Dozens attend Versailles’ youth football camp

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

July 23, 2014

VERSAILLES – The Versailles High School football team hosted about 60 boys in its youth football camp this week as the Tigers introduced the kids to football and let them have some fun.

Versailles’ high school football coaches and 24 high school players led the camp, which included about 60 boys in the fourth through sixth grades.

“We just want to get them exposure to football,” Versailles varsity football coach Adam Miller said. “We teach them offense-, defense-type stuff then we play flag football so they get a little taste of football before they play at the junior high level.”

Versailles does not have a youth tackle football league. The Tigers host a flag football league in the fall and get their first full-contact action in junior high.

Working with novice players, the high school coaches and players led the youth in basic position drills for offense and defense. They also did some tackling drills on tackling dummies.

“They’re starting with a pretty clean slate so they learn a lot about football, and the big thing is having fun out here,” Miller said, emphasizing that the camp was designed for the boys to have fun.

The three-day camp also was a good opportunity for the boys and the high school players to interact, Miller said.

“I think (the high school players) did a good job, and it’s a good experience for them to get with the younger kids, work with them, get to know them,” Miller said. “It’s also good … these kids look up to the high school kids. They get to know them a little more on a personal basis.”