REED CITY — It’s a big 10 days coming up for the Reed City boys soccer team prior to the first game Aug. 22 at Tri County.

New coach Betty Kichak is getting her team ready for the first day of practice on Wednesday of this week. Last week, various players participated in conditioning exercises.

Monday and Tuesday was set for a quiet period.  Wednesday marks the first official day of practice. Tentative times were 10 a.m. to start and 3:30 p.m. to finish with a lunch around noon.

Practices for the rest of the week were set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Wednesday and 3-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. A presentation on weight training and proper nutrition was set for Wednesday.

Kichak had open fields and conditioning during the summer and was happy with the contributions she got from players.

“They were getting conditioned and acclimated to things,” she said. “So when we start on Aug. 13, they’ll be ready to go.”

Last season, the Coyotes only had a varsity team.

“We’re looking at 15 JV and 15 varsity right now,” Kichak said. “The numbers are up. We need to build the program.”

After Friday’s game, the Coyotes will be at Newaygo next Monday. Then they are on Labor Day break and won’t play again until road matches Sept. 3 with Grant and Sept. 8 with Big Rapids. The first home match is Sept. 10 with Kent City.

The first five matches for the Coyotes are all in Central State Activities Association play.