Lions Take Advantage of New Summer Practice Model
NCAA Division I women's basketball programs across the country are allowed summer practices for the first time and LMU Head Coach Charity Elliott and her Lion squad are taking full advantage.
July 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Basketball practice in July. Beginning this summer, the NCAA has adopted a new summer access model for Division I women's basketball programs, allowing coaches to workout with their players for eight hours a week - including two on the court - for an eight-week period in the summer. The student-athletes must also be enrolled in summer school or have met certain academic benchmarks.
"For the players, and for the freshmen in particular, this new opportunity gives them such quick jump into that individual skill development and really understand where we're going." said LMU head coach head coach Charity Elliott who is entering her second year at the helm of the Lion program. "It really enables us to slow down our pace a little bit and do a lot more break downs teaching building every day."
The entire Lion squad has been on the court, in the weight room and in the classroom since LMU's second summer school session began July 1. In the past, teams could only workout in the summer with coaches if the school was taking a foreign trip. NCAA Division I men's teams adopted the rule beginning in the summer of 2012.
The Lions went 13-18 overall, 6-10 (5th place) in the West Coast Conference and achieved a 9-5 record at home in Gersten Pavilion during Elliott's first season in 2012-13. Eleven letterwinners return from last season and will be joined by a freshman class of five.