Twice a week during the summer, Easton Wolfe jumps around expending energy.

But those hops aren't sporadic. They are controlled and precise. So precise, in fact, that Wolfe said he is now faster when he races his little sister.

This quickness comes from a new, twice-a-week, hour-long speed and agility camp for fourth through sixth graders. Football coach Casey Dacus, along with coach Tommy Felts, runs the month-long, 8 a.m. camp. When setting up the camp, Dacus purposely targeted the younger age group.
Seth Flowers goes through the agility ladder at camp on Monday. The camp was moved inside due to rain.
Seth Flowers goes through the agility ladder at camp on Monday. The camp was moved inside due to rain. (Tori Cummings)
 

“Kids at that age, they learn faster, and if you can teach them good habits at a young age, then they can develop those habits as they get older,” Dacus said.

In addition to developing quickness, the camp teaches the young athletes proper running mechanics, Dacus said. The campers also work on core strength which will give them  an edge in the weight room when they are older, he said.

About 40 girls and boys go through various speed and agility activities, including cone drills, agility ladders, sprints and jumping drills.

The camp usually takes place on the football field, but rain limited it to the weight room on Monday. The young athletes still enjoyed the experience. 

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.