The 3rd annual Delbarton Midget League Football camp
by PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Sports Editor
The Delbarton Bulldogs hosted the third annual football camp July 24 with a horde of area youth in attendance.
Coach Daniel Smith said assisting with the camp were several former and current college football players and coaches. He added that between 40-50 kids attended.
The camp was held at Burch High School for children with ages varying from 5-13 years-old. Helping with this large group was former University of Kentucky football standout David Jones; Chase Moore a senior fullback for Glenville State College; Assistant coach for Burch High school, head coach for the midget league and A Marshall University alum, Melvin Cunningham; and Smith, an alumnus from Glenville State College.
Other coaches included, E.F. Farley, Brad Collins, Bobby Robertson, Junior White, Shawn Blackwell, June Bug Dingess and Terrance Thomas.
Several stations were set up to work on different aspects of the game such as quarterback, running back and wide receiver drills, Smith said. And also lineman blocking techniques.
Smith believes it is important that children start participating in sports and camps at a young age.
The sooner they start to learn the fundamentals the sooner they start to build on that and improve, he said. The foundation of any good high school program starts with a good midget league program.
The rewards for the coaches come when they see understanding cross the faces of those attending the camp for instruction Smith explained.
The reason we as coaches do this is to see what we are teaching, be put into action as the kids start to progress on the field, Smith said. Its a great feeling to be a part of this aspect of the game.
With tremendous support from the Delbarton area as well as local businesses, Smith said look for a 4th camp coming next year.
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