Steamboat Springs The push to the regular season is about to heat up for the Steamboat Springs High School football team. The Sailors will hold their summer minicamp next week.
The camp runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Gardner Field.
Part of the camp's design is to ready players for the Mesa State College football camp June 14. The Mesa State camp is full contact, and Steamboat will get to see a majority of its Western Slope League foes.
"For our returners and varsity-level players, it's a lot of preparation for Mesa," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said about next week's Steamboat camp. "It's reinstalling some of our offense and reminding them how we run our defense."
Each day of the camp is designed around a particular aspect of the game. There will be days when practices will be focused on offense, defense and special teams. Monday is reserved as a timing day, when players will be tested on their physical attributes such as 40-yard dash times, vertical leaps and broad jumps, among others.
"It's a lot of the same stuff you'll see at the pro combine," Finch said. "It's a way of helping us get to know who our athletes are and where we want to put them."
The camp also serves as an introduction to the program for incoming freshmen and any other students who might be interested in playing.
Although the minicamp is non-contact, it focuses on acclimating the players back into the football program, more than two months before fall practices begin.
Because the program doesn't hold many organized team events or trainings after the season, Finch said the camp is a good way for the players and coaches to get back together.
"When we move into the Mesa camp, you find out who your young talent is," he said. "We'll move guys to different spots and work with the playbook. It gives you a good leg up when camp starts in August."
Although all the spots for the Mesa camp are full, Finch encouraged any player interested to come to the Steamboat camp.
Finch said those interested should bring $15, cleats, shorts and show up at 4:45 p.m. Monday.