Shoemaker head football coach Channon Hall knows there is something fun and pure about watching kids run routes, throw the pigskin around and smile on their way to the end zone.
Hall will have an opportunity to see future Shoemaker Grey Wolves have some fun next week during the Shoemaker Football Camp.
“It’s exciting to see their faces when they catch a ball or tackle a dummy right or throw a great pass,” Hall said. “We’ll have a lot of fun with those guys and we definitely want them to take something away from the camp that they can use throughout their football career.”
The camp runs from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and is open for incoming second graders through Shoemaker High freshmen. The cost of the camp is $25 per child and members of the Shoemaker football staff will run the camp.
Hall is entering his fourth season as Shoemaker’s head football coach and has run a camp every year.
One of the facets of the camp that Hall enjoys is being able to get to know the kids that will be coming up to high school in a few years and get an idea of their talents.
“It’s definitely a great opportunity to see all of the kids that are potentially going to be coming to Shoemaker in the future,” Hall said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the coaches to get back to football mode, moving around, going over drills and getting that excitement back for the fall.”
The camp also serves as a valuable coaching and leading tool for entering freshmen.
Hall said he prefers having the camp later in the summer, a week before the University Interscholastic League allows Class 6A teams that had spring football to begin fall practice.
“It gets us into our groove in our schedule, planning and meetings,” Hall said.
“It also allows us to get our coaches up here with us, in the camp so they can see the guys and see exactly how we’re coaching and help those guys, too.”
The Grey Wolves are coming off their best season in school history. Shoemaker went 7-4 last year and advanced to the playoffs for only the second time since the school opened in 2000.
Shoemaker started the season 2-3, including District 8-5A losses to Temple and Copperas Cove, but finished the regular season with five consecutive district wins, including a 34-9 victory over Ellison that clinched a playoff berth.
The Grey Wolves fell in the Division I-5A bi-district playoffs to Mansfield Timberview 28-14.
Walk-up registration is welcome the first day of the camp beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the camp, contact Hall at (254) 336-0965 or email email@example.com.