Football Summer Camp for Kids

Overview

Football camps can provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn and build upon football fundamentals and skills. Some camps let young athletes learn from veteran coaches and elite players–sometimes from the youngster’s favorite team. Most camps are noncontact and football activities are conducted without pads or helmets.

College & professional camps

Most major colleges and some smaller ones offer summer camps for children. Professional teams and players sponsor football camps as well. These camps often divide kids by age groups. Typical age groups are K through fifth grade, middle school and high school. Not all camps sponsored by colleges and professional teams accept younger campers.

Local camps

Retired coaches and some high school coaches hold a camp–usually a day camp–for youths in their community. Age groups will range by camp but generally the programs are geared toward youngsters between 5 and 12. The camps give the coaches a chance to identify and develop future players. By teaching those young kids the fundamentals and basic skills of football, they are investing in a group of kids and hope to get their return when they reach the age to play in high school by having players who know the basics.

Instruction

Camps typically divide players into position groups and will have a coach or set of coaches for each group. The coaches provide instruction, run drills, and teach techniques and fundamentals valuable to the player’s success at a specific position. Offensive and defensive groups are generally combined to perform pass skeleton, which is similar to two-hand touch; and one-on-iones. These exercises are noncontact but allow for many of the skills taught to be incorporated into a game situation. Camps dealing with younger campers may rotate their groups so that campers will have a chance to experience each position and learn the fundamentals of football.

Activities and games during camp

Some camps will offer games and competition for the campers to test skills and physical abilities. Some activities include the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, broad jump, pro-agility, quarterback accuracy, pass catching competition or an obstacle course. Games can range from two-hand touch to flag football.

Day camps vs. overnight camps

Most camps offered by college and professional organizations are overnight camps but may also offer a day camper option. Still other camps are extended day camps, where campers come for the day, but the program may last a week or two.

About this Author

From the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, Chris DeMaria, aka Coach D, graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in exercise physiology. Coupled with his education, DeMaria brings two years of collegiate coaching experience to his writing, providing motivation with science.