Summer camps are winding up for many students and the Jacksboro ISD athletic program is no exception.

Football and volleyball camps were held last week with large crowds of children taking part to learn the finer points of the game. Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Brian Hodnett said football camp ran July 29 through 31 with about 55 players in grades 3 through 9 coming out, slightly below the average of 60 that had attended in previous years.

During the two-hour a day camp, coaches came and spoke to the campers about more than just football, trying to instill life lessons such as character and teamwork that are virtues that can be used throughout life, Hodnett said. Coaches also received the opportunity to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the demanding stretch of two-a-day practices for the 2014 football season, which began Monday, Hodnett said.

Campers were able to learn fundamentals of blocking, tackling and catching the pigskin as well. Hodnett said something new was tried with an NFL-style combine after some of the coaches watched last year's event, where scouts and coaches try to see what players is right for each NFL team.
“We had some punt, pass and kick competitions along with an obstacle course, so the kids could see what real potential NFL players go through,” Hodnett said.

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At the end of the camp, Hodnett and his coaching staff presented awards for the winners of the punt, pass and kick competition as well as T-shirts, sponsored by Herd's Hamburgers, and mini footballs to all campers.

Inside the high school gym, Head Volleyball Coach Brenda Doyal and her staff were instructing girls in grades 4-9 about the game itself, including passing, blocking and serving drills. Doyal said about 20 girls took part in the camp from grades 4-6 with another 30 participating in the middle/high school girl camp, which ran July 30-Aug.1.

It was the first camp Doyal and her staff had sponsored and the head mentor was very pleased with the numbers that came out.

“It's always good to have this kind of turnout,” Doyal said.