Great Scott’s football camp teaches kids fundamentals

Coach Mitch Buck and the Madison coaching staff are back this year with Great Scott's Football Camp, a chance for K-12 kids to learn football fundamentals. 1 min


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There’s nothing quite like a local high school football game. America’s popular sport has always been a rallying point for communities, especially small towns like Rexburg. Our Madison boys sure give us something to cheer about with each passing season.

Mitch Buck and the Madison High School coaching staff are giving back to the community in their yearly tradition. The Great Scott’s Football Camp starts up again next week!

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Players teaching players

You remember your football heroes from when you were kid. If you were lucky, you had an incredible high school football team to look up to. Certainly, that’s a privilege our Rexburg kids have.

The Great Scotts Football Camp is a great opportunity for kids to learn from Madison players and coaches about the fundamentals of the sport.

“Those younger kids are coming to almost all the games and watching them on Friday night,” says assistant coach Bradee Klassen. “The cool thing about this camp is they can actually interact with the players and learn from them.”

The football camp is open to anyone K-12 who wants to improve their game. There they will work on catching, running, blocking drills, conditioning, and foot speed. Kickers will also work on kicking drills.

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It also offers excellent short-term preparation.

“It’s a good way to prepare for the year and a good way to kick off their football season,” says Klassen. “These fundamentals we’re going to teach at the camp are crucial.”

Klassen adds that the camp calls back to exactly what the coaching staff teaches the high school players. The same program is taught to college teams as well.

Learn from the best coaches around

This prestige and top-notch coaching comes in no small part from the experience of Coach Mitch Buck.

“Coach Mitch Buck has been around for a lot of years,” Klassen says. “Madison football hass been very successful because of Mitch. He knows the game inside and out and he knows what it takes to be a successful football player as well as a successful football team.”

Buck doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to imparting his knowledge to these kids. He makes sure they get the best in the fundamentals and strategy. But it’s also a fun program.

“We try to make it as fun as possible,” adds Klassen. “The last day is a big competition, and they scrimmage at the end of every practice. They also give out prizes, and every kid gets a shirt. We have a lot of fun. It’s a good time.”

Competitions include throwing, catching, speed, and agility. Some of the prizes they have given out in years past include gloves, socks, hats, and Madison apparel. And the shirts each kid receives is identical the shirts the high school players wear under their pads or workout shirts.

How to get involved

The camp runs from July 17-19 for kids K-8 and through the 20 for grade ages 9-12. Grades K-4 session time is 8:30-10:30 am, grades 5-8 from 11:30 am – 1:30pm, and 9-12 from 5:30-8 pm. Parents can register their kids the day of practice, right before their session time.

It is also not contact football. Kids can show up in their cleats, shorts, and a shirt. All kids in these age groups, boys and girls, are welcome to come participate. Feel free to join in the community discussion to learn more.

Ready to have your child learn the ins and outs of your favorite sport? Show up this Monday July 17 and give them the perfect opportunity.