View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 5/20

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: May 20, 2014 - 9:56 AM



 Even though the first game of the 2014 season is three months away the offseason is basically over. As May ends teams around the Metro begin their summer work in what I like to call the preseason.

Some think the three weeks in August leading up to the first game is the preseason but if you haven’t been doing some kind of football work before that time you are way behind. These days the learning takes place in June and July and the fine tuning is done in August.

The current construction can be seen as good and bad. Some say it’s too much time spent preparing while others say it allows players and coaches a chance to get to know each other and the systems they use so learning isn’t crammed into a short period of time.

In defense of summer activities this is the time to sharpen fundamentals and learn systems. There are contact camps but the emphasis at most of these is to see where teams are and what needs to be learned.

Another thing to think about is the offseason/preseason activity of football is nothing compared to other sports. Basketball and baseball are filled with dozens and even hundreds of game in one summer period and in the case of baseball we are starting to see the damage the overuse of players is causing with the rash of arm injuries in baseball. For basketball the summer games give experience of playing against top level competition but fundamentals aren’t really being taught, games are just being played.

Football at least tries to teach as much as it can during the summer. That way when the season begins the task is on the game at hand and not relearning basic principles.

At the same time their needs to be time for a kid to be a kid. It is up to every athlete, parent and coach to find that balance. No sport should become a job until someone is paying you to play it. I know of quite a few athletes who loved a sport at 14 only to hate it at 18.

So as the weather heats up enjoy the preseason. Learn something new, have fun and find a good balance between sports, family and friends. It will make you a better athlete and person.