JEFFERSON CITY — Burke-Tarr Stadium might not host college football until the fall, but the facility will be anything but dormant next month.
Carson-Newman’s football program has announced two summer camps which take place over an eight-day stretch in June.
The Youth Skills Camp kicks off on June 4 with the camp for boys entering grades 1-5 taking place June 4-5 while the camp for boys entering grades 6-8 runs from June 6-7.
The camp takes place at Burke-Tarr Stadium and the Ken Sparks Athletic Complex on the Mossy Creek campus and runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon each day, and C-N can host anywhere from 15-60 campers in each age group.
The cost for the camp is $75 if the camper is preregistered or $85 on the day of the camp, and a $40 deposit to reserve a spot is non-refundable after May 18.
Campers will need to bring a water bottle, a T-shirt, shorts, socks, cleats, sneakers, sunscreen and a light snack. Participants will also receive a camp T-shirt, a certificate of completion and a better understanding of football safety.
Fundamentals taught at the camp include stance, steps, blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, route running and team building.
“Our camps are designed to help youth and middle school athletes enhance their knowledge, position specific skill and safety techniques by teaching solid fundamentals in an encouraging environment,” C-N assistant coach and Youth Skills Camp Director Mike Clowney said in a release.
Just two days following the conclusion of the Youth Skills Camp, C-N will host the Offensive Line Camp from June 9-12.
This camp is designed for junior high and high school athletes who have not yet completed their senior years.
Campers will be housed in a residence hall on the Carson-Newman University campus, and meals will be served in C-N’s newly remodeled Stokely Memorial Cafeteria.
The cost of the Offensive Line Camp is $250 for overnight campers which covers all expenses for each camper to live in the residence hall and eat all meals in the cafeteria. Cost for the day camper is $150, and a T-shirt will be provided to each camper. A $100 deposit is required upon application, and the deposit is nonrefundable after June 1. Registration takes place on Sunday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m. at C-N’s Alumni Residence Hall.
Campers will need to bring a football helmet, football cleats, a mouthpiece, gym shoes, bed linens and pillow, T-shirts, gym shorts, socks, personals (soap, towels, toothbrush, jock, etc.) and cash for additional snacks and drinks.
Fundamentals taught at the Offensive Line Camp include stance, footwork, takeoff, combo blocks, trap blocking, pass protection, linebacker blocking, stack blocking, picking up stunts, defensive recognition, sweep blocking, blocking downfield, option blocking, snapping, plyometric introduction and video study.
“Our purpose is to give the junior high and high school athlete the experience of line fundamentals in a concentrated area,” C-N head football coach Mike Turner said in a release. “(The Offensive Line Camp is) a working camp for the offensive lineman who is serious about becoming the best at his position.”
Carson-Newman will also host a one-day Technique Camp on July 13 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
This camp is for students entering grades 9-12, and campers should bring a football helmet and mouthpiece, football cleats and gym shoes.
The cost of the camp is $35 during preregistration or $40 on the day of the camp.
The camp is designed to help campers improve their techniques in throwing, blocking, tackling, catching and more.
For more information or to register online for any of the aforementioned three camps, visit www.totalcamps.com/carsonnewmanfootballcamps/home.