With summer winding down and school ending, summer baseball is about to be in full swing.
But Sylvan Hills head coach Denny Tipton is offering his players a chance to spend their summer a little differently by paring down the schedule and putting his players in what is known as a high school extended summer season.
The trend began a few years back in central Arkansas and has grown. For Tipton, it’s his first foray into such an endeavor.
"It’s new to me so I really don’t know what to expect," Tipton said.
There will be three tournaments including one in Benton, a tournament at Arkansas State and one at UALR on the fourth of July weekend that will end the season.
Tipton became concerned when some of his players dropped out of the American Legion program due to he demanding summer schedule.
"They wanted to take a break," Tipton said. "Parents wanted to spend a week at the beach."
Often times, success on the Legion field can translate into playing games well into August, just before school or football workouts.
"We are ending on July 7," Tipton said. "It gives them time to have a summer, enjoy themselves, and get a break."
Tipton’s entire team has bought into the concept and will play the summer schedule that begins next Thursday.
After a month baseball, they get the break they will likely need and deserve.