Although I am not a huge proponent of private camps, regardless who sponsors them or who organizes them or who works them, there is always some good to be gotten from attending them.
1. A learning situation. The chance to learn knew drills. Maybe learn some new techniques, but this always a little concerning to me, BECAUSE who is teaching the technique or drill. Also a chance to learn from other campers.
2. A chance to compete. Anytime a player has a chance to compete, there are always the chances to get better. Whether it be in position drills or one on ones, competition is good.
3. A chance for exposure. Usually there are football recruiting reporters walking around evaluating players. Like in any situation, most do not know much about about what to look for in evaluating players. The nice thing is that the few who do understand, can relate information to the most who don’t know. Regardless, there are chances to get a player’s name out there.
4. A chance to have fun. A few hours of just having fun playing some type of football. I guess some would call it pressure to move on, but for most players – just have fun. Whatever a player does at one of these private camps should not cost him a scholarship. On a college summer camp, maybe, but not here.
5. A chance to mature. Handle your success and your disappointment from a private camp like the ones listed below. If you get praise, good. If you get negative feedback, good. Either way, most of the results, mean little. Sure as far award winners. BUT the directors usually have a good idea who the award winners will be BEFORE the camp starts. The higher profile recruits get a lot of “loving, tender care.”
6. Finally, a chance to take comments in stride. Don’t get too high. Don’t get too low. Showtime is at the college football camps and your actual football season. Those are the times where you need to be at your best.
I have taken the following private camp information from Dave Berk. Dave lives in the Dayton area and is regarded by me to be one of the top talent evaluators in the in the Midwest.
The Opening Combine
Where – Washington High School – Massillon, OH
When – Saturday – March 30, 2019
Website : CLICK HERE
The Opening Combine should not to be confused with The Opening Regionals events. The registration fee is $30.00 to participate. Prospects earn their SPARQ Rating at this camp. The 40-yard dash: 5-10-5 shuttle: vertical jump: kneeling power ball toss. There will be no football related drills or competition.
The Opening Regional / Elite 11 Regional
Where: Washington High School – Massillon, OH
When: Sunday – March 31, 2019
Website: CLICK HERE
Prospects will have height and weight measured. SPARQ testing will done. Players will do 1. position specific drills 2. individual competition drills 3. One on one competition drills. Players will be selected to attend The Opening main event later in the summer.
Rivals Adizero Combine Where: St. Xavier High School – Cincinnati, OH
When: Saturday – April 27, 2019
Website: CLICK HERE
Considered a FREE camp. BUT 300 Fast Passes will be offered to prospects to be able to bypass all waiting areas. The Fast Pass is $20.00. Prospects will be tested in the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, 3-cone drill, vertical jump, and broad jump. If a prospect tests well, there is a possibility that he could be invited back the next day to compete at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp.
Rivals 3 Stripe Camp
Where: St. Xavier High School – Cincinnati, OH
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Website: CLICK HERE
The same format as The Opening. Players will be selected to attend the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.
I looked at some other private camps out there for this spring, but they were just so “out there.” I did not feel good about even listing them on my website. The ones above are solid, but they are what they are.