As the calendar moves from April into May, many of the high school sports we have enjoyed around our area this school year are winding down, as the days click by till the time of graduation. May is also the month where many of the areas high schools will conduct spring football practice. These ten days are the true start of preparations for the upcoming football season.
A team can accomplish a good bit in those 10 days. Whether it’s the first opportunity for a new coach and staff to work with players, or a veteran coach and staff to improve and develop talent, these 10 days are a chance to spend time with the fundamentals and the skills required to be successful in the fall.
According to Rance Gillespie, entering his third season at Hart County, “Spring is the start of our summer program. May 6th is the start of our season.” He added that, “we want to get a jump on the upcoming season.”
When asked about how this spring practice at Hart County is different, Gillespie said,”we’re fortunate to have a large group of young people returning this year. This year we probably do more from a scheme standpoint, and have an opportunity to practice it more during the summer.”
Down in Elberton, Brad Waggoner takes over at Elbert County for Sid Fritz who retired at the end of this past season. Asked about his thoughts going into his first spring practice, Coach Waggoner shared, “Anytime you go through a staff change, there is a learning curve for both players and coaches alike. Our players have been working hard during winter conditioning, so we are excited to see these young people on the field.”
Waggoner added that our goal since arrival is to install the attitude of “getting better each day, to be champions of the day.” He added,”this spring and summer is important for the teaching of the fundamentals of the game of football and to be able to begin to install our system of offense and defense.” Coach Waggoner said “our goal is to get better everyday.”
Before you know it, Friday Night Lights will be lit and the first snap of the football will launch Fall football. We will have all your scores and reports right here on Hartwell and Beyond! See you in the stands.