Most of the time, high school coaches search for offseason training regiments that keep teenagers from getting bored.
At Myrtle Beach, they’ve found one that will put athletes to sleep.
Several Seahawk teams have begun regular yoga instruction, led by Amanda Himmelsbach, the wife of boys soccer coach Jason Himmelsbach, and Yoga O2 co-founder Elise Angell. The program, which began with the soccer team, has now spread to most of the other sports, including football.
Surprisingly to most of the coaches, there hasn’t been too much salesmanship necessary.
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“We sent them in the mini-gym and closed all the windows and doors so no one can see them,” Seahawks football coach Mickey Wilson joked. “It’s the last thing we do before we go home for the week. It was kind of neat. [Two weeks ago] was the first week we did it. They came back down and said ‘That was a trip. That was a workout.’ ”
The 30-minute sessions include the stretching and strength training associated with yoga. Some teams have also started using the relaxation portion, too.
It was a strategy the boys soccer team used prior to games, when Jason Himmelsbach said his wife would “have 18 of them fall asleep all at the same time.”
The benefits of the increased flexibility and body control was a no-brainer.
“We did it all season. We did two classes a week,” Himmelsbach said. “At the beginning, it was ‘What was this?’ But it panned out. We didn’t have any major injuries this season, which was a first. It was a slam dunk for us.”
The Seahawks booster club voted to fund the training program earlier this year after baseball and soccer used it in the preseason. The success helped it spread to others.
Just don’t expect too many of the coaches to join the ranks.
“I’m too old for stuff like that,” Wilson said. “I’ll end up in the emergency room.”
More offers for Moody, Wilson
Conway quarterback Mykal Moody picked up his fourth official college offer last week.
Moody, who already has received offers from Mississippi, Kentucky and North Carolina State, earned a nod from Marshall. It was his first scholarship offer following spring drills, which he mostly missed after breaking his clavicle during an offseason skills camp in Charlotte, N.C.
He’s progressing from the injury, and is expected to be 100 percent by the time fall camp opens in the last week of July. Between now and then, he has a visit to Mississippi planned for July 20.
As a junior, Moody ran for 1,490 yards and 30 touchdowns while also throwing for 1,519 yards and another 17 scores. He was named The Sun News’ Toast of the Coast Offensive Player of the Year, among plenty of other accolades.
Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach defensive back Chocolate Wilson is up to five offers after Marshall also made a pitch to the rising senior.
Wilson received an offer from North Carolina State two weeks ago. That joined previous scholarship offers from Purdue, Missouri and Mississippi.
Summer passing leagues
Many of the area high schools will be at Conway at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the Tigers’ inaugural football passing league. Many of those same squads will head to Florence on Saturday for another large event before participating in others at various locations along the way.
The Summer schedule will crescendo with Coastal Carolina University’s two-day league on July 12-13.
Fall camps can open July 27, and full-pad practices can commence July 31.
Myrtle Beach, which has typically hosted a larger event each summer, has decided to make more trips instead. The Seahawks participated in Byrnes’ seven-on-seven league last week.
Region changes take effect
With the conclusion of the majority of the 2011-2012 school year high school all-star games, several teams in the area will now undergo region realignment, although most of it will be in name only.
Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee and St. James – which along with Wilson comprised Region VIII-AAA the last two seasons – will now be in Region VII-AAA. The six-team region will have virtually no other changes.
The biggest difference among area schools came for Class A member Carvers Bay, which has moved into Region VII-A from Region VIII-A. The Bears will make the move with longtime rival Hemingway. That leaves Green Sea Floyds as the only school in The Sun News coverage area in Region VIII-A.
No teams in the area in Class AAAA or Class AA will undergo changes from the previous two schools years.