Junior high football camp goes well
First-year head coach Chad Scoby liked what he saw during last week's Baldwin Junior High School Football Camp.
"Camp went great," said Scoby, who has been an assistant at BJHS since the football program was started three years ago. "It was good to have the kids out there."
There were a total of 40 campers, evenly split between the seventh and eighth grades. Along with the usual heavy doses of fundamentals, the players were also introduced to a few new looks for this year's program.
"We've changed the offensive and defensive sets," said Scoby. "We changed how the backs lined up. The offense will still be the same and the plays will still be the same, but there will be some differences.
"When practice starts, we'll be ahead because we've already got those changes in place," he said.
There weren't any surprises with who showed up for the camp, which was in the evening Monday through Thursday at the Baldwin High School practice field. The heat didn't keep anyone away.
"It was a good turnout," said Scoby. "For the most part, we had who we expected there. We'll probably have about 50 out when we get started. We'll probably pick up a few after enrollment Tuesday."
One item that won't change is the size of the eighth graders.
"Those guys were big last year as seventh graders. They're just a big group of kids," he said. "They're pretty good size and there weren't any surprises along those lines."
Thanks to the establishment of grade-school football in Baldwin several years ago, the junior high players have a much better handle on how the game is played.
"For a junior high group, they're pretty football savvy," said Scoby. "They pretty much know what's going on. Having little league football helps out a lot. It's great and it gets better every year."
To help him prepare to run his first camp, Scoby took part in BHS coach Mike Berg's camp the week before.
"I went to the high school camp just to see how coach Berg did it," he said. "It was good to see how he mapped out what was going to be done before each session."
Scoby was also pleased to head up his first camp and is looking forward to the season ahead.
"It was great for me to be the head coach," he said. "It felt really good. It was great to jump in there. We're all excited about the season."