Shaler football camp fun for all
With so much emphasis put on wins, losses and championships, Shaler football coach Chris Siegle highlighted at his annual football camp something else that might get lost in the process.
“Football is fun,” Siegle said. “It's not all sprints … we want to show that hard work can be fun, and that is the biggest feedback we get from the kids is that they are having fun.”
Siegle brings his entire varsity coaching staff to the camp as well as all his senior players to work with the kids on fundamentals.
“The numbers are growing, and it is a positive thing to see the kids who were here last year doing those skills naturally,” Siegle said. “The kids are really buying in.”
The camp had about 40 players, many of whom are Shaler kids working through the youth football system.
J.D. Bredl is a sixth grader and repeat camper.
“I like learning how to throw and catch the right way,” J.D. said. “I play receiver and corner, and this camp teaches me how to do it all. I love the Ultimate Football we play at the end.”
Shane Kelley is another return camper and shared those sentiments.
“I like learning every position and what they do,” Shane said. “I am a quarterback, but I like learning the routes and how they work. I can see how this works at the high school level, too.”
Brennan Fugh is a first-timer, and he got interested in the camp through his friends' recommendations. The advice was good, and Brennan was happy he came out for the week.
“I like the drills they run here,” Brennan said. “I want to play receiver or running back, and I like to learn new routes.”
Siegle brought in some college coaches and players as guest speakers to give the campers insights in addition to those of his staff and players.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.