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A feel for the daily schedule

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been asked a handful of questions during training camp related to the team’s schedule, both in terms of the day-to-day operation and in more general terms.

Thus far, the team has been consistent in its daily routine with respect to practice time, holding the session from 1:30-4 p.m. Other than that, the coach hasn’t delved too deep into specifics, but did note that the team usually meets prior to and after practice on a daily basis.

Drawing on my experience of attending six training camps (but keeping in mind that scheduling parameters were different in the previous collective bargaining agreement), here’s an idea of a generic daily schedule for players during training camp:

6:30 a.m.: Injured players report for treatments.

8 a.m.–8:30 a.m.: A full squad meeting/a special teams meeting, with either the entire team, or the specific core unit that will be focused on during practice in attendance.

8:30 a.m –9:30 a.m.: One side of the football (Side A) heads to the weight room to lift.

8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: The other side of the football (Side B) heads to the film room to prepare for the day ahead. This involves an installation of what will be run at practice that afternoon, and overviews of other areas of need.

9:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Side B congregates in the film room for installation/preparation.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Side A heads to the weight room to lift.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Players have time for lunch, another round of treatments, and a window to stretch and get dressed for practice.

1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: Practice

5 p.m.–7 p.m.: Dinner

7 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Special teams meeting, reviewing today’s practice.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: The offense and defense meet separately to review today’s practice, walking through mistakes made and highlighting properly executed plays.

9:30 p.m.: Final treatment for injured players.

9:30 p.m.: A fourth meal is served for players. It’s imperative they’re putting enough energy into their systems to endure the long days.

11:30 p.m.: Curfew.