PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - As the high school football season approaches its end, with just a few area teams still playing, it is time to start focusing on the guys and girls on the hardwood.
Official practice for the 2017-2018 season opened up Monday.
And the regular season games begin next week.
Case in point, the Arnold Marlins are back at it, looking to improve on last season's 4-17 mark.
They'll open at Marianna a week from Monday.
If you think back to the end of summer, football gets three weeks between the first practice and the first game.
Basketball only allots two weeks of preseason.
Regardless of how much time they get, says coach Britton, the goals for coaches are basically the same.
It's about instilling fundamentals at this stage.
"We go through our stations every day," Robert Britton, Arnold basketball coach says. "Stations is twenty minutes of individual work where they're working on individual skills, and then we break them up into teams and they work on either defense or offense, then we switch. It gives them the opportunity to have our coaching staff have their eyes on them and put them in the right position to be successful.
Most of these kids are simply extending a nearly year round kind of hoops schedule through the spring and summer.
"Yes, everybody more or less plays year round," Britton said. "Our guys play more in the spring. Our first team camp is in June, and then we give them off in July. But the idea is to give them more games. But it gives them the opportunity to see it at a faster pace, bigger athletes. And it gives them a lot more confidence. Now not all our kids play summer travel ball but they play various sports that keeps them in shape, and keeps them headstrong and keeps them out of trouble."
Arnold hits the road Monday to take on Marianna.