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Ball State Football Opens Practice Wednesday, Sets Fan Jam

It won't be long until this is your typical Saturday

It won’t be long until this is your typical Saturday

Thank the Lord. Football is back. The long slow stretch of the offseason from January to August, interrupted only for spring ball and potential bad news is just about over. On Wednesday, the Cardinals open up their fall camp and we begin the countdown to what some are whispering could be a monumentally historic season in Muncie. For the players, it’s all hard work and often double sessions, sprinkled with a nice bit of conditioning and Death-by-Feeley weight training. For the fans, it provides an opportunity to see the Cards in motion in advance of their August 29th home opener against Illinois State as practice sessions are open to the public should you find yourself in the vicinity of Scheumann Stadium with a couple hours to kill. Cell phones are not allowed by visitors or media, so you can go ahead and forget Tweeting/Vineing/Instagraming those sweet Wenning-to-Anyone TD tosses. You can wax poetic after it’s over.

Your 2013 fall pre-season practice schedule:

Wed., July 31 – 7:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #1)
Thurs., Aug. 1 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #2)
Fri., Aug. 2 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #3)
Sat., Aug. 3 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #4)
Sun., Aug. 4 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #5)
Mon., Aug. 5 – 7:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #6)
Tues., Aug. 6 – NO PRACTICE
* Wed., Aug. 7 – 8 a.m. (PRACTICE #7)
* Wed., Aug. 7 – 7:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #8)
Thurs., Aug. 8 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #9)
* Fri., Aug. 9 – 8 a.m. (PRACTICE #10)
* Fri., Aug. 9 – 7:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #11)
Sat., Aug. 10 – 5 p.m. (FAN JAM)
* Sun., Aug. 11 – 8 a.m. (PRACTICE #12)
* Sun., Aug. 11 – 7:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #13)
Mon., Aug. 12 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #14)
* Tues., Aug. 13 – 8 a.m. (PRACTICE #15)
* Tues., Aug. 13 – 7:45 p.m. (PRACTICE #16)
Wed., Aug. 14 – NO PRACTICE
Thurs., Aug. 15 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #17)
Fri., Aug. 16 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #18)
Sat., Aug. 17 – 2:15 p.m. (PRACTICE #19)
Sun., Aug. 18 – 8 a.m. (PRACTICE #20)
*Two practices in same day

Twenty practices doesn’t seem like a ton, but in reality, it’s those practices that will lay the foundation of the coming season. It’s the first practice sessions where the freshmen can get in official reps and see where they’ll fit into the scheme and system. It’s an opportunity for the coaching staff (and more importantly the veterans) to set a tone for the coming 2013 campaign.

You’ll notice also that Saturday August 10 is Fan Jam at 5pm. I’d go ahead and mark my calendar for that if I were you. It’s your chance to rub elbows and support a team that is on the verge of completing a near 180 degree turnaround, considering the redshirt seniors were around for the 2009 debacle and the non-redshirt seniors’ first season in Muncie was the 2010 dead cat bounce of a program that nearly everyone knew was on the verge of complete demolition on the coaching side of the house. If this season turns out the way I expect it will, you’re going to want to have some photos with players, autographs on schedules, etc. Could be worth a ton sentimentally and considerably more monetarily if what I think  happens, happens.

So mark your schedules and try to make it out to a practice or two. I can promise you that you’ll be in for an eye-opening experience and you will most likely have a new found respect for this staff. Those late game heroics, stellar game management skills and attention to detail don’t just happen. It’s a learned skill and these are the times that it is taught. And you can say you were there. Huzzah!

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