Evart focuses on youth football camp

Evart youth football players are caught by the sky camera.
Evart youth football players are caught by the sky camera.

EVART — Area football teams are staying busy this summer, including the Evart Wildcats who closed out a three-day youth camp on Wednesday, June 20, at the practice field.

The Wildcat coaching staff had a camp in the morning with elementary and junior high aged athletes.

“We only had five or six middle school kids so we combined them with the younger kids,” varsity football coach Pat Craven said. ‘We have 25 kids ranging from third to eighth grade.”

As with most camps, the Wildcats are focusing on the fundamentals.

“We’re doing fundamentals and skill work,” Craven said. “Right now, we’re focusing on proper tackling technique and proper tackling terminology with the kids. I know that’s a hot-button item right now. So we spent a lot of time talking about tackling, styles of tackling and the proper ways of doing it.

“We spent some time teaching everybody the fundamentals of the different positions. We’ve gone through how to run the ball, how to hold it, different skills and technique with footwork. While doing that, we spent some time catching the ball and how to catch it the right way, and how to line up and run some routes.”

Different techniques and stances of blocking were also taught, “and from our offensive philosophy, the types of blocks they would have to engage in.”

Many youngsters in these camps over the years wind up on the high school team.

“We want the kids to have a great experience,” Craven said. “We’re trying to teach them some things while having a lot of fun. We always end the day with some type of fun activity.”

The coaching staff has scheduled Camp Ironman Camp for Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, at the high school. It will be an overnight camp.

“The kids will engage in some of our new spread tactics, our spread option things,” Craven said. “We’ll have some fun activities, sleep in the gym and finish up the next morning. We have a large parents group helping us out with meals and things like that. We’re trying to get our sumner camp numbers up.”