Official practice began today

by | July 23, 2018 4:28 pm

Allen Shoupe catches a pass in a 7-on-7 game earlier this summer. Shoupe is one of the key returning players for the Warriors this season.

While most of the White County High School fall sports teams have spent a portion of July getting in some type of practices, official preseason practice as defined by the TSSAA began across the state of Tennessee today.

For most sports, the only change is that restrictions have been lifted for the number of practices allowed. However, for football it means the pads go on, and the hitting begins.

Since the dead period ended, football has been allowed to practice, but it was limited to shorts and helmets, which took the hitting out of the picture. Things go full force today.

The most significant restriction all sports teams face now is the heat index. The TSSAA Board of Control instituted a heat policy, in 2009, for all its member schools that pertained to all sports. The policy requires that sports teams keep an eye on the heat index and adjust practices accordingly to protect the athletes from heat-related injuries and illness.

The Warrior practice schedule will open at 8 a.m. for a three-hour practice. The Warriors’ coaching staff is planning on keeping that schedule until Friday.

On Friday, the Warriors will wrap up the first week of practice, with a scrimmage against Jackson County at Jackson County High School, at 8 a.m. They will then travel to Cumberland County for a scrimmage, on Aug. 3. On Aug. 10, the Warriors will wrap up with their final scrimmage when they go to Cannon County.

While other sports are beginning official practice today, golf can begin their matches as of today. The WCHS golf team opens their season July 25 at the Golden Eagle Golf Club against Cookeville and Warren County.

The WCHS volleyball team will get their first practice underway on Monday with their second tryout 8-10 a.m., at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. The Warriorettes will then travel to Coffee County, on July 24, to play in the Lady Raider Play Day. The Warriorettes are scheduled to play in three games, on Tuesday. The Warriorettes will get started, at 8:30 a.m., against Oakland High School. The Warriorettes will then turn around, at 10 a.m., and take on Tullahoma. The Warriorettes will finish up their day, at 1 p.m., against Coffee County.

The Warriorette soccer team will get their practices underway, with a tryout Monday. First-year head coach Chelsea Gentry will have her first tryouts at the WCHS soccer field by the old White County Middle School, 8-10 a.m. Gentry will have a second tryout for anyone who is unable to make it to the first one on Aug. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The WCHS cross country team will get their season started Aug. 9 with the Cookeville Jamboree.

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