Claiborne High School Bulldogs football held its first football camp under the leadership of new head coach Nathan Medlin in late July.
The temperatures were brutal for most of the camp but with many water breaks and water bottles available during each play within the practices the campers had little trouble handling the hot, steamy conditions.
The camp was very well planned out with a cell phone free environment. According to coaches, the players didn’t really want to let go of their smart phones but reluctantly did so.
Medlin spoke about the camp and the no phone policy, “We have had a great camp and the only complaints we had were over the cell phones. We took their phones so that the players would have to interact with each other and build the team atmosphere.”
When asked about all the things it took to get the camp going Medlin added, “We have some people to thank including parents, the booster club and United Grocery Outlet for providing water for the kids and goods to the booster club.”
The Bulldogs camp clearly brought the players closer and unified them with a one goal objective and that was becoming better football players. As of now, the coaches said they really like what they have seen but wish the second team would get a little sharper.
Claiborne has four assistant coaches now — Jon Shipley, Adam Sizemore, Tyler Scott and Jake Walker.
The 2016 football camp ended with a cookout and a movie night. The Bulldogs will continue their practices up until the opener to be held Aug. 26 in Union County.
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