Thanks for the responses. It's a tough situation all the way around -- I can't imagine how the coaches must've felt.
At the same time, if there's any way that we can come up with another form of bonding/team building that is forged through hard work (instead of some "ropes course"), I think it would help the program get back to where it needs to be.
I gather from the responses of former players that the drills were more about mental toughness and bonding than the atual physical rigor.
Posted on 1/15 11:44 PM | IP: Logged
Thanks for the perspective and for the specifics on the changes. I had heard the drills were "watered down" some but did know exactly how. The water breaks seem reasonable and the reduction of time at stations by nearly 15% probably makes a big difference. I have to agree that the old manner of send backs would be a good thing to reinstate maybe with the training staff having more authority to intervene if they think an individual needs to be pulled from a drill. The only time I have ever passed out cold from exhaustion/fatigue in my life was during mats in a multiple send back scenario and thankfully an amonia tab up the nostril cured that condition pretty fast.
Posted on 1/17 1:04 PM | IP: Logged
Ah yes, if they had it out for someone in your segment but not in your specific group it could make for an easy day. I remember one day only going once on the mats in 21 minutes because of other groups getting sent back. I also remember getting sent back a few times in a row and how much that sucked.
Posted on 1/17 1:30 PM | IP: Logged
these former players that post are freaking money! Get some more on here!