LUBBOCK, Texas (August 20, 2013) – Monday marked the opening day for workouts and practices for Lubbock Christian University's fall teams, with men's and women's soccer and volleyball opening their preseason practice period with workouts before classes start Monday, Aug. 26.
This season marks the first in which LCU is a member of the Heartland Conference and will comply under NCAA Div. II guidelines. In the past, LCU complied with NAIA practice policies, which regulated practices based on the number of weeks a program practiced. The NAIA mandated that teams could only practice an allocated amount of weeks, with no technical rules on the length of practices during the week or day. The NCAA has several in depth guidelines LCU coaches must adapt to. The practice period before classes begin is called the preseason practice period. During that span, programs may not practice more than six hours per day (five of which is a physical workout) and none of the sessions may last at three hours at a time with at least a three hour rest/break period between sessions. Once classes begin, programs will adjust to practicing no more than 20 hours per week.
Women's soccer has the shortest amount of time to prep for their first competition, as they face Colorado State University Friday at 7 p.m. at Texas Tech University's John Walker Soccer Complex. The contest is an exhibition game for LCU, but it is the regular season opener for CSU, who is fielding a soccer program for the first time in program history. Each of LCU's soccer programs have their season opener scheduled for Sept. 5 hosting University of the Southwest (N.M.). Volleyball begins their season Sept. 6 in Canyon, Texas facing University of Colorado – Colorado Springs as part of the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs Classic.
As for individual sports, LCU's cross country programs will begin their season Sept. 7 by competing in the Bill Libby Invitational in Abilene, Texas hosted by McMurry University. Women's golf begins their fall schedule in Oklahoma City Sept. 16 at the Susie Maxwell Burning Classic hosted by Oklahoma City University. Men's golf opens their fall season on the same date in Amarillo, Texas at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational.