REED CITY — The emphasis this week for Reed City’s football program is strength and conditioning.

Next Monday, the practice season officially begins.

Coach Monty Price and his staff concluded a four-day skills camp Thursday.

The schedule this week was for strength and conditioning sessions Tuesday and Thursday morning and evening.

This week, “you have to stop all sports specific activities,” Price said, referring to Michigan High School Athletic Association regulations. “But strength and conditioning can still resume.”

At the skills camp,” we had a lot of learning taking place,” Price said. “We got a lot of things established that we set out to do with basic fundamentals, techniques and terminology. We had a good turnout by the kids. I think we’re off to a good start.”

Practice starts midnight Monday at the game field with a 90-minute practice. The midnight kickoff has been an 11-year tradition for the Reed City program.

“Then we’ll have a regular routine where we get five hours of practice in each day,” Price said. “We try to split it into three sessions for our first four days. We’ll do a couple of two-hour sessions, one in the morning, one in the early afternoon and an hour in the evening.”

The season opener is Aug. 28 at Baldwin in non-conference action. Reed City enters the season as four-time defending Central State Activities Association champions.