Do you know the way to Eastvale? I didn’t before today, but I managed to get there in timely fashion and I’m happy to say it won’t be my last. Eastvale, California is located in northwestern Riverside County by definition but to locals its nestled in corona off interstate 15. Eastvale has been making moves in recent history since becoming an incorporated city in 2010. The city is thriving with youth sports and on Sunday February 8th, at its first youth training camp they got an outpour of support from the community at Roosevelt High School with a tremendous turn out. The camp kicked off promptly at 8am as promised with close to 100 kids in attendance ranging is ages 5-14. The camp had a two part component, the 8am -9am portion was fitness training, in circuit training style going from station to station doing speed ladder drills, plyometrics. and cardio endurance drills. The second part after a brief intermission was from 9am-10am that dealt with only football position skills and training. Speaking with Coach Prentice Byrd he said “I could not have imaged a better day, for us to come out for the kids and offer them something in their own community”. The mission of Eastvale’s program at the moment is to gain the interest of kids in the area who do not play football. The camp owes its success to word of mouth marketing and help from the local Jr. All American Football program of Eastvale Mustangs. Coach Byrd and a host of Roosevelt High School coaches and volunteers had a great program going for the kids that was at no cost.
Speaking with camp goers like 2019 QB Milo McCard he expressed his thoughts about how he was happy to be at the camp and have another day to get better although like most California kids he is gearing up for baseball season. McCard played last season for the Eastvale Mustangs JAAF team and will be attending Roosevelt High in the fall. McCard showed good footwork with a big arm. He stated his big offseason work will rest on being consistent and working on his QB mechanics.
I also spoke with first time football player WR Aleijandro Lindsay. He was just excited to be there. He was a standout because he looks to be an athlete that just needed that push. He said he always wanted to play football and now has his opportunity with his mothers blessing. Lindsay who will be a 2019 graduate is already 5’11 145lbs and looks to have some speed playing WR at the camp. I look forward to his development moving forward over the spring working with the camp.
Nothing short of great is all I can say about this youth training day. As always Football Hotbed was out reviewing talent for the 2015 Combine in Upland, CA coming in April and I had an opportunity to meet some kids that had already registered. The camp goers also had to embrace the camp motto “EAT”. The coaches explained it is what they do when you step on the field and your hungry for greatness you “EAT”. I advise all kids to soak up all the knowledge you can especially when it is free. The hope of the training camp is to continue to serve the community and retain its kids to play at the school they live by, rather than going to local competition like Corona Centennial or Norco. Roosevelt has a lot to offer with at beautiful school campus and stadium that doesn’t look a day old, seems like they are on the right track. We wish them nothing but the best. Eastvale Strong!