Eric Kasperowicz's Youth Football Camp ("ekfootballcamp") is in its 23rd year and has been created for the sole purpose of making a positive impact on children’s lives both on and off the field through football. ekfootballcamp's philosophy strongly adheres to “Seven Guiding Principles”, designed by NFL Youth Programs that will make the Camp Experience enjoyable and educational for all involved:
Make It Fun
Limit Standing Around
Teach Every Position to Every Participant
Emphasize the Fundamentals
Incorporate a Progression of Skill Development for Every Participant
If your child is an experienced player or just starting football, ekfootballcamp is an experience which they will never forget. The sporting world is one area where good relations, high motivation, unity and interest among young people is easily obtainable. By working with coach Kasperowicz and his outstanding coaching staff, your child will learn much more than just football. They will be taught teamwork, consideration of others, self discipline, and how to attain their potential in sports and life. They will also learn the importance of achieving good grades and selecting the correct role models. ekfootballcamp will be a very positive stimulus for your child.
What to Bring
Balance of money owed (Cash/Check only—email email@example.com if you are unsure)
Football cleats (not required)
Money for lunch
Dress in workout clothes
And, a great attitude to learn the game of football and have fun.
On-site Athletic Trainer
Typical Daily Schedule
On Monday (registration day), please arrive by 7:30/7:45 AM. Following is subject to change depending on day and activities planned.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Introduction/Flex/Warm-Up
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Offenseve Individual Groups
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM Offensive Team Group Work
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM NFL Combine Testing & NFL Punt-Pass-Kick Contest (40 yd dash, 20 yd shuttle, broad jump, vertical jump)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Lunch/Guest Speakers
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Defensive Individual Groups
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Razzle Dazzle Football
- Lunch is included in Camp Tuition.
- Pizza is usually what is served with a snack and drink.
- You may choose to deposit money in your camper's account to allow them to purchase additional items throughout the week.
- Concession stand also available for Campers & Parents
- Open daily before, during and after camp. Coffee is also available for parents at all times
Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are many of the questions and concerns raised by parents and their kids. Please contact us if you have a question that does not appear here; we want to make sure we address any questions or concerns you might have.
Q: What should I bring to camp?
A: Balance of money owed, football cleats (athletic shoes will work), money for lunch or bag lunch if you don't like the lunch provided, water bottle, workout clothes, sun block & a great attitude to learn the game of football and have fun.
Q: Is there any hitting or contact at the camp?
A: This is a non-contact, no hitting football camp for all ages and ability levels. We stress the skills & fundamentals of the game while concentrating on having fun and building lifelong relationships.
Q: What do I receive from attending the camp?
A: Each camper will receive 4 days of the best football instruction around, a camp T-shirt, team trophies, individual trophies and awards, camp certificate, NFL Combine Testing, NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest, and exposure to top local coaches and players.
Q: What happens if it rains during camp?
A: Camp will continue unless it is a complete downpour and washout. If that is the case, then we will go to the indoor facility and contiue with chalk talk and videos there.
Q: Are there any family discounts?
A: Yes. $20 off each additional sibling.
Q: What if I never played football before? Would this be a good camp for me?
A: This would be an excellent camp for you because it is a fundamentals camp. We can handle the first year player up to the most experienced and athletic players.
Q: What is your mailing address?
A: ekfootballcamp, 326 Banbury Crossing, Gibsonia, PA 15044
Q: How do I contact you?
A: Simply email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (Camp Director Eric Kasperowicz, 412-818-4051)
Q: What will my child receive?
A: Four days of quality instruction from the All-Time Greatest All-Purpose Football Player in Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) history by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Head Football Coach of the Pine-Richland Rams; ekfootballcamp t-shirt; special gift items; daily awards for individual effort; a chance to be named the ekfootballcamp MVP; plus much, much more.
Q: How old do you have to be to take part in the camp?
A: Our Youth Camp is open to players from ages 5-14.
Q: How much is camp tuition and what payment methods do you accept?
A: $205. We accept American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards. We also accept cash, check, money orders and cashier’s checks payable to GPYA. There is a $25 service charge for all returned checks.
Q: Is there a registration deadline?
Q: What time do we need to arrive?
A: We ask you to arrive at least 30 minutes before camp is scheduled to start on opening day to allow for registration and check-in. On the remaining days, please arrive at least 10 minutes before camp is scheduled to start. Please arrive 10 minutes before practice is scheduled to end to pick up your child. You and your family are always welcome to watch camp!
Q: What if my child cannot attend all four days?
A: We will charge you on a pro-rated basis for the number of day(s) attended. Just call us to make arrangements (412-818-4051).
Q: What if my child is an average athlete or is just beginning football?
A: The camp is not designed for kids to get down on themselves if he or she is not keeping up with the other kids. It is based on positive reinforcement for each participant’s individual effort. The coaches pay close attention to each child and make sure they improve at their own level of ability. If your child is just beginning, the camp is ideal for them. They will learn exactly what a practice is like and what is expected of them on the football field.
Q: Is the camp advanced enough for my child?
A: We feel it is very important to challenge each child to raise their skill level and focus to a higher level. We make a special effort to ensure every participant gains valuable experience and knowledge from the coaching staff. We make sure the kids are matched up with others of the same talent level.
Q: Will my 8-year-old have to go against the older kids?
A: We organize the practice schedule so kids work with other kids their same age, size, talent and ability.
Q: What is the coach-to-participant ratio?
A: The optimum teaching takes place when you have one coach for every 8-10 kids. We always try to maintain those standards at the camp. Our initial staff is set up for 150 kids, but we have coaches lined up as the registration increases. It really helps us with organization if the parents submit registration forms early.
Q: What is the maximum number of kids you allow?
A: We limit the amount of participants to as few as 75 and as many as 200. EARLY Registration is encouraged!
Q: Can the parents stay and watch?
A: You are more than welcome to watch practices.
Q: Do the kids get an autograph?
A: The camp is meant to be a working camp. Every child will receive a minimum of one autograph if our celebrity guest speaker will comply. Any additional autograph arrangements will be announced at the camp.
Q: Is there someone available if my child is injured?
A: Training staff will be on hand for all minor injuries and preventative care. Medical clinics and a hospital are near the practice facilities, and a mobile phone is on-site for emergency situations.
Q: Who actually runs the camp?
A: The Camp Director is Eric Kasperowicz (412-818-4051).
Q: Who are the coaches?
A: Our goal when we line up a coaching staff is to present a wide range of expertise that allows a child to relate to different levels of success. The pro athlete(s) really make it fun for the kids, but the celebrity players involved in the camp are only a small part of why our camps are so successful. Our staff features top local high school coaches who have a proven track record of wonderful teaching skills. Also, we have top college players involved in addition to local high school players who really relate to the kids.
Q: Can you explain what you do during the camp?
A: Our camps are non-contact. We stress fundamentals, form and technique, with a focus on quality instruction for each and every kid in a fun atmosphere. We not only hope to teach them skills to make them better athletes, we hope to stimulate their general interest in sports. This will include an emphasis on good work habits, self-discipline, motivation and self-confidence. Our practices are intense, upbeat, and crisp in tempo. We want the kids to be aware that this is not playtime, but a place to further develop their athletic skills. It is our sincere hope that what we present to the kids is taken to heart and applied to their game and their everyday life.
Q: Has the organization been in existence for several years?
A: 23 years
Q: Does the organization have a written refund and cancellation policy?
A. Yes. See our registration page.