Our season has started! The time has come for double days, new practice gear, and all you can eat Cannon Center. We got started early on Friday morning with pictures. With all of us dolled up, we took individual and team photos over by the waterfall underneath the bell tower on campus. We then each did an interview for our new team Facebook page telling a little bit about our personal lives (be sure to add us as a friend and check them out)! The day proceeded with a series of meetings to set our season off right.
We met with everyone from our wonderful trainers to the hardworking compliance office, who make sure that we are all eligible to play within the NCAA. We also met with our Associate Athletic Director, Janie Penfield, who gave us a presentation on the Athletic Department and NCAA banned substances. Sandy Thomas, our academic advisor, also met with us to help us set our team G.P.A. goal for this next semester and make sure we are all on track towards graduation and being eligible. After we met with the all the awesome people that keep our team going strong, we had a team meeting to get us all set up for our season.
To finish off our first day, we headed to the training room to get our physical exams done. The next day we went to Helaman Halls to play volleyball at a function put on by BYUSA. We played with awesome people from the community and freshman living in the dorms. On Sunday, one of our new coaches, Chris McGown, invited the team over to his lovely home in Midway for dinner. If there is one thing we love to do as a team, it’s eating.
Monday marked the first day of practice for our 2009 season. There is no other feeling like playing in the Fieldhouse and we are so happy to be back! Although we had a competitive, high energy and constructive first practice, the excitement died afterward for the freshman when they learned they would experience part of their initiation. With approval from our head trainer, Gaye Merrill, the newcomers dipped all the way under in the cold pool, where the water is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Welcome to the team!
Although we had a setback during our practice on Tuesday with a routine fire drill, we are making great progress in the gym and we are thrilled to be back. Go Cougars!