Watson Chapel Wildcats football is set to host their team camp from 10 a.m. to noon Monday. Wildcats head coach Jared Dutton has hosted a team camp each year since he's been at Watson Chapel, and he's excited for this go around.
Prior to this upcoming camp, the Wildcats have participated in four other team camps this summer. They've competed at team camps at Pulaski Robinson, Maumelle, Bryant and Stuttgart.
Dutton explained why he favors team camps over seven on seven, and what all a team camp consists of.
"It's a helmet and shoulder pads deal," Dutton said. "We're getting reps full team-wise against other teams, as opposed to seven on sevens where it's only throwing. This is closer to Friday night action. The lineman get involved, and it's set up in a different format."
As far as the format, there will be three teams on each end of the field and two offenses will run a set amount of plays against a defense. There will be an alternating rotation so that everybody goes against one another. At the end of the camp there will be a one drive sequence for each offense and defense, and each team will face off.
In order for it to officially be a team camp, three teams must participate. This summer Watson Chapel, Bryant and Maumelle have made it to each other's team camps, and this will be the last one.
"You try to set up rotations with other schools," Dutton said. "The rules are you have to have at least two other schools to make it a team camp. Some people go to the college team camps were they charge each school. These are all free and you get good reps against good competition. We've hosted one each year that I've been here and it's always good to have one at home."
Heading into their final team camp of the summer, Wildcats' players are battling for positions. Dutton hasn't guaranteed anyone anything as he's looking for those who are ready to compete.
"It's definitely wide open right now," Dutton said. "Especially with as many young kids as we have, its about getting as many game time reps as we can before the season starts. Fortunately for us this is our fifth team camp of the summer. Each camp we strive to get better, and we're looking to build depth. The kids are excited about this one being at our place, and it ought to be good competition."