Football camp helps players shake cobwebs

The Muskie football program is looking to turn a corner this season.
After failing to win a game the past two seasons, the team is physically prepared to face their opponents in the Winnipeg High School Football League, said coach Bob Swing, who has just completed the annual spring football camp with about 30 players.
The prospects capped off the camp with a small scrimmage last Friday on the field behind the high school. “That’s what they wanted to do,” Swing said. “They wanted to have fun, so we let them.”
But only about 16 of the 30 showed up for the last day. They scrimmaged for short quarters on a half-field.
This issue of commitment to the team is one thing the coaches will have to work on for next season, admitted Swing.
“I see it as a general concern. . . . I believe they don’t feel comfortable enough to commit to the team,” he remarked. “We’re going to spend some time working with the kids and their families.”
A lot of parents and some teachers at the school may feel the kids don’t get supported in the football program, they get barked at, said Swing.
The coaches also are putting the students through a program that should benefit them all-around.
“It’s not a sport-specific thing or a gender-specific thing, it’s conducive to all sports,” said Swing, who is implementing the program with the help of Shane Beckett, coach of the Muskie ‘B’ football squad.
Though still a young team, Swing said the black-and-gold are getting bigger and learning more. “They know what they’re doing,” he said. “We didn’t have to do a lot of re-teaching.”
Even those who tried out having never played football before were fairly quick learners, Swing added.
This year, the spring camp was split up so the high school team could build by itself rather than including Grade 8 students. The coaches are planning to hold both a PeeWee and a Bantam camp later this month.
Registration for those camps will take place June 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 151 at Fort High.
Students going into Grades 6 and 7 this fall are eligible for the PeeWee camp, which will take place June 22-24 from 4:30-6 p.m.
The Bantams (students going into Grade 8 or 9 in September) will take to the field with coach Dean Bruyere on June 21-25 from 4:30-6 p.m., with a scrimmage slated for June 26 at noon.
The Muskie football season will get underway at the end of August.