About 300 athletes learn from college coaches at Chamberlain combine, campCHAMBERLAIN — With 17 schools represented and coaches from five college programs helping out, the Chamberlain River City Football Combine and Team Camp was a success, Chamberlain High School football coach John King said. The event began Monday and ended Tuesday at Don Giese Field in Chamberlain. “It was a great experience,” King said. “It’s going to help everybody going into the season.”
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
CHAMBERLAIN — With 17 schools represented and coaches from five college programs helping out, the Chamberlain River City Football Combine and Team Camp was a success, Chamberlain High School football coach John King said.
The event began Monday and ended Tuesday at Don Giese Field in Chamberlain.
“It was a great experience,” King said. “It’s going to help everybody going into the season.”
King said about 300 athletes took part in the camp and participated in a combine before working on individual techniques, team drills and scrimmages.
At the combine, athletes participated in the 40-yard dash, pro-agility, three-cone drill, bench press, vertical jump and standing broad jump. Results for each player will be put on a spreadsheet and sent to their high schools as well as colleges in the area.
“By going to early camps it gives teams a little jump on the season,” King said. “It helps kids understand the plays that we start doing in the fall and makes the progression a little bit easier with the younger kids coming up.”
Besides Chamberlain, a few area teams that look to benefit from getting early work in included McCook Central/Montrose, Mount Vernon, Lyman, South Central and a few players from the Bon Homme football team. Athletes were able to work on individual skills with coaches from Black Hills State, Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia, Neb., Dakota State and Northern State.
King said the college coaches showed several good techniques to the players and gave the kids a chance to show their skills.
“It’s a great way to get kids some exposure to possibly play college football in the future,” King said. “It’s a good way to keep the sport of football going strong in the state of South Dakota.”
Dakota Wesleyan head coach Ross Cimpl said the camp is beneficial for the players as well as the college coaches.
“We show the kids some things we do and some different drills than they do in high school,” Cimpl said. “It’s also a good opportunity for us to get out here, visit some kids and meet some coaches that we didn’t know before.
“We can’t make it to every game and this gives us an opportunity to observe and talk to coaches about different ideas. I think it’s a huge benefit for us.”
King said with the high temperatures in the area, the players were unable to go in full pads for much of the camp. High temperatures in the area were in the mid-90s.
“When it’s this warm we just kind of have to make things happen,” he said. “We take the pads off and work without helmets to keep everybody healthy.
“We had no major injuries, which is always a plus.”
The camp began at 9 a.m. Monday and went throughout the day. Players took the field again at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday before wrapping up the event shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.