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Ready or not? Football practice is underway

Mark Hazelwood • Aug 2, 2011 at 7:00 AM

When classes finished in June and the 2010-11 school year ended, most area high schools had less than a month until Independence Day, long considered the half-way point of the summer.

As parades marched and fireworks boomed on July 4, it also signified there was less than one month until the start of fall sports practices, which began in earnest Monday.

"Go back just 10 or 20 years ago and you had two weeks to put your stuff in," Perkins football coach Jason Ziegler said. "What was wrong with that? It worked, do it. Now we add another week of practice and there was talk of adding spring ball in May.

"I just have one question to that ... How is that helping the kids?"

As area football coaches and players found themselves in the heat Monday on the first day of August, along with the 10 days permitted in June and July, one question often asked is: Where did the summer go?

"I think it's ridiculous, I really honestly do," Margaretta coach Rock Farlow said. "And I've felt this way not just this year. And I guess I'm part of the problem, because I go along with it because I feel like I have to. But we are taking more and more time away from the kids."

"It used to be in education we talked about kids and their attention span. But you have to give them a break to maintain their attention span, and we've completely gone away from that."

For the rest of this story, see Tuesday's Sandusky Register.

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