One of the advantages Bulloch Academy has over the public schools in Bulloch County is the fact that the feeder programs to its varsity sports are right across the parking lot.
With that in mind, they are able to cultivate their talent at a young age and give them an opportunity to hone their skills.
One of those opportunities began last year and continued this week. The Bulloch Academy track and field camp was held this week, with over 30 youngsters in grades 3-8 came out to learn a little and find out what they may be good at.
“We had it initially set up last year for just middle school aged kids,” said Bulloch Academy track coach Ronnie Hodges. “The problem was we had a lot of kids in third and fourth grade that really wanted to participate, so we opened it up for elementary school age kids as well.”
“Monday was a rough day, because we have to get them organized,” Hodges said. “Tuesday we put them into groups based on what we felt would best suit their skills. Wednesday they really worked hard in their particular area, and Thursday they got a chance to show their parents what they learned.”
Coach Hodges, and a few former Gator track and field athletes, had a number of different events lined up for the campers to work with.
“We did the long jump and the high jump, as well as discus and shot put,” Hodges said. As for the track events we had them work on the relays as well as sprints, and hurdles.”
“We are giving our younger kids a chance at enjoying track and field, and finding out what they are good at,” Hodges said. “Last year I had 43 on the varsity track team. I feel the main reason for that is our feeder program.”
“These young kids grow up idolizing the older kids that they see each day,” Hodges said. “When they see the older kids succeed, that makes them want to try even harder to try and be like them.”