“That sun shuts right off and it is rain every day,” Kodiak’s third-year head coach said.
Kodiak players didn’t have to worry about sunburn during the team’s two-a-day practices last week, as they slogged through rain most of the time.
“They are pretty waterlogged,” Schnick said.
Unfortunately for Schnick, not too many players turned out for the team this season.
Only a consistent 30 players have been showing up to practice, with a peak of 37 players.
Since the start of the program in 2002, the team usually has a roster of 50 or more players. Schnick said 70 turned out for two-a-days last season.
“We are definitely young,” Schnick said. “We didn’t have the turnout that we have had in previous years.”
The team graduated a ton of players last season, while some other players moved off island during the summer.
Schnick said he has noticed other teams in Alaska also strugling with roster size.
“I don’t know what is to explain that,” he said. “I think there are a lot of factors. I don’t think there is one you can really pinpoint.”
The lack of players means a lack of depth.
“The guys that are here are getting better every day,” Schnick said.
With low numbers, Kodiak does not have enough eligible players to field a junior varsity team for the first week of the season, Schnick said.
He hopes that changes and more students join the team when school starts next week.
“We are trying to piece something together,” he said. “Anybody that knows me knows I try to get as many games for us as I can.”
Kodiak will have enough players for its season-opening varsity game Saturday at Joe Floyd Track and Field against large school Chugiak.
Many of those players will play both offense and defense.
“That would have happened regardless,” Schnick said. “We have been that way for a decade.”
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