First on first or first on last

Nasier Graham

  Do you start first or do you finish first? That’s a frequent question that runs through players heads when they’re tired after practice and Coach Mayes tells them to get on the line. Starting quarterback Aaron Baumann says, “You know it’s about to be the toughest time of your life and when you hear the whistle blow, you sprint as hard as you can on the first one just as much as you would the last one.”

  During my interview, Bauman responded with, “I feel like there are better and fun ways to conditioning like air raid, but it’s not guaranteed work from players. Sometimes it is a lot of standing or it just doesn’t get us ready enough to compete for 4 quarters.” Izaiah Grado also said, “We should do competitions that we compete against each other and loser has a punishment. That way we’re working during the competitions and we will have a type of punishment run or something with the losing squads.” Grado added, “ I think we would have more athletes sprinting and going harder, but we shouldn’t because if we have a number some players would just pace themselves instead of sprinting.”

 “In the fourth quarter when everyone is tired and wanting a break that’s when it matters the most so if you ask me coming in first on the last sprint is better than first on the first sprint.” That’s how Daniel Parsek felt about being first on first or first on last. I asked Parsek about how we condition. He said, “I like the game type of conditioning like air raid and lion ball because we compete against each other and losers usually do more running after.” After asking multiple athletes, they have mostly claimed that it doesn’t matter if you come in first on your first sprint or first on your last sprint you better finish as hard as you can on every sprint.