Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Tigers Youth Football Skills Camp a success

 

By Tony Adams

 Sports Editor

 On Saturday morning, 77 area youth players gathered at Tiger Field for physicals and the Belton Tigers Youth Football League Skills Camp.

 The weather cooperated with the camp, given that the thunderstorms that swept through the area the night before.

Belton head coach Rodney Southern and the Belton Tigers High School football coaching staff, as well as BISD middle school coaches, oversaw the camp and provided knowledge on offensive and defensive drills.

 The skills concentrated on during the camp were offensive and defensive line blocking, line penetration, offensive rushing, passing, ball handling, receiving and fumble drills.

 The purpose for the camp was to give coaches that are part of the Belton Tigers Youth League an opportunity to hone skills and learn new ones.

 Many of the participants were returning from participating in the league last fall. Some are new to the league and were introduced to the Belton way of drilling and training.

 “I thought the turnout was good,” said Southern. “We had nearly 80  kids participating. That doesn’t include some of the returning kids and some of the kids that were not there. All of the kids got a physical while they were up here and I believe the numbers will be over what they were last year. The league is in pretty good shape right now.”

 The big part about of the camp is that not only do the drills help the kids in the training process, it shows the youth football coaches different approaches to drills and best practices in training.

“It showed the coaches the same drills that second, third, fourth or fifth graders are doing are the same drills that high school freshmen are doing,” said Southern. “We want to be active in the league and want to make sure the coaches are on the same page as our program is.”