New techniques lead to better players
Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer   
July 17, 2012 11:17 pm

Jake Christensen makes a save as he plays goalie during a pre-lunch scrimmage. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Jake Christensen makes a save as he plays goalie during a pre-lunch scrimmage. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Instruction first, then a demonstration and finally a chance for the campers to try out a newly learned skill.

More than 25 Brookings area youth are benefitting from 2012 Brookings-Harbor High School graduate Thomas Spratt’s Northwest Soccer Camp attendance at a camp of their own, held on the BHHS campus.

“I spent the last two weeks at the camp learning new drills and techniques,” Spratt explained. “I watched what they did and tried to reproduce it here.”

Spratt is assisted by fellow 2012 graduate Tyler Snow and a gaggle of current BHHS soccer players from both the girls’ and boys’ teams.

“It’s been fun,” Spratt said. “We’ve all enjoyed it and the kids seem to like it. It’s very tiring for us; taxing but definitely fun.”

“It’s been fantastic,” Snow added. 

While the camp directors think it has been good the campers were ecstatic.

“It’s great,” camper Jake Christensen said. “All the new drills and we get to learn a lot.”

Fellow camper Cort Morris agreed.

“It’s going good,” he said. “They are teaching us a lot of good stuff about soccer.”

The day is divided into sections with each portion devoted to teaching a new skill. After they’ve learned the skill they bring it all together with scrimmage time. 

During the scrimmage the campers have a chance to demonstrate their newly-learned skills in game situations while the counselors watch, evaluate and sometimes participate.

Both Morris and Christensen agreed that the scrimmage portion of the day was their favorite. 

“It’s fun,” Morris said of the scrimmages. “It’s great to have a friendly game against friends and move all around the field.”

One of the aspects of scrimmaging that both campers found especially enticing was that they got to play positions they might not have had a chance to play otherwise.

“All the kids use their talents to go against each other,” Christensen said. “We get to try different positions and stuff, and we’re not stuck playing a certain position all the time.”

The camp began Monday and will continue through Friday afternoon.