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What Does A Team Do During A Bye-Week?

COLUMN ARCHIVE

October 6, 2000

Let me tell you from the start that this is not just your average week and it is definitely no walk in the park. Bye-weeks are a time when coaches try to fix five weeks of problems in one extra week. Each day the practices are very intense and very physical.

Many times during these practices the coaches put the first offense against the first defense, which definitely makes practice a lot more competitive. Usually the only time the first teams go against each other is during fall camp because once you have started to play games, the first teams always go against the scouts.

Usually during a bye-week coaches try to get back to the fundamentals of football. Thus, on defense we spend time on tackling, pursuing to the ball (this is very tiresome), and executing basic defensive formations. On offense, they spend time on blocking, running, throwing and executing their bread and butter plays. The bye-week is very important for improving our skills and becoming a better football team. Even though the practices are tough, we know as a team that we must do what we don't want to do in order to be what we want to be.

Coach Toledo also has a policy in which he allows the seniors to have Thursday's practice off - aren't they so lucky! He also has given the whole team this weekend off. This is a perfect time for the players to go home (Mr. And Mrs. Stanley I told Matt to go home) and it allows some players to catch-up on sleep as well. It even allows some players to take a small vacation (some of the players are going to ASU to watch the CAL vs. ASU game). So, to all the parents who have sons that did not come home, I am truly sorry. But I bet they are enjoying some free time away from football.

Philosophy of the Week
I Corinthians 9:24L "remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win."


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