Dublin High School coaches have reached "outside the box" and added a creative touch to their pre-season practice schedules.

In football, the Lions will continue a new tradition they began last year by starting two-a-day football workouts with "Midnight Madness" at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

"We thought this was a good way to build excitement and let people know what we have going on," said Dwayne Ross, head football coach and director of athletics in Dublin. "We had heard of some other schools that have done it and thought we would give it a try."

Ross was surprised by the crowd that turned out for last yearís event, and believes a large group of fans will gather Sunday night in anticipation of the Lions hitting the practice field at the exact moment the UIL will allow.

The football program isnít the only one shaking things up at DHS. Head Volleyball Coach Pattilu Clark is getting creative with her practice plans as well.

Clark has scheduled a current players vs. alumni scrimmage for 10 a.m. Saturday. All former student-athletes who played volleyball under Clark at DHS in years past are invited to participate.

"With no lettermen returning, I want our young players to get to see the tradition the past players created here," Clark said.

Coach Clark and the Lady Lions will begin fall drills with the annual one-mile run. All high school volleyball athletes are expected to report to Dublinís Memorial Stadium at 7 a.m. Monday.

Clarkís players were made aware of the annual mile run before leaving school for summer vacation. She hopes it served as encouragement for the student-athletes to maintain their conditioning throughout the break.