THOMASVILLE — Football coaches aren't the only ones hoping for a summer schedule. Add Thomas County Central softball coach Robyn Trammell's name to the list.
As Georgia High School Association Executive Director Robin Hines speaks to board members Thursday about implementing summer workouts and conditioning for GHSA teams, Trammell is hopeful her squad can meet up again in June. She reminisced on what it's been like being away from her players the past two months.
“The first thing is I just miss them,” Trammell said. “Right now, we'd be doing 4-on-1s. We'd be out there two or three times a week just working. They were lifting every day, working hard in the locker room. We're hopeful for June. I have great kids. I guarantee they haven't missed a beat. They're out home working, just on their own merit just with their parents. They're just watching hard. I'm definitely encouraged by that because they have great work ethic. I know they're not missing a beat.”
The summer schedule is a busy time for Trammell and her Lady Yellow Jackets. She said they normally play 15 games during the summer, which includes a tournament in Atlanta. They use the summer as a preseason in preparing for the start of the regular season in August.
“Ultimately we would have had tryouts by now. Once summer rolls in, we go hard,” Trammell said.
Next season's team will feature just one senior, Morgan Kirkendoll. She will anchor a team that finished 11-17 last year and was knocked out of the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. Trammell's not worried about the team's youth heading into next year.
“These kids play year-round,” Trammell said, “so I can't really say that we're going to be young or inexperienced because the kids play year round and they work hard. I think we have a strong junior class. My kids are the best around so I'm not too worried. I am excited.”