The Dan River High School football program hosted a conditioning camp last week in Ringgold. The three-day conditioning camp, which was open to all county students ages seven to 13, was held for the first time at Dan River High School and predominantly consisted of players who will be playing A, B, and C league for the Wildcats.  First-year varsity head coach Brian Womack saw it as an opportunity to reach out to the middle school programs as well as the community.

Varsity and junior varsity players from Dan River High School worked out with each group, many of them who came through the Pittsylvania County Youth Football program. Coaches from Womack’s staff as well as Dan River Middle School help facilitated the event to help each athlete prepare for the upcoming season.  

Each day, the camp started with group exercises and warmup running. They then were split into several stations with agility and other football drills where they rotated every seven minutes. Hydration was also stressed as water bottles were available at each station and the DRHS managers had water and Gatorade coolers readily available. Teamwork, dedication, and accountability were also focused as each group made sure to motivate and cheer on their teammates. 

The campers focused on different things each day, with day one focusing on offensive drills; they split up into quarterbacks, running back, wide receivers, and offensive linemen and learned specific skills and techniques to be successful in those positions.  

Day two focus more on the defensive side of the ball, such heads-up tackling concepts, defensive skills, and understand run and pass coverage. On the last day, the campers participated in a the day was highlighted by the “make-em-miss” challenge as groups were split up by age groups as the offensive player tried to fake out and avoid being tagged by the defender. 

Additionally, former Cincinnati Bearcat and Dan River graduate Kimoni Fitz addressed the players and parents at the end of the camp.

Dan River’s conditioning camp was a great way of preparing both middle and high school players as the official practice days begin this week. After two final days of conditioning on Monday and Tuesday, Dan River High School – like all VHSL schools – will have its official first practice on Thursday, August 1 from 4-8 p.m. The middle school teams (A, B, and C) will practice Monday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Dan River Middle School.  

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