We have three goals for you during the camp. First, we want you to have fun. Second, we want you to learn good football fundamentals. Third, we want you to learn unselfishness as a member of a team. To achieve these goals, we will focus on learning how to pass, catch, kick, and run with the football.
Also, we will learn the proper techniques of blocking and tackling as well as the basics of good conditioning. We will have competitions during the late morning. Campers will be able to participate in flag football, punt-pass-kick competitions, and other football-related games.
McCallie Football Camp, Sessions 1 & 2 will teach the fundamentals and techniques of the game and emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. Sessions 1 & 2 are non-padded, lower impact camps. The camp will be directed by Head Football Coach Ralph Potter, assisted by varsity coaches and current players. The camp will emphasize fundamental techniques and skill development drills for every position. Competitions such as 1-on-1, and punt, pass, and kick will also be held. There will be a time each day for scrimmages and touch football games.
In Session 3, the McCallie padded football camp will give young players a chance to prepare for their youth league season or to get a taste of real contact football. Head Coach Ralph Potter and the varsity McCallie staff along with current players will present the proper fundamentals of padded football. Blocking and tackling are the fundamental skills that must be mastered to ensure not only success but safety. Our goal will be to give each young man confidence in himself as he enters the season. In addition to blocking and tackling, other fundamental skills will be taught.
If pads are needed from McCallie, please call the Summer Program Office (493-5886) before camp begins.
2017 Football Camp Sessions:
Session 1: June 12 – 16
Session 2: June 19 – 23
- Grades: Rising 1st – 8th
- Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Fee: $200 per session (no lunch)
- Drop-off Location: Varsity Football Stadium
- Pick-up Location: Varsity Football Stadium (12PM)
Optional After-Camp Activities
- Free Swim from 12 PM-12:30 PM or
- For a full-day add lunch and Day Camp (12-5:00 PM) for rising 2nd to 6th graders ($185 ) OR add lunch and Tennis Camp (12-4:00 PM) for all grades ($215)
- A camp T-shirt, early drop-off, an after-camp swim, and secondary insurance coverage are included for both sessions at no extra cost.
Session 3: Padded Football Camp (EVENING)
- Dates: July 10 & 11 (Mon. & Tues.)
- Grades: Rising 1st – 8th graders
- Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Please arrive at 5:00 PM if you need to rent pads)
- Fee: $30 (Extra $10 to rent football pads. Please note the online registration if you need to rent equipment)
- Location: Varsity Football Stadium (Parents are welcome to watch.)
Please drop off your camper at the Varsity Football Stadium, home of the McCallie Blue Tornado. The Camp Director, Ralph Potter, Head Football Coach, will be there as early as 8:00 am for early drop off. The actual camp hours will be from 9:00 am until noon, optional swimming from noon to 12:30 pm (lunch is not served).
For Session 1 and 2 you will not need any equipment unless you want to bring your own football cleats. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing–shorts and t-shirt will be fine. Also, you need to bring a towel and a swimsuit every day if you plan to swim.
About the Director
Ralph Potter, Varsity Football Head Coach
McCallie Football Camp will be directed by McCallie’s head varsity football coach Ralph Potter. Coach Ralph Potter is a 1981 graduate of McCallie. He was an All State quarterback/defensive back and the recipient of the Scrappy Moore Athlete of the Year in 1981. While starting at quarterback for UT-Chattanooga from 1982-84, Potter was named Academic All Conference. He has been a head coach for 18 years, at Baylor (1994-96), McCallie (1997-2006), Brentwood Academy (2007-2011) and McCallie (2012 – present). Coach Potter has compiled a 161-86 overall record. His undefeated 2001 McCallie team won the only state championship in school history, and his 2006, 2007 and 2008 teams were state finalists.