The Seahawks open training camp Friday, another step forward in their attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. And because of that Super Bowl victory, it took only 45 minutes for the Seahawks to sell out tickets to their open training camp practices this season.
If you were lucky enough to get one of the 30,000 slots reserved to watch the Seahawks practice, you’ll want to arrive at training camp with an idea or two of what to expect. And even if you aren’t able to attend this year, here’s a look at what a typical Seahawks practice looks, feels and sounds like.
• Listen for Richard Sherman’s voice. It’s the scratchy, almost hoarse scream you’ll hear over and over, usually directed at receivers, Russell Wilson or the entire offense.
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• Another thing to listen for: the music. Obvious, right? But while you’ll hear it before you can even see the field, just realize that having music blasting during practice is not common. That’s a Pete Carroll touch, and it’s not done for the crowds. The Seahawks practice to music all season.
• Keep an eye on the small battles between the receivers and cornerbacks. Those are usually the most contested matchups in training camp, with contact at the line of scrimmage limited. Particularly worth watching: Doug Baldwin vs. Sherman. Two old friends and rivals.
• Notice the pace of practice. Drills aren’t very long, but they’re done at a high tempo. That’s something the Seahawks always talk about: the pace of their practices. Guys not only move quickly during a specific drill, but also when moving from one drill to another. Not a lot of down time.
• See what you think of Carroll’s throwing ability. Carroll is usually out on the practice field right before the practice starts, tossing the football. For a guy who’s 62 years old, he can still sling it pretty good.
• If you’re wondering why there are three practice fields, here’s the explanation: The Seahawks alternate fields they practice on in order to keep the grass fresh.
• As you walk up to training camp, you might be wondering about the towering building that looks like an airplane hangar. That’s the Seahawks’ indoor practice facility, which they use quite a bit during the winter.
• If you see the defense make a big play and start celebrating, there’s a reason. Same for when the offense does it. The Seahawks keep track of scoring and turnovers, and both sides take the end result seriously.
• You’ve likely heard about the fight between Phil Bates and Sherman that grabbed headlines during minicamp in June. Just a heads up: That’s pretty rare. The Seahawks had only a couple minor scuffles last year, mostly just pushing and shoving.
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• Try sitting up high on the berm, not down by the field if you have a choice. That will allow you to see plays as they unfold better, but either way, keep an eye out for the coolest part of watching practice up close: the speed and force at which the game is played, even at a training camp.
• Don’t panic if one of your favorite players isn’t practicing. Often times, he’s just getting some rest or nursing a minor injury.
|Registration was online and available on a first-come, first-served basis, but all tickets are sold out. Kids age 7-14 can participate in a youth football clinic on the fields following practice on July 30 and Aug. 5. The clinics will run for 30 minutes.|
|July 25||10 a.m.|
|July 26||10 a.m.|
|July 27||10 a.m.|
|July 29||10 a.m.|
|July 30||10 a.m.|
|July 31||10 a.m.|
|Aug. 1||10 a.m.|
|Aug. 2||1 p.m.|
|Aug. 4||11 a.m.|
|Aug. 5||10 a.m.|
|Aug. 10||10 a.m.|
|Aug. 12||10 a.m.|
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