Standing Room Only At Bucs Rookie Camp !

Posted by Keith Schofield on 30 January 2019

More than 80 players and around a dozen coaches took part in the first Bucs Rookie Camp of 2019, held at their winter home at Brownedge St Marys in Bamber Bridge on Saturday 24th January. The event is especially aimed at introducing prospective new players to the sport, with purpose-planned drills ran by experienced coaches being the ideal way to enthuse and instruct budding 'ballers in the finer points of the sport.

2019 rookie camp u12s

Close to 40 young boys and girls attended the U12 rookie camp, with the most junior players being a mere 7 years old. The U12s play a 'tag' version of the game, making it a safe but exciting way to learn how to play American football. The youngsters were taught some basics and then put their newly acquired skills to use in some fun games. U12 Head Coach Ian Oxborrow said 'I was shocked at how many players we had come down, but it's great for us and great for the profile of the sport in the UK.'

2019 rookie camp kitted

The club's two kitted teams, U17 and U19, who play the full contact version of the sport complete with shoulder pads and helmets, ran a joint rookie camp session under the stewardship of the two respective Head Coaches, Tom Salerno and Ian Nicolson. These players were introduced to the basics of safe tackling techniques, as well as trying out different offensive and defensive positions. U19 Head Coach Ian Nicolson commented 'It's great to see players coming down and enjoying themselves whilst learning new skills. Hopefully some of these players will stick at the sport for many years, right through into adulthood.'

2019 rookie camp flag

The older flag teams - U17, Ladies and Adult - also ran a joint rookie camp, under the guidance of Ladies and U17 Flag Head Coach Keith Schofield. New and returning players were coached the fundamentals of half a dozen different playing positions over the two hour session, with a focus on having good technique and understanding how that can bring a small advantage against an opponent. Coach Schofield said 'It was a great session, the players really bought into wanting to play with the correct technique, and it was rewarding to see them soaking up information.'

The Bucs start back at preseason training this Saturday 2nd February, at Brownedge St Mary's High School in Bamber Bridge, with training times starting at 10.30am and running to 1.30pm. All new players are more than welcome, whether you attended the rookie camp or not. On Saturday 9th February the Bucs will be hosting a 'Skills Camp' which again will be a great chance for both new and veteran players to brush up on some fundamentals of the sport and work on their technique.

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