Sphire to host North Gwinnett football camp

SUWANEE -- The same concepts the Bulldogs use on fall Friday nights will be taught to youngsters next week.

North Gwinnett football coach Bob Sphire will host an instructional camp at the high school for kids ages 7-13 on June 11-13 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The "Air Raid" Camp is a non-contact football camp designed to allow each player to develop skills and knowledge of football. The camp emphasizes fundamental techniques and instructional drills.

Sphire taught a similar camp in Lexington, Ky. where about 150 campers attended, before he moved to Georgia six years ago. His North camp brings in about 80 kids who have a range of skills and experience, Sphire said.

"We get guys who have never played football, and guys who have played for eight years," Sphire said.

Since the spread offense was relatively new to Georgia when Sphire arrived, he wanted to make it available to kids in the community to learn.

One part of the camp Sphire enjoys is watching his current varsity players, or young alumni who may play in college, coach the campers. The kids under 13 are familiar with Friday night Bulldog stars like Harvard-bound quarterback Scotty Hosch and Auburn receiver C.J. Uzomah.

"These younger guys really identify with that," Sphire said. "That gives our kids a chance to be teachers."

Campers will learn the passing attack and running game that North Gwinnett uses, and will be coached on the concepts based on their age and skill level, Sphire said. Corresponding defensive drills will also be taught.

Sphire said parents often come to him after the camp and tell him how much more comfortable their children are.

"Guys are more excited," Sphire said of gearing up for the upcoming season. "They understand what I expect the closer they get to high school."

Registration for the camp is $110, and applications can be found at ngfootball.org.