As action heats up in the Spurlock Center and the pool this time of year, spring student athletes use this time to prepare for their upcoming season.
“During the winter, it can be hard to keep grinding and working, but you just have to keep the goal that we have as a team in mind and continue to work towards that,” said sophomore baseball player Drew Naumovich. “It’s a sports cliché, but I think it’s true that champions are made in the offseason.”
Per NCAA rule, athletes cannot practice with their coaches before the designated date of the first official practice.
Before this time, Naumovich and other athletes partake in physical activities that improve their strength and endurance on their own time.
“Any chance I get to be outside during this time I take,” said junior tennis player Kyle Sauley. “I am hoping to get a day or two with some nice weather conditions over the break so I can play tennis with some friends back home. If all else, I will go sledding and the walk back up the hill will count as cardio.”
A majority of spring sports will start the season in February, with practice in mid- to late-January.
The men’s tennis team will practice at an indoor court at Greenwood Community High School.
“When the weather cooperates, we try to get out onto the football field to play long toss and take ground balls, but most of our offseason winter work takes place in the Fitness Center,” Naumovich said.
Until the start of the season practice, spring athletes will be conditioning and working out to stay in physical and mental shape.