by RANDY GREGORY
The anticipation for the 2012 football season has been slowly rising to a crescendo. Yet another omen of the impending season is just about here with the annual Rockford FUNdamental Youth Clinic 2012 slated to run from Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 at Rockford High School. As of June 30, there were 175 upcoming third- through sixth-graders already signed up, and there is still time and room for more.
“We know that the success of our program always begins with the younger kids,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “The clinic is run in a non-contact setting and we stress the fundamentals to all of the participants. But at the same time we want everyone to have fun at every venue they partake in. This is an event that my coaches, players and I always highly anticipate and we can never have too many kids.”
The staff for the camp will be comprised of coaches from the 78er programs all the way to the varsity level at Rockford. An overwhelming majority of varsity players from the 2012 team and alums from previous Ram squads will also be instructors. Third- and fourth-graders will be paired together in one group, and fifth- and sixth-graders in another. The camp will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and there will be several Rockford football items issued to campers. The late sign-up cost of the camp is $70 and there will be no refunds issued. You can sign up your child as late as the opening day at the plaza area of Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Checks should be made payable to Rockford Football and individual awards will be given out to selected campers for various events. If you have any other questions you may also go to www.Rockfordfootball.com.
“We strongly encourage any parents or grandparents who are able to attend to be there and bring cameras, video recorders and lawn chairs,” said Munger. “We always close things out with seven-on-seven games and the kids and parents have a blast. We want everyone to learn to play football in a safe and successful manner, and this enables us to get a head start with the foundation of future Rockford football players.”