SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Summer drills now the norm

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 07:13 PM.

The 2012-13 school year ends tomorrow and the summer of 2013 is officially upon us. Students return to class Aug. 19 for the start of the 2013-14 school year.

That gives students just more than 10 weeks to soak up some sun, hit the beach, earn a few dollars and, for athletes, prepare for next year.

It seems as if sports have become a year-round thing even for high school students these days. Maybe saying year-round is a stretch, but it's not far off the mark at the big schools and even some of the small schools.

Most local baseball teams have a summer program that will go through June. Basketball teams will head to camps and play in local summer leagues, as will volleyball teams.

Baker School football starts its off-season program next week. The Crestview High School football team hits the field for the first time in the summer on June 17. The teams will pretty much go until the end of the summer, with a week or 10 days off for the Fourth of July.

Football teams that don't work out in June and July will likely find themselves behind the pack in September and October.

The summer is always important for new coaches like Crestview High School's Tim Hatten. There's only a certain amount of the offensive and defensive packages a team can learn in three weeks of spring drills.

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