football prospects who intend to sign up for the VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM are reminded that they must meet minimum academic eligibility requirements (2.00 GPA) in order to begin the sign-up process.
Can incoming freshmen (9th graders) play on the Junior Varsity team ... can sophomores (10th graders) play on the varsity team ... can juniors (11th graders) play on the Junior Varsity team?
While the answer to all of these questions is yes ... all three situations are extremely rare. The normal progression for an athlete through the Terra Nova Football Program is as follows: Freshman play Freshman Football ... Sophomores play JV Football ... Juniors and Seniors play Varsity Football.
The "bringing up" of a young athlete to a higher level (freshman to JV or JV to Varsity) interrupts his normal progression through the Terra Nova Football Program. Players with exceptional ability, mental and physical maturity will be evaluated extensively by the coaching staff and if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the youngster and the football program, a young player may be presented with the opportunity to "move up a level" within the program. These are complex decisions that require in depth analysis and extensive input from the athlete himself, his parents and the Terra Nova coaching staff to insure that the decision is best for the player and the Terra Nova Football Program.
An inexperienced Junior, who is not a viable candidate for the Varsity team, can play on the JV team in order to develop and mature as a football player in preparation for his senior season on the Varsity team. Again, these are complex decisions that require in depth analysis and extensive input from the athlete himself, his parents and the Terra Nova coaching staff to insure that the decision is best for the player and the Terra Nova Football Program.
If a player is "brought up" to the next higher level within the program or "moved" from the Varsity to JV level ... the evaluation process will continue on a daily basis to ensure that the correct decision has been made. By PAL rules, all team rosters are "open" ... meaning that there are no restrictions on moving athletes up or down from team to team for the duration of the season.
Seniors are restricted to the Varsity team only.
Can my son participate in Pop Warner Football or other youth league football programs or activities during the Terra Nova High School football season?
No ... absolutely not! To do so is a serious violation of PAL, CCS and CIF bylaws that can place the athlete, the TNHS Football Program and the entire TNHS Athletic Program in jeopardy. Any questions regarding "outside competition" should be directed to the TNHS Athletic Director for the most accurate information and guidance ... NOT THE YOUTH COACH or YOUTH SPORT ADMINISTRATOR.
Is there a PE class during the regular school year that will help me improve and mature as a student / athlete and as a football player ... and how do I enroll in it?
Yes ... Terra Nova offers an elective PE class ... the VARSITY FOOTBALL ATHLETICS "BIGGER-FASTER-STRONGER" (BFS) CLASS designed to offer a demanding and intense weight training, agility and speed training program that will improve and enhance a football player's athleticism, football skills and abilities. Additional instructional time will be dedicated to appropriate discipline, character development, academic progress, nutrition, training and study habits. Those student/athletes who enroll in and pass their VARSITY BFS CLASS will have a distinct advantage over those who do not. Please note that VARSITY FOOTBALL BFS is for the motivated and driven student/athlete ... be prepared to work hard every day ... we will challenge you on a daily basis!
Student/athletes wishing to enroll in and continue VARSITY FOOTBALL BFS must meet minimum academic requirements (2.00 GPA), have signed up for football for the upcoming school year and have the permission of Coach Adams, Head Football Coach.
At the conclusion of the football season, the JV BFS class roster will be merged with the juniors in the VARSITY BFS class, thus forming the basis of the varsity football team for the next school year.
Is there a voluntary "before school" conditioning program for VARSITY football players at Terra Nova High School?
Yes ... following Terra Nova's winter recess ... a voluntary before school weight training, fitness and speed training program is offered. The voluntary before school program operates Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:45 am. The voluntary before school program concludes one week prior to the last week of the school year, allowing the student/athletes to concentrate and focus on their 2nd semester final exams.
Does Terra Nova have Varsity Spring Football Practice?
Yes ... the Peninsula Athletic League allows each member school to have 10 days of voluntary Spring Football Practice. Spring football practice includes offensive, defensive and kicking game practices in football shoes, shorts and t-shirts. No other football uniform equipment is allowed. Students invited to participate in Spring Football Practice must meet minimum academic standards (2.00 GPA) and have the permission of Coach Adams, Head Football.
Refer to the list of IMPORTANT VARSITY FOOTBALL DATES for the specific dates and times of Spring Football Practice.
Is there a summer football program at Terra Nova High School that would improve and maintain my fitness level and athleticism while teaching me more about the varsity football team's system and practice format?
Yes ... a voluntary SUMMER FOOTBALL PROGRAM is offered for those student/athletes who have successfully completed Spring Football Practice. Refer to the list of IMPORTANT VARSITY FOOTBALL DATES for the specific dates and times of the Summer Football Program.
The Summer Program meets from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ... Monday through Thursday. The three hour period includes 1 hour of conditioning and weight training followed by 2 hours of football practice in t-shirts and shorts. Training sessions may include a 7 on 7 passing session against another school ... either in Tiger Stadium or at the opposing school's campus. Saturday passing tournaments may also be scheduled as part of the Summer Football Program.
Those student/athletes who commit to and complete the voluntary Summer Football Program will have a distinct advantage over those who do not. Students wishing to participate in the Summer Football Program must meet minimum academic standards (2.00 GPA) and have the permission of Coach Adams, Head Football Coach.
Are Terra Nova football practices open to the public?
No ... in accordance with Terra Nova Athletic Department policy, all team practices are closed to the public.
When is the first day of REQUIRED football practice?
It is important to note that REQUIRED FOOTBALL PRACTICE begins BEFORE the first day of school ... please plan ahead!
The first day of school is Thursday, August 9th ... the first day of required varsity football practice is Friday, August 3rd. Be sure to refer to the VARSITY FOOTBALL PRACTICE CALENDAR for scheduled practices and details for the entire season. Remember ... a player who cannot practice ... cannot play.
What kind of equipment do I need to purchase for my son to play Varsity football at Terra Nova High School?
The Terra Nova Football Program will make FOOTBALL SPIRIT PACKS (t-shirt, shorts, practice jersey) available for purchase online. It is strongly suggested that players purchase these items on their own for their own use. These Spirit Pack items are of high quality and will last for several years. Football Spirit Packs will be available at the TN FOOTBALL ONLINE STORE. A link to and the dates that the TN FOOTBALL ONLINE STORE will be open are posted on the home page of www.terranovasports.com.
The Terra Nova Football Program will issue Spirit Pack items, free of charge, to those athletes and families that cannot afford them. A player who is issued free Spirit Pack items by the football program will be expected to return them to the coaching staff if he leaves the team for any reason or on the designated end-of-season gear return date. Failure to return free Spirit Pack items to the coaching staff will result in the player being billed for the replacement cost of the items.
The Terra Nova Football Program will provide your son with all of the other equipment he needs to play ... with the exception of football shoes. Each player must provide his own shoes ... preferably black in color. Be sure to get your shoes early and work-out in them during the summer to properly "break them in". The Summer Football Program is a great opportunity to get your feet and shoes ready for the start of practice. Don't cheat your feet!
Players wishing to provide their own protective equipment ... helmet, shoulder pads, girdle, knee and thigh pads ... must present them to the coaching staff in advance of the season to verify that they are correctly certified and safe to use at the high school level of football. Please note that protective equipment certified for use in Youth or Pop Warner Football is not necessarily certified and safe for high school football ... BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR COACH!
VARSITY FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT ISSUE is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the TNHS Wrestling Room.
How do I try out for the Varsity football team and are there "team cuts"?
All players are evaluated daily regarding academics, cooperation, discipline, willingness to be coached, effort, knowledge of system and athleticism. This is a year long process that occurs daily in and out of season. There are no "cuts" ... as long as a youngster meets the expectations of the coaching staff, his classroom teachers and school administration ... on and off the playing field ... on and off campus ... he will remain part of the team. Our varsity football teams historically begin with about 45-50 player prospects and finish the season with 40-45 players. The players who drop off or are dismissed from the team generally do so due to academic problems, failure to attend practice, undisciplined or inappropriate behavior.
What are the academic & residential requirements to play Varsity football?
A minimum 2.00 grade point average, from the previous grading period, is required to participate in all phases of the Terra Nova Football Program. Participating athletes must also have passed a minimum of 20 semester credits during the previous grading period and must be "making reasonable progress toward graduation". It is important to remember that SUMMER SCHOOL grades and credits can be utilized to improve an academically ineligible athlete's grade point average. Those ineligible athletes intending to use summer school grades and credits to become academically eligible must contact the Head Football Coach so that their GPA calculations are accurate in relation to CIF bylaws. Each person's situation is different ... so it is very important to stay in contact with your coach and the Athletic Director.
Initial eligibility is established by an athlete's 2nd semester grades from the previous school year (remember that summer school grades and credits can help). Continuing eligibility during the football season will be determined again at the conclusion of the 1st and 2nd six-week grading periods.
Academically ineligible athletes are permitted to practice with the team under "restricted status" guidelines, but cannot play in scrimmages or games until their academic eligibility is verified by the Athletic Director and Principal.
Student/athletes who attended Terra Nova High School for the entire previous school year are residentially eligible. A student/athlete who is new to Terra Nova High School or attended Terra Nova for only a portion of the previous school year will be required to fill out some form of Central Coast Section Residential Eligibility paperwork. Please contact the Athletic Director to find out what type of CCS paperwork applies to your specific situation.
Athletes who require CCS Residential Eligibility paperwork can practice ... but cannot play in scrimmages or games until the paperwork has been approved by the Central Coast Section.
Do the Football Program academic and discipline standards apply to my son all year long or just during football season?
Terra Nova football players are considered "team members" for the entire duration of their involvement in the program ... all four years ... every day ... 24 hours a day ... both on and off campus. A football player has no choice whether to adhere or not adhere to the program's standards, rewards and consequences ... that choice was made when he decided to sign-up! Each player will be rewarded for his accomplishments and held accountable for his poor decisions and failures.
Does my son need a physical exam and insurance to play football?
Yes ... each student/athlete must have passed a physical exam for tackle football, during the calendar year preceding the first day of practice. Your son will NOT be allowed to practice without a physical exam and adequate insurance. Most athletes will get a physical exam from their own doctor ... it is a good idea to make your appointment as early as possible. For those who cannot schedule a physical exam with their family physician, Terra Nova will provide an opportunity for physical exams prior to the first day of practice. Refer to the Terra Nova Athletic Department Physical Exam Flyer for details.
All athletes and their parents must complete the TNHS Online Athletic Registration Process prior to the first day of mandatory football practice. A link to the Athletic Registration website is posted at the top of this web page. It is important that you have your physical examination document in your possession when registering ... you will be required to upload your physical exam document to the Athletic Registration website.
In these difficult budgetary times, will the JUHSD and the Terra Nova Athletic Department be able to provide transportation to and from all away games?
All three football teams will be provided with bus transportation to and from all regularly scheduled scrimmages and games.
All team members are required to travel to and from games on the team bus.
The JUHSD and the Terra Nova Athletic Department will not provide transportation during the TN Football Summer Program, including off-campus Saturday passing tournaments and off-campus mid-week 7 on 7 training sessions. The football program may ask parents to help transport football players to and from these events. The Terra Nova Athletic Department Transportation Guidelines will be strictly enforced.
Will team members be expected to participate in fund raising activities?
Yes ... each team member is expected to eagerly, enthusiastically and efficiently participate in fund raising activities on behalf of the Athletic Department in general and more specifically on behalf of their individual team. There may be other additional fund raising activities organized by the football coaching staff ... all football players are expected to participate.
Fund raising is an integral part of being a team member. Failure to participate in Athletic Department and Team Fund Raisers at an appropriate level places the entire Athletic Program and specific teams in jeopardy. Therefore, failure to participate and equally share in the burden of fund raising will result in loss of playing time or dismissal from the team.
What is Sportsmanship Night ... and why is it mandatory?
Terra Nova is a proud member of the California Interscholastic Federation program "PURSUING VICTORY WITH HONOR". A requirement of the "PURSUING VICTORY WITH HONOR" program is a mandatory parent/athlete/coaching staff meeting near the start of each sport season. Therefore the Terra Nova Athletic Department presents three different Sportsmanship Nights during the school year ... one for each high school sport season ... Fall, Winter and Spring. This meeting is mandatory for each participating athlete and at least one of their parents. The date for the 2018 FALL SEASON SPORTSMANSHIP NIGHT is TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st at 6:30 pm in the TNHS Theater.
Parents will be asked to register upon their arrival at Sportsmanship Night to verify their attendance ... at registration, each family will be asked to make a voluntary $40 donation to the TNHS Athletic Department ... 70% of each donation will go to funding the Athletic Department to assist in the offsetting of the myriad of department and event costs ... the remaining 30% will go to the specific team that generated the donation.
Athletes whose parents are absent from Sportsmanship Night will be provided an ALTERNATE SPORTSMANSHIP NIGHT FORM to be read and signed by both the athlete and parent ... and then submitted to the head coach of athlete's team prior to continued participation on that team.
The Sportsmanship Night agenda provides an opportunity for the athlete and family to learn about CIF, CCS, PAL & TNHS governance policies regarding high school athletics ... including, but not limited to academic and residential eligibility, grading periods & eligibility standards, school and practice attendance, behavior & discipline expectations, athletic department budget & funding, fund raising opportunities, coach/parent/athlete communication protocol, the relationship, differences and potential conflicts between high school sports and off-campus youth league or club teams and finally ... high school sportsmanship expectations for athletes and spectators.
Following the conclusion of the general Sportsmanship Night agenda ... each team will have the opportunity for a brief meeting with the head coach of their team to discuss and understand individual team policies, expectations and procedures.
Is there an Awards Night at the conclusion of the Fall Sport season?
Terra Nova does not host a department-wide Awards Night at the end of each sport season. Each team or sport will organize and present it's own specific Awards Night. The date and location of the Football Awards Night (all three teams) will be announced in the near future.
The Terra Nova Athletic Booster Club sponsors all Team Awards Nights.