Contact Football Camp Southeastern University
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The Contact Football Skills Camp at Southeastern University is designed for youth football players looking to improve their skills in a safe and controlled setting.
Head Coach Keith Barefield serves as director and is joined by other coaches and players from the Fire Staff. Youth Football and High School Football players will train at the positions of their choice while being educated on the proper fundamentals and techniques to ensure concussion safety and education.
- Skill Development Drills by Position
- Discussions on Proper Technique and Concussion Safety
- Professional instruction from college coaches and college-aged instructors
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
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Camp Director Keith Barefield
Keith Barefield became Southeastern University’s first football coach in 2012.View Ketih's Bio ⟩
In 2016, Barefield guided the young program to new heights, winning The Sun Conference championship, and securing a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time. That marked the third different NAIA program Barefield has taken to the NAIA playoffs.
For his efforts, Barefield was named The Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
During the first year of competition, the Fire put together an impressive 8-3 campaign, which included an undefeated mark at home. Additionally, the Fire proved to be one of the most proficient offenses in the NAIA, averaging 38.7 points per game, ranking seventh in the NAIA in scoring and ninth in yards per game at 444.2.
In 2015, the Fire were 9-2, and cracked the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for the first time in program history on October 19th. For a second consecutive year, the Fire factored into The Sun Conference championship picture, and continued its reputation as a high-powered offense. SEU averaged 42.4 points per game and put together one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, averaging 217.9 yards per game on the ground.
Before coming to Lakeland, Barefield was the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State. Barefield led the Rangers to the NAIA post-season in 2007, 2008, and 2010 while compiling a record of 36-18. Barefield coached six NAIA All-Americans and four academic All-Americans.
Barefield also spent 19 years at Evangel University from 1980-1999. While at Evangel, Barefield had a record of 66-33-2 in 10 years as the head coach. He led the Crusaders to eight consecutive winning seasons while developing 15 NAIA All-Americans and 10 NAIA Scholar Athletes. In the 1990’s, Barefield’s Evangel teams had the winningest record among the 18 intercollegiate football playing institutions in the state of Missouri (63-27-2).
“I am truly honored to be named the first head football coach at Southeastern. I have many family members and close friends who are alumni of SEU. My two older brothers are both graduates of this university. These connections provide me a keen awareness of the rich tradition and heritage of Southeastern, as well as an understanding of the love and respect that the alumni, faculty and staff share for it. With this background, I have a deep respect for the expectations and standards by which the football program and all programs of this university are measured. We will seek, identify and sign student-athletes that are committed to being champions for Christ, champions in the classroom and champions on the field of competition.”
Barefield attended Southeastern in 1975 and 1976 before transferring to Evangel University where he was the first ever starting fullback for the newly created program.
In addition to his experience in the NAIA, Barefield made stops at Cornerstone High School in San Antonio, Texas where he won state championships in 2001 and 2003 as the head coach and athletic director. Barefield was also the head coach and director of football operations for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings of the Arena Football League from 2003-2005 and a regional scout for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 2001-2007.
Barefield earned his Master’s Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1983 and his Bachelor’s Degree from Evangel University in 1978. He has also been a member of the NAIA Football Coaches Association for 24 years and served as the President in 1996.
Coach Barefield and his staff will begin recruiting immediately for Southeastern with plans for the first game to take place in the Fall of 2014.
“I have recruited the state of Florida for over 30 years,” added Barefield. “It is a talent rich recruiting ground that has provided my teams with athletes who have been major contributors to whatever success I may have enjoyed as a college football coach. Each recruiting season as I traveled the I-4 corridor, I thought to myself, as I passed through Lakeland, that if they ever started a football program at Southeastern, I wanted to be the first in line to coach. Well, that day is finally here and I am excited to be the coach to launch the football program at Southeastern University.”
The goal of the Contact Football Camps is to provide football skills camps across the country that not only protect and educate our youth but also provide the highest quality football instruction possible.
2018 CAMP DATES
- July 16-19
2018 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 16-19
- Check-in: 1:00 p.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 1:00-9:00 p.m.(dinner is included), Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Professional daily football instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch will be provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Contact football t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: 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. Equipment rentals available.
- Facility: Outdoor Fields.
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
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 $150 per set (helmet, shoulder pads, pants and pads) and $175 per set if rented on the first day of camp. Individual pieces of equipment are available at $75 per item.
- Dorm: See registration packet for specific on-campus dorm.
- Campers Per Room: 2 (unless otherwise noted in registration packet)
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: No, campers are encouraged to bring a fan.
Contact football Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The Health and Release Forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp and every camper must have one to participate in camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- Day 1
- 1:00 p.m. Camp Check in
- 2:00 p.m. Intro/Rules/Orientation
- 2:30 p.m. To the Field
- 3:00 p.m. Practice 1
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Chalk Talks
- 7:00 p.m. Practice 2
- 8:30 p.m. Shower/Free Time
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
- Days 2-3
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast/Transition to the Field
- 9:00 a.m. Speed, Agility and Quicknesss
- 10:00 a.m. Practice 3 and 6
- 11:30 a.m. Head to Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Chalk Talk/Discussions
- 2:00 p.m. Practice 4 and 7
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Transition from Dinner to Field
- 7:00 p.m. Practice #5 and 8 - Competition
- 8:30 p.m. Discussion
- 9:00 p.m.
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
- Day 4
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. Practice #9 - Competition
- 11:30 a.m. Dorm Clean Up
- 12:00 p.m. Camp Check Out
On Setember 13, 2014, Southeastern University officially opened its new on-campus football stadium, Victory Field. The following day, the Fire football team notched its first win in program history, defeating Polk County rival Warner University 31-7 in front of a capacity crowd. During its first two years of play, the Fire have complied an 11-1 record at Victory Field.
- Seating: Current fixed seating capacity of 3,500 with standing room accomodating up to 5,000.
- Total area of the stadium: Approximately 192,000 square feet, or 4.4 acres.
- Playing surface: A-Turf Titan (84,000 square feet) laid over A-Turf shock pad.
- Scoreboard: 52 feet wide by 30 feet tall.
- LED Video Board: 32 feet wide by 16 feet tall. DVX-1100-1540 with 312 lines of resolution high by 600 columns of resolution wide.
- Lighting: Musco Lightning Green Generation Luminaire. Total of 46 luminaries at 1,500 watts each
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
My son's confidence really improved after camp
August 12, 2018: Dylan had so much fun. His confidence increased so much due to this camp.This camp was great for my son. All the coaches were amazing. They encouraged these kids to keep getting better. I was very impressed and we will be back. I would like to see the camp go all 5 days. I would also like to see you all reach out to all the little league organizations to let them know about your camp. I would also like to see maybe a month before your camp starts see the coaches maybe go to the different little leagues and talk to the child and the parents and let them know what your camp is all about. You all did an amazing job with Dylan He left feeling good about himself everyday. He was so ready to get out on the field and use everything he was taught for that day on the field. Thank you for all your hard work.
— Brooke F.
It was perfect!
July 28, 2018: He loved the food and learning aspect!
— Justin C.
Well worth the travel!
July 22, 2018: We traveled from NY to FLA for this camp. My son made new friends and improves his football skills.
— Lisa W.
Coaches are understandable and encouraging!
July 20, 2018: Aside from the knowledgeable staff, Dale went on and on about the older kids who helped him during the camp. Mixing ages and skill level was a great idea.
— Dale J.
Well worth it!
July 20, 2018: Great coaching staff. Worth driving a 3 hrs/day.
— Margie N.
He had so much fun!
July 20, 2018: My camper enjoyed the contact drills and the encouragement from the older campers.
— Phil T.
He is also excited for summer 2019.
July 20, 2018: It was very good. He got to play games learn is position and practices and drills he enjoyed tremendously.
— Felicia K.
Had a great time!
July 20, 2018: His favorite activity was playing "fireball" touch football.
— Christy D.
July 20, 2018: new skill learned, all positive for new and older players
— Robert C.
An exciting program for him!
July 20, 2018: Zachary is fairly new to football. Coaches were enthusiastic and supportive, but did not allow for any slacking. Zachary learned new skills, and wants to return next year.
— Susan A.
Loves the school and the coaches!
July 20, 2018: Coming from the west coast, my son got to see that there is many differences in football philosophy between west coast and southern football.
— Cecil B.
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