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Welcome to the Tahoma Football family! We are excited that you're interested in being part of something that we think is very special and we look forward to meeting you and getting to know more about you. In the meantime, we've created this page to help you get to know a little more about us. Whether you're an incoming 9th grader or a senior playing at Tahoma for the first time, this page will give you a good idea what to expect as a Bear football player. If for some reason this information doesn't answer the right questions, feel free to contact any of the Coaches, or the amazing parent volunteers with our booster club, the Maple Valley Touchdown Boosters, who are all more than happy to answer whatever questions you might have. 

1. During the School Year (Offseason) - Grades, Offseason Workouts 
4. Summer Events - Workouts, 7-on-7's, Becoming a Bear Camp 
5. Getting Ready for the Season - Registration & Clearance, Conditioning
6. Two-a-Days
7. During the Season
8. Have Another Question?

Grades

In order to participate in athletics, student-athletes must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and have received passing grades in all classes. For more information, please read the Co-Curricular Athletic Handbook at the Tahoma Athletics Documents page. Remember that the foundation for academic eligibility starts now - during the off-season. Maintaining good grades and being a good citizen now will allow you the privilege of playing football in the fall.

Offseason Workouts

The foundation of a successful season is built during the offseason. In order to reach and exceed the goals we set for ourselves as a program, a high level of commitment is required from Bear football players. Because of this, there are Offseason Workout goals that we expect Varsity football players to meet. Check the Team Calendar for current weight room times at Tahoma High School.

Spring Football 

What is it?

When the high school spring sports season has ended each year, Tahoma Football holds spring practice for all interested incoming 9th-12th graders - a series of padded, full-contact practices culminating in a Spring Scrimmage against other schools in the area. These practices allow the players to begin building relationships with their new teammates, as well as getting a head start on preparing for the next football season.

Practice Times & Info

We will be spreading out our 10 spring practices over 3 weeks to allow players to attend events such as the THS Spring Fling or Graduation. For a quick overview of practice times, please visit the Spring/Summer Calendar for May - August. 

Registration & Clearance

All players must turn in a physical, purchase an ASB card ($0 for Spring/Summer Session) in order to participate in Spring Football. All clearing and registration is done online. When your registration is complete, you will receive a Pink Card that you must give to your coach on the first day of practice. More information can be found on our Get Cleared for Football Information page.

UPS Team Camp

What is it?

During the summer, all the Bears - incoming 9th-12th graders - go to a 4-day team camp at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma. This full-contact camp features several of the best teams from the Puget Sound area and gives the Bears an opportunity to practice and scrimmage other teams, as well as a chance to build relationships with each other that are not found in many other places.  

Signing Up

UPS Camp registration typically begins during the spring. To register either online or by printing out registration information, please visit our UPS Camp page.

Preparing for UPS

While the university provides food and lodging, there are plenty of things you're going to need for camp. Below is a partial packing list for UPS.

Football Equipment: helmet, shoulder pads, girdle, thigh pads, knee pads, practice pants, practice jersey, undershirt, socks, cleats

For Your Room: Either a sleeping bag or sheets/blankets, pillow. In the past, players have also brought: snacks (sports drinks, water, food), books, TV/video games, and other ways to entertain themselves.

Transportation

Players will take a bus from the high school. Parents still need to pick players up at camp - there is no return bus.

At Camp

During UPS camp, players will participate in two practices each day, as well as daily scrimmages against other schools and a 7-on-7 tournament in the evenings. UPS Camp ends on Sunday with multiple scrimmages. Parents and families are invited to attend the end-of-camp scrimmages on Wednesday. 

Summer Events

Weight Room Times - TBD

During the summer, the weight room is open several times during the week to allow players opportunities to reach their workout goals. Starting when school gets out, the THS weight room is open.......days and times will be confirmed before school is out in June.

7-on-7 Info

Another summer tradition for the Bears is to participate in local 7-on-7 passing tournaments with local schools. In these no-contact sessions, quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends, running backs, linebackers and defensive backs play in passing-only scrimmages against other schools. These tournaments are focused primarily on developing fundamental skills and building a better understanding of our plays. Dates and times for 7-on-7's are contained in the Spring/Summer Calendar.

Becoming a Bear Camp - July 24th - 27th

Each year, the Tahoma High School football program hosts and runs a football camp for 4th-8th graders. This camp is run by THS coaches and players and focuses on helping young Bears develop the fundamentals and knowledge needed to be successful players in the Tahoma system. The date and times of this year's camp are July 24th - 27th and times are TBD.  Please check the calendar and our Twitter feed for updates. 

Getting Ready for the Season

Registration & Clearance

All players must turn in a physical, purchase an ASB card ($35), and pay the $75 participation fee (fees subject to change) in order to practice on the first day of fall camp. All clearing and registration is done online with the exception of updating the physical. When your registration is complete, you will receive a Pink Card that you must give to your coach on the first day of practice. More information can be found on our Get Cleared for Football Information page.

In order to be prepared for the demands of two-a-days and a high school football season, players should already be in playing shape. To help with this, there are optional conditioning sessions the two weeks preceding two-a-days in addition to summer weight room times. These sessions are good preparation for practicing in the heat of August and will make the adjustment to practice much smoother. 

Two-A-Days

What is it?

During the first two weeks of practice, the WIAA allows teams three "two-a-days". During these three days, we hold two practices in the same day - typically, one in the morning and one in the afternoon/evening. These practices allow players the opportunity to build relationships and camaraderie, as well as allowing extra opportunities to become better football players. Usually, the two practices are separated by a long break, during which the Maple Valley Touchdown Boosters provide meals.

What to Bring

All players are required to have their team-issued equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, leg pads, practice jersey and pants, shorts), as well as shoes or cleats for practice. Players will probably also want to have a change of clothes for between practices, dry shirts and socks for the second practice, and water bottle(s). Players often also bring a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress to nap on between practices, snacks. Some even bring TV's and video game systems to entertain themselves (and their teammates) between practices.

Jamboree

At the end of Fall Camp, the Bears host several teams in an annual Spring Jamboree. In the past, the Jamboree has featured passing tournaments, pass-rush drills, and limited full-contact scrimmages against each opponent. 

During the Season

General information

Tahoma High School competes as a member of the North Puget Sound League's (NPSL) Cascade Division, which is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's (WIAA) West Central District #3.  Follow the team on Twitter, @tahomafootball, and Tahoma Football on Facebook.

Have Another Question?

Ask your question in the comments section below, and we'll do our best to answer it. 

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