Sports teams stay active during summer

Keeping busy: Basketball teams will be busy during summer camps this month. (File photo)
Keeping busy: Basketball teams will be busy during summer camps this month. (File photo)

REED CITY — It’s summer but that doesn’t mean high school sports takes a backseat.

Many teams will have summer activities to stay in shape and get ready for their respective seasons during the 2013-14 school year.

Football teams for instance, already are having weightlifting and conditioning. Evart and Reed City have been having 7-on-7 passing camps.

Girls basketball teams are also busy. Coach Brian Koopman has his Reed City girls basketball team up in Frankfort this week.

“We’ll be back home and Thursday we’ll have an open gym,” Koopman said. “The following Tuesday and Thursday are open gyms. Then we go to Tawas on the ninth and 10th (of July), then at Mason County Central the 15th and 16th, and then we’re done.”

Reed City and Pine River both go to Mount Pleasant every Wednesday night for summer softball. Reed City has practice from 6 to 9 p.m.

“It’s a nonscoring type of thing,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “We have free substitution. You play for an hour and a half. It’s a ninth through 12th-grade league.”

Reed City and Pine River are at PR on Saturday for a summer tourney in boys basketball. Coach Dean McGuire’s team is also at Cadillac for two days of action this week.

Volleyball squads are also active. Reed City coach Don Patterson said his team has open gyms this week and will be at Cadillac the end of June and also at a Ferris team camp and at Shelby in July.

The MHSAA mandates all school sports to take some time off.

The summer dead period is seven consecutive calendar days after school ends in early June and when the district’s athletic teams are no longer playing in MHSAA events. There are exceptions including summer softball and baseball teams that are performing in various non-MHSAA sanctioned leagues, like American Legion, for example.

Schools can pick their own dead period and most choose it around the Fourth of July holiday.

During the dead period, there can be no involvement or contact by the school or coach with athletes in grades seven through 12. Schools can’t have open gyms, conditioning, or weight-lifting activities on school premises or sponsored by the school or coach at other facilities during this time.

The preseason down time specifies for no open gyms for a period of six to 14 days prior to the start of each season. Mainly, it’s designed from Aug. 1 to the start of fall sports practices, 14 calendar days before winter sports start, and from March 1 until the beginning of spring sports.