Youth football camp attracts big numbers
Craig — When a football team executes a play to perfection, it is one of the most beautiful sights in sports. That wasn’t exactly the scene as mobs of young Craig players ran across makeshift fields, but the aspiring generation of gridiron legends was putting the new skills it had learned to good use.
Moffat County High School football coaches and players hosted the 11th annual Big Blue Football Camp on the MCHS practice fields Tuesday evening and saw the event’s best turnout in years. Focusing on the fundamentals of football with some games thrown into the mix, the current Bulldogs and their coaches gave the youths a taste of what it takes to play at the Bulldog Proving Grounds on Friday nights.
“This is an awesome turnout,” football coach Kip Hafey said about the more than 70 boys who came. “This is what they want to be doing, be outside. The weather hasn’t been cooperating, but we got a great night tonight.”
The camp, free for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, showed the basics all across the field in football, with stations focused on specific positions or aspects of the game. After working through every station, each age group spread into its own field and played a game, with the high school players who had been their station leaders taking on coaching (and sometimes playing) duties.
“We worked on a lot of fundamentals tonight,” Hafey said. “A lot of blocking, catching, running, passing. Then we put all that together and have some fun with some seven-on-seven football.”
With the players responsible for most of the interaction and direction throughout the camp, it is always a popular, fun option for young players. This year’s Big Blue Camp was free and attracted a bigger group of kids than other camps have in recent years.
“With the players as their coaches, they love it,” Hafey said. “It was a great camp this year.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.
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