Dear Parents,

Year one is in the books, and we are now moving on to year two for the summer strength and conditioning program. The summer marks the beginning of setting the groundwork for our athletes to be in optimal shape to perform at a high level during their respective sports seasons. I cannot begin to tell you how much our athletes have improved since implementing this year-round strength and conditioning program approach. As athletic director, I firmly believe that every athlete at CHS deserves to be in an excellent strength and conditioning program. Working together with our administration and coaching staff, I have created a unique way to ensure that all athletes will be provided the opportunity to have training at school year-round.

No longer should athletes need to seek outside specialists to provide strength and conditioning activity.

As we build upon last year’s successes with this program, I, along with CHS staff members, will be coordinating this in-house strength and conditioning program. As many of you know, I am a certified strength and conditioning coach who has extensive experience working with individual athletes and teams in every sport that CHS offers.

  • I am Basic Life Support CPR and AED certified.
  • I hold certifications from United States of America Weightlifting (Level 1, 2, and Athlete Development Model).
  • I also have a certification from Crossover Symmetry, which is a program designed to mitigate shoulder problems for overhead athletes.

To implement a structure and to enhance the expertise of our coaching staff, we will be utilizing sports specific workouts created by Ochsner Performance Training. All Ochsner coaches are certified strength and conditioning coaches with valuable experience working with athletes from every sport at every level from middle school to professionals. More notable teams that they work extensively with are the University of New Orleans athletic teams as well as Xavier, Dillard, and Loyola. The experts with Ochsner will be creating detailed individualized workout programs throughout the year that take into consideration the physical demands for each sport.  I highly recommend following them on their social media accounts to witness their workouts firsthand. 

  • IG: @ochsnerperformancesouthshore
  • Twitter: @OPTsouth
  • Facebook: Ochsner Performance Training-Southshore 
  • YouTube: Ochsner Performance Training
  • Website: https://performance.ochsner.org

The start date for our summer program is June 7th, and the end date is July 30th for all athletes. The summer schedule, which has been reviewed and approved by all CHS coaches, will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Football players will report on Wednesdays for football related workouts.  Times will vary.

  • 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
    • Volleyball 
    • 9th Grade Football Players
  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    • 10th – 12th Football Players
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    • Cheer
    • Dance Team
    • Non-Volleyball Female Athletes
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Non-Football Male Athletes
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • 4th and 5th Grade **
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • 6th and 7th Grade **
  • 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
    • 8th Grade **

**Both athlete and non-athlete students are encouraged to attend.

*If you are a multi-sport athlete, then your summer workout will be geared toward the sport you play first for the school year. 

The total cost for an athlete to participate in this in-house program is a bargain! All athletes are exposed to a collegiate-level strength and condition program with programming, instruction, and supervision by certified strength and conditioning coaches. Fees range from $130 – $185 per athlete. Variation is due to the length of the camp time and the sport played. Fees, which will be detailed on https://geauxbigred.com, include a supervising coach, Ochsner workouts, and the access to Ochsner coaches for our respective head coaches throughout the year. Discounts will be given to parents who have multiple children participating in the summer workouts for both high school and middle/elementary school.

All CHS high school athletes are mandated to participate in the summer workout program held on the CHS campus. We want to promote unity as an athletic department. All teams will benefit from their athletes sharing the same experience, especially in the strength and conditioning field.We will continue to have ALL high school athletes  participate in athletic PE. This opportunity is contingent upon the athlete’s participation in the summer workout program. Important habits and proper form are taught over the summer, and it is necessary to have this foundation to be a part of athletic PE from a safety standpoint. If an athlete is unable to participate due to financial reasons, please direct those conversations to me (swattigny@chspanthers.com). 

I hope that you are excited about the continuation of this program because the benefits I have witnessed over the last year from every athlete have been remarkable.  I have spoken to every Head Coach at CHS and informed them of details of this in-house program. They are exceptionally excited and support what we are trying to accomplish and are delighted to continue and improve upon what we began last year.  I look forward to working with each of our athletes throughout the year to enhance their athletic performance for the respective sport.  My goal remains the same as Athletic Director, which is to ensure that all athletes are developing socially, academically, spiritually, and athletically.  I believe this in-house program will positively affect our athletes, both socially and athletically.

 

GBR

Coach Watt (Scott Wattigny)
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Catholic High of New Iberia

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