It is the time of year when many young athletes face replacing frequent trips to the beach and day-long X-box marathons with wind sprints, drills and scrimmages.

Beginning this week, local high schools open practice and hold tryouts for their fall athletic teams. For most public schools in the area, Aug. 2 is the day football, volleyball, swimming, cross country and girls’ tennis teams begin tryouts and practice for the 2019 season.

While most high school programs have conditioning programs and other team-related training each summer that is generally well attended, these things don’t offer the structure and team-building opportunities daily practices do. Practices bring more accountability, chances for athletes to work on specific skills under the supervision of a full coaching staff and allow athletes to work with the ones they will go to battle with this fall so the next few weeks are key.

Athletes must have a completed physical form and in most cases a parental permission form in order to participate in any practice or tryout. Physical packets typically can be found at each school’s athletic department website.

Athletes are also asked to wear attire suitable for tryouts and practices. For most sports this means a T-shirt, shorts and athletic shoes. However, some teams have more specific requirements. For example, a swim suit will be needed for someone wanting to try out for a swim team. More specifically, most swim teams require a one-piece swim suit rather than a two-piece.

Ashley Ridge Opening Day/Tryouts Information

AR Football (New Player Registration): 7-7:45 a.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 outside locker room

AR Football: 8-10 a.m. Aug. 2 at AR Practice Field

AR Swimming (Paperwork Drop-off/Meet the Coaches): 7-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Ashborough Pool

AR Swimming: 7-9 a.m. Aug. 5-7 at the Ashborough Pool

AR Volleyball: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2, 3 and 5 at AR Gym

AR Girls Tennis: 9-11 a.m. Aug. 5-9 at the AR Tennis Courts

Fort Dorchester Opening Day/Tryouts Information

FD Varsity Football (9, 10, 11,12th graders): 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 2

FD Junior Varsity Football (7, 8, 9,10th graders): 8:00-10:30 a.m. Aug. 2

FD B-Team Football (7, 8,9th graders): 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2

*All football practices will be at the practice fields behind FD.

FD Cross Country: 8 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Ravenel Bridge

FD Girls Golf: 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at Wescott Golf Club

FD Volleyball: 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at FD Main Gym

FD Girls Tennis: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at FD Tennis Courts

FD Swimming: 5:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at Coosaw Creek Pool

Summerville Opening Day/Tryouts Information

Football (Varsity/JV): 7:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at SHS Practice Field

Football (B-team): 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Gregg Middle School Practice Field

Volleyball (grades 10-12): 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 in SHS Main Gym

Volleyball (grades 7-9): 10:30 a.m. until noon Aug. 2 in SHS Main Gym

Swimming: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 at Newington Pool

Girls Tennis (Open Court Session): 3-6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Blanton Courts

Girls Tennis (Official Try-outs): 4-6 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 at Blanton Courts