Alabama Men’s Basketball Holds First Practices
Thanks to a rule change implemented during this basketball season, official practices can now begin a full six weeks before the first scheduled game for that team. And with the real season kicking off on November 8th that means that September 27th was that first day that most teams chose to begin their season which included the Alabama Crimson Tide. “I thought our guys had a good spunk to them, they were excited to be in the gym” Head coach Anthony Grant said.
So, what’s this new rule and what was it before? There was a rule change that extended the time for practice from 30 days before the opening game, to 40. With many schools starting their scheduled games on Nov. 8 this season, and 40 days before would have meant a first practice on a Sunday. The NCAA allowed schools to have that first workout on a Friday which meant 42 total days.
An added benefit of the rule change is that with the earlier start date, schools will have 42 days to hold 30 practices. “This will allow us to kind of pace ourselves ….in years past, you almost felt like there was a rush….to get everything you needed to have in” Grant said. With the extra time to practice there will be more time off in between those practices, which could help players heal faster and recover better and as Grant says “it will allow us to get our guys built up to the point where we need to be by the time we play our first game”.
The Crimson Tide took a 10-day, five-game trip to Europe in mid-August (Aug. 8-18) where the Tide traveled to The Netherlands, Belgium and France. With the overseas trip Anthony Grant explains the value as the team was “able to have some practice time in the summer that we were able to take advantage of, and obviously experience of playing together”. Alabama went 3-2 during their European tour.
The second practice of the 2013-2014 season was on Monday afternoon in the basketball practice facility where they were ready to begin this seasons process, and as Anthony Grant stated, “Now it’s just a process of trying to build up to the point of where we are ready to play a game”.
Alabama will take on Oklahoma on Nov 8th in Dallas, Texas for the first regular-season game.
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