It’s the middle baseball and softball season, but for the next couple of weeks at Alice High School, it’ll be football season.
Alice coaches opted to give up a week in August for 25 organized practices in pads this spring. That means Alice will have 25 football practices between now and the end of the school year.
Alice will have after school football practices from Monday through Wednesday. The program will have a football workout during school on Thursdays and have an off day on Fridays.
The spring football season will end with a spring football game on May 24 in Memorial Stadium.
Alice coach Kyle Atwood said the spring football tradeoff is ideal for his program.
“I think spring ball is going to be very beneficial for our program,” Atwood said. “That’s why we decided to do it. We’re to figure out where everyone goes and then throw in the contact.”
Atwood said last season was the perfect example of why he is a firm believer in spring football. After the spring last season, coaches felt they had a good idea of which players were going to fit into their scheme. However, once contact drills began in August, a lot of that planning fell apart.
“We thought we had a good idea of what we were going to do, but once two-a-days started and we put the pads on, we found out that some kids didn’t fit in where we had them,” Atwood said.