Unique to the FYI Purgolders model are Collaborative Practices, once a week 2-3 hour practices combining up to 4 teams from similar age groups in a coed “camp style” structure practice. Collaborative practices:

  • Provide a supportive environment for youth to develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills in addition to athletic skills
  • Highlight a central theme such as: self-efficacy, leadership, mental toughness, decision-making
  • Feature occasional guest speakers from East High or Madison College coaches, players, or sports professionals/ex-athletes
  • Provide a collaborative opportunity for FYI Purgolders coaches to learn and share coaching methods
  • Bring multiple teams together to build a sense of community and East-side pride