Georgia’s indoor practice facility — no snark; just right.
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Solid points by all, overdoing the summer heat is detrimental to performance, imo. I hope they use the indoor field for this purpose more than once a week until October. You can always add some sprints at the end of practice on the indoor days if you have any conditioning concerns.
The summer heat/humidity is dangerous, and players cannot focus as well when struggling with the conditions. This is a good move by the staff, in addition to using this facility for weather related reasons, it gives them complete privacy. (Which makes me think, how do drones affect the super secret, closed practice rules for media and opponents?)
Agree. I never understood the ‘getting acclimated’ to the weather. You just end up having the strife of replenishing your body fluids after days of working in the heat. And on those days, it’s hard to put in 100% effort…which is what’s needed to get better. Let these kids work hard in a reasonable climate and when the time comes to work in the heat…they’ll be ready. JMO.
Poor babies, can’t take the heat. Coach Kasay put us in full sweats for a run from B-M through the Arch to the stadium. Weights in the endzone at the stadium for an hour & then we ran the stadium steps before jogging back to B-M. He toughened us so that we were prepared for two-a-days & the heat wasn’t a factor. We constantly heard that fatigue makes cowards of us & he wasn’t going to let us ever get fatigued on the field. By the time Coach Dooley got us we were in great shape & able to prepare for the season.
I can’t disapprove of practicing indoors on a perfect day strongly enough!
Time for the kids to get back outside & play. Live life, don’t watch life on a screen.
I think both you, and JC below miss the point. It isn’t about your toughness, you can go through several practice days to prove you can, but day after day of it takes an unnecessary toll on your body and makes for sloppy habits. Periodically adding a few inside days allows the players to get their legs back under them. I played in full equipment during some of the worst heat conditions in this country with two a days, and no access to hydration. Yes it will test you, but doesn’t need to be done every single day for a month. And you do take some plays off under those archaic conditions. Things have changed, I don’t think we were any tougher than these guys just because of that. This is smarter, imo.
I know, right? Just ask George O’Leary how heat stroke really toughens a kid up. It amuses me that people act like the way athletes were trained 50 years ago can’t be improved upon and that making people suffer for the sake of suffering is the only way to physically and mentally challenge them.
As the Senator said – this is the exact way they’ve been doing it over in Tuscaloosa for years and I don’t think anyone would argue those teams have lacked in beating the shit out of other teams department and crushing their will.
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Major difference between Bama and most all of the rest…..depth, talent & more depth. You need to also add coaching and an administration that buys all in. Pretty sure that the IPF plays a major part.
Meant to say does not play a major part (IPF).
Agree….been through it myself (not w/ UGA). Got a chuckle when they did it on just the 4th day….you got to play through it. Makes me wonder what kind of shape these folks are in….the heat never is a factor if you are conditioned for it. Football is played outdoors in this league, you need to acclimate yourself for the outdoors….practice it there. Bad weather, I can understand going indoors.
Yea, but the game is so much more rhythm and timing now. Plus, overly fatigued muscles can increase the chance of injury. We saw that often in the pre-seasons with Richt. I look at the indoor as killing at least 2 birds with one stone…….they get to periodically allow muscle recovery for the grind of the season while simultaneously getting in what should be a no-excuses 100% focused practice. I love the idea of QBs and receivers getting the feel of synchronicity without external variables……and while the external variables are always there in live action, one has to learn to shoot the rifle before he even goes into simulated combat training. The indoor allows coach and player alike to understand and feel what “getting it right” is like.
Putting them through the heat 3 out of 4 days is enough. There is a full staff of health, nutrition and fitness experts making sure these kids are in shape year round. Going inside that 4th day will probably pay huge dividends from an actual PREPARATION standpoint. Also, our first 4 games are at night…..sure it can stay hot through October, but that alone means there is a high probability we won’t see something like 2003 Clemson.
And just so we’re clear to all the John Waynes ^^^ of yesteryear, today’s team would beat the s*** out of your team. 100%.
Maybe, if they could go all 4 qtrs. BTW, not completely sure….but I believe Atlas (above) was an OL on Dooley’s ’80 team (correct me if I am wrong). I do not consider him a “John Wayne” type, he speaks from experience also. He also seems to think going in the 4th day is not beneficial. Again, we will find out soon enough.
The game has always been “rhythm and timing”. You make some good points. I am just basing mine on my experience, I never got tired (once “conditioned”)….when gameday came around, it felt like a day off. One thing is for sure, we will find out soon enough if going in every 4 days is the way to do it.
Why not let them practice the plays by playing video games? No way to get hurt, no danger of overheating, they won’t even need to shower after and risk a fall on a slippery floor. There is an old saying “you play like you practice”, let’s hope we have lots of games on low humidity days in the 70s and 80s if they are going to practice indoors.
Following what he learned under Saban…they have been doing this for a while…
I find the tough guy whining amusing.
Smart said that’s how they did things in Tuscaloosa. Now those were some soft teams, amirite?
It’s time to quit trying to be Bama & be the best UGA we can be. We used to be known as a tough team that never tired, particularly in the 4th qtr. I see a soft team that loses in the 4th qtr, or struggles to hang-on.
You forge iron in the heat & you toughen a team mentality & physically by practicing in tougher conditions than the game will present. Hiding out indoors on a cool, by normal standards, Aug day makes no sense. Particularly when we have no games scheduled indoors.
Yep, unless you are Saban….& Smart ain’t Saban, he is the difference at Bama. ….GATA!
….man that toughness we generated by not even having an indoor sure did pay dividends the last 8 years. We really showed em.
Like beating your head against the wall at times on here….
Not sure who you are trying to convince…me or you. No need for me, I’ve been through it, I know it works. Don’t get offended because I see it differently, or have experienced it….it should not be that important to you. Honestly, I hope bringing them in every 4th day works….but I sure as hell ain’t confident.
I see the facetious extreme in your comment. But the fact is, repetition is what helps player improvement…not prolonged tolerance of extreme weather. If a player can get more full speed reps by playing in a controlled temp environment than in the heat…then he is getting more reps…more reps is a good thing. Practice just enough on the turf you will play on and they’ll be fine. I’m sure there is a needed balance here.
How many games a week does the team play? Inside or out? If you want your body to be acclimated for that type of schedule, you should practice with the type of schedule your body will experience each week. If the old ways were the best ways, then they would still be practiced. These things arent fly by night decisions, they are research based and extensively studied to optimize game day performance.
I fart in the general direction of all the internet tough guys out here today.
Truth is that the majority who post on here are probably overweight and have not ran more than a mile since junior high school, if ever. This stuff cracks me up.
I spent many years making a living outdoors here in GA, first on a farm and later in construction. The heat is no joke and will hurt you if you don’t respect it.
I am far from a finely tuned athlete, but I play tennis 3-5 times a week to stay in shape and typically do a couple of long run events each year (i.e. 10-K / half marathon). I get no additional conditioning benefit or increase to my “toughness” by doing either of these activities outside during the summer as opposed to playing on indoor courts or running on a treadmill. But sure – forcing young athletes to confront a heat stroke head on is the only way to make them tough.
These guys are big dudes and for a young man who is 6’4″ and 340 lbs. this heat is nothing to play around with….deadly in fact. Kirby is being damned sensible, and like the Senator posted above, Alabama followed this method and are known for toughness and conditioning.
Meh. Do your conditioning outdoors for a couple of hours every day. Do like Atlas says, put ’em in heat gear and run them to the stadium for a couple of hours, six days a week. Put them in pads and let them bang on each other outside. Then clean them up, bring them inside and work on the technical stuff so they can focus on learning without having to deal with the discomfort of the heat. Makes sense to me.
###Guys, I think you are missing the point. The truth is our coaches are too soft and not ready to spend all that time outdoors. The IPF is for the coaches, not the players###
When I was in Vietnam they loaded us up with salt pills. They now know they were not needed and, indeed, harmful. It’s called “learning”.
I’m enjoying watching people complain about whether or not its good to practice indoors sometimes. Beats the crap out of watching people debate who’s fault it is we don’t have an indoor practice facility. Major upgrade around here.
“Its great for recruiting and we MUST HAVE IT… but don’t ever ever use it or we’re SOFT!”
We hired Lil Nicky Jr then we bitch when he brings his mentors tried and proven training techniques with him. UGA fans are dare I say bi-polar just a bit. Richt was too soft, now Smart is too soft. Just saw that Tom Herman was taking the Texas players to the pool today, I guess we dodged a bullet on that guy.
“We talk to our players all the time that pressure is really a privilege. … We can’t run from those things. We know that. How you embrace that is what is important to us. That’s really the key ingredient.” — Kirby Smart, SEC Media Days, 7/17/18
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