The camp coincided with preseason conditioning for both the Sierra Youth football League and Sparks Pop Warner, helping Spanish Springs football coach Scott Hare and his athletes capitalize on the enthusiasm of local youths gearing up for a new fall campaign.
“I just liked having the kids out here,” Hare said. “I think it’s great that all these little kids have football in common and they get to hang out and see what high school football is all about.
“Right now, everybody (in local youth football) is doing good job getting the kids involved. Most (Spanish Springs SYFL) teams came up in full force ... All the feedback we’re getting is good. Parents come up to me and say ‘this is awesome.’ It’s great for these kids to come up to the high school and see what we’re all about too.”
The camp was divided into station work, offensive and defensive drills and competitions. SSHS players oversaw the stations and worked with the kids to help them improve their skill set. As valuable as Hare hopes the camp is for the youths, he knows it’s just as valuable if not more so for his Cougar athletes.
“It’s a lot of fun for me see our high school kids coaching, to see them help the kids when that needs to be done,” Hare said. “There’s always a time when you get the high school kids coaching and they get a little frustrated trying to teach a kid a concept, who might not get it immediately. I enjoy that because coaching is not quite as easy as it looks. When my guys are trying to coach something, and the kids don’t get it, it gives the high school guys a little more perspective on what we high school coaches go through on a daily basis.”
The camp registration was $50 per player. For every SYFL or Sparks Pop Warner player registered, the Cougars’ coach donated $10 back to that respective league.