The Edwardsburg football is going through boot camp multiple times during fall practice as they prepare to open up the 2013 season.
The Eddies are even bringing a trainer from The Edwardsburg Fitness Center to take things up a notch.
"We're worried about our kids quitting more than anything," Eddies coach Kevin Bartz explains as to why they are doing this. "This pushes them to the point that even when they're exhausted, they find they can help each other. It's not just the conditioning but the mental work they get out of it."
It's also not just the players that are doing the boot camp. Coach Bartz himself is right in the heart of it. When your coach is doing it, players say--they know they can't say anything.
"You can't complain at all," senior quarterback Brett Bowman explains. "He's 46 years old and he's kicking some of our butts. You just have to push yourself and try not to be behind him."
but why at 46---does Coach Bartz put himself through this?
"If i'm going to be a part of the team--I'm going to be right there with them," Bartz says moments after the workout. "We work out all summer with these guys. I have a JV coach working with the JV and we're just trying to show them we have what it takes also--that we have what it takes to get this done."
There's no question---as tough as it is--his boot camp is bringing this team closer together.
"We push each other to the limit until we collapse or get our victory," senior center Travis Myrick says.
"it makes us a whole family," Bowman adds. "Watching your classmate struggle and you have to help him, it makes you all stronger as one."
The Eddies return 11 starters from last year's squad. They open the season August 29th at home against Otsego.