On Tuesday, the helmets go on and the practices get serious as Davis High begins the 2010 football season.
And despite all the XÕs and OÕs dancing through the heads of the 40-plus Blue Devil hopefuls at Halden Field, head coach Steve Smyte still will find room for one more play each week Ñ plays that will come via the suggestions of Davis Enterprise readers.
ÒI think we can have some fun with this,Ó first-year grid mentor Smyte says. ÒJust give our QBs time to throw Ñ some real protection.Ó
For each of the 10 regular season games, Smyte will choose one offensive play submitted by Enterprise readers. Smyte, a former UC Davis and Boise State assistant coach, promises to
insert the plays in practice and run one a game.
Each week, as part of staff writer Bruce GallaudetÕs new Tuesday Morning Quarterback feature, the play picked for the previous weekendÕs game will be reviewed, its creator spotlighted and the winning grid guruÕs picture published with the breakdown.
As fun as simply having a play used (and credited) will be, thereÕs more!
Each selected entrant will receive a Blue Devil T-shirt and Chipotle lunch card. The play that gains the most yardage on the season will earn its designer a cooler, tailgate supplies and two tickets to an Oakland Raiders game.
ÒIt could be that Smyte and the Blue Devils will be so successful with a readerÕs play, that weÕll see it more than once during a game or the season,Ó Gallaudet explains. ÒThat yardage will be cumulative in deciding the winner.Ó
The season opens Sept. 3 at Armijo with the first home game slated for new Halden Field on Oct. 1 vs. Franklin.
Want a hint before submitting your play? Smyte has installed a spread, pro-set offense that, according to the coach, has flavors of those offenses run at Boise and Alabama.
To enter, submit your play diagram and a 25-words-or-less explanation about what youÕre trying to accomplish. Send them to The Play, c/o The Davis Enterprise, 315 G St. or drop them off at
the newspaper office. E-mail entries also are accepted. Send e-mails to email@example.com.
Deadline for all entries is Aug. 26.
Winners will be announced each week after the game in which their play is used.
Tryouts for athletes who are interested in playing varsity, JV and freshman Blue Devil girls volleyball this fall start Monday and will last as long as needed to form teams.
Workouts that week will go from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ñ with a break Ñ and times my change after that but practice will continue through the school year.
Athletes should wear workout clothes and bring court shoes and volleyball shoes as well as a lunch and plenty of water. All players also must have a current, signed physical form to
participate. These forms can be picked up at the office at any school.
For more information visit http://groups.dcn.org/dhsvolleyball or e-mail head coach Leigh Whitmire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Davis Lacrosse Association will conclude its fifth annual summer lacrosse camp series for beginners to advanced boys in grades two through 11 with a final camp, which will take place in Davis, running from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.
To register, go to http://www.davislax.org and click on ÒRegister Online.Ó The cost of each session is $130.
For general questions about Davis lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or email@example.com.
Indoor soccer camp
The Davis Police Department is sponsoring a free indoor soccer camp Monday through Wednesday at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.
The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. each day and be led by Davis police officers Pete Faeth, a 1993 UCD graduate who was inducted into the Aggie Hall of Fame, and Dan La Fond, an All-American player at San Diego State in 1991.
The camp is for boys and girls ages 9-12 and appropriate nonmarking footwear is required. For more info, contact La Fond, who is the Davis school resource officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Ball registration is being taken through Aug. 28 by Davis Little League.
An exciting addition to the mix is the Junior division, open to 13- and 14-year-old players.
During a season that runs from Sept. 17 to Nov. 13, kids who will be playing from
AA level to Juniors are eligible to continue their baseball development.
Registration is $95 and can be completed online at http://www.davislittleleague.org or by contacting league officials at email@example.com
There is no T-Ball or Farm-level Fall Ball.
In other DLL news, Steve Olney has been elected league president with Steve Holm as vice president. Other top-level organization officers named last month include Leslie
Honeychurch as secretary, Pete Schouten as director of operations, Jay Ziegler as treasurer and Dan Duisenberg as major-division and AAA player rep.
Davis Legacy International will host a fundraising carwash in the Nugget Market parking lot at 1414 Covell Blvd. on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15. The team will wash cars from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
There is a $10 suggested donation per car.
DHS boys soccer
The Blue Devil varsity and JV squads will hold four days of tryouts for the upcoming fall season beginning on Monday, Aug. 16.
Tryouts will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and players must complete and bring the 2010 medical release and parental release forms to participate. The forms are available at the office of every school.
Call varsity coach Ashley Yudin at (530) 400-4965 or JV mentor Alex Park at (530) 304-1497 with any questions.
The Wild Wings Golf Club is hosting Golf Fore Habitat, a fundraiser to support Habitat for Humanity of Yolo County, on Saturday, Aug. 21.
Local players are invited to play in a scramble tournament with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost of the event, which includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch and entry into a raffle for golf prizes, is $95.23. The special price is because thatÕs what it cost to build one square foot of the Heidrick Ranch duplex Ñ Yolo County Habitat for HumanityÕs latest project.
Register online at http://www.habitatyolo.org or call Mark Restrepo at (916) 425-7994 for more information.