Boy’s of Summer
Right now the players have just finished the most grueling part of the year. From January to April your body is just completely exhausted all the time. During spring ball you are still working out just as hard as normal, so the last few weeks have been extremely tough. For the next couple weeks players are going to shy away from the weight room and field for a little while trying to focus on finals (so they are eligible) and maybe even get out on a few dates now that they have all this free time.
From now until the start of Fall Camp there are no mandatory workouts. About 70% of the players treat this time as mandatory and hold each other accountable for getting the work done to prepare for the season. What the other 30% don’t realize is that these next few months are the most important of the season. All that hard work they just put in will go for not if they don’t continue to build on it.
Players will lift and run just like they have been doing and about half way through the summer they will start to throw the ball around in their on 7 on 7 drills. In 2006 and 2007 we filmed a lot of these drills with our own cameras so we could sit down together and watch how things were going.
Although it is important to keep to the workout schedule and keep working hard it is equally important this time of year to get out and get away from football a little. You need to have that one hobby or two that you can focus on outside of football to keep your mind off the stress. For me that was hunting, fishing and waterskiing. Everyone has their things.
By: Markell Staffieri