Several elite football clinics take place each summer in the Boston area. Position-specific instruction helps young quarterbacks elevate their games to the next level as they prepare for competition in middle school and high school. Positioning on varsity squads requires preparation in the middle school years, and these camps make the difference for many players.
New England Elite Football Clinics
Hosted at Bentley University each July, this clinic remains a popular destination for prep players from all over the Northeast. Dozens of college coaches come in annually to scout participants. Students work out for four hours on four evenings. More than 550 players who attended this camp in past years went on to sign with schools that scouted them there.
Joe Namath and John Dockery Football Camp
Just down the road from Boston in Danbury, Conn., this camp hosted its 40th session in 2011. This residential camp includes two workouts during the day and an evening session focusing on specific positions, including quarterback-specific drills. Instruction on nutrition, the college recruiting process and injury prevention also serve as part of the camp.
Holy Cross Football Camp
Coach Tom Gilmore runs a regionally acclaimed football camp for boys ages 8 to 18 on the College of Holy Cross campus in Worcester. Technique drills for specific positions, including quarterback, are part of the curriculum. The camp runs for five days, and players have the option of attending single-day sessions or staying at the campus.
Complete Quarterback Camp
Just over the state line in Connectcut, Chris Johnston's Complete Quarterback Camp runs for two days at Brookfield High School. This camp takes place at different locations throughout the United States over the course of the year, but the Brookfield session and the one in Everett, Mass., remain the closest for Boston-area players. The sessions -- open to players in grades four through 12 -- include drills in mechanics, vision and footwork.
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