BY DENNIS CLAYTON
East Union’s summer workouts are a high priority to Coach Scott Duley and his Urchin football team. Coach Duley uses the summer program as a tool to build on the team concept as well as using it for a strength and conditioning regimen.
“Summertime is probably the most critical time for our football program because not only do you get hopefully bigger, faster and stronger, but you create a good team dynamic,” Duley said. “They start to work together, I try to put upper class men in one group and lower class men in another group.”
“If I know we are going to have certain offensive linemen, then we will put all of them together so they get used to working together,” Duley said.
Duley stated that a big thing for East Union’s summer program is not only strength, but conditioning and acclimation. Duley tries to get players used to the heat.
“We go three days a week, we have an 8:00 a.m. group and a 6:00 p.m. group for those young men that are working,” said Duley. ” We’ve had really good participation this year with our football team. We have also had good participation with our women’s athletics as well.”
Duley summarized the workout routines saying “We don’t just do three sets of three, we don’t just do an hour to do 10 reps in the weight room. In the summertime, we try not to have a powerlifting-type program, but we have more of a crossfit program where we are doing everything as quickly as we can in order to help them learn how to generate power, not just strength.”
Duley pointed to the Urchins’ summer workouts as the reason for the football team’s early season success last year. “We want to continue that and we’ve tweaked it a little bit.”
“As the summer goes on we will spend a greater portion of our time outside, Duley said. “Early in the summer we spend a greater portion of our time inside, but we always want to be pushing the envelope from the time we start up to the time that we are done. We try to spend around an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes, but we’re not taking big breaks, we give plenty of time for water, but other than that, we’re moving from station to station.”
Duley said that the workouts are just as much about mental toughness as it is a out teaching the athletes about power.
“We won the Union County Challenge (Barnyard Challenge at Union County Fair) and that was big, Duley said. “I think that the reason we won that was because of our summer program. As a group, we are unwilling to compete unless it’s at a high level, not that we have better athletes. Our kids have been taught to expect to win and how to perform.”
BY DENNIS CLAYTON