REED CITY — The start of football practices is less than two weeks away for the Reed City Coyotes, but this is an important week for the defending Central State Activities Association champions.

Coach Monty Price and his coaching staff started a week-long camp on Monday at the practice field.

The two-hour session was scheduled to be followed by another two-hour session Tuesday morning and three more on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

“It’s the basic fundamentals of football on what we do offensively and defensively,” Price said.

“Players have been working out during the summer, but Price noted that this week’s workouts will focus more on actual football plays.”

The camp is focusing on players in grades nine through 12.

“We have close to 50 players which is not bad,” Price said. “We still have a handful that aren’t there.”

The camps are voluntary and Price noted that work schedules and other conflicts might be keeping the numbers down to some extent.

Price said there are still plans to have three teams for the fall: freshman, JV and varsity.

“Next week, we’ll be back to strength workouts and conditioning,” he said.

The start of the three-week practice system is Aug. 6. The first game is Aug. 24 at Big Rapids. The first home game is Aug. 30 with Morley Stanwood. The Coyotes will have five home games.