AISA football gets early start
By Graham Dunn
Although teams in the Alabama Independent School Association can officially begin football practice on Thursday, it is somewhat anticlimactic.
With summer practice being more liberal than in the past and more teams involved in team camps, preseason workouts may need a name change.
“Practice, as far as the number of days for contact, doesn’t start until Monday,” stated Macon East head coach Glynn Lott, who opens his 21st season at the helm for the Knights.
“(Thursday) and Friday are basically two days you can go out and work in shorts. It really doesn’t count. You have to have five days (of acclimation) starting Monday. We’ve always just had this Thursday and Friday in our practice schedule. It’s optional but everybody does it because everybody else does it.”
The AISA teams get a head start on the AHSAA, which can officially open Monday, meaning everybody will be on the practice field next week.
Everybody that is, excluding a few players who are finishing summer activities. New South Montgomery County Academy coach Rob Hollingshead will have a small number out beginning Thursday and minus six players who are on a church trip.
“One of those is our starting quarterback so we have put in plans to work with our linemen,” Hollingshead said. “We’ve picked up a few new players from other schools so this will give them another couple of days to get acclimated.”
With most taking part in 7-on-7 camps this summer, timing between quarterback and receivers should be better, although most teams will open in shorts with the idea of making the timing routes better.
“We’ve been practicing, doing seven-on-seven and all that, so it’ll be a fundamental day,” Lott said.
“With our kids, understanding coverage and routes has improved,” Hollingshead said. “They are understanding different defenses. Our quarterbacks got good looks. We’ve done a good job in coverages, better than I expected.”
A few teams will wait until Monday, including Edgewood Academy and new coach Eric Folmar.
"Starting at the end of the week, where you go two days and then take two days off, I would just rather get a fresh start on Monday and have a full week of practice," Folmar said.
The season opens the weekend of Aug. 12-13 with the SCIS Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl.