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July 16, 2013

Pioneers wrap up second session of youth football camp

STILLWATER, Okla. — Another session of the Stillwater youth football camp came to a close Tuesday but not before the Stillwater Pioneers coaching staff spent three weeks teaching football fundamentals to children from first through sixth grade at Pioneer Stadium.

“The kids are having fun and learning a lot,” Stillwater High offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Hix said. “They just keep coming. I appreciate their effort.”

During the camp, students worked on passing, catching, blocking and tackling drills. At the end of camp the campers scrimmaged against each other. Hix said campers got a taste of what it’s like to be a Pioneer.

“We want to establish a base set of skills to build on throughout the years,” Hix said. “We want to give them the beginnings of football — simple things like gripping, catching and throwing the football.”

Some of the Pioneers volunteered to help with the camp including starting quarterback Braxton Noble.

“(Braxton) has a great personality,” Hix said. “He’s going to do whatever he wants to do in life someday. He has great energy, great character. If we had to pick one guy on the team to work with kids that’s who we would pick. He never lets up for one day. He grabs a drink and puts on a coaching hat for a couple of hours. It’s awesome to watch.”

With camp done for the summer, Hix said he encourages kids to enjoy the rest of the summer but to also work on fundamentals taught in camp.

“What they need to do for the next couple of weeks is forget about football for a little bit,” Hix said. “Enjoy being a little kid because once their actual team practices start, it will be football all the way through November.

“ ... If they are adamant about working on something, they can take the exact same fundamentals we spent so much time on. As a quarterback you can throw the football against a wall, or a tree or through a tire. If you want to work on catching, you can catch a tennis ball. You can work on all the things we tried to teach them to do.”

The Pioneers quarterback coach said it’s a fun time of year for the coaching staff as it prepares for the 2013 season.

“We consider football season to be whenever baseball season ends at the high school,” Hix said. “We are able to transition. We are working full time with football at the end of April or the beginning of May all the way through the season. We try to pass along that enthusiasm.”

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