To get an edge you have to do “The Edge.”
That’s the belief of Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens.
Owens will be just one of several coaches involved in “The Edge” a two-hour conditioning program for male and female high school athletes which will be held four days-a-week for six weeks.
“This is our fourth year to use this program. I think it paid dividends for us being in shape in last year’s 16-game football season,” Owens said. “Not only did we stay in shape, we avoided any major injuries. We don’t have knees blowing our or kids pulling hamstrings. I think it is crucial and it played a big part in our success.”
Owens told of the program will include a variety of activities broken down into sessions. Each day the workouts will be altered to avoid boredom. But a 40-minute time block will be devoted to weights, 40 minutes of agility with the last 30 minutes either long sprints or work on conditioning.
The coach said the camp will be limited to high school athletes and not open to persons outside the school.
“This is not a day camp for kids, it’s serious business,” Owens said. “It is for people who want to work on speed, strength and conditioning. We all do the same thing, the girls and boys take part in the same workout. When they come here, they better come to work. We sent some home last year who were not serious about it.”
The total enrollment for the camp will be near 120, Owens said with a daily average of 70-80 total.
“This is not a football camp. We can’t do drills for any specific sport,” Owens said. “We are not training football players. We are working at being more explosive and in better condition. It really helps our program. It really helps with kids who go from one sport to another and you can see their body change. It is like a second off-season to some players”
Owens said the program also provides mental benefits as well.
“We’re making people mentally tough,” Owens said. “I have really seen this from girls who workout with us. Last year Rachel Curtis said she thought it really helped her volleyball team. It made them stronger mentally and physically. It challenged their leadership and character.”
Owens said with a laugh, “We will also storytime, which will last about 15 minute. I will tell stories are about leadership and character. I will even get into nutrition.”
“It’s demanding, but you get out of it what you put into it,” Owens said. “The payback is you get more confidence. It carried us last year during a long season.”
The coach said he knows kids have plans and will want to enjoy their vacation.
“People have plans, go and enjoy them, be a kid, it’s summer,” Owens said. “This program last six weeks. We just ask that 90 percent of the players show up 90 percent of the time.”
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