Sports camps giving kids a feel for high school athletics
Young athletes are getting the chance to practice and learn from high school pros through Dartmouth High School’s summer sports camps.
Each week of the five-week program features a new set of sports for campers to learn. It is intended to appeal to both kids who want to try out a new sport for the first time, and more established athletes who want to get some practice in over the summer.
“The whole idea is to have fun, get a little bit better, and get familiar with the high school coaches,” said Camp Director Sam Madden.
On July 2 — the second of the five-week camp program — coaches were on hand to teach the fundamentals of football and tennis.
On the football field, strength and conditioning coach Andrew Medeiros led campers through rotating stations of football exercises and drills. Campers practiced throwing the ball, moving through agility and conditioning stations, and basic formations.
“It’s just getting them to have fun and showing them the basics to get them involved in the sport,” Medeiros said.
Medeiros was joined by about a dozen varsity football players. He noted the camp also provides kids with the opportunity to meet high school coaches and players.
“They can see the players and find someone they can look up to,” he noted.
On the tennis courts, Dan Sadlowski was on hand to share his sport with several dozen kids of all different ages and skill levels.
“Some have never played before,” he said, noting that his camp has served as an introduction to the sport for kids who went on to play regularly.
Sign ups are still open for the remaining three weeks of the camp. From July 8-12, soccer and volleyball camps will be offered. July 15-19 will feature basketball and field hockey. The final week from July 22-26 will focus on softball and track and field.
The volleyball camp is for kids entering grades five through nine. All other camps are open to second through ninth graders. Camps are $80 per week, and meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dartmouth High School.
To sign up, visit the Athletics page at the Dartmouth High School website, dartmouth.school.