Huskies start spring football
It also means that the fall and football season is just around the corner. With that in mind, Battle Mountain will be holding spring football with an eye for improvement in 2002.
Spring football runs Monday through Friday at Battle Mountain High School from 3:15-5:15 p.m.
“It’s very important, especially because we have a new defensive coordinator. They’re going to get a feel for the coaches and the system,” Huskies head coach Duane Butcher said. “If we can just get those kids out and really get them to understand the system, then it’ll be a real turning point for our football program. I think we can do some really great things.”
Butcher is hoping for big numbers. The camp is open to returning varsity and junior-varsity players as well as incoming freshmen.
“I’ve told them that I’ve taught kids from the Philippines to Yugoslavia how to play and I certainly can teach them,” Butcher said. “Also, our numbers are really looking good. We have about 10 or 15 more kids on JV and varsity than we had all together last year.”
Size is also not a prerequisite for coming out for Huskies football. Butcher’s systems rely on speed. Of course, Butcher won’t be discouraging his players from hitting the weight room early and often.
“We’ll have a weight room open all summer. I am most interested getting them into the weight room and our speed and agility program,” Butcher said. “It involves the same kind of pliometrics that the Olympic ski teams are using. In addition to that, we have overspeed training and resistance training. We even use one of these speed Bungee cords to make people run faster than they are able to.”
Players planning to attend this week’s sessions should bring cleats and shorts. For more information on Huskies spring football, call (970) 748-4670.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.