CHHS athletes prepare for spring sportsPosted February 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM, Filed Under: Front Page, Sports, Village Mill
By Heather Jaszewski
and Sarah Wilkinson
As the winter sports season draws to a close at Clover Hill High School, all spring and fall sports teams are busy with preseason conditioning.
Based on rules set by the governing body of the Virginia High School League (VHSL), teams can weight train as often as they choose. However, coaches can hold only two 90-minute practices per week in which athletes practice skills without the rigor of in-season training.
VHSL also mandates “dead periods,” when for the first 10 days after a sports season begins, all other sports must suspend practices. For the upcoming spring sports tryouts on February 18, all winter and fall sports practices will take a break and commence again on February 28.
Students and coaches at CHHS respect the limitations put forth by the VHSL, but take advantage of the time they have prior to the start of their sports’ seasons. Spring sports athletes, including those participating in men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball have been completing routine workouts to prepare for their upcoming seasons.
Baseball and softball practices consist of weight lifting, batting practice and fielding exercises. CHHS soccer team members have been running during their workouts, saving the ball-handling for after they complete endurance training.
Members of the fall football team, also have begun conditioning, hoping to surpass last year’s record. They are currently working on circuit training and weightlifting.
During the spring, they will shift to playing seven-on-seven games without contact or equipment.
With all the hard work athletes and coaches dedicate to their preseason workouts, their preparation is sure to incite passionate play this spring and next fall, making CHHS a strong contender for regional and state titles.