STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — Eager for football? So are the Faith Academy Flames.
The team begins fall training camp at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the academy, 3151 RR 1431 East. The camp will be led by new head coach Pete Rhoades.
Rhoades, who also served as the 7-on-7 coach over the summer, has several items on his to-do list, including strength and conditioning.
The Flames will spend some time in the weight room and perform tasks designed to help them get in game shape, but they might not realize it because the drills will be fun.
“We’re not going to line up and run to get in shape,” the coach said. “Our drills our designed to get them in condition. We want them to be doing something to get some benefits out of them.”
Coaches also will start teaching the offense and defense. Some of the athletes already know parts of the schemes because of their time playing 7-on-7. The quarterbacks and receivers went through the route trees during those games.
Rhoades anticipates the first few days will be learning the new schemes, and coaches will be emphasizing fundamentals and proper techniques.
He knows some players will not be in attendance because they’re at camps or on vacations. Still, he’s hoping to see double-digit numbers. He expects about 13 players.
“Our kids are going to have be in super shape,” he said. “We’ll get there.”
There will be open competitions for all positions, and Rhoades anticipates asking athletes to play in spots that are unfamiliar to them because of the limited number of substitutes.
“Some may be playing out of position,” he said, “but they’ll have to put the team first over individual aspirations.”