Cal coach Jeff Tedford talked after last season about examining everything that goes on his program. After doing so, one major change he is implementing next season is his players’ daily routine.
The Bears will now practice in the morning, leaving players the afternoons to go to class and work on their academics. That will also give players more free time in the evening.
Tedford said the main reason he made the switch is so players could maximize their days. He said most players were sleeping in and not starting their day of classes until later in the day. In the new arrangement, players are getting an earlier start to their day and being more efficient with their time.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays during the season, Cal will practice around 8:30 a.m. They will start at around 9:30 on Wednesdays. But the players’ football duties will commence much earlier than when they actually hit the field for practice. They will lift weights and have position meetings earlier in the morning, meaning an early wake-up call will be in order. That will be a substantial change from what players are used to.
“Waking up early is going to be tough, but once we get started I think guys will get adjusted,” Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed said. “I think the day will go more smoothly.”
Tedford said he hopes players maximize their time so they are done with their academic stuff by evening. He wants them to have time to “decompress” and have time to themselves, while still getting to bed at a reasonable hour for the next morning’s practice.
One other change: Players will now have Sundays off instead of Monday. In the past, the Bears held a short conditioning practice on Sunday nights to get stretched out the day after a game. That practice will now take place Mondays instead of Sundays, with normal practices still being held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.