“Ready? 5, 6, 7, 8, COED! Music’s on!”
Some teams have their own rituals before full outs, that’s ours. Hi, I’m 18 year old Dustin Reed and this is my second year on Cali Coed. We were the last team in the Large Coed division to find out if we got invited to the Majors. I will never forget the moment when Tannaz, our owner, pulled us over and told us the news. “So kids, I have something really important to share with you all…” I don’t think any of us expected what came out of her mouth next, “we have been invited to the 2013 Majors competition in Indy!” You could just see all of our faces light up with excitement and joy, but with that we all knew that we were going to have to work harder than ever to be even more prepared that early in the season. Being a west coast team, we only get to see our competitors a couple times a season, so this is the perfect opportunity for us!
A typical Cali Coed practice is a lot of hard work, but we have fun while doing it. We warm up with a couple laps around the building and then condition so our bodies stay strong, especially in these upcoming winter months. After we’re warm, we start marking through our routine and warm up each section 2 times, starting from the end and working backwards. The gym rule is “no less than 5, no more than 10” full outs. It may seem like a lot, but once you do it enough times, it becomes second nature and not even a big deal. When competition day comes, we’re all extremely happy that we only have to go out there and only do it once!
Attendance is key to our success. Being that I am considered one of the “local” kids (within a 45 minute radius of the gym), my second home is California Allstars, San Marcos. Actually, I’m pretty sure I spend more time there than at my house. I live for working out with my 35 other brothers and sisters. Lately, our practices have been on fire. I’ve never felt more confident with a team so early in the season. We had our first showing on October 13th, and since then, it feels like a completely different team all focused on the same goal of doing our absolute best at every competition we go to. I have never been around so many motivated individuals that not only want the best for themselves, but the best for you as well. We sometimes have our little disputes, but at the end of the day, we’re always going to be the Bullet Family representing Bullet Country.
Thank you for reading!
Dustin Reed – California Allstars – Cali Coed