Spring football helps rising freshmen adjust to high school

On a hot May afternoon, eighth-grade football players, many of whom who will one day become the stars on Friday nights in the fall, go through another day of spring football practice on a field behind Navarre High School.

For the first time ever here in Florida, rising freshmen have been afforded the opportunity to take part in spring football – a rule change by the FHSAA opened the door to it – and freshman head coach Rusty Bauldree didn’t hesitate to have his future players take advantage of it.

Navarre has had a spring football program for a long time, but prior to this year, it consisted primarily of work in the weight room. Full contact on the field was never part of the equation.

Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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