After the season ended, you said goodbye to your seniors. You created your off-season programs for returning players, and they began the process of building their bodies for next year. And now, you’re planning which 7-on-7 tournaments you’re going to enter in the summer. If your guys were on the basketball court, the track or the wrestling mats in the winter, it’s time to get them the reps that will prepare them for a competitive summer.
But if you want to do what’s best for your team and your individual players, you say goodbye for a little while and send them off to play another sport for the winter, and maybe even the spring.
Even if you spend a lot of time on conditioning, players are still going to get worn down during a tough game. And tired players tend to lose focus on the details of fundamentals. In fact, some coaches say that their biggest challenge is getting players to use proper technique at full speed throughout all four quarters of a game.