Sept. 25, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The excitement which has been building through the summer and the first days of school bubbled over early this morning for the Alabama softball team. This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. the Crimson Tide took the field at Rhoads Stadium for the first official practice of the season.
"It was all they talked about during weights, the chance to get out on the field as a team," UA head coach Patrick Murphysaid. "This is the time when we'll put in our offensive and defensive schemes and start to build the team we'll be when spring comes around. During the off season, when we're limited to individual workouts, we really focus in on the offensive side of things. Now that we're into our regular practices and 20 hours a week, we'll work both sides."
Today's practice was the first time that the 18 players that make up the 2013-14 squad have gathered together with the coaches and staff for a full practice. This year's squad finds its roster balanced between youth and experience with five freshmen to go with an equal number of seniors with the other eight split between the sophomore and junior classes.
"The fall is a time for the team to integrate the rookies with the veterans," Murphy said. "It's also a chance for us to experiment with different lineups and see folks at different position and figure out who goes best where."
During the Tide's fall slate of practices there will a trio of Fall Brawls during which Alabama will play doubleheaders on three consecutive Sundays against Northwest Florida State College, Middle Tennessee State and West Alabama, all slated for the month of October.
"The play dates are for our fans to come out and meet the new kids and get an idea of what this year's Crimson Tide is going to look like," Murphy said.