Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brushing up on blocking for football

Building Wood Riverís grid program

Third-year Wood River High School football coach Kevin Stilling is raring to go with excitement about youth football camps coming up at the end of the 2010-11 school year—and the High School Team Camp from June 27-30 at New Plymouth High School in southwestern Idaho.

Stilling believes that learning football fundamentals and doing strength training become year-round commitments as players get older. It starts in the lower grades.

Two after-school camps in late May will help create that foundation of excellence for pre-teens and middle school students. Scholarships are available based on need.

Optimist Camp for kids entering grades 1-6 next fall (current K-5) is Monday through Thursday, May 16-19, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Hailey high school. No previous football experience is needed. Cost is $40.

Stilling said, "The Optimist Camp is run by the high school and Optimist staffs with the assistance of Wood River varsity players. The purpose is to teach football skills in a fun and energetic atmosphere."

Worried about your child's commitments to spring baseball? Stilling said, "If there is a conflict with baseball, contact me and we'll pro-rate your camp fee. We want you to come as often as you can!"

Middle School Camp for incoming seventh- and eighth-grade students (current grades 6-7) is Tuesday through Friday, May 31 through June 3, from 3:30-5:15 p.m., also at the middle school. Cost is $40.

Said Stilling, "The Middle School Camp will be run by the high school and middle school staffs with the assistance of Wood River varsity players. Emphasis is on skill development and teaching of the offensive schemes shared by the high school and middle school."

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Mandatory high school football parent meeting for the 2011 season is Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

The free High School Mini-Camp is Monday through Thursday, June 20-23, from 7-9 p.m. each evening at the high school, followed by the High School Team Camp ($80) at New Plymouth High from June 27-30.

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