Stephenville coaches to direct summer conditioning internally

Workouts for all athletes begin Monday, June 12.

Summer conditioning for Stephenville athletes will be directed by Yellow Jacket and Honeybee coaches rather than staff from Performance Course. || file photo


STEPHENVILLE (May 24, 2017) – Stephenville is going internal with its summer conditioning workouts, which are still for all student-athletes, male and female, junior high and high school.

SISD athletics opted out of having Performance Course oversee its summer conditioning program, which includes four workouts each week for six weeks beginning June 12, with a week off around July 4.

“The biggest advantage of doing it this way instead of having PC come is that our kids are coached by us,” said Stephenville football head coach Greg Winder. “It’s not just about good form in lifting and conditioning, but bonding with coaches, and not just your position coach but every coach. We’ve decided our kids will be coached by us and not some strangers.”

The six week, 24 workout plan is in accordance with UIL regulations, begins at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Upperclass boys will go from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with high school girls, junior high girls and junior high boys starting separately at 9 a.m.

“So far a lot have signed up for it so it’s good,” said Winder. “As far as football goes, we’re looking to be right at 100 percent, and the numbers are good across all sports, really. Our coaches know and have expressed to the kids, who should know, that the summer is a very important time to be sure your body is prepared physically of the next year of sports. You can gain a lot in offseason in the spring and lose everything you gained by taking off all summer.”

But the schedule also allows time for other summer plans. At two hours each day, no student-athlete will be involved more than eight hours per week – 48 hours total – with summer conditioning.

The off week surrounding July 4 falls square in the middle of the conditioning schedule with three weeks on, one off and three more on, ending Thursday, July 27.

Each week, Winder says, will end with yoga.

“On Thursdays we’re going to go in and lift weights at 8 a.m. and then at 9 a.m. we are going to do yoga,” Winder said. “I think it will be something neat and different. We’ll see how it goes the first time, but we just told the kids (Tuesday) and I really think they’re going to like it.”

Stephenville athletic director Mike Copeland said allowed Winder to decide how to proceed with the summer conditioning program and that he agrees with and supports his decision 100 percent.

Preseason practices begin on Tuesday, August 1 for high school volleyball and on Monday, August 7 for high school football. Junior high practices will begin at the start of the 2017-18 school year.


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