BELFRY, Ky. – Saturday Morning area children gathered at Vipperman Stadium in Belfry, Kentucky to attend the first year of Cody West’s Lineman and tight end football training camp.
Cody West and other Belfry football players and alumni offered a free camp to area children to help improve the fundamentals of playing on the line. “There has never been a touchdown scored without a block being thrown,” said West. The campers spent the morning learning the basics of blocking and pass protection; they learned the proper lineman stance and how to improve footwork. They learned the rules surrounding the use of their hands and how to keep themselves safe during the game.
Cody West is the offensive lineman coach for Belfry Middle School. “This camp is our way of giving back to the community, we wanted to give the kids a chance to learn something new and have some fun.”
West offered the camp for free because he said he understands the struggles that families experience in this area. “It’s a great opportunity for these kids to get some great training that is close to home that they don’t have to spend crazy amounts of money on,” added West.
The campers began the day with a few drills to get their blood pumping before the real training began. There was lunch provided and a lot of friendly competition and fun throughout the day. At the end of the day awards and prizes were given out. Among the awards was Nike cleats and Hibbits gift cards. There were two Most Valuable Player plaques and six medals awarded.
The coaches that West recruited to help with the camp included former and current Belfry High School Athletes. The coaches were Jason Smith, Austin Fields, Cameron Tackett, Mack Francis, Cole Bentley, Drew Mullins and Jordan Scott.
“We love passing down our knowledge to these kids, the biggest thing about being a lineman is a great fundamental basis, and we want to instill that early with whoever we can,” said Austin Fields.
West said he wanted to give special thanks to all of the sponsors that helped make this camp possible. The coaches passed along the same message that they had been taught during their younger years, it takes a team to win a ball game. The life of a lineman is not the most glamorous, they don’t get much of the glory but nothing is possible without them.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)