Athletes take advantage of their two weeks off
We are in the middle of a two-week dead period for Arkansas high schools, a time in which the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) mandates that there are to be no organized practices or team camps. While coaches are looking to get better every day, they also know this is an important time of the year.
"We have been working hard to get better this summer," Eureka Springs boys basketball coach Brian Rambo said. "I have seen that progress, but it's also important to take some time away from the court and do something with the family. Just take a little break and come back refreshed and rejuvenated."
Green Forest football coach Bobby Bishop took a completely different approach, which started when school let out.
"May and June, we have taken it pretty easy," Bishop said. "I like for our kids to do some other things. Just get away from football for a bit. We will have the weight room open and when we get back from the dead period in July, we will start with mini-camps and other practices."
Bishop hopes the month off will be good for his team.
"I think it will bring our kids back a little bit fresher," Bishop said. "It gives them a desire to play and they aren't burnt out on it."
The Berryville baseball team has been busy playing summer ball and despite the two-week break, coach David Broseus hopes the repetition will help the Bobcats when they return to action.
"It has been a good summer for us," Broseus said. "A lot of our younger guys have been getting some experience and that can only help us for the future."
Rambo adds that while players enjoy getting away from the practices, coaches also enjoy the break.
"It's good for everybody involved," Rambo said. "It gives us as coaches some off time, if only for a few weeks."
Bishop said he looks forward to getting back with the team in July, though.
"When dead period ends, you know you are right around the corner from the season starting," Bishop said. "That's when it's time to get out there, drill the fundamentals and get better."
Broseus hopes his team will be able to do that.
"We have showed tremendous focus so far this summer," Broseus said. "If we can continue that, we will get the result we want."