Chik Chatting: Preseason underway
The regular season may still be about two weeks away for most spring teams at New Canaan and Darien High School, but the preseason is upon us.
By the time next week concludes, both New Canaan and Darien High School will have several teams get things going with some scrimmages, including baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and boys volleyball. It will be our first glimpse at the Rams and Blue Wave spring teams, as they compete in live game action for the first time in 2012.
While there isn't as much of an emphasis on winning and losing preseason games due to the fact that they obviously don't count in the standings, a good or bad preseason can certainly carry over into the start of the regular season.
It's for this reason that preseason games cannot be ignored, especially for a team which is coming off of a sub-.500 season and is looking to turn their fortunes around. In this case, winning a few preseason games can serve as a stepping stone to building all-important confidence for a team looking to turn the corner.
During the preseason in all sports at every level, coaches typically have some big decisions to make. In nearly every preseason, there are several key storylines: Many players are battling for starting positions and/or roster spots, players can "break out" and establish a more prominent role on their respective team, team chemistry begins to take shape and coaches are figuring out their lineups and establishing game plans.
And much like the regular season builds to the postseason tournaments, so too does the preseason build to the regular season, as players, coaches, parents and fans alike await that first contest in which their team kicks off the regular season at 1-0 or 0-1.
Scrimmages may not carry the same intensity of a regular season matchup, but it can be interesting to see New Canaan and Darien take on some unfamiliar foes which do not reside in the FCIAC.
In the upcoming week alone, three New Canaan teams (baseball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse) tangle with out-of-state teams. While playing an out-of-state team is fairly commonplace in lacrosse, the seemingly random nature of the preseason opponents is still intriguing.
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Three Darien teams (softball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse) are hosting jamborees, and the chance to take the field against several teams in one day is unique in and of itself.
I'd also imagine that there are a number of starting spots up for grabs on several of the spring teams, but I'll find out for sure in the coming weeks.
One final note: Some of the preview stories written by Dave Crandall, Andy Hutchison, Bob Birge and myself may also appear here in the normal editions of the New Canaan News and the Darien News as a sort of "teaser" for the Preview Edition.