The start of football practice for the upcoming season is still a couple of weeks away.
But local teams aren’t wasting any time building chemistry for the upcoming football season. Throughout the summer, teams have met for unofficial workouts that have involved a wide range of activities.
At St. Clair High School, however, the Saints are finding new ways to bring the team together. Recently, the team competed in the annual Swampfoot 4 Mile to encourage teamwork and bonding.
“We look at it as a team-building thing,” St. Clair football coach Bill Nesbitt said. “We focused on the slogan no man left behind. Everyone encouraged each other to get over the obstacles.
“That was much harder for the linemen and the kids that might not be as athletic. We had several guys that stayed behind to help others and that was what we wanted them to focus on.”
Chemistry can go a long way once the season begins. That process is often established over the summer as the team works together for the upcoming season.
“It was pretty awesome to do that with the guys,” St. Clair senior Cam Jabiro said. “It wasn’t about football but we got to know each other as people. Everyone there kind of bonded. We got a lot closer as a team.
“I would actually recommend that we do this more. It wasn’t about trying to beat each other. We all ran together. I think developing the chemistry is huge. Football is a long season and a lot of games and practices. You spend a lot of time. Building bonds with the guys and putting in work makes the difference.”
With less than two weeks remaining before a new season begins, the Saints are hoping they have developed the bond they will need to have a successful season.
“I think it makes all the difference,” St. Clair nose guard Luke Miller said. “Bonding and chemistry are what make a team. I learned a lot from the experience. It was great to see a few people stay back with the people that were trying to finish.
“Instead of finishing themselves, they finished last because they were trying to help others. I’m excited to see how this helps us when we get out there.”
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