The Blaine football team is gearing up for their annual mini-camp and scrimmage to be held Saturday, June 8 at Blaine High School.
Kids in grades 1–8 can take part in football clinics put on by coaches and the players themselves before the scrimmage.
“The players teach the younger kids while the high school and middle school coaches teach the older kids,” said varsity coach Jay Dodd. “The players get to coach for a change and generally try to make it fun for the kids. The coaches get a chance to teach some of the older kids before they get into the middle school and high school programs.”
The mini-camp begins at 9 a.m. with the scrimmage starting at noon. The Borderites will take on the New Westminster Hyacks, who hail from the largest high school in B.C. It’s the fourth year the two teams have scrimmaged each other.
“We’ve matched up pretty well over the last times we’ve met,” Dodd said. “It’s gone back and forth.”
The varsity and junior varsity play together in the scrimmage and the game is purely offense and defense without special teams.
“Other than that, it’s like any other game,” Dodd said. “We’ve got referees, a chain crew, scoreboard and everything. We do keep score, but it’s always pretty friendly. It’s just a great opportunity to play against another school.”
The high school team gets together for eight practices over three weeks leading up to the scrimmage. The real-game format helps keep the players’ competition skills sharp through the long off-season, and the skills camp before the scrimmage is a fun learning experience, Dodd said.
“With such a long offseason, it’s good to get the team together and play some real football,” he said.