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Teaching the fundamentals of football - Central Oregonian News
October 16, 2011Crook County High School
Teaching the fundamentals of football
Pigskin football camp intended to teach skills and make football fun
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN
Football players spent the past week working on their skills at the Cowboy Pigskin Camp.Â The camp was divided into third - eighth grade, and high school divisions. More than 140 individuals took part in the two camps. Above, individuals work on their tackling skills in the third - eighth grade camp.
First year head football coach, Ryan Cochran is excited about football, and his enthusiasm seems to be contagious.
"We're very pleased that so many kids came out and are participating," he said before the start of the Cowboy Pigskin Camp Wednesday afternoon. "They are all enthusiastic and ready to get after it."
The camp which ran earlier this week had 80 kids in the third - eighth grade camp, and another 60 at the high school portion of the camp.
"We had a great turnout from our middle school," Cochran said. "We just want to promote Cowboy football and get kids learning fundamental skills and get them excited to play football."
Cochran's long-term goal is to make sure that the high school and middle school football programs work together.
"We want to connect the middle school and the high school so that we get many years of running the same program and doing the same things," he said. "We've had many meetings with the middle school coaches and they are all on board."
Cochran added that although the majority of camp time is spent working on fundamentals, campers are also learning the team's basic sets, and having fun.
"We want to make sure that they get good skills, but also make it a fun environment so that they start to love football and want to continue," he said. "We have a lot of fun competitions set up, and Thursday we have a big obstacle course. Our goal is not to have kids that play for a couple of years and then quit, but to have kids get so excited about football that in about 10 years we will see them at our alumni football game."