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The ‘dead period’ is over, the new year ready to start

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The traditional mid-summer ‘dead period’ ended today and the 2012-13 athletic school year will hit full speed next Monday when most fall sports will start practice.

Getting a jump on even that schedule has been the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League which allowed teams to start practice on July 2.

Of course, if the oppressive heat from the past few weeks continues, very little will get done right off the bat. In fact, other than volleyball, fall sports teams would have found it almost impossible to practice under the current temperatures and heat indexes under present KHSAA rules.

Normally, the first day for fall sports teams to start practice is on July 15, but this summer, that date is a Sunday. So, as a practical matter, the fall sports will start practice on July 16. That is true for football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross-country. Of course, in the case of football, teams cannot start going in full pads until closer to Aug. 1.

The first sport out of the gate will once again be golf. Both the boys’ and girls’ team can start official matches on Saturday, July 28. That is two days earlier than in the past. The first day of the season used to be on the first Monday of August, but was moved up two days at the request of coaches to give the sport another weekend in which to conduct the larger tournaments which highlight the early part of any season.

The next sport that will see official action will be volleyball which can start matches on Monday, Aug. 6. As in the past, a number of the local teams will be heading to Lexington before that date to compete in the Bluegrass State Games, but those are considered scrimmages and not games.

During that week, school will officially start in Bullitt County on Aug. 8.

The week of Aug. 13 is the first date for soccer teams to take the field. That is also the same ‘week’ in which football teams can play games, but of course, those games won’t be played until Friday or Saturday of that week. All three Bullitt County teams will scrimmage on either Aug. 10 or 11 and then Bullitt Central and Bullitt East will take the field on Aug. 17 with North Bullitt playing on Aug. 18.

With those early games, all three local football teams will have an ‘open’ date at various times during the next 11 weeks.

Cross-country teams can also start practice in July, but at least locally, the teams don’t really get up to full speed until sometime after school starts. Each team might compete in a major meet before Labor Day, but generally speaking, those teams won’t compete until September.

With school ending on May 20 this year and starting again on Aug. 8, the Fourth of July is no longer the middle of summer for many in Bullitt County.