Coyote football to host largest Division I team camp in Midwest The University of South Dakota football team hosted the first of four team camps that they will be conducted this summer. The Coyote football camp, which is the largest NCAA Division I team camp in the Midwest, gives high school athletes an opportunity to develop their football skills under the guidance of USD head coach Ed Meierkort and his coaching staff. The camps began with an 11-man camp July 6-8 and then will be immediately followed by another 11-man camp running July 9-11. USD will then hold an eight- and nine-man July 13-15 before concluding with one more 11-man camp July 16-18. â�?�?This year we have a great number of teams coming in to participate at our camp, we expect over 90 teams to be on the USD campus in the upcoming weeks,â�? said Meierkort. â�?�?These programs get the chance to go up against other programs from around the region that they normally wouldnâ�?�?t face during the regular season. Teams like Harlan High School in Iowa and Sioux Falls Oâ�?�?Gorman, who havenâ�?�?t lost often the last three years, will have the chance to compete against each other. We run a highly competitive, but safe camp. We blow a quick whistle but the contact is high spirited.â�? The USD football team camps have grown significantly since the arrival of Meierkort in 2004. â�?�?The high numbers of teams participating in our camp are indicative of how we treat players and coaches,â�? said Meierkort. â�?�?We offer great facilities. Teams will be running drills outside on our practice fields and inside the DakotaDome. Five years ago there were less than 1,000 student-athletes that attended our camps. We have continued to grow at a steady pace and now we have over 2,300 high school players that are expected to attend this summer.â�? Meierkort added that the South Dakota camp experience is a positive experience that can develop individuals and help teams prepare for competing for state championships. â�?�?Our coaching staff makes sure that the experience these high school teams have is positive,â�? Meierkort said. â�?�?We make sure that they get enough individual coaching. The camp keeps growing, so we must be doing something right. The cost of each camp is cheap, it is very reasonable for the teams and players. Itâ�?�?s not the type of camp where you go to get autographs, itâ�?�?s not a day care. The USD camp molds championship teams.â�?
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