Early morning practice. The smell of the previous night’s showers linger. It’s the beginning of fall sports’ next 45 days.
The 45 days of practice is the 45-day period that college fall sports’ limit for off-season practice. This is a nationwide rule established by the NCAA. This is an opportunity for teams to prepare for and improve by the next season. Each team has 45 days to practice and they use this time wisely.
The football team has been working hard in practice while staying safe. Coach Williamson made sure to keep the team in shape and safe during the 45 days of practice. They practice three times a week, with an offense versus defense scrimmage. The football players also have weight lifting in the GISC three times a week. In both their practices and workouts, they wear face masks. This helps keep the entire team safe and allows them to further practice.
Missouri Western sports that are beginning their 45 days include men’s and women’s cross country, men’s football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s lacrosse. All NCAA Division II colleges and universities have 45 days to decide the eligibility of a freshman or transfer. The 45-day rule is just one of many rules set in place by the NCAA. It branches from CARA, countable athletically related activity. CARA’s rules and regulations vary for each sport.
In an interview with Charlie Rizzio, the new linebacker coach for the football team, he explained one thing he hopes to accomplish in the NCAA’s 45 days of practice.
“By the end, we should be in great shape, we should have a great understanding of everything and be able to play really fast,” Rizzio said.
In an interview with CJ Bufkin, a freshman football player, he explained what he’s excited about for starting these upcoming practices.
“I’m excited to get back into the groove of things," Bufkin said.
This shows the excitement athletes have for starting the 45 days of practice. For many freshmen such as Bufkin, this is their first experience at the collegiate level.
In an interview with Brianna Davis, a freshman women’s soccer player, she explained how she’s staying motivated even with the uncertainty of a season.
"I’m trying to stay positive and work on my skills to be ready when I’m able to play," Davis said.
This is the overall mindset of most athletes that are set to play this fall.