High school teams lay foundation for fall sports season
Jamie Shell / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Although the first day of school is more than a week away, Avery High School fall sports have opened fall practice to get ready for the 2013 prep fall sports season.
Avery football, soccer, cross country, tennis and volleyball teams were permitted by NCHSAA regulations to hold first official practices on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Student-athletes have been busy with camps and conditioning workouts prior to that date, however.
“During the summer, players came out for what was a time of community soccer three days a week,” AHS head soccer coach Bruce Daniels explained. “We played Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons. Any of the players wanting to take part had the opportunity to do so. We had some college players come out to play, so anyone who wanted to show up could do so. We basically gave players who wanted to play the opportunity to work out three days each week.”
Even with summer workouts, coaches can find it difficult to gauge the prospects of their respective team with only a handful of practices under their respective belts. Various issues, from difficulty encouraging players to attend practices before school starts to getting players motivated to improve conditioning to not being able to make contact with players, as is football’s case, before a seventh practice takes place, can limit a team’s productivity and progress in the early going.
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