"We attended the Memphis camp. This was our son's first full contact camp. He already had one year experience with 3/4th grade. Attending O-D game him a boost and tools for the upcoming season. When 2012 came to an end, he had a total 550+ yards rushing, 6 touchdowns, over 26 solo tackles on defense, and 3 QB sacks. Thanks to all the coaches and staff at Offense-Defense!"
"My son attended the OD Camp in Nashville this year, marking three years with OD. The staff and coaches were great as always. I'd like to commend Mark Skradski for his work and enthusiasm during this event. He was incredibly personable and had a refreshing sense of humor. He was also easy to identify with, as he himself is a consumer of your product. He spoke to me about volunteering next year as a father counselor, which I am amenable to, providing I get to work with him and the other wonderful staff on hand.
Thanks again for putting on this camp and vying for a facility as nice as TSU's."
"My son and I attended your camp in Portland, OR. We are from Tacoma, WA (Near Seattle, WA). I was a father counselor last year and really enjoy myself and how your camp was set up. My son going into High School really took alot away from your camp. Now the reason I am writing is that I am a youth football head coach and I really liked how there is a full contact camp out there for the young players of today. I like the different skills that were taught and how intense it was. I was talking to my assistant coach during our football season and how the O-D camp help my son and when I told them that the camp starts with 7 yrs old they wanted to know more. I was looking to bring down about 15+ kids depending out parents. I seen that year a coach brought 7 of his players down and this would be a great experience for my boys.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response."
"I hope you are well. Congrats on another great O-D Bowl. It brought back a lot of memories.
Ryan is at ASU now. They are very excited top have him and I am excited to have him home. : )
Thank you again for the opportunity you gave him and he did not disappoint!"
"Back in 2007, my son had finished his first year of high school football in the Winnipeg High School Football League (in Canada) and was looking forward to grade 11.He enjoyed some success that year as his team made it to the championship game. My wife and I decided for my son to develop as an athlete in the sport of Football, which he really loved, he needed to go where the sport has a very high social priority and he could be immersed in the culture that develops the best players in the world. I researched many camps - after all, this was a significant decision for us and would not come without similar costs. After all the research, we chose to send him to the O-D camp in San Diego, CA. We registered him as a sleep-away camper and we would let the Pro's coach him on the field and let the culture of his fellow athletes help develop his respect for the game and its players off the field.
We checked in on him a couple times a day (in between taking in the Zoo and other fabulous venues around San Diego!) and I took pictures and video-taped drills - it was a really exciting time for us as a family - sometimes I just had to sit back and remind myself where we were, at QualComm field watching my own son play football - amazing. My son was changing, we saw it in him every day, he spoke a little different, he played really, really hard - you need full contact to bring out the coaching points you need to teach, and that was very evident in my sons progression. He attended the specialty clinics, and was well liked by the coaches and players; he made many friends there that he is still in contact with. In fact, at registration on day 1, Coach Sanchez - whom I've never seen in my life, but will never forget - looks over at me and my CFL hat that I was wearing: "Blue Bombers?" he said rather loudly "Blue Bombers! Are you from Winnipeg?" - Well, I was blown away, my son was as well! It turned out he coached the Running Back for the Bombers, a CFL all-star, rushing and TD leader and very popular back home, and then Coach Sanchez pulled out his phone and called him up, and gave the phone to my son! It was amazing, truly unbelievable! At the end of camp, during closing ceremonies, as if this trip couldn't get any better, it did: they called my son's name for the MVP award!
In the parking lot after camp was over, a couple coaches came up to us as we were packing up and told us how special he was and that he had a bright future no matter what he chose to do. That has never happened before, or since. The enthusiasm and positive atmosphere created by the Coaches and Volunteers alike was more than we could hope for. Can a Parent be any prouder? Has anybody ever gotten a better return on any investment? I don't think so!
After we got home -just over 9000 miles and almost 3 weeks on the road, my son headed to pre-season camp and tore it up that year, being scouted by a few top Canadian schools and even a D1 school from the US! His coaches were impressed; his team mates were as well. Then, I have to say, something that I had never even thought of began to happen; something even more special to me and my wife. You see I coach youth football - but I never played the game myself. When my oldest wanted to play it was a totally new experience for me. But the following our return, when I was coaching his younger brother's team, my oldest would come and help out - and he started to teach the kids, and me and all the other coaches, aspects of the game none of us had ever seen. I would ask him "where's that from?" is that legal!?" he would answer "It's what I was taught at O-D". It was nothing you can read in a book, it's the small tips, the details that make a player 'make plays'. Alignment tips, hand position tips, recovery tricks, the list goes on.
It became clear only after we had returned from San Diego, that was the reason we sent him, to stay with the kids at SDSU, that is the Football Culture you can't teach, but is abundantly provided to experience and learn from at the O-D camp. He helped us go all the way that year, and he's had an impact on every team I have coached since, because I can teach those details now that he has taught me- in fact even though he has moved out and living his own life now, he still helps his little brothers, who are outstanding football players now at age 13 and 15, earning team MVP honours multiple times. He still keeps his most treasured trophy, the MVP Football he got from O-D. My wife and I made an agreement that we would try to send his two younger brothers to O-D when they start High school football as well. I have to say that time in our lives has been the brightest point for a very long time. The global recession hit everybody hard shortly after, I lost my job as did millions of other people. We talk often of the time in San Diego and the O-D Camp.
"The gift that keeps giving" sometimes seems cliche, but it is so true when we talk about O-D, its that "Return on Investment" I mentioned - O-D still pays Dividends, and hundreds of kids in our community have received them. We will get back to O-D for our younger 2 boys, we tried to plan for it the past 3 years, but it just has not been possible. We are planning to make the trip again next year, as we want to bring the latest additions to our family and I hope they will be next in our own little O-D Football legacy. The Memories, joy and fulfilment my family has experienced through the O-D football camp is priceless in every sense of the word.
With my most sincere gratitude, Thank you.
"My Son, Layne, attended the Pensacola camp and I wanted to extend a big thank you to all staff that made that camp a great success. The coaching was top notch, and Layne was pushed to a higher level of football that he has never received. The director, Dave, kept the camp moving and everyone knew what they needed to do and when."
"The Offense Defense Football camp was a rewarding and wonderful experience for my son D'ante Lambright.After four years of not playing football, he decided to return back to the football field.He spent numerous months researching various camps when he located the OD Football camp. I was highly impressed with the availability of the office staff. I was initially prepared to leave a voice message; thinking no one was available as this was our experiences with previous camps. The OD office was well staffed.
Mrs. Karen Richardson was the first staff member that answered our questions about the camp process. She was extremely helpful and informative. The OD staff made my son and I feel welcome and they encouraged us to contact the office at any time. In the upcoming days, I made several calls to OD; trying to get a greater understanding of the camp processes.
Within a week of registering for the OD Camp, I received a follow-up call from Mr. Milow Weems.He called to address my concerns. I was impressed because he took time to ask questions about my son D'ante. I was impressed with Mr. Weems professionalism and his love for the program that I changed my son's camp location from Hampton, VA to Baltimore, Md.Little that I knew, the decision to change location would have such a profound impact on my son as a first time camper.Not only did he address his skills on football, he taught him to believe in himself on the football field against all odds.
The check-in process at Towson State University, Baltimore, MD was smooth, well organized and the staff was friendly and professional.I was relieved to know the staff and coaches were well prepared and in the business of ensuring each camper received the technical skills needed to play football.The camp exceeded our expectations.
Mr. Weems went beyond the call of duty to ensure my son was comfortable and welcome.My son requested additional time from him on the football field. I witnessed Mr. Weems on the field with my son, coaching him before practice started. His willingness to spend extra time with my son speaks to his devotion and commitment with the campers and the OD program. As a result of our OD experience in Baltimore and Mr. Weems persuasion, my son registered and attended the OD camp in Hampton, VA.
My son's initial camp experience in Baltimore helped shaped and prepared him for the OD camp in Hampton. The coaching staff in Hampton was great and they provided the extra work needed to get D'ante where he needed to be eligible to receive an award. As a final result, my son received a performance award at the Hampton camp that was an automatic invite to the Bowl game this upcoming December.
Thank you for a wonderful camp experience and a job well done!!!!"
"JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT MY GRANDSON AND I ENJOYED YOUR PITTSBURGH CAMP. WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! HE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT BEING A BETTER FOOTBALL PLAYER, AND I TRULY ENJOYED BEING WITH HIM AND THE OTHER BOYS AS A FATHER-COUNSELOR. AND WE ARE ALREADY EXCITED ABOUT COMING TO CAMP NEXT YEAR. ......... THANK YOU.........THANK YOU..........THANK YOU. .........."
"Thanks for the note, My son (Ty) has been at the camp the last 2 years and we love it. He will most likely do the O-D day camp for 2 weeks this summer."
"YES MOST DEFINITELY!!! We are Part of Naples Hurricanes Pop Warner Football Assoc here in Naples. . . . I know that we are getting a large group together this year . . . I know that our President has already spoken to someone over there at OD. Looking forward to this year's camp.
You have the best run camp, my son loved it last year!!!"
"I wanted to share our experience with OD this year.
Our Son Drew Wood attended two of your camps this year in Georgia and Virginia. Both are great camps. This was our first year at Georgia; we couldn't get over the amount of kids that attended says a lot about OD.
This was our third year at the Virginia camp. Everything turned out well and we are coming back to the VA camp next year.
Coach Lewis went above and beyond "Football" at the VA camp. He did a great job with coaching the sport but he also spoke about life and how sometimes making a first down was the least of the battles that they may face in life.
Drew's brother Dillon was diagnosed with a rare cancer. He had a tumor in his chest that was crushing his trachea. Dillon was unconscious for 4 days while they treated the tumor. Several of his organs shut down due to the Chemo and Steroids that they were pumping into him. We contacted every Church that we could. We had Dillon on so many prayer chains. It was amazing.
To make a long story short, Dillon started making progress. His organs started back up again. His prognosis is good. The last time his bone marrow was checked, the cancer cells were not there. He has beaten all the odds that the Doctors put in front of him.
The last day of the camp Drew was giving the Coaches a "Dillon" wrist band and asking them to pray for his brother. Coach Lewis found me and asked about Dillon. I told him what was going on in Dillon's life.
Coach Lewis asked if he could talk to the kids about Dillons fight. He wanted to stress to them that life is about fighting and sometimes you can have a much bigger fight on your hands than a football game. Coach Lewis did a great job with his speech; He brought Dillon forward and gave him an award for being a fighter.
Hard for me to explain this much further but it was emotional and heart felt. I can't say thank you enough.
Thank You and we will see you guys again."
"We had a great experience at the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Los Angeles, CA this week with me as a counselor and my son a camper. We signed up to return again next year before the camp ended and will be back every year to gain the knowledge shared. There were outstanding coaches and players there and we both grew as coach and player. The coaching staff was absolutely amazing and included NFL Super Bowl Champion Amani Toomer's father Donald Toomer. Stephen earned MVP at the linebacker position and will be playing in the Offense-Defense All American Game in Orlando, Florida after our Pop Warner season."
"My son attended camp in Pittsburgh. I just wanted to say thank you to the person who ran it and the coaches. Thanks to you guy's he came back with a tiger in his tank.They moved him up to play with the older(12 yrs) kids and he loved it. He attended two camps this summer one O-D and another one. When i asked him which one he liked more, you guy's won hands down. We already signed up for Pitt again and he wants to go to another place also. Thanks for making it great for the kids. He wears his O-D camp shirt with pride. He wanted to say tell'em New Jersey will be back, that was his nick name."
"Thanks you so much for helping me with my situation. It is very refreshing to deal with a person who truly understand the meaning of customer services. Keith is very excited about starting camp. Thanks so must and may the lord truly bless you."
"Our 8 year old son, Matthew S., just finished up at the Long Island Camp (at St. John's) and all we can say is "WOW!" You guys really know what you are doing when it comes to football and, more importantly, you understand how to deal with the whole child. Matthew loves football but has traits of autism/Asperger's so we were a little apprehensive about sending him to such an intensive football camp.
We signed him up as a Day Camper, but, halfway through the first day, we realized how open and sensitive the senior management (Coach Fine and extended day Coach Lanny), the field coaches (special thanks to Coach Flo and Coach Toomer) and counselors (too many to name) were to a child with these issues so we immediately signed him up for the extended day program. This was the best decision we made. Coach Flo was generous in spirit and very accommodating, and Matthew thrived with the added attention. Matthew was on Coach Toomer's team and Coach Toomer continued to encourage him, and to bring out the best in him.
The Camp not only vastly improved his football skills for this upcoming season but, for sure, the positive reinforcement and social experiences he had are immeasurable."
"This was my sons first year of OD Camp. It is quite expensive especially for a single mother, but we managed it and it was worth it. He was an overnight camper as we live on an island in the Pacific Northwest and travel to and from camp each day is not an option. It was a great camp, my son really enjoyed it. The accomodations were great, the meal options worked out wonderfully and parking and access were fantastic. I've already signed him up again for camp next year. Please have the camp at PLU again next year. It was fantastic."
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for inviting our son, Micheal to the Elite camp in Ft. Lauderdale Fl last summer. When Micheal attended Select camp and received his invitation to Elite this past summer. The amount of preparation elite camp provided gave him the confidence he needed to be a strong leader on the field this year in spite of his age and take control of his destiny. When he returned from camp and started practice with the team, he immediately put to good use everything he learned and earned himself a starting spot on the varsity team as the mike linebacker, displacing two seniors from the position. I think the hi-light of the season was when Micheal slipped between two HS lineman to hit their QB, break his rib protector and take him out for a series....
Why? Footwork, speed and technique. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Elite Coaches!! Every picture taken of Micheal this year shows him wrapping up, using good angles and working like he should to make the hit. Now that the season has ended, we're proud to share that Micheal tied for 5th in tackles in 7-5A division. He was named to the All District team as a Honorable mention player and he was awarded Varsity Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year at his team's awards banquet last weekend.
Micheal has attended OD since he was 11 or 12 years old, winning camp awards and we firmly believe that the instruction he receives year-in and year-out is invaluable to his success. Because he practices and learns with the toughest players, he knows when he walks on the field, he has the skills he needs to overcome whatever obstacles come his way. It's a mental thing. He just knows that he's already seen the best he's going to see every year, so he has no fear and that makes him a very effective linebacker. It is Micheal's fervent wish that he return to Elite camp again this year. He enjoyed the experience, and understands that hard work nets results...
Thank you so much for these many years of success. We wish you all the best."
"Hello, my name is Michelle. My son went to your camp last year for the first time in the Cincinnati, Ohio location. We enjoyed the camp so well, I am trying to recruit more children to attend the camp next year (2008).
I was wondering if there are group pricing and what are the brackets? I currently have 4 children that want to attend but our Sports Banquet is tomorrow Friday. I would really like to speak to the parents about the Offense - Defense camp for next year. I would like to give the parents something to look at and entise them to go to your website.
Please let me know what I can do in order to get more children involved with your wonderful camp.
Thanks for all your help!"
"My son, Justice has been attending Offense-Defense Camp for the past four years. His transformation as a player is a model of what the Offense-Defense Family can do for a young football player.
Four years ago, he played his 1st season. He was an inexperienced player who lacked the self confidence, technique and football knowledge to match his athleticism and raw talent. However, his involvement with O-D, particularly the coaching of Pat Morrison, Justice has become a dominant force at the cornerback position, and has become arguably one of the best 13 year old corners you will find anywhere. He pitched a complete shut out last seaon, not allowing one completion.
We are thankful to have had the opportunity to have our son under the tutelage of Coach Pat. He has been an instrumental part of Justice's development, as a player and young man. I would believe that he has placed a permanent imprint on my son and his positive influence will continue to extend into Justice's football career and life in general. Coach Pat has helped Justice develop an incredible football IQ, an advanced understanding, of the nuances of position, one rarely possessed by a 13 year old cornerback. As a result, Justice walks onto the field with an understanding of the game that dwarfs his peers; it allows him to literally dominate and take away a half of the field.
But not only has Coach Morrison, been instrumental in Justice's development, he has assisted me, as his father, in understanding the details of the various coverages and techniques, which better enable me to continue helping to develop my son throughout the year. I am better able to coach my son, because coach has been willing to freely share his knowledge.
In closing, thank you O-D for providing the system and the environment to enable my son to acquire the tools necessary for long term success.
Remember the name, Justice Witcher. He will be certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the future and another great player to come from the O-D family."
"I want to thank you all for putting together a Great experience for my son as well as the other children attending the Raleigh Camp. I'm sure things were not as smooth as they seemed, but the staff performed in a professional manner. My son Jalen had a wonderful time as did I, even in the scorching heat.
Training staff was excellent. Trisha was on the ball in an effort to keep the boys pieced together and safe in their activities. Coach Mabry ran a tight ship with very informative meetings and keeping the boys and Coaches on task. My son said he barely noticed I was there, which means the Coaching Staff and Father counselors were very effective in their efforts to teach our boys the game of football.
While I was impressed with the level of football IQ of all the Coaches, I really appreciate Coach Mason, Coach TC, and the other Coaches in that age bracket for how they were able to keep the boys engaged in the activities they were doing. Coach Mason gave Jalen reviews on the things he did well and the things he needs to improve on. As a Pop Warner MM Coach, I was able to gain a few tips to help me this coming season. Jalen and I look forward to many more years of O-D camps as well as the opportunity to play in the All-American game this year.
Milo Weems was very informative in his organizing this staff and how he interacted with parents. From getting out information about upcoming O-D events to how smoothly registration went. I was impressed with his approachabilty and his promptness with information requests. I look forward to working with next years Coaching staff and Milo as we all contribute to the progress of the boys in their quest to be Great Football Players.
"I put my son in this camp to give him a shot at playing as a 5th grader on a 5th and 6th grade football team. After the camp, he not only started on both sides of the ball, but he won MVP Offensive Lineman for his team!"
"Hello! Just an "FYI": I sent 2 of my son's to OD Camp in San Francisco, back in 1998 or 1999 (Can't remember which). Just to let you know, that my younger of the 2 son's is attending The Ohio State University on a full-ride football scholarship! He is a Freshman and actually saw playing time last Saturday against USC.
Thank you so much! Ken Norton Jr. was really good with my kids at that camp."
"I am writing this email to say thank you for the leadership and coaching that you provided at the Offense Defense Football Camp at Hampton University. This was Christopher's second year attending OD and as a parent I am very impressed with the program. I wanted to take the time to commend you for not only providing guidance and coaching on football field, you provided guidance to young boys on how to take what they learn and apply on the field to their everyday lives. It is about being focus, discipline, determination, team work, listening skills and at times leadership. During the Awards Ceremony, I was very impressed and touched by how the guest speakers and coaches stressed to the players to apply the same level of energy that they provide in this sport into being a better person.
I can only speak about my child, but it only reinforces what I am teaching Christopher. It not about the wins or losses, nor the ability to go to Dallas to play at the All American Bowl, it is about not only focusing on football, but taking the principles of the game and applying them to your life that will ultimately make them a better player, a better son, a better student, a better friend and one day a better man.
So thank you and the coaches for taking time out of your summer to provide such an AWESOME camp. Christopher is looking forward to Camp 2013 and so are we. Many Blessing to you and yours"
"Cody was Defensive MVP... He said he learned new things..
That is so important. For that we thank you and your coaches.
He made some new friends and had lot's of fun..
Well, thank you for everything...See you next year!"
"Mason and myself had a great time at your camp and we do hope and plan on seeing you again. The players in our program have had lots of inquiries about how the camp was. I know Dean and Jesse will be back again also. I think the kids from the Iowa area will be a larger number next year I hope. Mason is already looking forward to seeing some of his friends that he made at camp next year. I also have kept in touch with a couple of my boys that I was in charge of through the camp and am excited to see how their seasons pan out. I am interested also at helping out at camp next season as a coach or counselor wherever there may be room or what could help out. We have started our seasons practice for our league with conditiong all most over and we can put on the pads Tuesday and do some hitting! I think a few of the boys are getting tired of Mason and Jesse telling them that these 2 1/2 hour practices are nothing you should of been at the Green Bay O-D camp if you think this is tough! You can already see the fruits of their labor working as hard as they did at your camp and over the summer. They both seem to be quite a bit ahead of the other players at this point. I was very pleased with the facilities and thought the food we were served was outstanding!"
"My son Dillon just attended O-D football camp in Boston. We just wanted to say thank you to all the coaches and staff, they were all wonderful. Dillon not only had fun but he learned so much. He can't wait to do it again.
Dillon also got invited to play in Myrtle Beach and we wanted to know when we will get info about that? So we can start to plan for it."
"Good Morning, I just wanted to send an email Thank You to O-D for a great camp at New England this year. The Gillette Stadium experience was amazing. Although the weather was a drag, staff from O-D made the best of it. I understand you guys don't control the weather or the Patriots staff from doing construction. Once again Thanks for a great experience for my son.
Lastly, I would like to send a warm Thank You to Milow, this man is one of the nicest and caring individuals I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. This gentleman from Day 1 was there for the kids and keeping them going. He truly is a great mentor. My son still talks about him daily.
Thank You Milow."
"We just got your e-mail recently...And thought it a good thing to tell you that our son Sean had attended two O_D camps during his teen years. Detroit at 12,and Indianapolis at 14. He got incredible guidance, and the best coaching hands on. The fact that O-D camps were the only one's that offered contact was a big plus for us as he really got allot out them both.
Sean was an all-state pick his senior year, and also selected as one of the Michigan Touchdown club's "GREAT EIGHT AWARD WINNERS"
He committed to the University of Cincinnati in May of his Junior year. he had offers to play in the Big Ten, Big East, as well as the MAC. O-D camps definitely made a difference, and it was the suggestions of several O-D coaches that persuaded him to consider playing on into his college years...For us O-D wasn't only a solid investment into our son's future; It was a great experience for him!"
"Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we appreciate O-D. According to Maxpreps, Micheal is ranked #1 in tackles so far this season in Texas and #12 in the country. Micheal has attended OD since he was 10 years old and he's now a Junior at Irving HS.
As Micheal gets older, the things he's learned at O-D become more valuable. He's more aware of the competition and keeps his feet on solid ground because he knows there is always something else he should learn in order to be a better player.
We look forward to seeing you all again next summer as he enters his Senior year. Please pass on our thanks to the coaches who worked with Mike at Select Camp in Dallas this last summer."
"My son originally began at o-d camps in Kansas City, then at Central Missouri for the KC area camp, and finished 3 years at camp at Nashville, all of which were week residence. At the end of his Senior year in 2010 he was an all-state center in Kansas, and was all league and region for 3 years. Because of his height he was recruited primarily by Div 2 and 3 universities, and signed with Emporia State University of the MIAA which is one of 3 premier conferences. His junior and senior red shirt years he started at center, and was named both years as Honorable Mention all-conference. When we were done I asked him to what, other than his work ethic and attitude, he attributed his success to. He replied emphatically "what I was taught at my years at O-D"...I think there no better testimonial than that."