Inside Vipers minicamp: Day 10
PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Plant City Stadium was rocking Saturday, but there wasn't a game being played.
Approximately 200 fans turned out for the first open practice in Vipers history.
Fans were given the opportunity to stand near the sidelines as the players ran drills and worked with the coaches to improve their technique.
13-year-old Michael Grant said it was a great learning experience. "Playing for a flag football team and my dad coaching... he tells me a lot of stuff," he said. "So it's cool to come out here and watch the players do the same drills at a faster pace and the coach telling them the same things."
The session culminated with the offense and defense facing off in a game-like simulation. It may have been practice, but it had all the speed and energy of a real game.
The ultimate highlight, however, came at the end when players took the time to greet the fans.
One by one, head coach Marc Trestman and the Vipers players went down the line of fans standing on the sidelines. They shook hands, took photos, signed autographs, and thanked everyone for coming out.
"We wanted to practice out here with fans and have them see the type of players we have not only on the field, but off the field as well," Trestman said.
"It was really cool," fan Cole Jacobson said. "All the players were really nice."
If you want to attend the next open practice, visit xflvipers.com and sign up for the e-mail list.
Tomorrow is a regeneration day for the team, which means no on-field practice.
Check back here Monday for the latest when the Vipers head back to the field.