Fall sports flag flies soon; how did you stay in shape?
Published: August 6, 2010
Coaches putting depth charts on whiteboards, diagramming basic option plays and 4-3 defenses. Managers dragging blocking sleds and tackling dummies, cones and water jugs on carts to the practice field. Players gazing out the window as the alarm clock jangles at 4:30 a.m., looking at the half-light of early dawn and going, "Welp, here we go again."
Can you say ... two-a-days?
Yep, we're just a couple of days from the start of official Pacific high school football practice. Be they Eagle of Edgren or Panther of Guam High, they'll be back on Monday, with sultry, sweltering conditions greeting football players as they do their conditioning sprints and go through the routine of readying for the 2010 campaign.
That will be followed -- if they're not already working out -- by the thwock! of tennis balls, cross-country runners lacing up their spikes and volleyball players slamming those spikes inside that 10-foot line.
And the classrooms that have been silent since mid-June will buzz again with activity, counting down the minutes until the dismissal bell sounds. Time for another practice.
Football season begins earlier this year than ever, with Korea, Japan and Guam kicking off on Aug. 27; Zama American begins its Division II title defense at home to Nile C. Kinnick. Okinawa follows with home games at Kubasaki on Sept. 3 and Kadena opening defense of its Division I title on Sept. 4.
I tried this two years ago. Let's call this a three-weeks-before-school-starts roll call.
Who are you? For which school and team do you play? Where did you spend summer? What did you do to stay in shape? Did your coach have a conditioning plan, did you follow one of your own, or combination of both? Did you go to a summer camp? Where and when, and what did you take away from it that can better your game?
Welcome back, y'all!