Red Level ready to get back to the routine

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Now that the summer workout program has finished, the Red Level Tigers are ready to get back in the swing of things, gearing up for the fall football season.

Practice began for the Tigers on Monday; but last week, the team went through a camp focusing on individual aspects of the game, special teams and conditioning, to name a few.

Tuesday, the Tigers had their last morning practice to end their summer routine.

“Thankfully, we’re going to get on a regular practice routine at 3 p.m. each afternoon and get in some sort of order,” Red Level coach Tony Ingram said. “When kids get into a certain routine, it’s hard to get them out of it. (Today), we’ll start our regular routine and everybody’s ready.”

Ingram said every day, practice will start at 3:30 p.m. when players will stretch and then work in agility stations with different coaches.

But, one of Red Level’s primary focuses right now is on special teams.

“That’s something that gets overlooked,” Ingram said. “We’re not set position-wise and we’re not anywhere where we need to be right now, but this early in the year, I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far.”

Ingram said it is sometimes challenging to keep practice “fresh.”

“I think whatever you’re doing you’ve got to do your basics,” he said. “You have certain things you’ve got to do every day.

“You don’t need to drag it out or you’re going to lose (the players’) attention,” he said.

Ingram said in order to combat the heat, the coaches emphasize that drinking water is a must.

“They drink water every 20 minutes and we have to make sure they drink it,” Ingram said. “When you have all of it coming out of you, you’ve got to put it back in you.”

On Aug. 14, the Red Level Tigers will have a scrimmage game and on Aug. 20, the Tigers will host Pleasant Home in their jamboree game.