Craig camp aims to add speed

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Michael Samuelson jumps through the ladder during Tuesday’s House of Speed camp at Moffat County High School. The camp will resume at 9 a.m. today, and any athletes interested are encouraged to sign up.

Although he was expecting to get a workout, Josh Pritchard, a Moffat County High School sophomore, was still surprised Tuesday when he showed up at the House of Speed camp at the MCHS track.

“It’s way more work than I thought it was going to be,” he said. “It’s definitely not easy.”

Pritchard, who plays middle linebacker for the Bulldogs, was one of several athletes participating in the House of Speed camp at MCHS.

The camp, which continues today, featured activities designed to improve speed and quickness — lessons Pritchard said he would continue to practice even after the camp had ended.

“It’s helping with my arm form,” he said. “I’m also building up muscles where I wouldn’t normally.

“It’s definitely something that I’m going to keep pursuing. I’m going to work to get faster.”

Scott Patchett, of House of Speed in Denver, said Moffat County was the furthest location in which he has hosted a camp.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for the kids out here,” he said. “Normally, we have one-day camps just right outside of Denver.”

The drills, which require the athletes to move quickly through obstacles, are designed for a specific purpose, Patchett said.

“We help athletes of all ages get faster, more agile and able to jump higher,” he said. “We address various areas, including form, mechanics, balance and coordination.

“We help train muscles that you normally wouldn’t just by lifting weights.”

Working primarily with plyometrics, or using the body’s own weight, Patchett said the athletes have been able to become much quicker on the field.

“It helps make you more explosive when you jump or change directions,” he said.

There are spots open for today’s session, and the camp is not limited to any one sport.

Today’s camp, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon, costs $45 and participants are encouraged to bring cleats.

Space is limited to 20 athletes.

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