Photo by Andrew Ottoson
A passing drill during the annual GHS football youth camp, held Aug. 7-8.
As of Wednesday, August 8, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Having had to cancel last year’s camp due to poor air quality resulting from area wildfires, organizers have seen normal turnout for the two-day camp they put on for athletes entering grades 4-8.
“Last year we had good numbers that registered, but because of the smoke and unhealthy air, we had to cancel the camp,” organizer Jeff Lindsley said Monday, Aug. 6. “This year looks about normal in the 40-plus kids range.”
Looking on during the Tuesday morning session, Aug. 7, varsity head coach Jeff Adams said “I like this bunch — there’s a lot of studs out here today.”
Stations on Tuesday morning included receiving drills, defensive line drills and a tackling drill during which instructors emphasized the importance of proper form.
Addressing football injury risk has been a priority from the youth sports level to the NFL level for years — and teaching kids to protect themselves while playing was once again a point of emphasis in Grangeville.
“You did it perfect,” Adams told a participant who dragged a tackling dummy down hard, “except you need to get your head to one side or the other.”
Adams pointed to his left shoulder, then his right.
“Get it here or here, not facemask to facemask,” he said.