The first day of school is three weeks away, but football and volleyball workouts begin Monday.
At Fort Worth Arlington Heights, football conditioning starts at 7:30 a.m., with 100-yard sprints — 16 of them.
“It’s the first thing we do,” Yellow Jackets coach Phil Young said. “We want to see who’s in shape and who’s out of shape.
“I think everybody’s excited to get the grind of off-season and summer 7-on-7 done, and get in a football mindset and get coached again.”
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Young begins his second season at Heights. The coaching staff is expecting 150 players in the program this year, about 20 more than a year ago.
“Our assistant coaches, all quality men, have worked hard on developing relationships,” Young said. “It’s all about trust and respect for each other. Show that, and kids will come out of the bushes to play for you.”
While the Yellow Jackets got back in the playoffs last year — after missing in 2012 — a .500 record and first-round playoff loss leaves room for improvement.
“This year it’s trying to pick up where we left off, with a little more focus and higher goals,” Young said.
Yes, it’s just the first day, but Fort Worth South Hills coach J.J. Resendez had little patience for bad ball exchanges between quarterback and running back.
“Both of you give me 10!” Resendez said to the pair. “We do not fumble on the mesh drill.”
Puffing and puffing
Fort Worth South Hills quarterback Tracin Wallace both showed great arm strength Monday, but footwork showed some rust.
“He’s been dropping back all summer. Three-step drops, quick-step drops, screen drops,” coach J.J. Resendez said at Tuesday evenings practice. “The receivers have been running all summer playing 7 on 7, and he’s been thowing it so there’s not much conditioning. His arm looks great. I’m real pleased with his strength. We’ll get his body in shape and work on his level of conditioning.”
Monday: First day of UIL football practice for teams that did not have spring drills; first day of practice for all volleyball teams.
Friday: First day of football contact drills; first day for volleyball scrimmage games.
Aug. 11: First day of football practice for teams that had spring drills; first day of volleyball regular season.
Aug. 15: First day of football contact drills for teams that had spring drills; first football scrimmage games for teams that started Aug. 4.
Aug. 22: First football scrimmage games for teams that started Aug. 11.
Aug. 28-30: Football regular season begins.