> Madras Football Camp -- being operated by the Madras High coaching staff -- is accepting registrations this week and again next week.
The camp is running from Aug. 11 to 15 at the high school football stadium. Information from Madras High head coach Dan Hiatt states that the camp's focus is "teaching athletes the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, throwing and catching the football.
Registration forms for the camp -- which will cost $25 per player, and include a camp T-shirt and refreshments -- state that safety will be stressed.
Players need to supply their own gear of shorts, shirts and a pair of either football or tennis shoes.
With the high school office only open Wednesdays, said Hiatt, he distributed forms at varied locations, including the district offices, the Chamber of Commerce and the Madras Pioneer.
Forms have an address to which they and the fees may be sent but parents and participants can also bring the form to the opening day of the camp.
There will be separate sections for younger and older players. Those between kindergarten and eighth grade will be going through drills from 9 - 11 a.m. each day on Aug. 11, 12, 13 and 14. Participants who about to start their freshman through senior years of high school are asked to take part in a 4 - 6:30 p.m. session each day of the full week. The camp will provide a good start toward their opening day of high school practice for many students. Fall sports can begin Aug. 18 under Oregon School Activities Association rules. That day will commence twice-daily practices at Madras, Hiatt noted.
"We have a game already on Aug. 30," Hiatt said, noting that it doesn't allow for any "wasted time."
Those who don't want to mail their fees in can bring them to camp ready to pay on Aug. 11, a Monday, added Hiatt.
Those completing the form and paying by Aug. 6 will reduce the paperwork they and their sons or daughters need to deal with at the start of camp, Hiatt added.