BALDWIN — Baldwin coaches are hoping to get going soon, perhaps by next week, to prepare for practice seasons that will open in August.

The football season opener for practice is on Aug. 6. Baldwin sports teams are looking to get in some summer work. But with the transition in administrators and coaches, there is still some delay in getting organized practices going.

Bob Watkins, slated to return as football coach, has indicated he’s hoping to get access to facilities and have his players begin workouts by next week.

Football teams have three weeks to prepare for their opener when they kick off on Aug. 6. The first game is at Okemos on Aug. 25 against Camden-Frontier that will be followed by home games on Aug. 31 against Bear Lake and on Sept. 7 against Mesick. The schedule calls for five 8-player home games this fall.

The next school board meeting is on July 17 and it’s expected formal approval will be made for athletic director and head coaches and assistant coaches. Watkins said he’ll be getting word out to players when the football weight room is open.