Cool Weather Provides For Fun-filled Four Day Football Camp
For football camp this year, head football coach Todd Ford had two goals.“Number one is we want them to have fun, and secondly we want to slowly start incorporating them into the philosophy of how we run our program.” The football program hosted their summer football camp at Lovejoy High School on June 3rd-6th. Approximately 200 kids were in attendance to learn the fundamentals of offense and defense on the field.
Throughout the week, campers went through stations to learn how to throw, catch, how to defensively break down, make a tackle, take appropriate turns, and also worked in some pursuit drills. “We also incorporate passing for distance, kicking for distance, and time them in a 40 yard dash,” Ford said. Athletes were coached by the high school coaching staff and were also able to interact with current high school players who took time out of their day to help the campers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “They volunteer and want to come out because they remember when they were this age, and they remember how they looked up to the older kids that were in the program at the time,”Ford said. “It’s really cool for them, and obviously it’s real cool for these little guys because they really look up to them.” Towards the end of the day, campers played leopard ball, a game that they all look forward to competing in.
With the 2019-2020 season coming soon, incoming freshmen are starting to get a feel of what it is like to be a Leopard athlete as they go through the four day camp. Ford explains that this freshman class is probably further along than any group of incoming freshman just because they’ve been in the system longer. Ford will start to work with the freshman starting August 5. As for his current players, Ford will start to see them training in a little over a week which makes the summer seem quite short. “We tell them to enjoy it, but when we’re here, let’s work as hard as we can and let’s be better at the end of the summer then we were at the beginning,” Ford said. The team will come to practice together as a whole on August 12.