Considering school is out for the summer, there sure was a lot going on at Mountain View High School on Wednesday night. Although school is not in session, Mountain View and Marana athletes are very busy this summer.
High school athletics have become a year round venture. The days of showing up the first day of school and signing up for a sport are a thing of the past. Today some teams stay together during the summer, others play club ball and many have personal trainers/coaches.
On campus Wednesday afternoon the Mountain Lion girls volleyball team held an open gym, while the football team was hosting a 7-on-7 passing league.
This was hardly unique. Nearly every day those two programs are on campus doing something to get better. The volleyball team holds open gyms twice a week and an open gym league on Thursdays. The Mountain Lions girls, as well as younger volleyball players, also participate in strength training sessions.
Several of the players also participate in club volleyball.
You’ll see a similar scene at Marana. The Tigers also have an open gym and they head over to Mountain View for the open gym league.
Both area football teams are keeping busy. They are both in the weight room nearly every day and are going through 7-on-7 tournaments and passing leagues. With fall camp opening the first week in August, it is important for the teams to get as much work in as they can over the next six weeks or so.
Swimming season is just around the corner as well. Many of the Tiger and Lion swimmers are competing this summer with various club teams.
It is not just the fall sports that are keeping busy. Girls and boys basketball teams are participating in various leagues and tournaments. The Marana and Mountain View boys just played in Catalina Foothills’ tournament last weekend and the weekend before the Lions played in the University of Arizona team camp.
Softball players are in the middle of their busy travel team summer schedule. A few local players have already qualified for big national tournaments that begin next month. Several local baseball players are also competing with club and travel teams.
Club soccer can be a nearly year round endeavor. Several Mountain View girls players are on a team coached by MVHS Athletic Director Todd Garelick and players from both teams play club ball at a variety of different competition levels.
Many athletes also work with private coaches and trainers. Mountain View Head Football Coach Bam McRae was a personal trainer for several of his players. It was at their behest that he applied for the job. Many still work out with him privately.
Places like RPP have had great success with current and former area athletes, while some local golfers work with personal coaches during the off-season.
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