JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School head football coach Matt Green announced changes to the Mustang Football Camp.
The camp will be for incoming seventh- through ninth-graders only from 5-8 p.m. July 7-10 at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. It no longer will be open to first- through sixth-graders.
The cost is $75. Players can sign up at the fieldhouse until 4 p.m. July 2-3 and until 5 p.m. July 7.
Green said the camp’s main focus will be on teaching the base offense and defense. It also allows the players to meet the varsity coaching staff, many of whom are new hires after Green took over as head coach and athletic director in May.
“It gives us an idea of what we’ll see from each kid,” said Green, who is also the athletic director at Marble Falls. “Those kids learn the terminology. It may not be precise, but it’ll be close. They’ll forget a little (during the rest of the summer), but we’ll repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat. They’ll come in and have such a great base.”
Green smiled when he realized the middle school players will be the first to work with the varsity coaches, even before the high school athletes have a chance to meet them.
The players will be divided by grade at the camp. When one group is learning defense, the other will be taught offense. They’ll do that for about 85 minutes, then take a small break and switch.
Green said each group will have about six coaches. Athletes will learn about 12 offensive plays.
“That’s a lot,” he said. “They’ll get tons of coaching. They’ll walk out with a stronger foundation.”
Green said it’s possible some of the high school athletes will be at the camp to help. That will give them a chance to meet the younger players and establish friendships with them. By University Interscholastic League rules, high school athletes cannot be paid.
Green said he really wanted to give a camp for incoming first- through sixth-graders but couldn’t because he ran out of time. He has spent his first 30 days on the job interviewing coaches to complete his staff and leading Mustang Conditioning, the school’s summer strength-and-conditioning program.
“I think that camp (for younger athletes) is on hold for year,” he said. “I’ll have time to promote it. If you try to do too much when you don’t have staff, you can do more damage than good. If I threw it together, it would be a disaster.”