Football Program History & Philosophy
The Jr. Hilltoppers' Football Program was conceived in the shadow of Marquette University High School's Football Program. Marquette University High School has won more football games than any other Division 1 football program in Wisconsin history. Winning for the Jr. Hilltoppers encompasses more than merely scoring more points than our opponents. It involves having a well-rounded education and exposure to the many facets of behaving like a winner both on and off the field. Modeled in the Jesuit tradition, our program incorporates many Ignation principles such as: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (for the greater glory of God), Cura Personalis (care of the whole person), Magis (more), and "Men for Others."
The Jr. Hilltoppers' Football Program further fulfills its mission by providing a respectful, challenging, and caring environment for a diverse community of athletes. Educating the whole person-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, moral, and physical-by deepening the participants' awareness of the dignity and needs of all people, forming young men for others who will act like Christ, who came "not to be served but to serve" (Mark 10:45).
Grade 5th-6th and grades 7th-8th are considered separate groups and have slightly varying philosophies as follows:
The 5th and 6th grades will be of a modest competitive nature, traveling to other local cities to play in games that will have paid referees and abide by regular football rules. Participants come into the program with different levels of experience. Regardless of this, the emphasis will be on learning the basics needed for the game of football. The focus is for the participants to develop their skills through practices and game experiences. While minutes may not be exact, every effort will be made to play each member of the team equally with the goal of developing skills in a Christian-centered athletic environment.
In the 7th and 8th grades, while there is still a strong emphasis on skills and good sportsmanship, playing time and positions are determined on ability level and weight restrictions as put forth by the league. The goal of each game is to field the most competitive team possible which may not equate into equal playing time for all team members but every effort will be given to afford all participants an opportunity to play a minimum equivalent of one quarter per game. Every effort will be made to exceed this minimum requirement. This program prepares the participants for high school football and the realities of competitive athletics. The importance at this level is for the participants to develop their God-given talents through practices and game experiences. God has given each of us special gifts and talents and it is our desire to aid in developing those gifts.
The program will incorporate the very best of Marquette University High School’s Football Program’s philosophies, policies, and procedures and make them age-appropriate for the various grade levels. One such tenet is that the coaching staff will not prejudge any player from the prior year. The program realizes that abilities and skills among participants develop at different rates and times.