By Larry Lamb
CROCKETT — Athletes are getting a jump on the fall sports season during a summer strength and conditioning program at Crockett High School.
Incoming junior high athletes report for morning sessions while the evening sessions are devoted to high schoolers.
"We scheduled high school in the evenings because a lot of our guys have jobs during the day," said Crockett athletic director and head football coach Alton Dixon.
The Bulldogs participated in spring football practice in May and started the summer strength and conditioning program on June 6.
High school athletes report at 6 p.m. for an hour-long session in the CHS weight room and then head out to the football field for an hour of sport specific skill instruction. Although participation is voluntary, 35 to 40 high school athletes typically attend the sessions held Monday through Thursday. The junior high sessions run from 7:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.
"It's only about six weeks until we start two-a-days," said Dixon, noting that Monday, Aug. 1 is the first day of preseason workouts.
Dixon said the Bulldogs will be participating in 7-on-7 starting Wednesday, June 29 when they travel to Lufkin. Crockett hosts Lufkin the following Wednesday with a tentative start time of 5:30-6 p.m. Plans for 7-on-7 games with other opponents are in the works.
Dixon will be announcing details for a testing camp on July 16 in conjunction with the Houston County Crusaders football camp. Dixon said the camp is open athletes from all Houston County schools. "This will give athletes a chance to see how much they've improved and we'll have some special guests drop by," he said.
CHS alumni L'Tydrick Riley, Brandon Warfield and Demond Denman attended last year's camp and all plan to be back, said Dixon.
Summer conditioning program underway