The Bantam Broncs football players were unable to meet on the field for their usual spring camp, so coaches are bringing the camp to them — virtually, and 100 per cent free of charge.
The Virtual Broncs Camp will not only be for the Bantam players, but for the seniors as well and athletes in Grades 6 to 11 are encouraged to join, free of charge.
Broncs head coach Todd Lewis and assistant coaches Kelly Cook, Ron Rust, Ashton Soosay, Logan MacLeod and senior coaches Cody Baird and Riley Quance are all joining up to provide the online instruction.
The virtual camp is set to begin on June 9, using Google Classroom and will be ongoing.
“The goal of the virtual camp is to expand football IQ, develop skills and fitness, build team culture, and foster citizenship,” said Lewis in an email to players’ parents.
“While we are not able to meet in person to practice, we can still learn and become better football players.”
The virtual camp will include Zoom chalk talks, drills and exercises, team workouts, weekly challenges and team building activities.
In the weekly ‘chalk talks,’ players and coaches will discuss the basics of football, such as rules, positions and systems.
Online practices will be between 40 to 60 minutes in length and will run weekly.
The first talk will be on June 9 at 7 p.m.
Lewis says there are “tons” of drills and exercises that can be done inside or in a limited space, and they will get the players ready for the fall, developing the necessary skills as well as helping to condition them.
The weekly workouts will follow a high-intensity-interval-training program (HIIT) and can be completed in less than 25 minutes.
The first workout will be on June 10 at 7 p.m.
For team building, online activities will be organized to build team culture, create engagement, and continue to foster citizenship in the Broncs.
Weekly challenges will be fitness based (such as who can hold the longest plank), skill based, or citizenship based (such as who can make the best meal for their parents, for example).
Lewis remains hopeful that the team may begin practicing together once Phase II begins on June 19, but awaits further direction from Alberta Health on what might be possible and when, and what protocols may be required.
“If we are not allowed to practice at that time, we’ll keep waiting. Our Broncs will play football in 2020.”