Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Around the state this week an annual rite of passage began: Daily Doubles.
It used to mean high school athletes showing up around dawn for one practice, going home; and then coming back later in the day to practice until dark.
However, for four of the six high school teams in Hood River, Daily Doubles have turned into Daily Long Singles.
"It's just easier to get everyone together once," HRV boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera said. "It creates an environment that is less stressful for everyone."
HRV Athletic Director Keith Bassham said in this economy its difficult for players and coaches alike to commit to morning and evening practices, particularly when so many have jobs outside of teaching.
"We have so many community coaches that you have people that have to make a living other than teaching and for them to come at two different times really disrupts their business," he said.
Not only do many of the high school coaches have other jobs, many of their athletes do, as well.
"We have kids that are working and who are trying to do things in the summer when they can to make money," Bassham said.
The logistics of trying to co-ordinate two practices, which either start or end during the typical work day, and get everyone on the field can be a challenge.
"A lot of my coaches have jobs," said HRV football coach Caleb Sperry. "So do a lot of the kids."
Getting all the players and coaches together for one lengthy evening practice is easier logistically.
It also helps to keep the athletes focused.
Instead of having them on the field early in the morning, sending them home in the middle of the day to eat and nap, and then bringing them back again, everyone is in the same place the whole time.
Sperry said that helps to eliminate wasted practice time of getting everyone ready to go again in the afternoon, and that the team can spend the time it would use for another warm-up to get in position practice or get ready for its first game.
Sperry said he first saw the long-single summer practice as an assistant coach at McKay High School, and brought it with him to Hood River.
Two programs in Hood River, the HRV volleyball team and the Horizon soccer team, are still doing daily doubles this fall.
Another, the HRV cross country team, doubles down on the whole concept so to speak. Instead of doing daily practices at the school, holds a three-day camp at Cloud Cap on Mount Hood.
The Hood River cheerleading squad has been doing full-day camps to prepare for its role this season.
Whether teams decide to doubles or singles practices, Bassham said it doesn't really matter. What is important is that coaches figure out what works best for their staff and for their players.
"The teams have to figure out what's best for them for their programs," Bassham said. "Each one has their own clientele that is very different."
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge