As Wayne Maxwell prepares to enter his 10th season as head football coach at Woodinville, it also marks that time of year for his annual youth football camp.
The camp caters to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, and will take place from July 15 to 17 at Woodinville High School. It runs each day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As Maxwell explains, the camp will be “non-contact”, which in football parlance means the kids won’t be wearing pads and hitting each other.
“We’ll be working on basic fundamentals necessary to create the building blocks to be successful in football. Getting into a stance, footwork, body positioning, hand and feet technique. All the simple fundamentals the boys need to do well in our sport.”
Leading the drills will be coaches from the Woodinville staff, as well as current players on the Falcon roster.
“It’s fun to see our older boys and younger boys in the community interacting around the game of football,” Maxwell said. “They’re all able to get something out of it. The younger guys are receiving that big brother companionship from those guys that they look up to. To them, those high school players are pretty cool. And our high school players embrace it, and understand the importance of it. They’re like our local celebrities. So they have fun with it, and enjoy teaching the younger kids the things that they’ve learned.”
Each camp also features a guest speaker to share their own experiences and motivate campers. Past speakers include Woodinville alums Marques Tuiasosopo, who led the UW Huskies to the 2001 Rose Bowl championship, and Aaron Lavarias, who was with the Patriots for their 2012 Super Bowl appearance. At the time of this writing, this year’s guest speaker has yet to be determined.
At the end of each day, the camp finishes with a flag football session, with small competitive games.
“The kids have a blast,” Maxwell said. “And what’s also fun is that our high school players divide up and coach against their buddies with the kids at the camp. It’s competitive all around and everyone gets into it.”
With this being his 10th camp, Maxwell has seen plenty of kids go through the system.
“Every once in awhile I will look at old pictures,” he said. “And I will see pictures of our current players from a few years back when they were young kids in the camp. That’s always fun.”
For more information or to download registration forms, go online to http://whsgridiron.leag1.com.