Summer winding down for Bulldogs

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

"It's still humid and it's still hot, but they have played their way into shape," he said. "Their bodies get accustomed to playing 12 minute quarters (three or four weeks into the season). You are out there all time and resting some for 30 seconds (between plays) and their bodies become acclimated to that." 

By the same token, once practice starts, the Bulldogs probably won't be doing two-a-days.

"I'd rather beat my hand with a hammer than I would go through two-a-days," Hatten said. "Would you prefer eight weeks to work in the summer or six days of two-a-days? You're trying to accomplish the same goal (during summer workouts as in two-a-days).

"We've had all summer to work with them. I don't think busting them four days with two-a-days is going to be the answer to the question."

Two-a-days used to be the time for installing schemes and player conditioning -- the things the Bulldogs have been working on throughout the summer.

"In the old days you left school at the end of May and you came back in August and nobody saw you in June or July," Hatten said. There were no team workouts, no conditioning, no seven-on-seven. Now you've got basically eight weeks to work kids and do the same thing you did during the two-a-days."

The first week the Bulldogs will practice in the morning and then they'll move to afternoon practices when teacher work days start Aug. 12.

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