Athletes staying busy this summer
The days of athletes being able to rest during the summer are behind us.
High school athletic programs are now staying active during the summer to avoid falling behind, or, in many cases, just to keeping up with the Joneses.
Jacksboro’s athletic department has had voluntary workouts for its athletes for the last few years. As with everything, it has grown in time. On a recent weekday morning more than 100 athletes in grades 7-12 were at Tiger Stadium and other facilities at the high school simply trying to get better.
Jacksboro Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Casey Hubble told school board members at a meeting last week changes from the UIL allowing sport specific workouts with athletes has changed the game completely.
“We’re working on becoming stronger and more explosive this year,” Hubble explained. “Our general drills are working on speed and changing direction quickly.”
In a recent workout, girls were working on running and conditioning drills early before heading into weight rooms while the boys were focusing on football drills.
Workouts will continue Monday-Thursday mornings. Boys begin at 7 a.m. with the girls starting at 8 a.m.
“We’re hoping to create an environment and a culture here in Jacksboro,” Hubble noted. “Peer pressure doesn’t always have to be negative.”
Preseason strength and conditioning are done in Bryson and Perrin as well with numbers being pretty good in both places. Bryson Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Slade Egan said his squad took part in team camp last week and the improvement from earlier in the week was visible.
Perrin’s general workout schedule runs Tuesday-Thursday with girls from 9-11 a.m. and boys running 10:30 a.m.-noon.