Bulldogs begin summer training
Summer isn't officially here, but it is for Baldwin High School athletes, as they begin training and playing in camps to get themselves ready for the fall season.
One sport that requires summer training is football. BHS coach Mike Berg has his players doing many things this summer to get ready for the season, and he knows how important all of it is.
"It the No. 1 priority, and it's why we've been successful the last couple of years," Berg said. "These kids are as strong and as fast as any team."
Lifting weights is one thing Berg has his players do almost every day of the week. He opens the weight room from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday for anyone wishing to lift weights.
Another method of training for football players is 7-on-7 football, which numerous Bulldogs participate in on Monday nights. The football team also has conditioning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights to help the players get in shape.
Camps are also another way for players to improve over the summer. Some BHS players are going to the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and the Central Missouri State University camps this summer. The BHS team is holding its own camp at the end of July.
Another fall sport that requires summer training is cross country. Running over the summer can help cross country participants.
"When the season starts, it helps their confidence because they know they aren't out of shape," coach Mike Spielman said of how summer training helps. "It's more of a confidence builder, knowing that you've done something.
Spielman sends out running logs to the runners and expects to have each runner return their log for each week to him. Most runners try to run with a teammate when doing their mileage.
Spielman also sends the runners a packet with information about summer training. The packet includes logs, tips for running during summer, and ideas for running, such as types of runs, routes and weekly mileage.
BHS basketball teams are also working very hard this summer. Both boys and girls are playing in the Baker University summer league. Both teams are also holding camps over the summer, as well as holding open gym sessions and lifting weights.
BHS boys coach Heath Cooper understands the importance of summer training.
"It's extremely important," Cooper said. "In order for us to be competitive, we've got to have these guys play all year round."
Several BHS wrestlers are also taking part this summer in different tournaments. A few have even qualified for national tournaments and several will be attending the Team Champions wrestling camp at Baker University.