Saturday, August 20, 2016

Practice Schedule

PRACTICE SCHEDULE - Subject to change
(On Memorial Field unless otherwise noted.)

Wednesday, Aug. 24 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 25 - 8:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 26 - 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 - 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 - 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 - 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 - 4:15 p.m. Blackman Field
Wednesday, Aug. 31 - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 1 - 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 1 - 4:15 p.m. Blackman Field
Friday, Sept. 2 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3 - 10 a.m. (Green vs. White)
Monday, Sept. 5 - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6 - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 - 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 8 - 3 p.m. (Scrimmage vs Harvard)
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 12 - 4 p.m.
(Game week schedule begins)

(BGA Premium will post the first practice report Wednesday and will have reports after every practice, including each of the double sessions.)

The Vocativ website has a story under the headline, Battlefield To Playing Field: How Virtual Reality Took Over Sports. From the story:
It is no surprise that (sports VR pioneer Derek) Belch said younger players tend to acclimate and utilize VR technology more quickly, a sentiment shared by Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens, who began using STRIVR last year. Video games are ubiquitous; VR is essentially an immersive version of what college athletes do in their free time.
“It really resonates with guys because that’s their world,” Teevens said. “It’s a Pok√©mon Go type of culture.”
And . . .
Teevens is serious about reducing wear and tear, having eliminated tackling in practice back in 2010. Players work on form by wrapping up the MVP, Dartmouth’s Mobile Virtual Player, a remote-controlled tackling dummy on wheels, or through the STRIVR system. Teevens said his team’s missed-tackle rate has actually declined 50 percent because they actually work on technique more than they used to because it’s safer.
“The last two spring practices, we haven’t had any [concussions],” Teevens said. “Spring practice is what I consider ‘concussion season.’ If you look at statistics nationally, that’s when most of them at the college level occur. The peripheral reduction has been huge as well—necks, shoulders, backs, arms—just because collision with another human being has essentially been eliminated.”
For a roundup of Dartmouth performances in the Rio Olympics – including former junior varsity quarterback Sean Furey in the javelin – CLICK HERE.
Former Big Green pitcher Kyle Hendricks gave up just one run in six innings last night before the Chicago Cubs let the game against the Colorado Rockets slip away with Hendricks on the bench. With still another strong performance the righthander lowered his ERA to 2.16, which will be the best in the Major Leagues among pitchers with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title with Clayton Kershaw out.