With high school sports practices still nearly three weeks away, some Moffat County High School athletes are doing what they can to stay prepared for fall sports to begin in earnest.
Throughout the summer, around a dozen athletes have been gathering at the Bulldog Proving Grounds on Wednesday evenings to push through a short but intense conditioning workout. Head football coach Kip Hafey, who is leading the workout, wanted to offer something that would help any athlete, in any sport, to prepare for their season.
“It started this year, this is the first year we’ve done it,” Hafey said. “It’s for guys and girls, for any sport and for freshman up to seniors. We want to help every athlete in every sport increase their speed, agility and coordination.”
The workout helps athletes with their agility, balance and conditioning. It has typically lasted from 35-45 minutes, but requires a constant effort throughout that time.
“You get here, and you’re going the entire time,” Hafey said.
Athletes who will be in a variety of boys and girls sports in the 2013-14 school year attended the workout Wednesday, going through speed and agility drills, followed by an intense, 10-minute conditioning workout. They were there to be ready to go right as fall sports seasons begin.
“You’ve got to stay committed through the summer,” said Shandon Hadley, an incoming sophomore. “A lot of people think you can come back after a summer off and be the same as you were before. It’s never like that.”
For Hadley and fellow incoming sophomore Brett Loyd, the workouts provide the opportunity to impress coaches for football, but are tailored toward helping them get ready for their winter and spring sports as well.
“It’s not just going to be good for football,” Loyd said. “It’s good for wrestling, and it will be good for baseball, too.”
Hadley echoed those comments.
“You’re not here only for football, you’re here for yourself,” he said.
Hafey has been pleased with the core group of athletes that have made the most of the workout sessions this summer, and hopes through word of mouth it will grow in summers to come.
“My vision is to eventually have 50 to 100 kids out here getting after it for 45 minutes every Wednesday,” he said. “We want it to become a thing where that’s just what you do on Wednesday evenings.”
The workout’s primary purpose is to provide a boost to the athletes during the offseason, but Hafey sees another benefit coming from the cross-sport nature of its participants this summer.
“What’s great is then we understand how hard every athlete works,” he said. “Every sport is different but the work still goes into it. So now the football players have seen how hard volleyball girls, or boys soccer players are working. They can appreciate the time those athletes are putting in.”
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