The time is (almost) finally upon us.
Monday will mark the official start to the 2013 fall season for sports teams as the first day teams are allowed to hold practices.
With over 70 teams in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam, it will be nearly impossible to make a pit stop everywhere before the season opener on September 3… but that doesn’t mean I can’t give it a shot, right?
My goal will be to make “camp stops” at several practices a day, preferably ones which are geographically friendly (i.e. Panas-Lakeland-Yorktown, Clarkstown North-Clarkstown South-Albertus Magnus, etc.) to get a firsthand look at the teams, as well as talk to players and coaches about the upcoming season.
We may be able to get multiple reporters out to assist in the coverage, which will divvy up the workload. I’ve assisted on the football camp stops (see below), and last year I had my colleague aid in some pit stops last year (he hit Hen Hud, Ursuline, and Harrison).
Our football/boys basketball beat reporter Josh Thomson does a phenomenal job on both of his beats, especially when it comes to preseason preparation. His Varsity Insider blog has a bevy of terrific information that you can refer to. In this case, I’m obviously talking camp stops (see link).
Here’s a football camp stop I did while still very wet behind the ears in my first weeks at LoHud to give you an idea of what a post might look like. Of course, I’m going to need your help in mapping out my schedule.
If you know your practice schedule, please send me the best days and times your team will be available so that I can make arrangements. Please send all info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got to see a few teams at the LHVA summer league, but I know that some teams may have been missing players, so it doesn’t do the team too much justice. My volleyball season preview package, which will feature my teams and players to watch, will run in The Journal News on Friday, August 30. As you can see, it’s a rather small window.
This is a great way to help get your team on the map before the season starts, and for me to get a better idea of who will really be some of the top teams in the section. So, as the great Jerry Maguire said, “Help me, help you.”
See you all on the courts next week!