About 15,000 residents live in Danville, Kentucky, a city in Boyle County in the central part of the state. While only one youth football camp calls Danville home, the city's lies in close to larger Kentucky cities in surrounding counties. Nearby cities, including Lexington and Richmond, give youth players multiple options for football camps.
The Danville Youth Football Program offers access to a yearly camp for residents of Danville. The free camp is conducted by coaches from Danville High School. The three-night event is free for participants and also includes a T-shirt. Generally, more than 100 players attend the camp and receive instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills. The camp, which does not involve hitting, is seen a way to introduce youth players to local coaches and prepare them for upcoming seasons.
Lexington Youth Football League
Lexington, in Fayette County, is about 35 miles north of Danville. The Lexington Youth Football League (LYFL) puts on a camp for players ages 5 to 12. This three-week camp is designed to prepare players to participate in the upcoming LYFL season. As of 2011, the camp cost $100. Players receive coaching on fundamental football skills and also participate in conditioning drills. Interested players can sign up for the LYFL season for $200.
Football University Camp
While other options may be for recreational purposes, the Football University Camp in Lexington is designed for teenagers looking to play at the next level. Located at Lafayette High School, Football University Camp puts youth players through a rigorous football program. The 18 hours of instruction include on-field football training, film study, and strength and conditioning work. Former NFL players and coaches oversee the camp, which is available to youth players through invitation only. Players who feel they are ready for such an intense camp can interview with Football University Camp supervisors.
In Richmond, about 35 miles east of Danville in Madison County, offensive and defensive linemen get specialized training at the Bishop Dullaghan Down and Dirty Football Camp. In seven practices over three days, campers practice technique and hone their blocking skills in physical full-pad workouts. Since 1974, Dick Dullaghan and J.R. Bishop, both National Coach of the Year winners, have organized the camp. An additional benefit to campers is that college coaches attend in search of possible prospects.
- Danville Youth Football: Frequently Asked Questions
- Central Kentucky News; Danville Coach Sam Harp Pleased with Youth Football Camp Turnout; Hal Morris; June 2011
- Central Kentucky News; Future Ads - Danville Football Camp Helps Increase Youth Participation; Mike Marsee; July 2009
- Lexington Youth Football League: Full Contact Football
- Sports Camp Connection: Football University Camps - Lexington, Kentucky
- Sports Camp Connection: Bishop - Dullaghan Football Camps - Richmond, Kentucky
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