At the start of the practice, Camdenton head coach Jeff Shore says they didn’t immediately turn on the lights. He says it was a beautiful night and they all took time to sit around the goal post. They took time to discuss what they wanted to accomplish during the year and to hone in on the path they had taken to get to this point.

A great way to pull a team together comes through breaking out of the norm and experiencing something unique.

Camdenton High School Football Coach Jeff Shore says that this was something the coaching staff was searching for at the start of summer practices. He says that, during discussions on the topic, assistant Cole Walker threw out the idea of meeting for a midnight practice. The idea was warmly received and soon implemented into the practice schedule during August.

“Parents probably weren’t too happy at the idea, for the kids who couldn’t drive themselves, but we were excited about it,” Shore said.

At the start of the practice, Shore says they didn’t immediately turn on the lights. He says it was a beautiful night and they all took time to sit around the goal post. They took time to discuss what they wanted to accomplish during the year and to hone in on the path they had taken to get to this point.

“We want to be the hardest playing team in the state of Missouri, that’s always a goal of ours,” Shore said.

He says they also talked about the people who were supporting the team and appreciating the town for what it means to the team.

“I wanted everyone to think about their parents, the fans, their friends, and what part they play in our success. It’s important to recognize their role,” Shore said.

When the start of practice finally came, Shore says that the feeling around the team was “electrified.” He recalls the lights being turned on and the feeling of excitement shooting around between teammates. After blasting some music through the stadium speakers, he says the practice kicked off with a bang.

The practice run only an hour and a half, hoping not to fully exhaust players in the early hours. Many of the drills were snappy and kept to a short focus in order to move along to other aspects that Shore felt were important to achieve. Shore felt that many of the players embraced the feeling of being under the lights and the preparation is brought for the first game.

Looking forward, Shore is confident that future teams will implement this practice into their summer routine. He was pleased with how many players came up to him afterwards, praising the practice and the unique nature of it. He says that every season, the coaching staff tries to come up with something new to invigorate the players, and was happy with how well the midnight practice went over.

“I think it will be memorable for them,” Shore said. “We really got things kicked off in the right way.”