The Beaver Dam High School football team had a productive and safe session of contact days last week as they get ready for what they hope is a 2020 season. First year head coach Brock Linde says its been a chaotic time planning for off-season work and then having to change those plans as new health information comes out almost daily. Football coaches are known to like structure, and schedules have been thrown out the window this year with the uncertainty because of COVID-19. Linde says he’s appreciated of the parents and players who have been dealing with changes to the schedule on a regular basis. One day of the four-day camp was cancelled because of weather, but Linde says that the workouts energized the program, the kids, the parents, and the fan base. He says it got the team one step closer to training camp being opened in early August.
Despite not being able to have full contact at his first camp with the full team this summer, Linde says the he had a blast and the kids had a good time. Normally in a July camp they would be competing 11 on 11 in full pads and helmets. With limited contact, Linde says that the days were used as a “teaching camp” establishing new cultural expectations. He says that on his watch, the Golden Beavers will stress discipline and competitiveness. He expects his team to put pressure on the things they can control to produce a winning mentality. He adds that success has no price tag and they can win games and stay competitive if they prevent mental mistakes and mental checks when you have setbacks in a game.
He says they also stressed “prehabbing” to prevent injury once the season starts. It appeared to him that his team was even excited for some physical exertion, when usually they would be grinding when it comes time for conditioning. Linde says it was good to see his team interacting and having fun during their days together.
Linde says he thinks coaching staff got their planned work done during the camp, while stressing the health and safety standards set forth by local officials. There was plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, the kids were expected to socially distance and wear masks when appropriate. Each player also had their own water bottle and bag they kept with them at all times. The team also had a trainer from Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam at all pracitices, who was told by the coaching staff to speak up if he felt something at camp needed to be adjusted for safety reasons.
With about 90 kids signed up for camp, Linde says they broke up their workouts into two separate groups to lower the numbers and allow better social distancing. The freshman and sophomore groups worked out in one session with the juniors and seniors taking part in the 2nd daily workout.
If camp opens as scheduled, the first parent meeting is set for August 3rd. Linde expects between 100 and 110 players in grades nine through twelve to participate in football season. Linde says they are committed getting going as scheduled unless they hear otherwise.
If you would like to support the Beaver Dam High School football program there are a couple of fundraisers coming up in the near future. The annual coupon book sales will begin in August. If you would like to purchase one, get in touch with a player after the August 3rd parent meeting. The 17th annual Beaver Dam Flattail Golf Outing is also scheduled for Sunday, August 9th at Beaver Dam Country Club. The event supports middle school, high school and alumni of the BDHS football program. Over the years it raised thousands of dollars in scholarship money. For more information on the golf outing contact Beaver Dam Country Club.
Photo: Beaver Dam High School junior Kaden Reabe works through drills as head coach Brock Linde looks on during the team’s contact days last week.
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