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Regional football camps coming to Cottage Grove

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2010

Taylor Barton’s football academy coming soon.

Cottage Grove High School head coach Gary Roberts heard Taylor Barton speak recently at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic and then made Barton an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Roberts offered Barton the opportunity to expand his Northwest football academy by using the CGHS football facilities. Barton and his father Greg, a former NFL quarterback who began the Barton football academy about 10 years ago, came down from the Portland area to Cottage Grove and were immediately sold.

“After one of our Moshofsky Center workouts on Easter, my father and I met coach Roberts and looked at Cottage Grove’s facilities and we were blown away,” Barton said. “It looked like a college campus. Coach Roberts wants his kids to have the best opportunities available. For us, we wanted to do it right away and get it up, and even with the late notice, we hope at least 10 kids come and get the best workout of their lives, have a lot of fun and walk away feeling like they had a great time and learned something.”

Like his father, Barton also has some great credentials. As a senior at Beaverton High School he was honored as the Oregon Gatorade Player-of-the-Year. He played at San Francisco City College, where he led the Rams in winning the 2000 National Junior Football Championship. He was rated as the nation’s top-ranked junior college player and then played quarterback for the Washington Huskies. Later he coached with Mike Riley at Oregon State.

A typical camp workout session generally goes for three hours. At the beginning Barton will conduct a chalk talk or put the campers through a SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) program.

“Over the years we’ve seen a big need for the chalk talk for kids to learn different coverages in football and then we also cover our 10 rules of dealing with the media,” Barton explained. “We do some mock interviews to teach kids how to handle interviews with the media and eventually college coaches when they come and recruit them. So, we have a lot of fun with that.

In the camp session we work on position skills for 40 minutes on offense and defense (linemen included) and then we go into some throwing stations where skill players throw passes and receivers run different routes. At the end of the day we go into either throwing one on one or seven on seven if there’s time. With this being the first time here, we’ll play it by ear by how many kids appear and their experience and age level. We can workout plans for pretty much any contingency.”

The following dates have already been set for the camps at CGHS: April 24, May 8 and 9, May 23, May 29 and 30, June 5 and 6, and June 19 and 20.

“Generally when we go to a new area like what we’re doing with Cottage Grove and with only a week to 10 days notice, we’ll expect to get 20 to 30 kids in the first stretch and then each one after it can build. We have some camps that get up to 150 to 200 kids. I would say for a camp like Cottage Grove we’ll expect 20 to 30 and eventually we should get 40 to 50.”

Barton said many times families come to the camps, spend the night and then go for the next day’s session. The cost for the first three-hour session is $35, but there is a special $15 price for any camper from Cottage Grove. For the Bartons and coach Roberts, they think the camps will be a win-win situation. For information one can contact Barton at: www.bartontraining.com.

“I can’t say enough about how big this opportunity is for Cottage Grove,” said coach Roberts.

For the complete article see the 04-21-2010 issue.

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