Football, spiker practices start Monday

Equipment issued at 7 a.m. Monday

In his fifth season at the helm, Coach Jeff Miller hopes to get his Tiger football team to the postseason in what may be the toughest 3A district in the state. In his fifth season at the helm, Coach Jeff Miller hopes to get his Tiger football team to the postseason in what may be the toughest 3A district in the state. With just a month left until kickoff, teams across the state will get pre-season workouts going on Monday as equipment is issued and practice starts up for gridders across the state.

Equipment will be issued at the field house at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. That will also be the first day of practice with the Tigers working out from 8 a.m. until noon.

Star ting Tuesday, Aug. 3, practice will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. until noon. The practice on Aug. 6 will mark the Tigers’ first practice in full pads. Picture day/press day is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

While its first game is set for Friday, Aug. 27, when Rockdale will host Austin Eastside Memorial for the 7:30 kickoff, the Tigers have a couple of scrimmages set up before then as well.

They will host Elgin on Aug. 14 at noon for their first scrimmage and then will travel to Robinson on Aug. 19 for a 7 p.m. three-way scrimmage with the Rockets and Lexington.

The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place Monday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in Tiger Gymnasium.

Rockdale is picked 5th in the new District 23-3A. The Tigers were 8-3 in 2009.


Volleyball is set to start on Monday as well.

Workouts will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. This schedule will continue through Aug. 6.

All participants must bring their own t-shirt and shorts for the first few days, according to Jason Williams, in his second year at RHS. He encourages everyone to arrive 15 minues early for workouts.

A high school volleyball parents meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at the high school gym.

The Lady Tigers will scrimmage on Aug. 6 at Luling and then open the season on the road at Lexington on Tuesday, Aug. 10 for a 5 p.m. match.

Medical forms

If you are going to participate in Rockdale High School football, volleyball or cross-country this coming school year in grades 9-12, you must have all the required UIL and RISD medical forms turned in to the athletic office by Wednesday, July 28.

Students going into grades 9 and 11 must have a new physical examination and the four page “yellow form” packet.

Students going into the 10th and 12th grades only need to complete the “yellow form” packet if they already have a physical exam on-file from last year.

These medical forms may be picked up from the RISD Ath- letic office on Murray at Tiger Stadium. Football and volleyball practices begin on the morning of Monday, Aug. 2 and all participants must have these forms turned in.

Junior high football and volleyball athletes need their medical forms turned-in by Wednesday, Aug. 18.

New 7th grade athletes will need both the physical exam and the “yellow form” packet, while returning 8th grade athletes only need the “yellow form” packet.

RHS athletes other than football, volleyball or cross country need their medical forms turnedin the first week of school.


Physicals will be administered on Saturday, July 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Rockdale Junior High Gym for grades 7, 9 and 11.

Thorndale, Milano

Football and volleyball players will begin practices Monday in Thorndale and Milano as well.

Thorndale gridders will begin preparing for a jump into Class 2A this season as they issue equipment at 7 a.m. Monday. Workouts will begin at 8:45 that day and last until 1 p.m.

The team will then practice from 7 a.m. to noon through Friday and then hold an intrasquad scrimmage at 8 a.m. Aug. 7, according to Kade Burns, in his second year as the Bulldogs head coach.

Thorndale is picked to finish fifth in new District 12-2A. They were 8-3 in 2009 while in Class A.

Volleyball players and girl cross country runners for Thorndale will also begin practices on Monday at 7 a.m.

THS boy cross country runners who are not playing football are to report at 7:15 a.m. Monday. Runners who are playing football will report to football practice on Monday and will begin cross country workouts at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, according to boys running coach Robert Lindemann.

Milano football players will practice from 7 a.m. to noon with an hour break. The Eagles, under second year head coach Craig Jentsch, are picked to finish fourth in the new Distirct 13-A Division II. Milano just missed out on the playoffs in 2009 and finished the season at 6-3.

Lady Eagle volleyball players will work out from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m.

“Meet the Eagles” social will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Open house at school campuses will begin at 6 p.m. and “Meet the Eagles” and cake auction will follow at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

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