locally owned since 1854

Young Raiders learn football at annual summer camp

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/20/18

While some kids are using their summer vacation to sleep in, about 30 campers took to the football field at Middletown Area High School to hone their football skills last week.

This is the third …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Young Raiders learn football at annual summer camp

Posted

While some kids are using their summer vacation to sleep in, about 30 campers took to the football field at Middletown Area High School to hone their football skills last week.

This is the third year that MAHS has offered the Middletown Football Camp, according to Rob Brodish, who coaches the offensive and defensive lines for the Blue Raiders. The camp is led by returning Blue Raider players and coaches and lasts for four days.

Head Coach Brett Myers said around 35 players helped. One of the goals of the football program is giving back, and this is one of the ways that players meet that goal, Myers said.

The camp, he said, teaches the Blue Raiders patience.

“It gets them to understand that they are looked up to by some of these elementary school kids,” Myers said.

The camp, which is open to students in kindergarten through ninth grade, teaches the fundamentals of football and the offensive and defensive positions, Brodish said. It’s important to learn the basics of tackling, Myers added.

“It helps our kids because they are able to teach their positions that they actually play. So it helps them see their position in a different way,” Brodish said.

The campers are fun to work with, he said, and the high school players enjoy working with the young campers, too.

The campers participated in a number of activities such as learning how to properly tackle, how to kick the football, and various agility drills. At the end of the day, the campers play two-hand touch football. During the week, Brodish said the youngsters were able to go into the weight room at the high school.

As for the campers, Brodish and Myers said it helped them in a number of ways, including getting the kids out of the house during the summer while also meeting kids from other schools and the high school players.

The program has had great success in the five years that Myers has been at the helm. His record is 45-16 with back-to-back trips to the 3A state title game.

The 2017 team finished 14-1, losing to Quaker Valley in the state title game. They outscored opponents 621-141. The 2016 team also finished 14-1.

The Raiders also have back-to-back Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division titles and have made the playoffs three straight years.

“It’s a great way to kick off the summer and get ready for the football season,” Myers said.