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July 9, 2014

Campers expand football knowledge at Stillwater High camp

STILLWATER, Okla. — After the Stillwater Pioneers varsity completed a day of their Pioneer Performance football camp, children from the area got to experience for themselves a taste of what being a Pioneer football player is about at the Stillwater High School youth football camp Tuesday at Pioneer Stadium.

“We are starting them young because we believe that’s where our program gets its strength from,” co-offensive coordinator Trent Worley said.

The camp is in its third week with children entering first through sixth grade participating. On offense, the campers got to learn the basics of catching a football and running routes.

“Our focus was straight-on catches, outbreaking routes and over-the-shoulder catches,” Worley said. “We worked on a hitch, a speed-out and a fade. We were doing the basic throws that we ask our junior high and high school to do. Everything really builds off of that for us.”

Defensively, campers worked on coverage, tackling and defensive line drills. Worley said they focused on how to play as defensive back, linebacker and defensive lineman.

“They worked individual skills there — how to backpedal, how to play inside-out as a tackler and how to move and pursue the football as a defensive lineman,” Worley said.

The co-offensive coordinator said he’s seen a lot of improvement in the campers including the small details.

“I think just basic ball skill improvement is tremendously better now than it was in the beginning,” Worley said. “They are able to track the ball better with their eyes and use their hands to catch a football instead of using their body and arms and chest to trap a ball.”

The camp ended with the children playing in a touch football game.


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