Fennelly shares that the “competitive, aerobic practice” is only an hour long during league play

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Bill Fennelly has been through this drill many times. When conference schedules begin, he alters practice.

“We work very hard in practice,” Fennelly said, “but we work shorter (during the league season). That’s how we’ve always done it.”

During the Cyclones’ non-conference season, there was an average of nearly five days (4.8 actually) between games. Certainly, there were one-day turn-arounds in tournaments. But, there were also breaks of seven and nine (twice) days. In Big 12 action, there is approximately 3.5 days between games.

“Practices change at this time of the year,” Fennelly said. “As a coach, you want to practice, practice, practice. But, you’ve got to save their legs, too.”

Today, Fennelly noted, there is more video work and walk-through exercises than earlier in his career.

“The actual competitive, aerobic practice is only about 55-65 minutes a day,” Fennelly said.

With an 18-game league slate this year for the first time, Fennelly is adjusting to the work load. He wants a fresh team going down the stretch and he’s doing everything he can to make that happen.

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