Vacaville High School football holds 10th youth
BY MATT MILLER: VACAVILLE REPORTER
Vacaville High School's youth football clinic hit its 10th milestone, and by
the number of participants this year, there is no sign of slowing down.
There were 170 youth, ranging from second grade to sixth, on Monday for
the offensive portion of the two-day event. The number was expected to
be equally as high Tuesday night when the focus turned to defense.
"We've been maxed out just about every year," Vacaville head football
coach Mike Papadopoulos said. "It's a great opportunity to offer a little
fun during this part of the summer and provide a little community
Papadopoulos, coaches and players led the youth through offensive drills
on Monday that included line play and time as running backs, receivers,
quarterbacks, field goal kickers and some agility drills. Nobody is locked
into any one position, either. Big kids and little kids all get their chance to
throw, catch, block and kick.
On Tuesday, defense was the focus. There were stations for linemen,
defensive backs, punting, agility drills and a few lessons in form tackling.
"This is not super intense," Papadopoulos said. "We're giving them
exposure and fun at the same time. We have kids that have a lot of youth
football experience. We also have kids that are out here for the first time."
Papadopoulos said it's always as fun for the coaches and Bulldogs
themselves as it is for the clinic participants.
"I think it takes them back to the first time they threw a ball," he said. "It's
fun to watch them teach the different skills and the patience they show.
We put the kids in their age groups and it's neat to watch our kids teach
them age appropriately."
The clinic is free each year. Parents are asked to reserve a spot for their
child with the name of the camp participant, age and e-mail contact
address, though no one is turned away.
The Bulldogs open the 2014 football season on Friday, Sept. 5 at Oak
Youth football clinic
“under the lights”