Women's football clinic a hit for Saluda
Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 AM
Here’s your helmet. Here’s your shoulder pads.
Now, the locker room’s over there.
Saluda High School football coaches, though, were not barking orders at Tigers players.
They were enlightening roughly 15 females (many of them players’ mothers) about football last month.
“It wasn’t a whole lot, but it’s a start,” said first-year Saluda coach Stewart Young, who had been the Tigers’ defensive coordinator the previous five seasons.
In an attempt to stir up more interest – and knowledge – in the Saluda community, Young simply pondered, “Why not?”
“I just had seen colleges do something very similar to this, and some other high school coaches in the area, and I got some ideas from them, and that’s how it came about,” Young said.
After all, the more you know about something, the more interested you could become in it.
Saluda has been relatively successful the past few years in football under Doug Painter, who is now the athletic director at Strom Thurmond.
“We’ve been trying to get the community and parents and school and faculty – just everybody – to become one and take a holistic approach to this,” Young said of the two-hour clinic which was free of charge. “It’s a good way to get moms to understand what we do and why it’s important for the kids to play football and attend practice.”
The class even featured certain plays from the Tigers’ games last year and offensive coordinator Brent Wilder delved what went into them.
Meanwhile, it was a good way for the program to showcase its new meeting room. They put up a projector, 46 chairs (now that’s optimism for a big turnout), and the fun began.
“We talked about the program, what we’re all about, the origin of football and the dimensions of the field, and how many players are supposed to be on it at one time,” Young said. “How you score points, and how many downs do you get, what you need for a first down. We tried to be as thorough as we could.”
And yes, the class did get to venture into the locker room, where they got to try on shoulder pads and helmets.
“It was pretty neat,” Young said. “Once you know about what we do, it’s more comforting. Most of our staff was there, and it was good way to let them know we’re looking out for the best interests of their kids.”
Although the clinic was free, the real dividend is increased interest in the Saluda football program.
And, Young will probably notice that in the bleachers.
Chancey is sports editor at the Index-Journal. Contact him at 864-223-1813; e-mail email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @IJSCOTTCHANCEY. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.