Boys Soccer December open practice concludes with record numbers
The 2016-2017 Boys Soccer season at Stall High school unofficially began these past two weeks with “open practice,” a period allowed by the SCHSL for open training for the upcoming spring sports season. The team began practice on December 5th and concluded the December open period on December 15th. The nine days of practice had 67 players that attended at least one practice.
“This is, by far, the biggest turnout that we have had that I remember,” stated Daniel Holbrook, head Varsity coach. “We usually pull 40-50 in this December season because of player’s work schedule or other commitments, but 67 is above and beyond what I expected.”
Holbrook also wanted to point out that at least 10 players came to every non-mandatory session. Part of the SCHSL rules state that the practices cannot be made mandatory, so attendance is voluntary.
“Many of these players are showing up to get better and to show the coaching staff that they are ready for the upcoming season,” comments JV coach Lori Holbrook. “Even the guys that do not have physicals yet are coming and learning from the coaches and showing their face and interest in the program.”
While 67 is an impressive number, even more exciting for the future of Stall Soccer is that 20 of the 67 are freshmen. While several of those players have been playing for the B team or JV while in Middle School, 13 are freshmen who just came out for the first time this year.
The Boys team will return to practice on Monday January 2 for the January open practice that will go from the 2nd through the 11th. After the four-day weekend for the students, the soccer team will begin a two-week conditioning period before the first official practice on January 27th.