The Cassville Wildcats attended football camp at the William Jewell College campus in Liberty from July 28 through the July 31. This is the seventh year that CHS Head Football Coach David Large has taken students from Cassville to the camp.
According to Large, the camp went well, which is simply routine for his athletes. Large said that the weather was a bit cooler this year and slightly rainy. This made practice time more bearable compared to previous years when the temperatures were much higher. Players averaged around four hours a day training for the upcoming football season.
The 77 players who attended were able to work on their football skills, but there were also many other activities to enjoy as a welcome break from the typical practice schedule.
The group competed in Camp Olympics each day as well as going to the pool in the afternoon. These activities, along with some time off in the afternoons, were a means for the team to build a bond.
Large feels that this is the most important part of the camp. It is also the reason for taking the kids to Liberty, as opposed to simply holding a local camp.
"We are trying to establish a family-like relationship," said Large.
Upperclassmen and underclassmen were given a chance to interact in ways that they might otherwise not in a regular practice, and staying in the dorms and eating together, helped to make the camp more like a retreat.
Going into the pre-season, Large is hopeful but he emphasizes that this year will be a bit more challenging than last year.
"We are going to have to have some of the younger kids step up to varsity early," said Large. "There are not as many upperclassmen on the team this year, especially on the line."