The training and conditioning of the contestants for the football team are matters of primary importance to the success of the team in its games. The men owe it to themselves to get into good condition, and the trainer cannot exercise too great care in getting the players ready for the struggles ahead.

The days have passed in which men were required to go to extremes in training. The era of half-cooked beefsteak is no more. In fact, the proper training of the men requires no more restrictions, so far as diet is concerned, than anyone who desires to be the possessor of a good, healthy, normal body should observe. The men who present themselves as candidates for a football team are generally of good, moral habits, and are not broken down by excesses of any kind. They have not abused nature, and take training easily.

The worry and nervous strain incident to the training are matters which should be watched more closely than anything else. This is especially true of men who are new to the game, but most of all are these troubles apt to develop in the quarter back and captain, through the many responsibilities thrust upon them. The amount of hard work, of the sort which might possibly injure a player before he is in proper condition, should be minimized as far as is in the power of the trainer. In fact, during the very first part of the season nothing of the kind should be attempted. As the season progresses, work of this character should be along the lines of gradual development. Nor is the physical side of training the only one. It is equally important that the mental training should be watched and just as carefully developed.