BYF Vice President Ken Jefferson said the 2014 camp was a great success.
“We had 119 kids ... and I think the majority of them were 5- to 9-year-olds. It was a very successful camp.”
Jefferson added that he had at least 110 kids for every camp session from Monday through Thursday.
“I had over 110 kids every day. They seemed to love it,” he said. “A majority of it was teaching techniques and just getting the kids in some kind of shape ... for youth football.
“I had a lot of kids who just wanted to come out for the camp who are not even playing football.”
Games for the BYF begin in mid-August and, according to Jefferson, Beeville has a strong group at the freshman and sophomore levels.
“Right now, based on what we’ve seen at the camp, we’ve got a lot of talented kids,” he said. “I had one of my coaches out there; he told me that the 5- and 6-year-old group that we have right now, he sees a lot of talent in that group.
“And the same with the sophomore (7- and 8-year-olds) group, there’s a lot of talent. We’re pretty strong in those two categories right now.”
Jefferson also said it was important to teach the youth players the “right way” to play football, something he and his coaching staff strived to accomplish during the camp.
“Working with fundamentals, it teaches them the safe way of doing things. It creates that foundation that you can build on once you teach them the right way. ... It just makes for a safer environment for them.
“The main thing of it is, get them young and teach them the right way, that way it’s instilled in them at a young age, and it will carry through throughout their high school football careers.”
Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com.