If you find yourself in D100’s right after school near the weight room you may hear the banging of weights and beeping of machines. However, on Tuesdays and Thursdays right after 3 p.m. you might also hear clapping and boys shouting.
It’s the Red Lion football team getting pumped and ready for their workout “I think the bust out before workouts is necessary to keep their motivation high,” said strength and conditioning coach Ron Johnson.
Their offseason workouts on these days include weight training, plyometrics, and speed training from 3-5, and then they transition to the practice field to work on drills for game play as well as individual improvement from 5-6. The boys also get an extra work time on Saturday’s from 9-11. At this moment each day they workout they are dedicating approximately two and a half hours.
Since it’s their off-season they are not allowed to have mandatory practices. In fact they will be able to participate in a “Spring Camp”, as new head coach Jesse Shay called it, at the end of May for two weeks before the beginning of summer. Shay said, “These will be as close to a ‘practice’ as were are allowed to get, without the contact.
Each practice will run approximately two hours in length, for eight total days.”
From the moment they arrive, until the moment they leave, they are focused on doing what they need to do to get better.”
As the school year is reaching a close, and summer practices will shortly begin, it is only a matter of time before the football team will be under the Friday night-lights again. After coming off a season with a 1-9 record, the biggest thing Shay is looking to enforce will be positive attitude.
“I believe these players know they have tremendous potential, and so far, I have seen that they are willing to put their effort into making that potential a reality.”
The boys will continue to gain power and strength before the next season under Shay’s and the other coordinators guidance.
“It is too early for predictions,” Shay said, “but if the team continues to work hard, trust each other and become a ‘family’, I believe this upcoming season will be one that the students of Red Lion will be very proud of.”