Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team had a successful annual spring camp.
“We’ve had our best turnout in Elecs football history for spring camp,” said coach Mark Schott. “This year we had, in total, roughly 40 kids come out, with an average of about 34 per day.”
Spring camp is an opportunity for youth to try football and see if they will continue to pursue it in the fall. The camp is also a basic tune-up for the fall, and a chance to get everyone oriented to the sport.
It stretched from May 12 to 16.
Tackling was among the fundamentals that were emphasized.
“We wanted to go over that and make sure that we’re tackling safely and properly, before moving on to any more advanced drills,” said Schott.
As the camp progressed, Schott said that the other coaches broke the players into different positions, and worked on specific skills for that position.
One of the positives that Schott noticed through the course of the camp was the depth of the team.
“It’s an encouraging sight and it’s nice to be able to have kids that can play multiple positions,” he said.
He also noted that spring camp also allows players to try out different positions that they would not normally play during the regular season.
“Everything is so condensed and compacted that it’s really hard to bounce players around from position to position,” said Schott.
Schott was impressed that the youth were eager to learn and do whatever it takes to contribute, and they were easy to coach.
They finished the week with a scrimmage. Coaches put a mini play book together for the offensive and defensive sides. The scrimmage allowed the players an opportunity to show the coaches what they can do in a game situation, said Schott.
Schott noted that players from rural schools, like Carnduff, Oxbow, Carlyle and Lampman, can join the team in the fall.