Believe or not, high school football practices are a little less than two months away. The official start date is Aug. 12.

That’s not to say football hasn’t already started … or ever really stopped.

Both Norman High and Norman North have been holding camps since the school year ended in May. First there were pad camps, then voluntary weightlifting.

NHS coach Greg Nation instituted “Tigers in Training,” which started June 8. It’s a program that focuses on speed, strength and conditioning and ends July 18.

The football camp will start at 7:30 a.m. for grades 9 through 12 and will last until about 9:45. Nation has instituted another camp from 10 to 11 a.m. for boys and girls in any sport for grades 9 though 12. From 11 a.m. to noon, NHS will hold a camp for boys and girls in any sport for grades 6 through 8.

At Norman North, “Summer Pride” begins Monday and runs until late July, when the coaches clinics begin. Grades 9 through 12 will report from 7 a.m. to 8:15. Grades 6 through 8 will report from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45.

It’s a mandatory speed, strength and conditioning program. When that concludes at North, voluntary workouts begin.

Both teams also plan on attending 7-on-7 passing leagues this summer.

North will attend a league at Moore from July 15-22 and is looking at another league at Midwest City that begins June 28.

NHS will attend a league in Edmond, which starts July 11.

“It’s a premiere league with a lot of good teams and we’re excited to go to it,” Nation said.

With all these camps and programs, long gone are the days when football players could do nothing all summer, then show up for practice in August. Like most sports, football spans the calendar.”

Changes at North

Norman North had very little turnover this past season.

Quarterbacks coach Richard Norman resigned to become the offensive coordinator at Pauls Valley. Head coach Lance Manning will coach the quarterbacks.

“Richard wanted to be a coordinator again,” Manning said. “He wanted to raise his son in a smaller town and I respect that.”

The only other change was the appointment of Clay Pearcey, who will be on the freshman staff.

Scrimmages set

Both schools will hold their intrasquad scrimmages on Aug. 16.

North will host Edmond North Aug. 22, then attend the Mustang Pepsi Pigskin Preview Aug. 28.

First month in books

Nation said his first month on the job has gone well.

“Right now, we’re just getting used to the kids and the kids are getting used to us,” he said. “I’ve been a little surprised by the turnout for our camps.”

Right now, the focus is the strength and conditioning of the athletes.

“We’re working hard on our core strength, weight and muscle,” Nation said. “We have them on diets that are specific for them, whether they need to gain weight or lose weight. So far, they have adjusted well.”

Scott Moore


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