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June 29, 2014

Duncan football holds Summer Pride camp

DUNCAN — Duncan football has its Summer Pride camp throughout the month of July starting Monday.

The camp is designed to help athletes from fifth grade through high school, starting from 6 a.m and running to 10 a.m. each day until July 31. All activities will be designed to help players get stronger, faster and better conditioned for the sports season.

First-year football coach Craig Benson said the camp, and those like it, is a response to a trickle-down effect that has been growing across all sports. The players at the higher level spend more time in the offseason getting better and that translates to those who aspire to be at those levels spending their time doing the same.

“The great equalizer is strength and agility,” Benson said. “If you’re bit doing it, you’re opponents are out there getting ahead of you and they’re pulling away.”

Benson said 20 years ago the landscape was very different. With little spring practices for football, not as much time was spent on improving in the offseason.

“What it has turned into is that we are sharing multiple athletes,” Benson said. “And if you’re not getting them in there in the summer and preparing them for the season, you’re going to be behind.”

Senior Mason Hightower is one of the athletes that plays multiple sports. He’ll be competing on the football team this fall after playing baseball for most of the summer. He says Summer Pride could make a huge difference for the team that’s a little undersized.

“The only way you can be good is if you work hard,” Hightower said. “We’re going to have to use this next month to work hard in football, just get bigger faster and stronger.”

But the camp isn’t just for football players. Athletes from all sports, both boys and girls, are getting involved in the camp, which will focus on the fundamentals of lifting and strength training.

For the younger kids, it isn’t so much as getting them ahead physically, but teaching them for the future.

“Training them how to lift, showing them the proper technique, so that when they get to be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, we’ve already got them integrated into our program,” Benson said. “We’ve already got them trained to what’s expected of them.”

Benson said it’s a variety of skills that will be focused on during the month of training. Lifting will only play a small part alongside speed work, core training, agility and conditioning.

“It’s all those different things put together,” Benson said. “We’re going to be creative in what we do.”

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