Left Photo: Broc Potter works on keeping his knees high as he carries the ball during Wednesday afternoon workouts at the Clay Youth League fields.
Right Photo: Clay County Youth Football Camp participants Chris Craft (left) and Jessie Shepard take handoffs during drills on Wednesday afternoon.
With the Summer heat in high gear and August quickly approaching, various sports camps in the county are in full swing, including the Clay County Youth Football Camp hosted by Northview High School players and coaches.
Varsity coach George Gettle heads the camp that stresses fundamentals and technique and is joined by a variety of current and past players along with various coaches on his staff. This marks the third year that Gettle has held the camp and the numbers continue to grow as camp builds on the strength of the high school program's record setting season last year. The youth camp is 122 strong this season and features players in grades three through nine.
"This is really the lifeline for our high school program," stressed Gettle during Wednesday's workouts. "We are really trying to emphasize the team aspect and how much fun it is to play the sport."
While temperatures soared during the afternoon, players worked on station drills at different positions. Quarterbacks worked on their form and footwork, while running backs worked on getting some carries and linemen fine tuned their techniques.
"It's been hot outside," noted Gettle. "But these kids are ready to give 100 percent. This is really a perfect time (for the camp). It gets them used to the equipment since the youth league is coming up pretty quickly."
Both the Clay County Camp and the CYL have benefited from the program according to Gettle.
"I'd like to really thank Mitch Hyatt (CYL President) for letting us use their fields and some of their equipment. We've had to add some teams to the youth league in past year's and I think that is because the kids are enjoying the camp and the sport. This is a win/win situation for the football family of Clay County."
With this being the third year of the football camp under Gettle's staff's tutelage, the varsity program is starting to reap some of the rewards from the camp.
"Many of these kids are three-year campers," said Gettle. "We're starting to see the rewards in the program too. We're getting a lot accomplished here and I think having some of our starters, current and past, like Dan Hoover and Jordan Garrison, back really builds the program up."
The Northview football family continues to grow and Gettle believes that it all begins with the parents.
"I really appreciate the support that the parents and families have shown by supporting their kids and getting them out here. This is where it all begins."
The football camp continues to run through Friday afternoon at the Clay Youth Football fields.