Test a player’s fitness level year-round to ensure he stays in shape.

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By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

If a player on the Deer Park (Texas) football team thinks he can let his fitness slip during the offseason, he’s sadly mistaken.

As part of coach Chris Massey’s offseason program, players are required to take fitness tests before Christmas, in mid-February, before spring training and during a six-week summer program.

“All of their results are charted and recorded,” Massey said. “They set goals before each test. They can earn offseason T-shirts with their performances on each test. Everything we try to do – whether it’s in the weight room, on the mat or outside – is very competitive.”

The year-round commitment to the strength program allows for fewer surprises on the first day of preseason workouts in August. Rarely will Massey discover a player who unexpectedly is out of shape.

“It’s a very structured program and it takes time to put it together,” Massey said. “But everybody in Texas can do it.”

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Dan Guttenplan