Practice not just picking up for football
by Emily Horos
August 01, 2014 12:33 AM | 2234 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Football players around the county will be strapping on pads for the first time today, the earliest teams are allowed to do so under Georgia High School Association rules.

But it won’t just be football players taking the field.

Cross country, softball and volleyball teams are also permitted to begin holding regular practices today.

Football teams were allowed to begin conditioning practice July 25 and can don pads today, provided players have attended at least five days of conditioning workouts.

For some athletes, it won’t be much of a change, as they’ve been conditioning or practicing in some form or another throughout the summer, but what it does signify is the nearing of competition.

Volleyball teams are allowed to hold matches as early as Monday, the first day of school in Cherokee County. Meanwhile, softball must only wait until Aug. 8 for games, and cross country meets may be held as early as Aug. 11. Football must wait the longest before its first games take place.

While Week 1 is set for Aug. 29, teams can request to play a week early, in the so-called “Week 0.” Each of the county’s six football teams chose to play their first games Aug. 22.

The Creekview and Sequoyah volleyball teams will be among those practicing or holding tryouts today, while others such as Etowah will wait until school begins next week.

Volleyball tryouts will be held at Etowah on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school, while ImPACT testing — which creates a baseline that could later be determined if a player has suffered a concussion — will be held Friday. Etowah will play its first matches Aug. 15 in the Sequoyah Classic, as will the host Lady Chiefs.

As for softball, Creekview’s Chance Cain will be among those evaluating players today. Tryouts begin for the Lady Grizzlies today and will continue through Monday. The team will play its first games Aug. 9 when it faces Alpharetta and Norcross at Norcross.

The Woodstock softball team will also be holding tryouts beginning today, continuing through Tuesday.

Many cross country programs held informal workouts during the summer, but with school registration complete and classes beginning, coaches could choose to accept new students to the teams.
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