UHS Hosts Pre-Season Football Camp

UHS head basketball coach Jessica Mills instructs campers during a summer session.

With summer winding down and many camps wrapping up, there is still time to sign up and participate in this year’s Urbana High School (UHS) Pre-Season Football Camp beginning on Aug. 8 and running through Aug. 11 at the school’s practice football field.

To beat the heat, the camp is being held from 5 until 8 p.m. Openings are still available.

Head Football Coach Ryan Hines expects some 80 to 100 players at what he calls a “quick” camp “filled with drills and work.”

The camp is not mandatory for all players who have committed to playing for the Hawks this fall.

“Some families use this time to get away one last time before school starts, but missing it puts [players] behind the learning curve,” said Hines.

Regular-season practices, which begin Aug. 15, are mandatory for players.

Campers will get to participate in warm-ups, group instruction of a play or series of plays with all levels, fundamental breakouts by position, and small group work.

“Then we bring it all back together to run the plays we introduced at the start,” said Hines.

Instruction focuses on the most basic drills before placing kids in pads.

“Camp is all about teaching drills at a slower pace and focusing on the technique,” said Hines.

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