Servite Football Traditions



Servite’s well-known tradition: The Hut Drill. Photo from Servite’s website.

Alicia Ventura and Isabel Alderete

Here at Rosary, we love supporting Servite, whether it’s for track and field or football. On October 11th, the Servite Friars battled the Mater Dei Monarchs on the football field. And as a tradition, the Rosary girls gathered to support their brothers. Servite has multiple football traditions, just like this tradition, that make its team special. The Royal Reporter decided to explore some of them.

All of these traditions can be viewed in a link at the end of this article.

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Rosary students posing for a picture at the Mater Dei v Servite Game. Photo by Caroline Linton ’21.

One of the most well-known traditions that Servite has for football season is The Hut Drill. The Hut Drill was started in 1962 and has since gone through only two changes, and to this day, both changes are still in the Hut Drill. According to Servite’s website, the purpose of The Hut Drill is to, “emphasize discipline, precision, teamwork, and character before and after the game, whether the team wins or lose.”

On the other hand, Servite has a lesser-known tradition called The Haka. Every time before a game, the Servite football team gets together and prays. Afterward, the boys do The Haka. The Haka is a war dance that was traditionally done on the battlefield, but Servite does it in private to prepare for their battle on the football field.

The next tradition, the playing of the bagpipes as the Varsity football team enters the field, just like The Hut Drill, is seen by all the observers in the stadium. Interestingly enough, unlike the Hut Drill, the playing of the Bag Pipes is a recent addition to Servite’s many traditions. Football Coach Thomas brought it with him from Crespi Carmelite Highschool in 2005. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Thomas said that a student went into his office and had said, “I want to play bagpipes for you.” The student began to play the bagpipes and, “I got chills,” said Coach Thomas. Thus the tradition of the bagpipes was born and brought onto Servite’s field. From the players’ locker rooms to the field, the players and coaches all hold hands and process onto the field where there, they let go and begin to run and pump up the stadium.

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The 2019 Servite vs. Mater Dei Football Game. Photo by Isabel Alderete ’21.

On Friday, October 11th, Servite prepared for their big rivalry game against Mater Dei by doing each of these and other traditions. Each tradition is meant to encourage school spirit and put each player in a mental state of winning, not only for their school but for themselves and their supporters all in the name of Christ.

Here’s the video of each of these traditions and more.