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Dead Period a time for players, coaches to recharge

Gleason Head Coach Noah Lampkins

By Randy Cavin

Press Sports Editor

Players and coaches from all high school sports in the state are enjoying the time away from each other while they can.

High school sports across the state are in the middle of the mandatory two-week stretch called the “Dead Period” by the TSSAA. The Dead Period began June 23 and will end July 6. It will be back to the 50-week cycle of workouts and practice after the final day of the down time.

What can players and coaches do in each sport during this two-week Dead Period? Practically nothing when it comes to each sport. There can be no coaching and no contact between the coaches and their athletes.

There is no practicing allowed, no open facilities, weight training or conditioning at the schools. Players can still weight-train on their own time but not at any of the facilities at the schools.

The coaches and athletes are taking advantage of this two-week down time to go on vacation, relax, hang out with friends, spend some time at a lake, and get some needed work done around the home. The students do not need to get lazy during this time off.

Students still should remain active and keep a daily routine of conditioning so they will be ready for the upcoming grind of preseason practices.

Things will start cranking up after this weekend with girls’ soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country, and most notably – football.

Teams can start preparing for the 7-on-7 tournaments after the Dead Period as they will only be allowed to practice in helmets. UT Martin will host an elite football camp July 20, which will include a 7-on-7 tournament at the Martin Soccer Complex. The local teams in the county will also be playing against other individual schools in 7-on-7 competitions throughout July.

Shoulder pads can be used beginning July 22 and full pads July 29 as teams will start getting ready for scrimmages and the opening of the season on August 23.

The first official practice date for girls’ soccer is July 29. The only school in the county that has soccer is Westview and it is still searching for a new head coach. The players can still work out on their own time after the Dead Period is over.

Cross country and volleyball’s first official practice date is also July 29. Golf has an earlier first official practice date than football, soccer, cross county, and volleyball. Golf teams can hit the links to begin practice July 15 and the season can officially begin July 29. However, the teams in the county usually wait until the first week of school before they start their seasons.

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