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Simple Camp Advice from McCallister


Two days – two college football satellite camps. Somewhat different in the way they were run. But same results: many players, many coaches from all levels, many hard working players competing and working to get better. Of course, getting in front of coaches is really important.

Toledo ran a satellite camp at Bedford High School Tuesday night. Huge numbers. Some testing. Football agility drills. Football specific drills. One on one work. Good competition.

Springfield High School hosted a satellite camp Wednesday night. The Michigan football staff ran the camp, with some help from other schools, most notably, Kentucky. No measurements. No timing. Football agility drills and what I would call competition drills. Just about everything was based on competition.

Both satellite camps were good. Honestly, when  I am at camp to evaluate players, I do not have time to evaluate how a camp is run. Least of my worries. Although I could tell you one school in the MAC to be leery of. For the most, seeing players is what it all about.

Plenty of camps out there and it is early in the camp season.

Some McCallister uneducated suggestions:

  1. Plan ahead – Space your camps out. Going back to back to back with little rest is silly. If you are a QB, try to get as much rest between camps as possible. Feet are huge. Focus is huge. Velocity is huge. No matter what is said, arm strength is huge.
  2. If you can pre-register. Cheaper. Much less time waiting in line. Much less time standing with mom and, or dad. Time goes faster. Stand up and be aware that the college coaches are around.  Tough call for mom or dad, but after you get everything done, try to get on your own, or with buddies. Focus on the camp.
  3. Wear something that makes you a reference point. Sometimes I watch for socks. Wear a shirt with your school name on it. For me, when I am asking about a camper, his coach will say that he is wearing a certain shirt.
  4. The other reason to wear a school shirt is to possibly get the attention of a college coach. He may see your shirt and ask about your coach or ask about somebody else. Remember — any verbal contact that you can make with a college coach is a start. Get recognized!!
  5. When a coach speaks to you, introduce yourself. Tell your school. Talk about your position. Stand tall, do not slouch. If you are wear a visor(hope not), at least wear it correctly.  This could very well be your “first job interview.”
  6. Get as close to the front of the line, as possible, if possible. Go hard in each drill. Touch every line. Follow directions. Most of all, finish every drill at full speed and effort.
  7. Smile. As much as possible and as often as possible. Smile. Maybe not in deep competition, but smile as often as possible. Do not play the “hard butt” or tough guy. On the flip side – take everything serious. Listen to coaching and compete.
  8. Try get a “WOW” effort in. Whether in agility drill or testing or one on one competition, try make a WOW minute. For example, last night I watched a 2020 prospect lead some sprints. That was a WOW moment.
  9. Don’t cheat on a drill or don’t cheat on  one on one competition. I am saying ” no dirty play.” Makes you look bad. Do not use the excuse, “too competitive.”
  10. Finally, have fun and enjoy the camp experience. Do your best and be concerned about what you can control. Learn, compete, get better, and get noticed.

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