No one has been running, supporting, or covering football camps longer then I have. From the very first NFTC camps and Dave Schuman’s first National Underclassmen Combine to Nike’s The Opening, I have been on the ground of them all before anyone else. So when I decide to a shine some light on an event it is with the athletes best interest in mind.
There are two camps in Portland, Oregon June 2nd. The reason why has as much to do with money than anything else. One camp is charging $125 and one is charging $65 dollars. One camp seems to be focused on minute by minute Twitter pronouncements of how many out of state kids are coming and one is doing no announcements.
One will have huge numbers and has described themselves as the “biggest camp ever” and the other has no desire for big numbers.
For the record, I am excited to see so many football prospects coming to Oregon on June 2nd looking to get coached up and looked at by college coaches here in town. The key to the athlete succeeding is to get more reps and have more eyeballs and to get some great coaching. Of the two camps, I am endorsing the NW Best Showcase. I will be there covering every single kid that shows for our Network giving the best exposure I can. We are excited to see 5 stars but even more excited to see the #NoStars. That is how we helped gain exposure for the best that Oregon and Washington have ever produced. You might be next.
Here are the reasons we have chosen to cover the NW Best Showcase at Lewis and Clark on June 2nd, 2018:
- Head Coach Jay Locey won a National Title in 2004. He is one of the finest coaches I have ever watched work. I admire him and his staff. Wherever he goes kids learn and get better. If I could go back my kids would play for he and his staff.
- The Cost. $65 is a bargain- a fair bargain as all camps should be. Over the past few years since Jason Gesser (NEFC) used to charge $45 dollars, camps have jumped well over $100 into the $125 to $250 range. That money for a 2-hour camp is not something many can pay for. The reason it is high, honestly, is that many private coaches and recruiting influencers have their hands out. Again, not my style. Value comes on the field not by paying money.
- The Colleges– The NW BEST Camp has bigtime Coaches and Colleges coming to work directly with the campers. WSU, Oregon, OSU, Boise State, Utah State, Cal, PSU, EWU, Montana, Montana, NAU, UC Davis, Lewis & Clark, Montana Tech, and a host of others will be there. For most recruits, you will want a shot to shine in front of every college at every level and that will happen at the NW Best Showcase.
- The Numbers: I have no idea what the numbers are going to be but there is a lot of effort being put towards camps being the biggest. Bigger is not better at a showcase, smaller in fact is. With college coaches on the field what a prospective student-athlete needs are reps and a chance to shine. At many of these bigger camps, no coach can get a look at any kid 1 to 1. This camp will provide that environment.
- The Goal – Coach Locey was clear that this camp is focused on a teaching experience where kids can learn and be coached. The camp will welcome a more traditional High School football format and focus on maximum reps. The format will feature some new drills and formats designed to really mix it up!
- Two Sessions– The NW Best Showcase will feature two sessions. This means that the college coaches will work twice as long and see twice as many kids. All the action will be on 1 field thereby ensuring that every rep that every athlete takes will be seen by all the coaches. Camps with 3-7 fields and one session create more of a cattle call effect and this is not the qulaity experience that College Coaches or athletes are looking for.
If you are an athlete, a parent of an athlete, or a High School coach you recognize that football at the High School level is a business. Logically athletes receive pressure to attend one 7 on 7 event over another or the camp with the biggest stars over another. What you need, all you need, is some 1-1 time and lots of reps in front of collegiate coaches. I believe this smaller less expensive format is perhaps the best one I have seen in the past decade. But what do I know, I have only been doing this work a little over 2 decades now.
Hype is just that. Opportunity is better.
I hope to see you at camp where I will be firing off my camera lens, watching kids compete, and spending a great day in the beautiful Pacific NW.
We are not involved in any camp, not charging any fees, not affiliated in any way nor were we asked to promote the NW Best Camp. This is a camp we have enjoyed with a great reputation so we will be there looking for talented deserving athletes! Maybe we will have a chance to see you compete.
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