My name is Mason Shelton, and I am a junior football player for Trigg County High School. Unfortunately, I had a major knee injury this spring that will prevent me from being able to play this fall. However, I still want to be involved with the team, so I am going to write this column throughout the season called “From the Sidelines.” My goal is to allow Trigg County fans to see what goes on behind the scenes of our football program and other sports. Through this different perspective, you will be able to see what will make us successful that will not show up in the score box.
While many high school students are enjoying their summer break at the pool, in the air conditioning or sleeping in, your Trigg County student athletes are putting in time this summer to enhance their performance for the season. Not only are players conditioning, they are learning the plays, sharpening their technique and going to various skill camps. For example, senior lineman Cody Huntsman has attended camps at Western Kentucky University, McCracken County Satellite Camp, as well as Lindsey Wilson College. These camps allow college coaches to evaluate an athlete’s skill level, teach techniques that are specific to their position and gives a preview of what football is like at a college level.
Although many people consider football a fall sport, it starts much earlier than that. In fact, beginning in December, players had the opportunity to get stronger and faster by participating in weightlifting and agility drills. Just before spring break, your Trigg County Wildcats had an official two-week team spring practice. During these two weeks, we focused on learning plays, formations and improving skills needed at various positions.
Once school was dismissed, summer workouts began June 2 and lasted up until the June 25 KHSAA “Dead Period.” This statewide mandatory layoff allows student athletes to have a two-week window to rest or perhaps go on a family vacation. Schools are not allowed to hold practices or any sporting events during this time frame. However, on July 10 when the Dead Period ends and official practice begins, it’s time to go to work!
Summer workouts are tough to say the least. Coaches and trainers are constantly monitoring the heat index to make sure it does not exceed unsafe levels. Luckily for us, the coaches and managers keep us well hydrated throughout the different phases of practice time.
Although Kenny Chesney refers to us as the “Boys of Fall” in his popular country song, it’s the hard work that we do during the winter, spring, and summer that allow us to see those results on the field in the fall.
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