SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Summer drills now the norm

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

Hatten will take a sensible approach to the summer drills. He said the team will work out about two and a half hours each morning. He also hopes to participate in some sort of seven-on-seven games one evening each week.

That should leave plenty of time for players to enjoy the summer while getting in the necessary work to prepare for the upcoming season.

Baker coach Matt Brunson also takes a common sense approach to the summer. He works the Gators two or three hours each day three times a week.

I still sometimes wonder what happened to the good old summer time when high school athletes had a few weeks to just be kids and kick back and relax before fall practice starts in August.

That said, I know that without some sort of structured summer program, many kids wouldn't do the work that will make them better in the fall.

Although we didn't have mandatory lifting when I was in high school, I still made it a point to be at the school at least three times a week to get my work in the summer between junior and senior years. Lifting weights was about all we could do, as there were no team drills organized by the coaches.

It didn't help me much on the football field that fall, but I had a chance to bond with the few teammates who were also working out. And I did get stronger.

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