For fledgling football players, a skill as fundamental as a three-point stance can be tough to master.
That's why high school coaches traditionally host summer camps for the younger players they want the opportunity to instill their program's techniques and methods into the players before any bad habits develop.
Payson High School's Mike Wheelis, in his first year as a head coach, said he's looking forward to the opportunity of working with young athletes at a camp July 24 to 26. The 8 a.m. to noon sessions, are open to youngsters ages eight to those entering the eighth grade in the fall.
Wheelis said the campers will learn the basics of football "the Longhorn way."
The camp is noncontact, but campers will be shown correct tackling, running, throwing and catching techniques. A variety of drills are used to help the young players master the fundamentals.
Also, Wheelis and his staff will teach drills and methods to help the youngsters become more agile a sometimes overlooked characteristic that is extremely important to an individual's success on the football field.
Stretching techniques and speed enhancement will also be taught
Wheelis stresses that the camp is not intended to be used for conditioning and the young players should show up fit and prepared for vigorous activity.
Campers should wear shorts, T-shirts and football or basketball shoes. The fee is $30, which ultimately is used to benefit the PHS program.
For players who will be in high school next school year, an advanced camp will be held July 31 to Aug.4. It immediately precedes the opening of Longhorn football practices Aug. 7.
The purpose of the high school session is to prepare players for the rigors of East Division play once it begins in the fall.
It also is a noncontact camp in which players wear shorts, T-shirts and shoes only no pads.
The fee for the camp is $50 per athlete. Registration forms for either the youth session or the high school camp are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.