It’s football season! Last week, the NFL teams started summer camp with much fanfare. On Tuesday, Sacramento State starts fall drills with head coach Jody Sears trying to turn the Hornets around from a 2-9 season a year ago and across the Causeway, Dan Hawkins returning to his alma mater at UC-Davis to try to steer the Aggies’ fortunes the right way after years of under-performance.
Locally, the high schools started their pre-season workouts on Monday. Under the careful eyes of the CIF, new rules are now limiting how drills shall be run. Now prohibited are summer contact camps and it won’t be until next week before the prep players will be donning full pads and doing any hitting. A specified number of practice sessions must take place this week for conditioning.
We’ll be watching with great interest how this may affect play in the early season. The whole idea, according to CIF officials, is to limit concussions and injuries overall.
Meanwhile, construction is underway at Pleasant Grove, Valley, Florin, Franklin and Laguna Creek high schools for an artificial turf football/soccer field, plus an eight-lane track surrounding the turf. In 2009, Elk Grove Unified School District installed these kind of athletic fields at Elk Grove, Cosumnes Oaks, Sheldon and Monterey Trail high schools, replacing well-worn natural grass fields.
EGUSD Athletic Director Rod Edmiston told me last week the new facilities, paid for by Measure M monies voted on and approved last fall, will be ready for the soccer season this winter.
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