More than Football: BU Camps Develop Character

Playing football at Bloomsburg University goes much farther than being just an athlete

Playing football at Bloomsburg University goes much farther than simply excelling at sport; the idea of Bloomsburg Husky Football is to help develop each athlete into a well-rounded human being. In a series of annual summer camps, the coaches and players of the BU Huskies football squad actively apply this ideal, teaching younger athletes not only about football fundamentals, but about individual moral decisions and working as part of a cohesive team.

For every camp, the Huskies incorporate motivational speakers as an integral part of the routine. Touching on subjects such as the importance of academics, dangers of drugs and alcohol, proper social behavior, nutrition habits and much more, each day a different speaker presents a valuable message to all of the campers. The staff hopes that these sessions provide a positive influence and inspiration which can be used in everyday life.

“We want the campers to become better athletes,” said Coach Jack Lydic, Assistant Camp Director for the Huskies. “But there is more to life than just football. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for being a well-rounded individual.”

Love of sport and football is what brings the youths to these camps, and there the Huskies offers a variety of options which serve all aspects and age-ranges of players interested in furthering their football aspirations. They offer a Youth Camp for yonger players, specialty camps that develop specific football skill sets, camps for teams, and a Prospective Athlete Camp for graduating seniors aspiring to play at the next level.

The latest addition to the series of camps is the Defensive Lineman camp organized by Coach Bill Perkins, designed to improve defensive lineman’s techniques and skill sets. Regardless of the skills involved, all members of the Huskies’ coaching staff are available, as well as the coaches from the attending school’s staff.

“We try to get the coaches from the other teams involved in our coaching methods,” said Lydic. “It’s really important to get as many coaches for the kids as we can, so they get proper instruction.” Personal and small group instruction is important as well, with the player to coach ratio at these camps is less than 10:1.

Bloomsburg’s Football staff cares about the quality of instruction that all of their campers get; so they incorporate their own varsity athletes as assistant coaches. Roughly 10-12 of the Huskies’ own athletes are involved annually in the instruction, teaching the campers basic fundamentals, and giving them advice about teamwork and sportsmanship.

Jarrett Pidgeon, three year starter at linebacker for the Huskies, has been attending the Youth Camp that the Huskies offer since his freshman year.

“I think it’s really important for the players to be involved coaching the kids,” said Pidgeon. “When I was a kid we always looked up to the older athletes as role models, it’s only proper that we do the same.”

During the team camp, the Huskies coaching staff has drills in order to test the competitive skills of the athletes, and present awards to those athletes whom excel at their specific position. However, the focus for the youth camp is to collectively promote sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and basic skills of the game.

“The purpose of the team camp is to promote synergy and competition for all teams that attend,” said Coach Lydic. “But the underlying theme for our youth camp is to stress the fundamentals of football and just focus on having fun.”

[box type=”shadow”]For more information on all Bloomsburg University Sports Camps, please visit the BU Camps Website or contact the Camp Directors for individual sports directly. The dates and costs for 2012’s football camps are as follows:

Youth Development Camp, June 11-13: 9:00am-1:00pm $100.00 per camper ($50 for additional siblings)

Defensive Lineman Camp, June 30: 9:00am – 4:00pm, $100.00 per camper

Team Camp July 22-25: $300/camper – Boarding, $225/camper – Commuting[/box]

[box type=”bio”]By Bloomsburg University Student, Dylan Spangler. Dylan is a Junior majoring in Mass Communications.[/box]

Huskies Ready for Homecoming as #2 in the Nation

The Bloomsburg University football team made a big leap in this week’s American Football Coaches Association national Division II poll moving to number two in the country, up from fifth a week ago.

The Huskies, 5-0, are coming off a 32-20, come-from-behind win over PSAC East-rival East Stroudsburg this past Saturday. In the game tailback Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Huskies overcome an early 10-point deficit, while kicker Dan Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) connected on four field goals to set a new school record for career field goals. The sophomore now has 31 on the year.

For Bloomsburg the number two national ranking equals their best-ever positioning in the poll. Previously the Huskies had been number two on Nov. 8, 2005 and Dec. 12, 2000 (following the team’s loss in the NCAA Division II title game).

This coming Saturday the Huskies will be back at Redman Stadium taking on Cheyney with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. at Redman Stadium. The game will be part of the school’s annual Homecoming celebration. Head coach Danny Hale will also be aiming for win number 200 in his career. He is looking to become the fifth active D2 coach to reach 200 career wins.

The shakeup in the poll came after three of the top four teams from last week went down to defeat. North Alabama moves up to the top spot this week after then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State lost to new No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), 38-35, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium. This is the fourth time North Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, with their last No. 1 ranking occurring on November 2, 2009. The Huskies at number two are followed by No. 3 Delta State (Miss.), No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 5 Washburn (Kan.). Nebraska-Kearney’s No. 4 ranking is their highest ever in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

Shepherd (W.Va.) had the biggest fall, dropping 11 spots to No. 14 after its 28-14 loss to Concord (W.Va.). Valdosta State (Ga.) also fell out of the Top 5, falling to No. 13 after losing to Arkansas-Monticello, 23-9. Pittsburg State (Kan.) made the biggest jump in the poll this week, moving up seven spots to No. 8 after its victory over then-No. 1 Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats don’t have long to recover as they travel to No. 19 Central Missouri this week in the only Top 25 matchup of the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

(Article Courtesy of BU Sports Information)

(Photo Courtesy of Anderson Mancini, via a Creative Commons license)