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Southern high school football teams ready to gear up for the season
Football Starts Early
In some areas of the United States, high school football is as popular as the NFL is throughout most of the country. While most young football players are still amid their strength and conditioning training for the season, there are a number of high school football programs that are already doing everything they can to prepare for the fall.
In Tennesse, the season kicks off in about a month and teams can already officially start practicing together in shorts and T-shirts, per Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) regulations. According to The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, high school teams in the Volunteer State can start practicing in shoulder pads on July 30, but in the meantime, they are limited to two-hand touch and flag football.
One local coach, Thomas McDaniel, told the news source that these few weeks of no-pad practices are crucial because there are only three weeks during which teams are allowed to practice in full gear before the season.
"When we go in football pads we want to have everything installed," Ron Aydelott, another coach in the area, told the media outlet. "This is where you start building repetitions. This when we can go back and see who retained what from spring and clean things up."
One way that a lot of Texas teams will prep for their season is by playing 7 on 7 football games. While these matches are a great way to size up their opponents and tweak their offensive and defensive playbooks, they are taken a bit more seriously down in Texas.
Not only are teams scouting each other during these scrimmages down in the Lone Star State, ESPN and Yahoo! Sports are as well, according to YourHoustonNews.com. It may seem crazy that high school football seasons would be previewed this prematurely, but for some people, the sport means everything.