Tigers adjust to new coach, new normal in summer drills
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Tigers have plenty to work on during summer practice as they adjust to a new head coach and a new offensive philosophy.
Add in a pandemic and the resulting safety measures, and the degree of difficulty only increases. Still, first-year Green Forest coach Greg Tibbitt likes what he has seen from the Tigers so far.
“It’s been good,” Tibbitt said. “Numbers have been pretty good. We’ve been between 20 and 25 on average. We still have some kids that are working and things like that.”
Tibbitt is installing a new Spread-based offense in Green Forest, promising to throw the football more than the Tigers traditionally have.
“Everybody likes to throw the football a little bit,” Tibbitt said. “That’s what you see on TV. Sometimes it’s easier to buy into. They’ve enjoyed it. I think it’s a little more difficult than they expected, but I think they’ve bought in.”
The Tigers have been abiding by state guidelines that don’t allow contact in practice and call for players to maintain a six-foot social distance. Still, Tibbitt said he’s happy with how the team has responded.
“I’ve been real pleased with how things are going,” he said. “It’s limited. It’s kind of hard coming in new and still dealing with all the guidelines and everything, but I think we’ve handled it as well as we could.”
The players have kept a positive attitude despite the challenges, Tibbitt said.
“We laid out the guidelines for them that we’ve been given by the state,” he said. “And we’ve adapted to it. We’ve been lifting and conditioning a little bit and then trying to introduce a new offense, new terminology and things like that.”
Green Forest is scheduled to open the 2020 season on Aug. 28, with a home game against West Fork.