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Young Players Put Through Paces At Football Camp
Focusing on his footwork, 10-year-old Andrew Palomino makes his way through the ladder speed and agility drill.

It wasn’t quite the turnout that Riverbank High varsity football coach Jim Oliver had hoped for … but the more than a dozen youngsters that came ready to work at a two-day skills camp certainly got their money’s worth.

The football camp, hosted Friday and Saturday at Riverbank High’s Angelo Novi Field, covered plenty of ground, from offensive and defensive positioning to running routes, working on coverage assignments and focusing on core exercises to gain strength and speed. They closed it out with NFL combine-style speed drills.

“We had kids from six-years-old to 13,” Oliver said, with the camp running Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Most of the kids are in the Riverbank Raiders,” Oliver added of the youths having a football affiliation already. “One came from the Modesto Patriots but I guarantee you they’re getting their money’s worth.”

The camp was run by Oliver’s coaching staff, with some Bruin players also there to assist with demonstrations and encouragement and some specialized core work offered by a Pitman coach.

“All aspects of the game are covered,” Oliver explained. “This is our first year so we’re hoping to build on it. I was hoping for more (participants) but whether we have 50 or we have one, it’s worth it.”