Last year was my first year where I am at. We are a small school in South Carolina. We have about 40 in our football program from 9-12.
We ran spring very similar to our normal practices and ended it with an intrasquad scrimmage. A ton of our guys are multi-sport athletes. We had 10ish kids in track but they just did their track stuff during last block weight lifting and then practiced with us as normal. Our baseball kids (5-6) couldn't do that so we didn't have them. If track wasn't flexible I am not sure what we would have done but it would have made a major issue.
Being involved with football should never ruin someone’s day.
How do you guys that coach at a smaller school handle spring practice?
Do you do them? How many days? How long? What about guys that are playing baseball, track, etc that also play football?
Just curious to get some ideas...
It depends on who you can get and how many kids.
If you can get enough (like at least 25+), go ahead and do a very basic offensive and defensive install. Maybe try to schedule a scrimmage. A spring intrasquad scrimmage (if you have around 30+) gets kids excited and it can be a nice fundraiser if you sell tickets and concessions. Don't worry too much if starters are out. It's a good chance to get a look at younger kids and develop them.
If you're not able to get 20-25 kids, it may not even be worth doing. I once coached at a small school where the HC did a spring practice as a "fun" thing because we only had about 18 kids at any given practice, and it wasn't even the same kids. That was more like a camp. We would hit the sled, do tackling drills, and work on individual skills for like 30 minutes, then do towel wrestling or play ultimate football for another 15-30 min.