White Plains High School will become a football mecca starting Saturday as the Tigers host its second annual football camp.
Joining White Plains at the camp, which runs through Thursday, are Byram Hills, Edgemont, Rye Neck and Westlake. Mount Vernon and Sleepy Hollow will participate Wednesday. The schedule for the five days is 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. across the Tigers campus.
Before June 2010, White Plains had attended Mamaronecks camp. Last year, head football coach Skip Stevens decided to host his own.
From a sheer acreage standpoint, it satisfied everyone as far as field space is concerned, said Stevens, now in his seventh year as head coach. We all talk at the beginning of the night, especially if we want to work with each other. We will scrimmage the last night and plan on giving each team three scrimmages so the coaches can get a look at their teams.
Stevens had added a strength and conditioning company this year and is planning a guest speaker.
Having the camp at White Plains has enabled Stevens to increase his teams attendance numbers. Before holding the event, Stevens said his numbers were in the 45-48 range, which he attributed to possible transportation problems. Last year, White Plains had more than 60 players attend.
Stevens said he enjoys running this camp because of the camaraderie he has developed with the coaches, including John Naughton from Byram Hills, Matt Bernstein from Edgemont, Nick Ianello from Rye Neck, Rich Hennessey from Westlake, Rick Wright from Mount Vernon and Steve Borys from Sleepy Hollow.
Theyre very good people and very good coaches, Stevens said. We do a lot of work with each other in the offseason. And, other than Mount Vernon, we dont play each other during the regular season.
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