Posted: 8:26 am Monday, April 15th, 2013
Monday notebook: Miami Dolphins offseason program begins today; final day to register to vote for Miami-Dade stadium referendum
By Post Staff
A couple of Dolphins notes to kickstart your week:
1. Dolphins offseason program starts today.
Mike Wallace, the Dolphins’ new $30 million receiver, sent out a tweet this morning: “Up early and ready to get it.”
That’s because the Dolphins’ 2013 season officially begins today as the team opens its 9-week offseason workout program. Most of the workouts are voluntary, but most of the players reported at 7:30 a.m. today to meet their coaches and begin training for next season.
Some players receive bonuses for showing up to the workouts — Wallace, for example, gets an extra $50,000 — but for the lesser players it’s a good way to show the coaches that they are dedicated to the team and ready to get to work. The coaches also want to see, for example, if John Jerry can show up in shape today after spending three months away from the team, or if Jonathan Martin has improved his upper-body strength.
But just because the offseason program begins today doesn’t mean the players will be strapping on the pads. The program, which again is completely voluntary, is split into three phases, as spelled out in the new collective bargaining agreement:
Phase One: Consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two: Consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three: Consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible. For the Dolphins, these OTAs will be held May 21-23, May 29-31 and June 3-6 and are not open to the public.
Each team may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2013 may begin on May 13. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
Finally, the offseason program culminates with a mandatory minicamp on June 11-13, the one time this offseason that the players will put on pads and go through full-contact practices. The Dolphins can fine players who don’t show up, but it appears unlikely that the Dolphins will have any hold-outs this year.
Here’s a pic of the new logo in the weightroom, as provided by the Dolphins’ Twitter account:
2. Today is last day for Miami-Dade residents to register to vote in stadium referendum.
Assuming the Dolphins’ public-financing plan to renovate Sun Life Stadium passes through Tallahassee — and that’s still a big assumption at this point — then a public vote will be held on May 14 for Miami-Dade residents to determine whether county funds should be used to help upgrade the stadium.
Today is only April 15, but it’s the last day to register to vote in the referendum. If you are already registered to vote in Miami-Dade, then you don’t have to do anything.
But for anyone who isn’t registered, here are two links to help you out:
* Here is the voter registration form to print and fill out: LINK
* And here is a link to how you can turn in your form in person today: LINK
Whether you’re for or against the stadium plan, it’s important to vote and make your voice heard.