Northeast Football Lineman & Linebacker Clinic Byfield, Massachusetts

Offensive and defensive linemen and linebackers are extremely skilled athletes. Not only are these the most unsung positions on the field, but they also contribute the most to the success or failure of each game. Great demands are placed on these positions. Discipline, perseverance, repetition, and understanding the total concepts of offensive line techniques and defensive line reads are essential to be able to meet the great expectations , which come with these positions. However, in most high school situations, pre-season or in-season, team practice cannot devote the individualized attention and concentration necessary for ultimate success. If your expectations of yourself go beyond being average then this is the clinic for you.

"The best Individualized instruction in New England"

The Northeast Football Clinic offers EXCLUSIVE concentration on offensive and defensive linemen, and linebackers skills and techniques by skilled coaches who have achieved measures of greatness in these two specific  areas, both as players and coaches.

The Northeast Football Clinic is the total football experience. We instill the confidence and competence required to play the lineman and linebacker position. We teach proper training and conditioning techniques to maximize your physical fitness, while minimizing the risk of injury. We stress the importance of academic grades for college recruitment and scholarship opportunities, as well as the 2014 NCAA Clearing House Rules and Regulations. We even utilize off-field coaching techniques like college training films, classroom lectures and chalk talks to help athletes reach their full potential. We are a teaching clinic.

Highlights Include

  • Individual Clinic Grades 6-12
  • EXCLUSIVE Concentration on Offensive/Defensive Linemen and Linebacker Skills and Techniques
  • Delaware Wing T System Clinic Option Available for Offensive Lineman
  • Great Exposure to College Coaches
  • Use of Governor's Academy Excellent Athletic Fields and Field House
  • Special Emphasis on College Recruitment and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Daily Classroom Lectures and Chalk Talks
  • Free Lineman/Linebacker Clinic Shirt
  • **No Contact**

The Northeast Football Clinic is held on the campus of The Governor's Academy located in Byfield (Newbury), MA.  This private school campus is situated in a beautiful quiet setting which allows the participants to become proficient while enjoying a unique experience, wholesome and worthwhile.   The clinic utilizes two outdoor artificial turf fields, four indoor 1/2  field synthetic surfaces, gymnasium, field house, five dormitories, dining area, and all other facilities of the Academy

Meet your coaching staff

Bill Ball

Bill is entering his 22nd year as Head Football Coach and 16th year as Athletic Director at Exeter NH HS, Div 1 State Champions 2012 & 2011 & Div 1 Coach of the Year 2011.  His overall record is 170-58, 7 State Championships (including a 28 game winning streak), Shrine all State Coach, and NH Football Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee.  2013 National I AAA State of Merit Award Recipient.

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He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NH Chapter of the National Hall of Fame Foundation.  Many of his players both offensively and defensively have gone on to play at the Div. I, IAA, II, and III Levels.  The Exeter HS William D. Ball Stadium was named in his honor for his extraordinary leadership both on and off the field, as well as his outstanding reflection of values and example for young people.  Coach Ball is considered by many to be a role model for all student athletes.


Bill Adams

Has an excellent and extremely extensive background as a Football Lineman /Linebacker.  His experience and accomplishments include:
HOLY CROSS COLLEGE PLAYER:  1st Team All New England
He is also the former Athletic Director and former Head football Coach at Lynnfield High School.


Doug Wood

Has 14 years of experience as a Varsity Football Coach.  Doug's overall record includes 1 State Title and 2 League Championships.  Doug has been inducted  into the Mass. Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Vermont Academy Hall of Fame.  He is also the former Athletic Director at Amesbury H.S. (32 years) and has been the owner/director of  summer athletic clinics for the past 38 years.


Jay Wood

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR — Hillsboro-Deering High School


Lineman & Linebacker Coaches

  • Paul Castonia - Plymouth U.
  • Denis Cronin - Whittier
  • Jim O'Leary - Governors Academy
  • Tom Radulski - Holy Cross
  • Mike Robichaud - CCHS
  • John Shelton - Southern CT U.
  • Jon Spivey - Wesleyan



Your clinic directors are well known for the personal interest they take in the development  of youngsters.  They will employ the best Professional, College, and High School Coaches available, all of which have either played or coached these positions.

In addition to our outstanding staff of coaches, Northeast Lineman/Linebacker Clinic employs a support staff of counselors who are all college football athletes from some of the top colleges in the Northeast. Many of them are products of Northeast Football Clinics and hve gone on to have outstanding performances at both the high school and college levels.

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The Premier Lineman and Linebacker Clinic in New England 

Offensive/Defensive Lineman and Linebacker Clinic is designed to give each student athlete an opportunity to receive concentrated work in the areas of skill and coordinated movement that will aid each person in developing the ability to perform at  the peak of his potential in the trenches, where all games are decided. 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN EMPHASIS: technique, agility, the development of quick feet, stance, alignment, defensive recognition, legal use of hands, as well as the following individual and team blocks: Drive, Reach, Down, Zone, Shoulder, Double Team,  Combination, Folds, Bump, Scoop, Short Traps and Long Traps. Special emphasis will be given to Pass Protection emphasizing the proper use of hands, body lean, and placement of feet with regard to the various types of pass offense. Centers will also drill their exchange technique as well as their blocking technique.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN EMPHASIS: stance, alignment, spacing, proper use of hands, recognition of and reaction to run reads, form tackling, stripping, pass rush lanes and  pass rush moves and technique.

LINEBACKER EMPHASIS: stance, alignment, offensive recognition, reaction to and defeat of high blocks and low blocks, scraping technique, ball stripping and pass drops as well as exposure to man coverage  and screen/draw control.

In short, our clinic will supplement your fall coaching staff and help you develop  the poise and confidence necessary to win the war in the trenches, a requirement for SUCCESS.

Delaware Wing T System Clinic Option for Offensive Lineman

For those players who play in a Delaware Wing T System, the clinic will place strong emphasis on wing T fundamentals, coupled with pro pass protection and an inside zone technique to compliment the Wing T. Areas covered for offensive lineman will be stance, approach, contact, follow through and finish. Shoulder skills will be taught in sequence surface, strike a blow, step and hit, and run and hit techniques. Furthermore, players will drill the on block, fire step, reach step and pull step. Single blocks and technique emphasized will be on block, fire block, reach block, gap block, down block, trap block and log block. Combination blocks such as post lead, cross block and scoop will be taught. Moreover, the 20 series, 30 series and 80 series will be drilled for technique, assignment and execution.

Personal Equipment


Each athlete will need to furnish his own equipment, shorts, socks, shoes, shirts, towels, supporter and mouthpiece.  Overnight attendees should also bring a pillow, one blanket and sheets or sleeping bag, normal toiletries, personal clothing and spending money (for pizza).


Players will be grouped according to age, experience and ability. Players from the same school or team will be allowed to work together if they wish.

Team/Sibling Discount

If ten or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $15 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

If two or more siblings register together each camper will receive a $25 discount. Please call us directly to register with the sibling discount at 800-433-6060.

Dining Arrangments

A professional food services staff of The Governor's Academy will serve overnight attendees from Friday noon through Sunday noon.  Day attendees will be served lunch only Friday through Sunday. Dinner will be served Friday and Saturday to Extended Day Attendees.

Open to:

High School, Jr. High School, and Youth Linemen and Linebackers, including Tight Ends.


2014 H.S. Graduates MAY attend the clinic.

Coaching Staff

Potential staff includes coaches from the following colleges:

Bentley, Bowdoin, Endicott, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Franklin & Marshall, Holy Cross, Lycoming College, Pace, Plymouth State U., Southern CT, Springfield, Trinity College, Tufts, U Maine, UNH, Wesleyan, Western New England,

and the following high schools:

Becker, Bishop Brady, Brooks, Cheshire Academy, Concord Carlisle, Dover High, Exeter High, Georgetown, Governors Academy, LaSalle, Lexington High, Marshwood, Milton Academy, New Hampton School, and Whittier Tech.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Friday
  • 7:30-9:15 AM Registration
  • 8:30 AM Staff Meeting
  • 9:15 AM Orientation - Attendees & Staff Outside Gym
  • 9:45 AM -12:00 PM On Field Schedule
  • 12:00 PM LUNCH
  • 12:30 PM REST PERIOD
  • 2:00-2:30 PM Video/ On Field Walk-Thru
  • 2:30-4:45 PM On Field Schedule
  • 4:45 PM Coaches Corner – Individual Attendee Instruction
  • 5:00 PM Showers, Day Attendees Depart, DINNER, - Overnight and Extended Day Attendees
  • 6:45 PM Meeting-Evening Schedule Field
  • 7:00-8:15 PM Razzle Dazzle
  • 8:15 PM Evening Program
  • 9:00 PM Pizza
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out In Dorms
  • Saturday
  • 7:00-8:30 AM BREAKFAST – (Overnight Attendees Only)
  • 8:45 AM Staff Meeting
  • 9:00-10:00 AM Video, On Field Walk-Thru
  • 10:00 AM -12:15 PM On Field Schedule
  • 12:30 PM LUNCH
  • 12:30 PM REST PERIOD
  • 2:00-2:45 PM College Session – Outside Gym
  • 2:45-4:45 PM On Field Schedule
  • 2:45-4:45 PM On Field Schedule
  • 4:45 PM Coaches Corner – Individual Attendee Instruction
  • 5:00 PM Showers, Day Attendees Depart, DINNER – Overnight and Extended Day Attendees
  • 7:00-8:15 PM Razzle Dazzle
  • 8:15 PM Evening Program
  • 9:00 PM Pizza
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out In Dorms
  • Sunday
  • 7:00-8:30 AM BREAKFAST (Overnight Attendees Only)
  • 8:45 AM Staff Meeting
  • 9:00 AM Clinic Meeting Outside Gym- ALL WEAR CLINIC T-SHIRT - Closing Comments
  • 9:15-11:45 AM On Field Schedule
  • 11:45 AM - 12:00 Coaches Corner – Individual Attendee Instruction
  • 1:00 PM Departure

Session Information

Check-in: 8:00am on Friday, July 11 for overnight campers. Day and extended day campers arrive at 8:30am.
Check-out: between 12:00-1:00pm on Sunday, July 13


Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility: Governor's Academy athletic fields and field house


Dorm:  You will be assigned a dorm at check-in.
Bathrooms: Shared on the floor.
Linens:  Bring your own pillow, sheets and blanket or sleeping bag.
Air Conditioning:  No
Spending Money:  For evening pizza and snacks.
Medical:  ATC on staff.


Transportation is not provided. Attendees are responsible for getting themselves to and from the clinic.

Directions From the North:
Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 55, Central Street, Byfield. From the ramp turn left and follow the directions below.

Directions From the South:
Take Interstate 95 North to Exit 55, Central Street, Byfield. Follow the red Governor's Academy signs that mark the route: From the ramp, turn right onto a winding country road. Stay on Central Street and cross a small bridge. Central street becomes School Street which you will follow to the end. Turn left onto Elm Street and travel one mile before turning left onto the campus at the GA sign.

Directions From the West:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to Route 128 North. Take Interstate 95 North and follow the directions above.

Directions From Logan Airport:
Take Route 1A North for a few miles to the intersection of Route 60. Take Route 60 to Route 1 North and follow Route 1 to Interstate 95 North. (Follow the directions above)

Directions From Other Means:
Buses between Boston and Portland, ME stop in Newburyport. Taxis are available there for the five mile drive to GA. The closest train station is in Newburyport, a five minute drive from GA, where taxis are also available.

Read camper reviews

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 5/5.
Made the difference in my college acceptance

The skills that I acquired at NE Clinic allowed me to have a very strong season and I believe, made the difference for my college acceptance

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 5/5.
Learned my most valuable moves

I have attended numerous professional player and Division I camps, however, I learned my most valuable moves at the NE Clinic,  especially my overall footwork which has been key for me.

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 5/5.
Never realized how much you could learn

I never realized how much you could learn at a clinic of this type, it was excellent. I learned more in the first hour than I learned all season.

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 5/5.
Best sports clinic I've ever attended

This was the best sports-oriented clinic I’ve ever been to. I’ve learned more in the past weekend than I’ve ever learned .

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 5/5.
Helped me achieve my goals

The clinic helped me achieve my personal goals as well as our team goal of a State Championship.

Former NE Clinic Attendee

  • 4/5.
Very educational

I would recommend it to anyone that loves football. The clinic was very educational.

Northeast Football Lineman & Linebacker Clinic Bill Ball , Co-Director The Governor's Academy
1 Elm Street
Byfield, Massachusetts 01922


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