By SCOTT MIMS | Special for the journalist
NORTH SHELBY – Nearly 150 young athletes from kindergarten to grade six participated in the Oak Mountain High School Youth Football Camp held at Heardmont Park July 12-14.
The children took to the pitch at the Heardmont stadium and learned the basics of the sport through various exercises organized in eight specific stations around the pitch. During this time, they had the opportunity to meet and interact with high school players and coaches.
Oak Mountain head football coach Tyler Crane said this is the second year of camp in its current format.
“Every kid can do every position,” he said. “It allows them to do everything. It makes them happy. »
Crane said the camp drills are designed to make football an accessible and fun experience. At this point, he said, it’s not so much about winning championships as it is about just enjoying the sport and making connections.
In addition to bonding youth and players, the camp allows coaches and players to meet the parents of Oak Mountain football prospects.
It also allows the school’s athletic department to reach newly rezoned areas of the community, such as Highland Lakes, Mt Laurel, Shoal Creek and The Narrows.
“I want to make football something they want to be a part of,” Crane said. “You just have to show the parents too that we are here to work with the children and have fun, and that can be safe. We can do very good exercises, and it’s also good for young people to come and see how we do things too.
The next calendar date for Oak Mountain football is the annual Eagle Day scheduled for Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m. On this day, the school will host vendors and community members to celebrate the return of football season.
A jamboree match is scheduled for the following week and the season kicks off on Friday August 19 against Northridge back on home ground.
“It’s been really good, and we’re excited about the future and we’re excited about the direction we’re heading in and we can’t wait to see where we can take it,” Crane said.