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Gilpin School athletes prepare for upcoming season

Summer Program Camps and Practice

By Sunny Vincent

Gilpin County Middle and High School’s football teams and other athletes are preparing for their next season. Many middle and high school students have been attending camps and activities throughout the summer. The Gilpin High School boy’s football program started their summer by attending the Colorado School of Mines Prospect Camp. The camp was held on the college’s football field on June 21st down in Golden. It was a one day event and there were about 200 football players from all over the country in attendance. Volleyball and basketball athletes have also been attending camps during the summer. With many of Gilpin’s students participating in multiple sports, these athletes have been very busy improving their skills during the summer.

Football Offensive Coach, Craig Ball gave many details about the football camp. He explained that in the first half of the camp, the football players took part in a workout session that included; a 40-yard speed times, pro agility times and a weight-lifting session that marked the maximum number of times that a player could lift 185 pounds. During the lunch break, the student athletes were given information about the academic standards required by the School of Mines and the dean of admissions provided excellent advice on testing and offered guidelines for high achievement that were expected by the players who attended the school. During the second half of the camp, the football players were brought together in specialty groups and were run through drills that each player could use to showcase their ability.

The 2013 Gilpin County High School Football Camp was held during the week of June 24th – 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The football camp was provided by the school and next year’s football coaches. The camp was split into a defensive and offensive session each day and was well attended by the team. This year’s playbooks, along with the game schedule, were reviewed as a team.

The football players also have had the opportunities to work out in the schools weight room. The weight-lifting room is manned by a coach at selected times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. throughout the summers. The room is open for all Gilpin student athletes ages 12-18.
For all football players that missed the June camps and workout sessions, there are still more opportunities to get ready for the upcoming season. Coach Ball will offer a speed camp on Monday July 22 through Thursday July 25 up on the Gilpin football field from 10:30 to noon each day. The camp will try to build on the success of the 2013 track season where the team was awarded 1st place in seven events during competition: 110 hurdles, 100M, 200M, 800M, 1600M, Shot and Discus. The camp is free for all Gilpin County Athletes entering 6th Grade through HS Seniors, and is designed to build speed for all sports.

The Middle School Football Team will hold their football camp starting on August 5 for four days ending on August 8. The camp will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. The camp will focus on agility, fundamentals and provide for a great foundation for the 2013 Football season.

If anyone has questions about schedules or would like to pre-register for any of the upcoming camps, please contact Coach Ball at 720.288.0491 or coach@ballmail.com.

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