It was the ultimate team-building exercise.
For the second straight year, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars held a week-long football camp at the school.
The players did everything on the campus.
They practiced, they attended team meetings, they participated in devotionals, they ate together, and they spent the night at the school as well.
Considering the Cougars are coming off the best season in the history of the program, head coach Nick Nehring figured it was worth holding the week-long camp again this year.
The players gathered at the school on Monday, and they remained together until the camp wrapped up on Friday.
“It’s really a lot of work, but, very rewarding at the same time,” Nehring said of the camp.
Nehring said it was a group effort to make the camp happen.
Obviously the players and coaches did their part, but Nehring said parents also chipped in.
“We’ve had parents step up and bringing us food, bring us meals at night,” Nehring said. “We were able to get some donations to get some breakfast food here out there.”
Each day began at 8 a.m. when the players hit the field for their first practice.
“We get up, practice in the morning from about 8 to 10,” Nehring said. “And then we have defensive meetings, offensive meetings, chapel time, personal devotion time, giving them some time to spend with the word. And then we come out here at night, and then we go in and eat supper.”
Nehring said spending the week at the school gives he and assistant coaches Nate Shaw and Glenn Quiggle plenty of time to go over things with the players.
“On defense coach Shaw gets to go over a lot of things. Coach Quiggle gets the offensive meeting,” Nehring said. “We tie some special teams in. We watch film.”
With the season opener less than two weeks away, Nehring said “that makes this all the more important.”
Beyond the Xs and Os of the sport, Nehring believes a huge plus of the camp is the way it brings the players together.
“For a week, we’re definitely up close and personal,” Nehring said. “That was one of the biggest benefits from last year. It’s big for team unity and camaraderie.”
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports