Big Rapids football hosts youth camp

Elementary schoolers and high schoolers alike participated in Big Rapids’ youth football camp Thursday and Friday at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids High School football program closed out its annual youth camp Friday at Big Rapids High School.

The camp took place Thursday and Friday with roughly 30 kids participating each day.

“It was good numbers for us,” head coach Mike Selzer said. “We mainly had third and fourth graders. It was a good introduction to the sport for a lot of the kids.”

On day two, participants took part in obstacle course drills and then split into position groups for position drills. The camp concluded with 7-on-7 scrimmages.

Big Rapids coaches and football players facilitated the event.

“It’s a fun time for the varsity kids as well,” Selzer said. “It’s fun to watch them to teach the skills and kind of see some of the things that we’ve been trying to teach them.”

Selzer is looking to expand the participation of the program next year.

“They like it. We’re going to try and open it up next year to first and second graders. We’re trying to increase the participation a bit more and get more kids interested.”

The high school team has been gearing up for the dog days of summer to come.

“We’ve been lifting and doing stuff,” Selzer said. “After the dead period ends in July, we’ll be getting into 7-on-7’s and camps. We’ll be pretty busy.”

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