CLAYTON — Pee Wee Football Camp opened Thursday, July 23 and continued July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northmont’s Good Samaritan Stadium.
Northmont Head Football Coach Tony Broering, along with his coaching staff and varsity players, are directed the camp with a new approach this year to make the experience more fun for the kids.
This year campers were allowed to spike the ball after scoring a touchdown and then perform a celebration dance or other antic. The kids seemed to appreciate this more light-hearted approach, which hopefully will boost attendance next year.
This year’s camp had 38 kids in attendance – 33 that pre-registered with five walkups on the first day.
“Attendance has dropped off gradually over the last five years,” Broering said. “I think the top complaint was that past camps were too much like a regular Pee Wee football practice. Who wants to go to football practice before you go to actual football practice? I know if I was kid I wouldn’t want to do that.”
Kids went one-on-one with a ball carrier trying to elude a tackler. That drill enabled campers to show off their best moves while the coaches cheered them on. Everyone, kids and coaches alike, enjoyed themselves during that portion of the camp.
Friday’s camp will feature a drill called ‘Sharks and Minnows’ where campers will be placed into an enclosed area with small ribbons of a sheet hanging from their belt area. Everyone in the enclosed area will attempt to pull off other camper’s sheet ribbon while trying to avoid having their own removed. The last camper to retain his sheet ribbon will be the winner.