Columbine Football Parent & Player Football Letter


Football Philosophy

As coaches we believe that Middle School Football provides the opportunity for players to develop strong fundamental football skills along with increasing their knowledge about the sport.  Participation is one of our main areas of focus. We will implement a platoon system that will allow us to play as many players as possible during a game. Positions and playing time will be determined by the coaching staff and will be as equitable as possible.

We will promote a team atmosphere in all aspects of our program.  All players will be expected to respect and encourage teammates not only during football activities but at school as well.  Players will also show respect and cooperation to all coaches, teachers, and administrators as well as represent Columbine Middle School with the highest integrity.

Our offensive and defensive strategies will be similar to those currently in place at Montrose High School.  Similar formations, play calling, and terminology will be used in our offenses and defenses. We will make slight modifications based on middle school rules and personnel.  Winning is important and we will do our best to be competitive and win as many games as possible, however we will not have a “win at all cost” mentality.  As middle school football coaches we believe that it is our goal to “TEACH FIRST and WIN SECOND”.

Athletic Packets

  • Athletic packets may be picked up at the office and include (Physical Form, Proof of Insurance, and Training Code).

  • The physical form must be completed and delivered to the front office before a player can participate.

  • All athletic packets must be filled out and fees paid before a player is allowed to participate in a game.

  • Athletic packets and fees may be turned into the front office or to coaches.

Academic Expectations – We expect players to work as hard in the classroom as they do on the football field.  

  • Eligibility – Teachers will post grades by noon on Monday.  Coaches will receive an eligibility list every Monday.  Students failing one or more classes will be ineligible to participate in games that week Monday through Saturday.  Citizenship will also be considered when determining eligibility. Players who are listed on the ineligible list for a total of three weeks will not be allowed to play or practice for the remainder of the season.  

  • Wednesday Study Hall – A player who has a “D” or an “F” on the eligibility report will be required to attend study hall after early release on Wednesday’s.  Players will report to a designated classroom no later than 2:45 and remain there until the beginning of practice. Players are encouraged to bring all school work and personal belongings to study hall, they will not be allowed to return to their lockers or leave the campus without parent permission.  Players are allowed to bring a light snack to study hall to have before practice.    

  • Wednesday Early Release – Players not attending required study hall on Wednesday’s have the option to leave campus at the end of school and return no earlier than 3:50 for practice.  Players not able to leave campus should report to study hall until the beginning of practice. Players will not be allowed to stay on campus or roam the halls before practice. 

Concussion Test

  •  Every 7th grade player and 8th grade players who did not play last year will be given a computer based impact test on Thursday August 22nd or Friday August 23rd at 3:45. If a player were to suffer a head injury or concussion during the season, the test will be given to the player’s family physician for evaluation.

    • It is the policy of Columbine Middle School that players suffering head injuries or concussions may not participate in practice or games until there is a written release from a physician.  


  • Players will be issued the following equipment for football; Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Pants, Game Jersey, and Practice Jersey.  Players are required to return all equipment checked into them at the end of the season. 

  • Players will need to purchase a mouth-guard (it must include attachment for facemask)

    • Mouth-guards can be purchased from Mr. Skiff for $2.00 ea.

  • Players must also have an extra T-shirt to wear under their pads.

    • It is mandatory that they do not wear their PE clothing 

Personal Belongings 

  • Players will be encouraged to store all personal belongings either in the football locker room or their PE lockers during practice.  Items such as cell phones, iPads, or iPods players should be locked up or given to coaches to be placed in coach’s office.

  • Players not taking PE during football season can see Mr. Skiff about being issued a PE locker for the season.

  • Players should not leave their belongings outside the locker room unlocked.  We have had problems with theft in the past.  


  • Players will be dressed out and on the field ready to practice no later than 3:50 p.m. every day.  

  • Practice will end no later than 5:45.  We would request that parents are there to pick up players no later than 6:00. 

  • We will have practice every day Monday through Friday except for game days.  Practices may be cancelled due to holidays or other scheduling conflicts. Coaches will inform players about practice changes in advance.   Also check the “Football” page under “Athletics” on the Columbine Website for announcements.

  • Ineligible, injured, or players forgetting to bring all of their equipment are still required to come to practice and study halls.  A failure to show up will be considered an unexcused absence unless parent permission has been given.


  • Players will be required to attend and participate in all practices and study halls.

  • Players will be given a warning for their 1st unexcused absence.

  • A player receiving a 2nd unexcused absence will be required to set up a meeting with their parents and coaches.  This meeting will be used to discuss a plan to improve attendance and possible consequences.  A player will not play until coaches meet with parents.

  • Players must have written parent permission or a written doctor’s note to be excused from practice.

Game Day

  • 7th grade games will start at 4:00.  8th grade games will start immediately following 7th grade game (Approx. 5:00)

  • Parents we will also need volunteers to help run the chains for both games during our home contests

  • 7th grade players will be excused early on game days to dress out and be on the field by 3:35.

  • Players will be asked to wear nice dress clothes to school on game days (Friday for Saturday games)

  • Ineligible, injured, suspended, or players not having their equipment may stand on the sideline during home games in their game jerseys.  They will not be allowed to travel with team for away games.

  • Away Games

    • Players will dress out in pants and a T-shirt before leaving Columbine.  Helmets and shoulder pads will be carried on the bus and put on at the site of the game.  Players not having their equipment at the site of the game will not play.

    • We recommend that players bring a small snack with water or a sports drink to have prior to the game.  NO SODAS!!!!

    • Parents wanting to take players with them following an away game must sign them out with a coach prior to leaving.  Parents are only allowed to sign out their own child unless other arrangements have been made with Mr. Gaber prior to leaving CMS.

Coaches Contact Information

As coaches we have an open door policy and feel that communication is a big part of the success of our program.  We understand that throughout the season players and parents may have questions or concerns about things that are going on.  We encourage players and parents to use the CMS Grievance Policy to get clarification or help to resolve these concerns. An explanation of the CMS Grievance Policy can be found by clicking on the “Athletics” tab on the left hand side of the page.  As you can see by our schedule the season is only about six weeks long and as coaches our practice time and game time is very valuable to us. It is our goal to devote our entire attention to the players on the field during practice and games and we hope that parents will respect this and voice any questions or concerns they may have at the appropriate time and manner.  We would like as many parents, students, and other spectators to come and watch our games both home and away. It is important that our players get the encouragement and positive feedback that they deserve for all of their hard work. We look forward to a great season and hope to see everyone out on the field.  

For more information about Columbine Football please see our webpage at , go to Columbine Middle School and go to the athletics pull down menu.  Final step is to click on the Columbine Football Page

                Jason Killen, 8th grade Head Coach 249-2581

Steve Skiff, 8th grade Assistant Coach 249-2581

James Burwell, 7th grade Head Coach 249-2581

Neil Samples, 7th grade Assistant Coach 249-2581

Steve Gaber, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director 249-2581