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Full contact youth football camp returns

By: Matt Long
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Favorites: Page of 1 After a highly successful first full-contact youth football camp, West Coast Youth Football is set to host their second camp. Last year about 130 kids attended the camp and the organizers expect about the same if not more to attend this year. “Last year’s camp went better than we imagined in terms of both attendance and what we felt we got out of it,” said Mark Watson of West Coast Youth Football. “We divided the 130 kids up into eight groups and I think the biggest difference in age in each group might have been 13 months. We taught them blocking and tackling, which is the basis of the camp and the basis of football.” Watson estimated more than half of last year’s players were first-time players. He said the camp services those kids, as well as players seeking a head start in sharpening their skills for the upcoming youth football season. Football coaches from Oak Ridge and Vista del Lago, as well as varsity players at those schools, serve as camp instructors. The campers are taught blocking and tackling and also have individual offensive and defensive instruction as well as group offensive and defensive instruction. “This camp is a great opportunity for players looking to get started with helmet and pads before the youth football season,” Vista varsity football coach Chris Jones said. “It’s also good for first-year players and flag football players to give tackle football a shot. My son attended the camp last year and it was his first time in pads and he had a blast.” For more info on the camp go to wcyf.com or contact Mark Watson at coachwatson@oakridgefootball.org.