Wildcats prepare to go camping
Cassville returns to William Jewell for team bonding
According to Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, the Wildcats' annual trip to Liberty is an experience unlike any other.
The players leave July 20 and return on July 23. Once there, the Wildcat players spend four days on the campus of William Jewell College, and it is nothing but team building and football drills.
"The camp gives us a chance to get away from town and focus on becoming a team," Parnell said. "Players and coaches are given a chance to interact in ways that they otherwise do not get in a regular practice. Staying in the dorms and eating together help to make the camp more like a retreat."
While the primary focus is football, Parnell believes that the camp is necessary for his team's cohesion.
"We give them a lot of down time," Parnell said. "The coaches and I get an opportunity to interact with the players on a personal level. We'll sit down and play XBox or just talk about life. I think this camp does more to bring us together as a team than anything else we could do."
The Wildcats began lifting weights on June 8 and averaged 70-80 players at their sessions.
"I'm pleased with that turnout," Parnell said. "Early summer is a difficult time to get everyone together, and I felt our players did a good job getting in the weight room to lift."
Parnell said he had some players on mission trips, some at Boys State and some at FFA camp, which hampered the ability to get 100 percent participation in
the weight room.
"I think a school our size should always have around 90 players on the football team," Parnell said. "We have 90 players this year who are working their tail ends off to represent this team and community."
Upon returning from William Jewell, there is a mandatory dead period before the fall practice season begins on Aug. 3.