Boys and girls of all ages took to Cotton Picker Field in Robstown Saturday to learn the fundamentals of playing football, which organizers said is a precursor to the formation of a youth football league for the city's kids.
Arturo Gonzalez, a member of the Robstown High School Alumni Football Team, said the camp would particularly benefit those youths who would soon be attending junior high school, where organized football teams are offered.
“They don't need to be taught or start from scratch,” Gonzalez said.
The camp held on Saturday was attended by more than 120 children, ranging in ages from 4 to 12 years old. Some of the youngest kids took part in a variety of drills, including learning to kick field goals and how to tackle. The children seemed to have the most fun when the time came to take down large pads as part of their tackling drills, which most did with huge smiles on their faces.
“They definitely showed a lot of interest in the sport,” Gonzalez said.
Thirty-one-year-old Robstown resident Rene Flores watched his 11-year-old daughter, Brelynn, take part in high step drills. The Ortiz Intermediate School student was one of a few girls attending Saturday's camp.
The elder Flores said his daughter told him a few days ago that she wanted to attend the camp after seeing a flyer advertising the event. He said despite being a little taken aback by his daughter's request, Flores said he was all for her participation.
“It's pretty cool,” he said. “I'll support whatever she wants to do.”
Registration for the Nueces County Robstown Youth Football League is now open, Gonzalez said, and will run until Jan. 6. Tryouts will likely take place the next day, he added, followed by a draft on Jan. 8.
For more information on registering for the league, contact Arturo Gonzalez at (361) 215-6397.