Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Learn football basics at camp, YMCA leagues

New pigskin program

    Football is a passion for both coach Kevin Stilling and one of his former players, Alex Padilla. They are bringing new energy to youth football in the Wood River Valley.
    Sixth-year Wood River High School football coach Stilling is excited about his youth football camp coming up at the end of the school year in early June.
    The coach believes that learning football fundamentals and doing strength training become year-round commitments as players get older. And it all starts in the lower grades.
    The 2014 Wood River Youth Football Camp for kids entering grades 1-6 in the fall (current K-5 graders) has been scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 2-5, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hailey high school fields.
    No previous football experience is needed. Cost is $40 per person, with checks payable to Wood River Football. Each camper receives a t-shirt and excellent coaching.
    Contact Stilling at, or call him at 720-2842. Sign-ups will be available at camp.
    Padilla, a 2011 Wood River High School graduate who was an All-League player for Stilling’s Wolverines as a senior, is the new Youth Football Director for the Wood River Community YMCA. The Ketchum-based Y has taken over management of the valley’s 15-year-old Optimist youth football program.
    The Fall 2014 YMCA Optimist Football and Cheer program has registration online through Aug. 3 at sports. Cost is $135 for a Y member and $150 if you aren’t a Y member.
    Offered are the following programs: Cheer for ages 4-12, flag football ages 7-8, and tackle football divided by “Freshmen” (age 9), “Sophomore” (10) and Junior (11).
    The seasons run from Aug. 4-Oct. 18 with practices generally Mondays through Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. at Wood River Middle School.
    Stilling said, “I am excited about the YMCA’s involvement with youth football in the valley.”
    Contact Padilla at 727-9622 for more details, or

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