Summer means vacation.
For athletes connected to the Buckaroo strength and conditioning program, summer means work.
BHS athletes show up at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday for workouts at Buckaroo Stadium. Stations are spread around the turf and in the stands to develop speed, conditioning and agility.
After 45 minutes of grueling activities, they head to the weight room to work on strength.
The BJHS athletes show up at 8 a.m. for the same workout.
Lady Bucks volleyball players head to the courts after their workouts for open gym. The girls work on individual skills and drills twice a week. They recently completed a summer league in Graham as well as tournaments in Bangs and Dublin.
This past weekend, Breckenridge hosted a tournament with teams from Wylie, Munday, Dublin, DeLeon, Stephenville, Moran and two clubs participating.
The Lady Bucks won the consolation final.
The Lady Bucks basketball team participated in a spring league that rolled into June. In July, both the varsity and junior varsity teams travelled to Lubbock to take part in a three-day team camp.
Bucks football players are on the turf every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5 -6:30 p.m. for 7-on-7 practices. Quarterbacks and receivers have specialized workouts throughout the week.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-7 p.m. is reserved for Bucks basketball workouts. The Bucks had two teams that played in the Abilene Spring Basketball League.
The varsity Bucks won all five games at the Eula Team Camp to claim the championship. The Bucks played five games at the Azle Summer Shootout which was held July 12 and 13.
The Bucks went undefeated in pool play, knocking off Paradise 71-34, Nolan Catholic 51-48 and last years 2A state- finalist Brock 61-54.
The Bucks lost 65-60 to Burkburnett in the semi-finals.
Breckenridge athletes are not on vacation.
Neither are the coaches.
The Buckaroo coaching staff oversees each of these activities.
The coaches are not allowed by the UIL to provide in-game coaching during summer leagues or 7-on-7, but they are there to observe and make notes and plans in preparation for the upcoming seasons.
The coaches have also been holding various Buckaroo sports camps.
Many of the coaches attend clinics and seminars or are instructors at other sports camps during the summer months.
Success on the field or court comes with a price.
Our Buckaroo athletes and coaches are paying that price. The cost is summer vacation.