Contact Football Camp           Amherst College

Contact Football Camp           Amherst College
Contact Football Camp                Amherst College

The Contact Football Camp at Amherst College focuses on developing each young football player's skill set. At camp, campers will run through a series of drills that help them improve all while having fun.

Directing the Contact Football Camp at Amherst college, is EJ Mills. A two-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, E.J. Mills has led Amherst to a 35-5 record and two undefeated seasons since 2009 as one of the top coaches and defensive minds in the country.

Highlights Include

  • Individual Camp ages 8-18
  • Grouping by age, weight and ability
  • Contact Drills and Scrimmages
  • Contact Football Camp T-shirt and Prizes
  • Great exposure to college coaches
  • Daily training to develop speed, strength and agility

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

Contact Football Camps feature full contact drills and scrimmages with a staff of major college coaches and players. At camps "contact" is introduced in a slow, gradual progression before any actual "contact" is initiated. Campers are divided according to age, weight and ability. 

The instruction (3 times a day) stresses both individual positions and team play with every camper. Thousands of our previous football campers played, or are now playing college football (many at schools represented by our coaching staff).

More Details

WEEK LONG CAMP CHECK-IN

Check-in for the All Skills Camp takes place between 12-1:30pm on Sunday at Pratt Football Field.  Opening Ceremony will be on the field at 1:30pm and the first practice (full gear) will begin immediately following around 2:00pm. Parents are invited to watch.

WEEK LONG CAMP CHECK-OUT

Campers scrimmage in the morning on the last day of camp, beginning with the youngest campers. Youngest campers will be ready to check out by 11:00am and all campers should be finished and checked out by 12:00pm. Parents are encouraged to attend the final scrimmages! Check-out is at Pratt Football Field.

SPECIALTY CLINIC

Check-in for the Specialty Clinic takes place at 8:45am on Sunday at Pratt Football Field. Clinic will end at 12:00pm.

Rental Equipment

Campers need a full set of football equipment - helmet, shoulder pads, two jerseys (one light/one dark), pants and pads, football shoes (NO metal-tip cleats), athletic supporter, cup and mouthpiece. For campers without equipment, Contact Football Camp has equipment for rent prior to camp at $95 per set (helmet, shoulder pads, pants and pads) and $100 per set if rented on the first day of camp. Individual pieces of equipment are available at $45 per item.

HALF DAY MORNING SPECIALTY CLINIC - 9 am - 12 pm (first morning) - $150

Quarterbacks – Personalized attention and instruction by our quarterback coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: leadership, passing techniques, drop-backs, quickness, footwork, speed and agility, ball handling, hand-offs, pitches and options, passing techniques, sprint-outs, bootlegs, rollouts and play-action, passing drills, grip, QB/center exchange, pivots, sprint-draw and play-action pass, progression for finding the open receiver, mental and physical preparation for playing QB, warm-up drills, reading coverages, secondary pressure, and audibles.


Wide Receivers - Personalized attention and instruction by our receiver coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: reading coverages, correct pass routes, working back to the ball, catching the ball at the highest point, catching the ball, following the ball to the hands, speed control, how to get open, spotting defensive coverages (man-to-man, zone and combinations), running drills, receiver drills, stance, release, patterns: out, post, hook, curl, post/corner, fade, in, fly, cross, etc.


Defensive Backs - Goals of the camp will be to teach fundamental skills, techniques, and reads needed to be a successful defensive back at all levels. Different defenses will be highlighted. The skills covered will include stance and starts, footwork, tackling, run/pass recognition, read and react, and secondary coverage.

*** Rain: Campers will practice rain or shine. If there is lightning campers will go into locker room while it passes.

Camp Code: FBXRAC

Facilities

Amherst College is approximately two hours from downtown Boston, two and a half hours from Logan Airport and three hours north of New York City.

Campers train daily on Pratt Field, home of the Lord Jeffs. As the third oldest NCAA football playing site in the nation, Pratt Field is a beacon of small college athletics tradition. With modern amenities blending seamlessly with century old decor in an ideal campus setting, Pratt field is a historic landmark any football player can enjoy.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 8:45 a.m. Clinic Campers Check In (Pratt Field)
  • 12:00 p.m. All Skills Camp Check In/Rules/Orientation
  • 2:00 p.m. Regular Camp Schedule
  • Days 2-4
  • 7:15 a.m. Wake Up/Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Practice #1, Offensive Emphasis
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 p.m. Practice #2, Defensive Emphasis
  • 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
  • 4:30 p.m. Free Time/Dinner/Swimming
  • 6:45 p.m. Practice #3, Competition
  • 8:15 p.m. Evening Activities, Meetings, Speakers
  • 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
  • Day 5
  • 7:15 a.m. Wake Up/Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast/Warm Up/Camp Recap
  • 9:00 a.m. Games
  • 12:00 p.m. Camp Check Out/Graduation

Meet Camp Coaches

E.J. Mills
Camp Director

E.J. Mills

Entering his 22nd season on the Amherst sidelines and 18th as head coach, Mills has been a part of 121 victories for the Purple and White. 

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He came to Amherst in 1993 and served as a defensive coordinator through the 1996 season, working with former Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki to help the Jeffs improve their record in each of his four years as an assistant. When Siedlecki made his move to lead the Bulldogs, Mills was named the interim head coach for the 1997 season and has been at the helm ever since.

The Jeffs finished at 7-1 three times during Mills' first 12 seasons, but Amherst broke through in 2009 by posting its first 8-0 record since 1984. The postseason awards poured in for Mills, whose honors included an AFCA Division III Region 1 Coach of the Year selection. The Lord Jeffs achieved perfection again in 2011, notably leading the league in scoring offense, turnover margin and sacks en route to 13 All-Conference selections and another NESCAC Coach of the Year honor for Mills.

While leading the Jeffs to a 101-35 record as head coach, Mills has witnessed several of the region’s best football players come through Amherst. Notably, Devin Moriarty ’98 was selected by the AFCA as a Division III All-American in addition to being named the ECAC Player of the Year. Brian Daoust ’01 and Pat McGee ’02 were also named All-Americans, while Fletcher Ladd ’05—the school’s all-time leading rusher—was the 2004 ECAC Northeast Player of the Year. Amherst has placed someone on the D3football.com All-America Team in three of the last four years, with Kevin Ferber '12 becoming the program's first-ever First Team selection in 2011.

In addition to coaching three NESCAC Offensive Players of the Year, three Defensive Players of the Year, and countless All-Conference selections, Mills has mentored some of the country’s finest student-athletes and citizens. Most notable is former defensive back Paul Whiting ’04, who in 2003 was the first-ever non-Division I winner of the CSTV National Student-Athlete of the Week honor. Whiting was also named the 2004 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year for displaying excellence in academics, athletics and community service.

The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston has recognized several of Mills’ former players. In 1997 Rich Willard ’98 earned the Joe Zabilski Award as the most outstanding Division II/III offensive player in New England. In 2004 Ladd took home the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award for outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and citizenship, an award that was later earned by Dan Guariglia ’08. Twenty Amherst players have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for excellence in the classroom and on the playing field, with two also being named Academic All-Americans.

Although Mills focuses on the development of his student-athletes more than he does statistics and records, the numbers cannot be overlooked. Under his tutelage as a defensive coordinator, the 1996 Lord Jeffs led the nation in scoring defense, allowing a miniscule 8.4 points per game. In 2001, Amherst tied a 21-year old NCAA record by not allowing a single passing touchdown, and two years later the Jeffs tied a conference record with four shutout victories. In 2009, Mills' squad led Division III in rushing defense (50.9 ypg) and finished third in scoring defense (10.4 ppg).

Mills is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he was a standout baseball player before earning a degree in history and secondary education in 1988. He began coaching at Midlakes High School in Clifton Springs, N.Y., before a two-year stint mentoring the defensive secondary at the University of Albany. Immediately preceding his tenure at Amherst, Mills served as the defensive coordinator at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J.

Camper Reviews

Parent

  • 5/5.
The campus, coaches, and entire process was Class "A"

"Absolutely wonderful experience. The campus, coaches, and entire process was Class "A". I would highly recommend this camp."

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Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Coach to Player Ratio

"The coach to player ratio exceeded my expectations. It allowed more reps as well as individual attention to improve my technique at my position. The coaching staff was very knowledgeable and professional. It was rare to have so many Head Coaches of football programs participate in a football camp."
 

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Outstanding Camp, Fantastic Coaches

"Football camp was outstanding! Coaches were superb. A sports camp, especially football, could NOT have been better!!"

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
After this camp, I can't wait for football season to start again!

"This was my first overnight camp and I could not stop talking about it when I returned home. My love for the game was only reinforced when I had the opportunity to attend this camp. I felt that my skill level was increased and cannot wait until the football season starts to show others what I learned and also what they could learn by attending this wonderful camp. I look forward to next season. Hope all the coaches and players at Amherst College have a great season."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I learned so much...

"I had a great time! I played the offensive and defensive positions that I wanted. Thank you! The coaches seemed tough at first, but in the end I learned so much. I really appreciate the time the coaches spent with me! I met new friends who will be coming back next year and so will I."

Parent

  • 4/5.
The campers included all ages

"My son was the youngest camper at the Contact Football Camp at Amherst. Initially I was nervous about him participating, but the camp counselors made sure he was in a group with kids around his same size. He was easily immersed into the games/drills by all. The kids were great and he had a wonderful time. We will be sending him again next year."

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