Atlanta football camp hosted for eighth year
Atlanta’s coaching staff hosted its eighth successful free Summer Youth Football Camp on July 18 and July 19 for kids ranging from first grade to ninth between the two days at the Atlanta High School practice field.
The coaches oversaw 118 kids who learned several techniques and drills from the Rabbit coaching staff over two days in the heat of summer, and that hasn’t slowed the number of campers showing up at all.
From 2011 to this year more than 1,000 campers has attended the free camp, and Atlanta AD Matt McClure saw a little more enthusiasm amongst the campers this year.
“I think everyone is excited about the upcoming season, Atlanta football and you can see that excitement through the kids when they are up here,” Atlanta AD Matt McClure said. “The kids are comfortable with us now. This is our seventh year here going on our eighth, and the kids know what we expect and demand of them. They know it’s going to be intense, it’s going to be hard work and they still show up and are prepared to go through the camp.”
Coach McClure also expounded on how beneficial it is to return the same coaching staff from last season.
“I think it’s really big because of the continuity and everyone knowing what to do, practice, organization and game planning,” McClure remarked. “You know when you’ve done it for an entire year and then come back it’s second-nature to a point everyone knows their role and where they fit in the whole scheme.”
The coaches covered and taught the campers everything such as going through warm-up activities, learning respect for their coaches and each other and coaching them on football skills and drills related to Rabbit championship football.
The campers also learned several different aspects of the game, from passing and receiving, falling on fumbles before the ball reaches the out of bounds line, effective tackling, stellar defense techniques and correct formations.
The coaches emphasize work, unity, tempo and effort to the kids who attend the camp, and they also try to instill a good work ethic for both the playing field and the classroom.
McClure stressed to both groups the importance of doing their best in the classroom and let success there transition to the field.
On the second day of the camp the first through sixth grade campers competed in a punt, pass and kick contest for each grade level and each group ran the 40-yard dash.
The first/second grade winners were as follows: kick contest winner – Rylan Buford, punt and pass contest winner – Brayden Thompson, and 40-yard dash winners – Cruz Crosby and Brayden Thompson.
The third/fourth grade winners were as follows: kick contest winner – Kaigen Loyd, punt contest winner – Huntley Fisher, pass contest winner – Levi Clark, and 40-yard dash winners – Lincoln Moore and Derell Sewell.
The fifth/sixth grade winners were as follows: kick contest winner – Asher Wells, punt contest winner – Luke Martin and pass contest winner – Easton Owens, and 40-yard dash winners – Luke Baysinger and Braylyn Rowe.
The Big Bull Award went to Isaiah May and Good Hands Award went to Ricky Brown and Kaigen Davis.