The Dawson County boys' basketball program is preparing for a new era under Head Coach Chad Pittman and assistant coach Michael Parker and they are getting started now.
"I think the anticipation at this point, we are just ready to get started," Pittman said. "They are curious to know if I'm mean, tough, nice..."
The month of June will bring plenty of opportunity for the coaches to get to know the boys and vice versa.
"Anytime someone is new, everybody gets the opportunity to have a clean slate," he said. "I will form my own opinions and that will be huge.
"It's not like we are reinventing basketball, we are just doing things the way I like to do them."
Practices will begin this week. They are open to anyone interested in playing at the junior varsity or varsity level at Dawson County High School next school year.
"Every day is important to see the personnel, evaluate the kids," he said. "The nice thing about team sports is that everybody can offer something else. This summer I will do a lot of putting puzzle pieces together."
Practices will eventually be split between junior varsity and varsity level players and the groups will attend camp at the University of North Georgia during the second full week of June.
There is an alternating practice schedule and middle school camp the third week of June and a second UNG camp.
Varsity players will also attend a Tennessee Tech camp near the end of the month.
During July there will be open gym hours for evening workouts as needed with the exception of the GHSA mandated "dead week" that runs from July 3 through July 9.
During that time athletes are not allowed to participate in any workout, weight training, camp or practice of any kind.
"By that point the sparkle will be worn off the new car," he said.
There are practices at 6 p.m. today and Thursday.