Aussies Abroad: Adam Gotsis

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Adam Gotsis:

Adam Gotsis Picture in Georgia Tech Jersey #92

Adam Gotsis is a 21 year old Sophomore Defensive End for the Georgia Tech University Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Georgia. Adam originally played for the Monash Warriors in Victoria. Before that he was an Aussie Rules player. Originally from Abbotsford, Victoria, Adam is 6 ft 5 and 125 kg and has a chance to be a starter for the Yellow Jackets in 2013.

Achievements:

  • Selected to the 2012 IFAF World Team
  • 2010 Gridiron Victoria MVP and sack leader
  • Played 12 games as a true freshman at Georgia Tech starting 1 game.

 

School Sports Spotlight: Flag Gridiron

Posted: August 6, 2013 in School Sports Programs
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Bring It On Sports teaches many activities and sports, all with the goals of physical education in mind. We thought that we should spotlight, each week, a different sport or activity that we currently offer our schools so that you could get a better idea of the skills and outcomes that we strive to provide through teaching it. This week we will focus on Flag Gridiron.

What Is It?

Flag Gridiron is a modified, non-contact version of Gridiron (American Football) in which the contact is replaced with flags. Flag Gridiron has been developed to provide beginner players, coaches and officials an entry level into the game. This game is suited to both male and female participants and is suitable for all age groups.

Skills & Outcomes:

  • Passing: Overhand throws to moving targets
  • Catching: Catching overhand throws while running & catching kicks
  • Hand Eye Coordination: Catching and also grabbing flags
  • Agility: Running, evasive movements in space, grabbing opponents flags
  • Ball Skills: Throwing, Catching and Running with the ball
  • Game Sense: Learning the rules and operational procedures, Learning strategy and situational tactics.
  • Teamwork: Gridiron is a game built around teamwork and running choreographed plays.
  • Communication: Communication on offensive and defensive plays as well as between plays.

Flag Gridiron helps develop leadership and discipline skills through the communication needed to have all team members execute the same play…. everyone has to their individual assignments and are also reacting to the opposite team before and during the play.

How It Translates??

Skills like passing, catching, hand-eye coordination and agility can translate to almost any other sport, dance or activity. Ball skills learned through participating in Flag Gridiron are very similar to those used in AFL (Aussie Rules) and Rugby. Game sense and teamwork learned in Flag Gridiron will prepare participants for other team sports in which working together is of utmost importance if the team is going to be successful. Flag Gridiron provides an exciting new way to develop skills while enjoying competition.

College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 3 of 3

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Aloha Stadium - Hawaii Warroirs 2012

The Game:

In parts 1 and 2, we talked about the tailgate party and the pre-game atmosphere. Now it’s game time! The teams have just taken the field from the tunnel and the crowd is going crazy. Get ready for some college football!

 

Kickoff:

The culmination of the pre-game festivities and the start of the game itself all happen in one moment with the opening kickoff. You would be hard-pressed to find someone sitting down inside the stadium (and if they were their view would most likely be blocked by everyone else standing around them). Many schools will have some sort of kickoff ritual that will start just before the kicker makes his approach to the ball. Once the kick is in the air the game is officially under way!

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During The Game:

There are a few great things about being in the stadium during the game. For one, there is the announcer, who is broadcasting from the press box high above the stadium. He is most likely responsible for letting you know what happened during the play, who was involved, and what the down & distance will be for the next play. In between plays there will be music playing, sometimes from the band who is now situated in a section of the stands. As soon as the quarterback breaks the huddle (if there is one), the music will stop. If the home team is on offense, the crowd will also become quiet so that the home team can operate without distraction. If the visiting team is on offense, however, it is a whole different atmosphere, with the crowd making as much noise as possible. This makes it difficult for the team on offense to hear and will produce some negative results from time to time, including the false start, which is the most common penalty caused by the crowd noise.

Cheerleaders & Dance Team:

 

Hawaii Warriors Cheerleaders

The cheerleaders will be active during the game as well from their position on the sidelines. During key points in the drive, the cheerleaders will lead the fans it chants to support their team. During timeouts and breaks in the action, the cheerleaders will perform routines which feature lifts and stunts and can be quite incredible to watch.

The band will also play during time-outs. During this time the dance team might perform routines, usually from the sideline opposite the cheerleaders, or in some cases from the end zone. Between the band, the dance team and the cheerleaders there is plenty of things going on, but that’s not all….

The Mascot:

Perhaps the most recognizable person on the sideline is the team mascot. Depending on the school, this could either be a person dressed up as a mascot, a real live animal, or both. The University of Texas Longhorns mascot is “Bevo”, a live Longhorn that stands on the sidelines during the game. You can see more mascots by checking out this article.

The Atmosphere:

The atmosphere is electric. People rise and fall during big moments in the game. There are people chanting and cheering and you can literally follow the game without even watching. The sighs, cheers & boos of the crowd tell you how every moment plays out.

College gameday is truly a unique experience!

We hope that you enjoyed our series and that you got to know the college gameday event from beginning to end.

Previous Posts:

Part 1: Tailgate Party

Part 2: Pregame

College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 2 of 3

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Pre-Game:

In the previous blog post “College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 1“, we focused on the Tailgate Party. Now it’s time to enter the stadium and grab your seat for the big game! Don’t forget that everything in college football is an experience! Just like the tailgate party, the pre-game festivities are packed full of excitement and, of course, food and drinks!

Entering The Stadium:

Just Imagine your walking into the entrance of the stadium. Most likely you are going to enter at one of many ticket entrances that will be closest to your seating section. Someone will take your ticket (or scan your ticket) and then you are inside a college-football “themed” amusement park. As you walk in you will most likely see someone standing nearby selling programs which have details about the game and the home school’s sports programs. This is no ordinary 2 page program you might get at a play or recital, but more like an 80 page magazine filled with stories, pictures and information. Enough information, in fact, that some programs can get pretty pricey. For example, the 2013 BCS National Championship Program was 332 pages long and cost $20 each. That’s enough information to read throughout the entire pre-game, and probably all year until the next championship.

Stadium_concession_stand1So now that you have your program, you might want to check out the nearest merchandise booth to stock up on your team gear for the game. Hopefully you came prepared and bought your shirt before you came, because merchandise inside the stadium can get a bit pricey. But don’t fear, because there are tons of other things you can buy to show support for your team. Everything from hats to noisemakers are available with team colors and logos. Some of today’s merchandise booths more closely resemble a gift shop filled with just about anything you could put a logo on!

Your now decked out in gear, and on your way to find your seat. But wait…there’s no point in rushing to sit down until you have gotten something to eat and drink. The menu options at a college football stadium are expanding each year, with all kinds of new things being added including pizza, barbeque and sometimes even steak!

The standard food at a football game includes:

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  • Hot Dogs (with chilli and cheese)
  • Hamburgers
  • Popcorn
  • Nachos with Cheese (and sometimes jalapenos)
  • Peanuts (in the shell and salted)
  • Popcorn
  • French Fries (with cheese & chilli)

[/list] You can be sure that you will find most if not all of these items on the menu, as well as a selection of soft drinks and beer.

 

Pre-Game Warm Ups:

So now we are in our seat, program in our lap, food in our hands! You probably have done the smart thing and arrived early to your seat so that you can enjoy the pre-game festivities inside the stadium. The teams will spend about an hour going through their warmup routine.

If you have never seen a college football team warm up before a game, it goes a little something like this…
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  • Kickers, Punters, Snappers & Holders out first
  • Quarterbacks come out to warm up their arms
  • You start to see skill players such as receivers, running backs, defensive backs, linebackers & tight ends warming up in the endzone
  • Quarterbacks will throw routes to the skill players. Defensive Backs & Linebackers might be doing backpedal and ball drills or tackling. They might also be doing some 7 on 7 drills at this point.
  • The big guys (offensive and defensive line) will be warming up in the end zone
  • Everyone is in individual positional groups working on techniques and warming up
  • Everyone comes together for some team (offense against defense)
  • They might finish up with a punt to the end zone and a field goal. During this time you might get lucky and hear the players pre-game chants

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Obviously this order can change dramatically depending on the team and the coaching staff, but you get an idea of the time spent and the process by which the teams warm up for the game. During all of this, there will also be music playing and video playing on the jumbo tron. By the time the teams finish warming up, it is time for the marching band to take the field for the pre-game show.

 

The Band:

In most cases, both teams will bring a band to the game, and both bands will perform. While the band is performing, the cheerleaders for each squad is warming up and doing throws and lifts on the sideline. Each team might also have a dance squad as well, which will most likely be performing to the music of the band, or to the music being played through the speakers inside the stadium.

After the band has finished, the home team fans will start doing cheers. Some will be lead by the cheerleaders, but many others will grow organically. Most fans will know all of the cheers and rituals associated with their team beforehand. If you are new, don’t worry, you will pick them up quickly. It could be anything from a cheer to a series of hand gestures to a full on wave! College football is full of tradition and the fans are no exception.

If your not sure what I mean…just watch this video of Texas A&M.

 

Coin Toss:

In recent years, the coin toss will take place before the teams actually come onto the field before the game. The captains from each team will be sent to meet each other and the officials in the middle of the field. The head referee will flip a coin to decide which team will have the decision. Their decision can be to take the ball first, to kick the ball first (in which case they get the ball in the 2nd half), or they can defer, meaning they will let the other team choose and they will instead choose in the 2nd half (which means they will most likely take the ball).

 

The Tunnel Entrances:

Finally, it will be time for the team entrances. This is one of the most exciting and heart-pumping moments of the pre-game. The stadium has filled to capacity and everyone is on their feet as the home team starts to peak their heads out of the entrance. If it is a night game, the lights will go off, the music will start to play and the stadium will fill with electricity. Smoke billows out from the entrance to the field and the highlights are playing on the jumbo tron. Just as you think you can’t take the suspense any longer, the team bursts out of the tunnel and onto the field to the sounds of the fight song and the roar of the crowd. It is one of the most magical experiences in sport!

The pre-game is all about building the excitement for the game to come. In part 3 of our series, we will look at the game itself.

Previous Posts:

Part 1: Tailgate Party

Aussies Abroad: Peni Tagive

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Peni Tagive:

Penni Tagive - Baylor

Peni Tagive is currently playing football for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Baylor is a Division I University that plays in the Big 12 Conference. Peni is a former Rugby League player who has played for the Wests Tigers, St. George – Illawara Dragons and most recently for the Sydney Roosters. After playing for the Roosters, and then for a short time with the Newtown Jets, Peni made the decision to make the transition to American Football (gridiron) when he was offered a full athletic scholarship to Baylor.

Peni is currently in his first few weeks at Baylor, working to make the transition from playing rugby league to his new home as a Defensive End. At 6 ft 3 in and just under 100 kg, this Campbelltown native is sure to make a distinct impression on college football in the years to come.

Achievements:

  • Selected to the 2006 Australian Schoolboy tour
  • First-grade Debut in 2008 with the Wests Tigers
  • Named to the Fiji training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup
  • Played for the Newtown Jets team that won the 2012 NSW Cup grand final.