I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the Trickey-Wright QBR camps. I attended my first Trickey-Wright camp going into my junior year of high school at Madison Memorial (Madison, WI). I was impressed by the amount of reps I had to throw the ball and was even more excited about the leadership aspect emphasized at camp. As I moved on into adulthood, I would continue to see the camp t-shirts stamped with “Accept the Risk of Leadership” and it would always take me back to camp memories where I learned how important that phrase is for young men. Since most readers are current Trickey-Wright QBR athletes and parents, I thought it fitting to share some insights about why choosing these camps is a great idea, what you can do to maximize your camp experiences.
Much like our athletes are competing for a spot on their team, we are competing in a growing market of off-season player development. There are now a growing number of opportunities to improve as a football player on a year round basis. Having worked and seen many camps in the past 10 years, as a coach, what I find most compelling about Trickey-Wright QBR is the commitment to helping every player improve, regardless of their grade-level, ability or position on the depth chart. Sure, we take great pride in the college and NFL alumni who have continued their careers. Fortunately though, we realize that 90-95% of high school players do not move on to that level, and their final game as a high school player will be their last time playing competitive football.
Knowing that their youth and high school football career can be short lived, our limited camp size allows us to focus and work with every athlete to ensure they get the most out of our camps both in repetitions and instruction. Other camps may position themselves to help improve a player’s opportunity to get recruited. We’ve made a conscious effort to stay out of the recruiting aspect and instead focus on skill and character development. If you apply what you learn at our camps and you have the desire and talent to play at the college level, the recruiting side will take care of itself. Part of “accepting the risk of leadership” on our end is to stay away from the hype of recruiting and/or meet and greet autograph sessions and not waver in our commitment to help every athlete who steps on the field become a better player and person.
How can YOU leverage our camps?
Each camp that we offer is created to meet a different need in the process of off-season development.
Our one–day youth camps (4th-6th) are an excellent place to get basic instruction. These camps provide passionate, informed and fundamentals-based instruction that will give an extra layer of experience to any aspiring quarterback.
Igniter Workouts (7th-12th) are offered to knock off some of the rust that can build up in the off-season, and to focus on simple, staple concepts necessary to succeed at the QB and Receiver positions. These are small group sessions where kids get plenty of one on one instruction and TONS of reps in a two and half hour session and serve as a precursor to our summer camps. These workouts are also great opportunities for QBs and Receivers from the same high school to get off-season work together in a controlled environment. The more reps you have throwing and catching, the better you can be on game day.
Our two-day Developmental Camps (7th-12th) are the heart of what we do at Trickey-Wright QBR. These camps provide a large-group, high energy environment creating the feeling of a pre-season summer camp at a high school. Our high coach to player ratio allows for the athletes to be actively coached through all 8 hours of camp. To get the most out of camp, come with a plan or goal, such as “What do I need to get better at to help my team win?” Athletes receive high amounts of position-specific knowledge both on the field and in the classroom. We want nothing more than to help each player get another step closer to achieving their goals.
The three-day Advanced Camp (10th-12th) is for those athletes who really want to take it to the next level. Coach Trickey, Coach Wright and staff take their extensive knowledge of offensive football and pour as much information and coaching into the players as they possibly can. Although most camps are held towards the end of the summer with the intention of players to continue the momentum of that instruction right into their high school season, an earlier option is available for those wanting to prepare for summer college camps. The only thing needed to excel at this camp is to be open to receiving and implementing coaching. There are more than enough reps to go around, but whether you can get better with each rep is really the challenge.
What you need to do to be ready for camp
In addition to having an improvement plan for camp and mobilizing your teammates to join you, the most important thing that you want to do is to be physically prepared for the number of repetitions you’ll get at camp. Depending on your commitment to other sports or off-season conditioning, athletes may not be throwing many passes or running routes at full-speed during the off-season. A solid warm-up on the day of camp may not adequately prepare your body for the demands of camp. Quarterbacks should be working on their footwork and throwing regularly. Receivers should be running routes or doing sprints and change of directions drills. We want to ensure that we limit the potential for injury to maximize the effectiveness of camp. Next month I’ll be continuing on the topic of training and how to maximize your performance through proper sleep, hydration and nutrition.