The teams hit the field for real today and some teams will tell you that they have been hitting the field for real all summer, but today is the first official day, of high school football practice in North Carolina…..
The teams can not put the pads on until next week, so this will be be a full week of conditioning and drills and going over plays with both your Varsity and JV teams…..
Back in my day we had a nice little session during conditioning week called the “County Fair”….You go through one station after another of drills and there is no stopping in between….I heard the National Associtaton of High Schools later outlawed this type of training, but what the heck, you live and learn….
I saw a lot of boys go home after the first day of practice and they never came back and usually after the first week of drills, you pretty much know who is going to be there for the duration….
It is much easier to write about this stuff than to do it and I don’t envy the kids that are out there today…..They will get a break from the heat, with highs today set to be in the 70’s like they were back on Sunday…
First day of practice football memories, will live on for a lifetime and I still remember that first week of practice, back in the 9th grade and getting up the next day after Day One, so sore you could hardly move and hitting the bathtub, sitting there in the hot water, in an attempt to soak the soreness out….That soreness would usually persist for about three days….That was some rough stuff and probably would not have quite so bad, if I would have taken it a little bit easier, in the beginning….
You have to love running those end of practice sprints with 20’s, 40’s, 50’s and those good ole’ 100’s…..I always like the 100’s, since I could save up a little extra kick on those loner runs and beat the seniors and make them look bad and make them want to kill me, as the end result….But that’s OK, it’s always good to make new friends the first week on the job….
What time will everyone be going today?????? Your guess is as good as mine, but if I had to take a stab, I would say the following will go at it in the morning based on previous years and today it’s all about the workout and being in shape if you did your summer training….
Morning…..Page, Southeast Guilford, Smith, Northeast Guilford, Eastern Guilford, Northern Guilford….
Afternoon….Northwest Guilford, Ragsdale, Western Guilford, Grimsley, Dudley, High Point Central….
This all based on assumption and if you know for real what time the teams are going, send the news our way….I probably know more about these type of practices than anyone alive, other than the coaches and I never intend to take anything away from them and their efforts, but I have been there and seen it all many times, over the years….
Next week will be even more fun when they put on the pads and you might get a chance to do few Oklahoma drills, which are always fun, as you lay on your back on the ground looking blindly in the opposite direction, you wait for the whistle and then get up, take on the blocker and try and find and tackle the back before he gets through the hole….Your best bet, as a coach once told me, is to tackle anything that moves when you hear the whistle, so a couple of times, I tackled the coach too and he didn’t seem to appreciate that gesture very much…..
Football practice is here and if you know of any times for today, send them our way and good luck to all teams and the kids that are out there today, you’re gonna need it…..
Remember this is High Football Practice Central at Greensborosports.com……We know more about this stuff than anybody else in the state other than the coaches and that is what makes this time of year so much fun….I am ready for that Oklahoma Drill right now, any challengers???????