The Pelicans changed up their summer warm-up routine last week from throwing and stretching to housekeeping. Ownership and pride in the field gives players a real sense of a home-field advantage, something the Pelicans hope to use during their only summer game, Head Coach Brian Bass said.
“At some point, every team has to be accountable for their field,” Bass said. “Putting in some hard work and dripping some elbow sweat on the field is a great way to do that.”
The team started each summer practice with a warm-up, usually doing defensive hands drills to get loose before practice. Finishing up the summer season with a field accountability warm-up was just the cherry on top, Bass said.
“It’s creating a home-field advantage,” Bass said. “It gives players a feeling of ‘this is my house.”
The Pelicans faced Silliman High School after press on Tuesday, June 3.
“It will be good to see what kind of progress we’ve made from the beginning when we met,” Bass said.
His fellow coaches, as Bass refuses to call them assistant coaches, James Hartley and Michael Avery have been instrumental in the summer development of the Pelican team, Bass said.
“I’d like to thank them for putting in the time that it takes to raise a family. It takes a community to raise a kid and well, we’ve got a whole team,” Bass said.