Beeville’s Li’l Trojan Iron Man camp kicked things off on Monday with good numbers as 85-95 young football players hit the practice field at Veterans Memorial Park.
“Our turnout is a little better than last year,” said camp organizer Ken Jefferson.
The Beeville Youth Football League begins practice in earnest on Aug. 1 with at least four teams ready to go. Two freshman units (5-6 years old), one sophomore and one junior squad will definitely put on the pads this year. The coaches are still looking for a few more senior age (11-12) players to fill out a possible squad, but as of now the numbers are too low to field a team, according to the coaches.
Those young athletes in attendance on Monday were put through several fundamental drills and a little conditioning work to get the newcomers accustomed to what is yet to come this season.
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcat camp, under new head coach John Livas, also began on Monday. The young Bobcats-to-be were on the practice field early for their first glimpse of Livas’ way of conducting business. A good group of about 60 youngsters progressed through the drills and took advantage of plenty of water breaks.
“We had a good start, and everything is going great. The kids are excited about football,” Livas said.
Jimmie Mitchell, the new Trojan head football coach, split his camps into two age groups for his first introduction to Beeville. The younger players were out early with the slightly older kids coming in a little later in the day. The younger group was down numerically, but the older players came out in good numbers for coach Mitchell’s first summer camp in Beeville. Both groups brought plenty of enthusiasm.
A short, organizational summer for the new coach limited exposure and prompted a date/time conflict with the Li’l Trojan camp, which kept the young age group campers’ numbers down a little,
“We’ll be able to coordinate things a little better next year,” Mitchell said.
The weather also cooperated this week. It was hot, but a gentle and cooling breeze kept the players fairly comfortable. Numerous breaks and hydration were also commonplace at each of the camps.
With the football camps underway and the start of the fall practices on Aug. 5 for the high schools in the area, football fever will again begin to heat things up in our local towns. Nothing creates such a sports frenzy as does high school football in South Texas.
All three Bee County schools had losing seasons last year and failed to make the playoffs. Two new coaches and a new year with new players boost expectations for a fresh start.