High school football camps officially got underway Friday, as teams hit the field for the conditioning period.
According to GHSA rules, teams must have five practices without pads to allow players to condition to the heat before strapping it up for full contact.
The Westover Patriots are just one of several south Georgia teams that took the practice field Friday.
Like most others, the Pats have been working all summer.
"Our guys have been out here all summer," Westover head coach Octavia Jones says. "It's just business as usual for us. We're extremely excited this day is here because now we're closer to putting all of it on."
They still must take part in the conditioning period however, so Jones using it as more time to focus on the fundamentals.
"Being that we've already been going at it, our guys are already pre-conditioned. We've been using the same times all summer so they're conditioned to the heat," he says. "We're just ready to get in those pads. We've spent a lot of time on fundamentals. Since we can't really do contact, that's what we put our emphasis on right now."
The first day teams will be able to practice in full pads will be next Friday, August 1. That's three weeks before the first game of the season
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