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Spring drills in full bloom for Wolves

"Who says it's too early for SK football?The South Kitsap High School football team is taking advantage of a rule made by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) that any high school athletic teams can practice after the spring season has concluded.SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said he isn't adding practice time to his team this summer, but it is allowing him the luxury to work out the kinks on the field before he takes a varsity team to the Eastern Washington University football camp in late June.It gets us (coaches) ready and it gets them ready. (That's) why we're doing this early.The team started practicing Monday and will conclude Friday.The WIAA states no team can practice with pads the first three days of practice in the fall (Aug. 20-22), but coaches can practice their teams any way they choose from now until the third week in July.It's from the last week in July to the start of the third week in August that coaches and players cannot practice.Sigurdson said some prep teams are going all out while others are taking a moderate approach.Some are more of a pad up and let's get a lot of scrimmaging in and run plays, Sigurdson said. We are running our spring ball just like we run our summer camp, Sigurdson said. It's very much fundamentals.SK can practice in pads as long as it's approved by the school district, which it has, Sigurdson said.It's legal and a lot of schools are doing this, he said. Though spring may seem early for football, the fall sports season begins in only 10 weeks.With weight training classes in the winter and spring Sigurdson said he's noticed some changes in some of his players.I've seen a tremendous amount of growth, he said. The ones that have been in the weight room there is a noticeable difference.With the emphasis on drills and fundamentals, Sigurdson said it's too early to categorize next season's team as special.Nobody is being treated differently right now, he said. Everyone sees each other as the same. "

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