LEARN FROM THE BEST: Youth skills camp set

LEARN FROM THE BEST: Youth skills camp set

To be the best, learn from the best.

Boys and girls entering grades 1-8 will have that opportunity June 5-9 when the annual Cardinal Football Youth Skills Camp unfolds at the practice field at Trinity Valley Community College.

Cost of the camp, which will be conducted by the TVCC football coaching staff, is $85 if the participant is registered by June 2. Cost after that date is $100. Make checks available to: TVCC.

The registration fee includes instruction and a camp T-shirt.

Late registration is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of camp.

"The biggest thing for us is we want to make sure this is done right," TVCC athletic director/head coach Brad Smiley said. "We want to make sure all the kids have a great time, and we want to make sure they come away with a love of the game and knowledge of the basic skills and fundamentals of the game."

Camp will be conducted on the TVCC practice field, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. It will conclude at 11:30 a.m.

All participants will have specialized position coaching by the TVCC football coaching staff. There will be constant activity and drills ensuring participants will never be left unsupervised.

Each camper should be dressed in athletic shorts and cleats. Quarterbacks may want to bring their own football.

Campers also are reminded to drink plenty of fluids. Ice water will be provided, and other drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at a camp store.

Smiley encourages those who want to participate in the camp to sign up quickly due to the limited number of campers allowed. Mail completed registration forms to: Cardinal Football Camp, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, Texas, 75751.

Assisting Smiley with the camp will be TVCC coaches Will Reed, Sherard Poteete, Blake Bryan, Antonio Whitfield and Mark McMillan.

The Cardinals have won four straight Southwest Junior Football Conference championships and three regional and bowl championships the last four seasons.

For more information, contact the TVCC football office at 903-675-6227.