The Broncos are on a break, but the practice fields at Dove Valley still saw some action.
USA Football hosted the first day of their three day Youth Football Player Academy today at Dove Valley, bringing in youth and high school coaches to instruct 140 youth football players ranging from 7-year-olds to 14-year-olds.
The academy runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Thursday, July 1. Participants broke up into groups with individual coaches to work on techniques and drills suited for their positions.
USA Football Academies stress the fundamentals, teaching youth football players the importance of basic techniques like form tackling and footwork. The kids came out in close to full gear, sporting shoulder pads and helmets but substituting shorts for football pants.
Defensive linemen went through drills emphasizing pass rushing by practicing swim moves and spins. Quarterbacks threw from their knees before standing up and working on holding the ball high and tight while practicing proper footwork. Running backs went through the steps of taking proper hand-offs and securing the ball. Receivers and defensive backs worked on their cutting and agility with a variety of cone drills.
For every coach there were never more than 10 or 15 players, allowing a close coaching environment where the youth players could respond to a personal teaching approach.
In addition to the instruction, each player received a USA Football tee-shirt, shorts, practice jersey, cinch bag, a Shock Doctor performance mouth guard, player membership in USA Football and a daily lunch.
As the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL, USA Football has the opportunity to bring in keynote speakers and provide certified instructors to ensure the best development of the future’s football players.