Foot­ball pow­wow with the Red­skins

Fu­ture foot­ball stars gather on sa­cred Red­skin ground at youth camp

The Covington News - - Front Page - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­news.com

So­cial Cir­cle foot­ball coaches and a small group of play­ers wrapped up their an­nual Red­skin youth camp Thurs­day a day af­ter a rain­out forced a three-hour session on the fi­nal day.

The lost day didn't seem to mat­ter much to the 37 young­sters in at­ten­dance as they made they way through of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive drills crisply. Oh, and there were plenty of smiles to go around.

"This is good for ev­ery­one around here to get to­gether and come out for some­thing like this," So­cial Cir­cle head coach David Seawright. " We have a great time with these kids. They love to do this stuff. I know they've been look­ing for­ward to it since last year."

Seawright and his coach­ing staff worked four groups of campers through four sta­tions at a time. Each sta­tion taught ei­ther an of­fen­sive or de­fen­sive tech­nique. Af­ter each group worked through each sta­tion, and af­ter a much-de­served wa­ter break, the coaches changed the drills at each sta­tion for a round of new in­struc­tion.

Last year's camp drew 47 ath­letes. This year, the num­bers were down slightly per­haps due to the eco­nomic hard­ships. Nev­er­the­less, the campers took to in­struc­tion well.

Since So­cial Cir­cle is a small pro­gram, it only has six coaches. Each coach has more than one re­spon­si­bil­ity and that di­ver­sity serves them well in a tight-knit group.

The camp cul­mi­nated with touch foot­ball games and the al­ways pop­u­lar Slip 'N Slide races.

"Kids love to com­pete, even the younger ones," Seawright said. "We try to teach them to com­pete. The kids have fun and they get af­ter it. Even the Slip 'N Slide they want to com­pete."

Josh Briggs/the Cov­ing­ton News

The youngest (5-6 year old) group waits to start a new drill at So­cial Cir­cle's Red­skin youth foot­ball camp Thurs­day.

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