They're already doing it.
UALR actually began its Canada preparations last week. UALR is attempting to get the most of its time by using both the 10 practices allowed for teams taking foreign trips and the two weekly hours of "individual workout" time allotted all NCAA teams. Full squad workouts are permitted during this time. The Trojans were able to get in a couple of practices last week, this week and will continue to do so until the week of the trip.
They'll finish up with the final practice dates the week of the trip. UALR will then practice Aug. 11, 12 and 13 before flying to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 14, where they'll practice at Jack Simpson Gymnasium. UALR will play the University of Calgary on Aug. 15, the University of Alberta on Aug. 16 and the University of Calgary on Aug. 17.
A couple of notes about the trip:
- UALR will not be at full strength when it makes the trip. Redshirt freshman Andrew Poulter hasn't been able to practice most of the summer after breaking his foot. He is expected to be ready well before official practice begins in October.
- And junior point guard J.T. Thomas has been limited with an injury and has not participated in practice. It is hoped he will be available for the Canada trip.
- UALR and rival Arkansas State are both making the trip and they'll be participating in doubleheaders each night against either Calgary or Alberta. UALR and Arkansas State are also staying in the same hotel. That should be interesting.
- UALR received a guarantee for its participation in an event that sees them host North Florida and travel to Florida, Middle Tennessee and Southern. That guarantee includes UALR's Canadian travel expenses.