SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Summer drills now the norm

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

Now, everybody is lifting, running and practicing all summer long. Yes, young athletes in Okaloosa County will still find time to make it to the beach or hit one of the local rivers for a leisurely day of tubing or canoeing. And kids in other parts of the state and country will find the nearest body of water to cool off and relax with their friends.

Football and the other sports are still games at the high school level. But they are a little more like businesses than they were in days gone by.

I'm glad our local coaches understand that kids need a break from the game and time to simply enjoy being young on a nice summer day.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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