Newton South Football Program
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Football Camps
This page provides some information on football camps.  Camps are not just to instruct participants, they are also used to recruit athletes to play at the college level.

Well known camps in the area include:

College Camps and Recruiting. With respect to camps at colleges and universities, there are a few things worth mentioning.  The host college selects certain coaches from colleges and high schools to participate as instructors. College coaches often use these camps as a means to identify and recruit student athletes to play at the college level.  While the instruction is taking place, the coaches are making mental and sometimes written notes on the participants.  The coaches may also ask you to participate in drills at a position other than what you may typically play - the wide receiver to defensive back or running back to linebacker. The participants should bear in mind that they are being evaluated and coaches make note of how they interact with others and the level of effort. The coach may see you playing a different position in college or is looking for someone to fill a need in his program.   It is common for college coaches to speak to participants during the camp and suggest that they follow-up with the coach during the season. 
Rising seniors should have a sports resume and junior year highlight tape to send to interested coaches after the camp.  Further, rising seniors are encouraged to work on their college essay during the summer of their junior year because interested colleges want your completed application and test scores in as soon as possible during the fall of senior year.  Interested colleges also want game film on you as soon as possible during your senior year.  Remember, there is a lot of competition to get into the college of your choice, and one way to improve your chances is by making a good impression during the camp and then being able to complete the college application process as soon as possible.

  • If you are considering playing football or any sport in college, it is important to plan ahead and think about the classes you need to graduate from high school and get into the college of your choice.  Lloyd Peterson, a College Coach from Natick who knows Newton South H.S., provided the football program with an "Athletics Time Line" 9th through 12th grade and "College Athletic Recruitment" to use as a guide.

Elite Player Evaluation at Camps.  Not surprising, coaches will invite players to certain camps during the summer so they can be evaluated. At the camps, the invited top players are separated into small groups for intense comparison and evaluation.  Do not be surprised if your child is not in one of the "elite groups"  with the invited players as this is planned in advance of the camp.  Also, do not be surprised if some of the camps have upwards of 600-700 participants and your child does not get as much attention and training as you would like. With some of the larger camps, the participants are typically grouped so that invited players do not go to lunch.  They stay on the field to be evaluated by all of the coaches at the camp while running through a variety of drills against each other.  This session occurs when the camp sends the non-recruited and younger participants to lunch. 

General Tips. Some of the smaller camps have less coaches but provide more hands on training and instruction.  Ask around. 
  • In addition, some of the smaller colleges have camps just for potential recruits and are invitation only. For a sample college football camp, see the  2008 Brown Football Camp Schedule. As a recruit, you are expected to be ready to go by 7am and all day long until the meetings end around 10:30pm.  It is a very long day, so be prepared.  If you have a knee, ankle or any kind of brace, bring it along with an extra just in case the brace breaks or malfunctions for any reason.  If you need to have your ankles, wrists, hands or knees taped, get there earlier and find the trainer.  Remember, some trainers do not and will not provide such services just in case something happens such as a recruit blowing out a knee or ankle.  They typically will tape ankles but are more cautious about taping knees. If you kid uses an inhaler to help him breath, bring it and let the coaches know in advance. No one likes surprises. Simple tip: plan ahead.
  • Some camps will offer recruiting services such as (i) a website to post a highlight DVD of your child, (ii) assistance with making DVDs, (iii) help with financial aid and recruiting, and (iv) off-season training.  Typically, there is a catch. They want to make money. Be careful  and ask questions and for references before entering into an agreement. You should resist the temptation to make a decision "on the spot."  Take your time and make the right decision for you.  You will find that certain college scouts and recruiters may not find the materials or services offered that helpful in the recruiting process. When in doubt, talk to your head coach or the college recruiter or your child's coaches about the service and fee to be charged.

  • Parents:
    • Bring a cooler with water and ice with you to the practices. Also, bring a comfortable chair, you could be there a long time. The water will come in handy when its hot and there are 50 kids along with your kid waiting to get a drink. Remember, your son should hydrate with water and not energy drinks.
    • As parents, you cannot control how you son is being evaluated by a college that is interested in offering a scholarship and/or help with admissions. Be patient as the practices unfold and do not react too quickly if your son is not running plays from a certain position. Please give the coaches time to see what your son can do. If you son is not playing the ideal position, give it some time - the entire practice.  Try to refrain from asking your kid during a break why he is not running with the first team or has not caught enough footballs as a running back or receiver, or why he is not getting a chance to throw deep balls as a quarterback.  With respect to the latter, the team may throw short passes 70% of the time, and being able to throw balls that work in that offense is more important than how far you can throw the ball.
    • You might be surprised that your son's expectations in terms of  what he wants to do or thinks he can do at the next level may be very different than yours expectations.  A the camps and usually for the first time, kids can really see how they stack up against kids from other towns and states. What you think is a high-end football program in your community may not match up with programs in other towns and states.  Your son may recognize this before you do. He may just want to be part of a team instead of the star of the team at the next level (learn to be okay with this).

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