"I am writing O-D Sports to extend a special thanks to Coach Fine for the outstanding job he and the other coaches did at the San Antonio camp this week. The level of organization, intense teaching and discipline was outstanding. My son learned a lot in addition to the techniques of the game. It's obvious why coach Fine is a head coach at the collegiate level. I would recommend the camp to any kid who is serious about learning the game the right way and to any parent who is willing to let their son grow up."
"I have just returned from Atlanta, Georgia, where Offense-Defense held their full contact youth football camp at Oglethorpe University. I had the pleasure of hearing camp co-owner Rick Whittier speak to the parents of campers, and it's safe to say that O-D runs a very good football camp. The camp boasts a 10:1 ratio of campers to coaches, and there are plenty of camp counselors that oversee the dorms for overnight campers. The athletes are pushed to work hard on the field, listen, and improve upon the skill level at their position. There is a strong emphasis on fundamentals and getting the little things right, making good players great. Coaches also provide a detailed evaluation of each camper provided at the end of the week.
Player safety is obviously very important at each camp, which are hosted in cities nationwide, and Mr. Whittier cited that his camps rarely have any problems.
The coaches are legitimate NFL, college, and high school coaches who really know their stuff, and the staff is definitely there to teach football and help build character in the young campers. I would recommend the camp to any parent."
"I had sent my son Nik to this camp at Radnor College camp outside of Philadelphia. He was 12 years old just turned 13 on the 4th of July and all I can say is what a difference in his personal attitude it made. He has changed for the better and he learned a lot! Aside from the home sickness this was a fantastic camp for him, the only wish is that the enrollment was larger so he could have had more of a chance to practice with more kids his age and size. He learned a lot from the older kids and said how helpful and patient that they were and that the coaches were very good.
I look forward to sending him again next year either to that camp or one in Hamilton NJ. Thanks for the chance to let me email you and let you know how impressed I was with the caliber of the coaches and the way they dealt with the kids! This was the very first time I have ever seen my son truly worn out physically and he enjoyed every minute of it! You guys run a class camp and I look forward to sending my son next year!"
"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have served as a father counselor for the last two years at your camps and it has help my son very much. I would like to know when I need to sign up agian to be a counselor this summer!"
"I wanted to provide you some feedback relative to the experience my son had. The camp exceeded all of my expectations as they pertain to: the football content, the accommodations, and the experience. Simply stated, my son arrived the individual he was on Sunday, and returned a different person all in a positive way and not only as it pertains to his football. I am forever grateful and will sing the praise of your camp to all."
"I just wanted to say thank you for all you did for the youth all american bowl. My son Zach had the best experience ever and has committed to work even harder so he can hopefully qualify again next year. Often satisfied parents don't say anything while difficult parents tend to be more vocal- please realize how much we appreciated all of your efforts.
Again this was an awesome opportunity and I am grateful to the entire O-D family and proud my son is a part of it."
"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."
"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!"
"I wanted to thank the staff of OD for another wonderful football camp. Our son, Jonathan, was clearly prepared for Pop Warner from this camp. This was so much so that we influenced two other boys' parents to come this year.
The highlight for my son was Coach Williams. He is a wonderful coach and is so passionate about these boys developing their talent. What a blessing to have him!
We are planning on coming back next year to have Coach Williams teach our son better techniques and will influence as many parents in following suit.
Thank you for all you do and please give our special thanks to Coach Williams.
"I just wanted to chime in on my experience here at Offense/Defense camp held at Towson University located in Baltimore. This was my sons second year, and my first year as a counselor. I was so pleased with all the instruction and the atmosphere that my son experienced last year, that I decided to become a part of the camp myself. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff, especially Mr. Millow Weems who has taken time out of his busy schedule throughout the year to remain in contact with me by returning phone calls and emails. I particularly appreciate the way Mr. Weems communicates with the kids and the parents. I'd also like to add that as a father counselor for the first time, Mr. Weems was a wonderful person to work for, made me feel apart of the O-D camp, and was very respectful.
My son has been quarterbacking for seven years, but the coaches were able to assess his skills at O-D camp and identify the areas he needed support with, such as: follow through on his passing and his mechanics. O-D camp provided my son with specific skills to improve his performance beyond that which he has received at many youth program he has attended in the past. This camp is a worth while investment for any family who want to seriously put there child in a position to receive leadership skills, confidence, and gain improved performance."
"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."
"I've been bringing my kids to O-D football for a long time. I started attending camp with my oldest son Najja Johnson. Najja is now 21 years of age and play division 1 football at University of Buffalo. He enjoyed his O-D experience every year. I now have a ten year old son, Taji Johnson. Taji started O-D experience at seven years old. Taji attended Rochester 2009, Charlotte 2010, Orlando 2011 and this year Raleigh camp. We live in Atlanta GA. but I allow him to pick the city he wants to attend every year. Our experience at Raleigh was tremendous. He really enjoyed the camp. We will be signing up for the roll over program looking forward to next year.
I want to acknowledge some outstanding employee I seen this year. First of all, there was a trainer there name Trisha. I noticed day one that she worked her "tail off". The temperature was in the high nineties and kids dehydrated very early in the camp. She treated every kid with a personal touch. Late in the evening of day two, Taji twisted a knee during the Oklahoma drill. She quickly assisted him, checked the knee and immediately iced the knee. Her tent was full of injured kids when Taji showed up. Still, she attended to his need very promptly. All week the trainer at this camp showed patience and knowledge. She did outstanding job.
Coach Ronnie Mason and Coach TC, youth 7 to 10 years olds also did a great job. Both coaches showed patience needed to work with young players. They were fair and gave each kids a chance to perform."
"My son, Ricky, just finished camp today at the Carlsbad (San Diego) location. I just wanted to let you know what a perfect venue this location was. He has been to 5 O-D camps in 4 years and this was by far our favorite. I spoke to most all of the other parents and they all agreed. I suggested that they should let you know as well, but I'm not sure if they will. We all enjoyed the nice ocean breeze, the cooler temperatures, beautiful field, nice dorm facilities, convenient location of the cafeteria, multitude of activities surrounding the area, close proximity of restaurants and other facilities. I am not sure if you are considering this same location for next year, but I certainly hope you will. I heard a lot of fathers saying that they are going to bring more of their football players with them next year, now that they know what to expect. Most of the parents said that they will be back next year. Just thought you would like some feedback, as it was the first year there. Thanks for your time. See you in Orlando."
"Hello! Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much my two sons enjoyed O-D camp this year. This was my 13 yr old's 5th year at O-D, and was my 11 year old's 3rd year at O-D. All of the coaches did an amazing job as usual. Coach Kirksey ran a very organized camp. Coach Newton did a fabulous job with my 13 yr old as a lineman coach. My wife and I both have gone out and stayed at the camp everyday for the last 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of what we have seen.
Please pass to the coaches our appreciation for the time that each one of them has put in, not only for our children, but for all of the kids in attendance."
"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."
"I'd like to thank your entire organization for the fine camp you conducted in San Francisco recently. My 14 year old son attended and I was able to observe many of the practices. I have a background of playing and coaching football at the high school and college level (more than 30 years) and I observed the following at this camp:
1. The organization was great and the 5 days of practice would seem to convert to a month of practices at the high school level. My son was able to learn skills and techniques that I thought could only be taught at the college level.
2. Not only were football skills and techniques taught, but there were many occasions where coaches were teaching and lecturing about life skills as well. At one practice I overheard one of the coaches lecturing about the importance of doing the right things-- even when you're away from your parents. I know that my son was listening keenly to this coach lecture as he told me several times how much he liked him and what a great man he was.
3. I was extremely impressed with the encouragement given to the kids by the coaches. Never once did I observe any evidence of ridicule or unreasonable expectations.
Lastly, I would like to thank each and every one of the coaches that took the time to coach and encourage my son. I don't know them by name, but there were several that went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience for him."
"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."
"My son, Christian, entered your camp with a dislike of football and football coaches after last season. Last season ended so bad he was thinking of quitting the sport and trying other team sports. I decided to send him to your camp because of the reviews I read in your testimonial section of your web site. It took a lot of convincing of my spouse to spend the money and send my son to your camp but persistence prevailed. I made a deal with my son that if he still did not like football after this camp I would allow him to find another sport. Christian traveled from Hawaii to participate in your camp and upon his arrival was surprised to find that this camp was truly about football and not fun and games. Christian entered the camp in phenomenal shape because of wrestling but found that it still wasn't enough. It took him about a day and a half to get used to the running but loved every minute of it. He hasn't stopped talking about everything he learned from your staff and how fun they made football again. He enjoyed rooming at USD and never complained about missing home. He was surprised on how fast the contact started but thought it was one of the best things about the camp. He has implemented the techniques he learned at your camp and in one day of practice with his new team impressed his new coaches. My son is only 12 years old and is shutting down freshmen receivers. Awesome job O-D and thank for helping my son to love this great sport again. He will be attending next year."
"Just to let you know, we sent the 10 kids from our North Port Mustangs Pop Warner organization ranging from Mitey Mite level to Midget Level, Our Mustang Organization in the Peace River Conference is 25-0 with only 64 points that have been allowed. I know everybody in the organization did not attend, but guess who the standout players are this year. Miles Hayes, Tommy Joyce, Thomas Joyce, Zach Fryar, Cade Koerick, Mark Urtz, Devon Allen, Timmy Joyce who had an injury at the first of the season but is getting in the mix now. The players who came to the camp!"
"Camp was great. It was a very hard adjustment for him and he called wanting to come home the first day, but once he got to know the boys and got into the rhythm he loved it. Very hard for a boy of 10, but really boosted his self esteem.
At this point, we will try to do it again next year if we can afford it."
"I would like to thank the entire coaching staff for a great job well done. This past summer my 13 year old son attended the Austin, TX. camp for the first time and had an outstanding week. He learned and conditioned his football skills and most of all made him a stronger leader for his new football team. He now plays starting quarterback and defensive linebacker for his new team and enjoys playing both position.
As a parent, I want to thank the organization for the scholarship that he received and will definitely see you guys next summer."
"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."
"Just want to say thanks for a great camp. This was the first camp I watched from beginning to end. You should give thanks to the Coaches, they did a great job with the kids. I spoke with a few parents and they said this was the best camp ever in St Louis. Yes, this was a fabulous camp due to the coaches. I wish we could get same coaches for next year, I also think other parents feel the same way. If you have the opportunity to speak with the coaches please let them know how much they were appreciated. Now so much for the coaches, I do not want to leave you staff out. Coach Curtis and his staff did everything possible to ensure the best enjoyable camp for both kids and parents. Again, thanks and please pass this along to your coaches and staff."
"I'm M. B. Brooks and I have been to 5 of your camps over the last 2 years. We have really enjoyed them and plan to attend this coming summer. I will be bringing my youngest son (age 7) with us this year to the Atlanta camp.
I coached my youngest son's Jr. Pee Wee team this year and plan to discuss with the parents O-D. Can you send me some flyers/information that I can use/passout at our team's banquet?
I look forward to seeing you guys again next year."
"Wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the O-D staff.
Anthony had a fantastic time at all 3 O-D camps that he attended. Just as we were told, once he stepped foot back on his high school football field is when he - and his coaches - noticed the difference that O-D camps made in Anthony as an athlete. This week is their 2 a day practices. He is at football practice from 7AM - 6PM with a couple hours for lunch and a break in the middle of the day. In the past, Anthony thought that the "2 a day" week was really a tough week. After O-D camps, he is amazed at how well prepared and conditioned his is this year compared to years past.
There are a couple of other big changes that are directly related to O-D camps. Last Friday, the day after we got home from Elite camp, was a training day for our high school team. Anthony ran his 40 in 4.81. He also ran the 800 in 2.49. For a 225 lb lineman, the coaches were pretty happy. They also noticed that his fundamentals had improved greatly.
Anthony has been a starting offensive lineman the last 2 years. His hope was to play more defense. At the O-D camps, all the coaches were telling him he should be a defensive end or tackle. They all seemed to have conversations with him about his potential as a running back. Apparently his high school coaches noticed the same things after his training with O-D. Without Anthony saying a word, they moved him to tackle. Even more amazing, Anthony practiced at running back today.
I can't express to you and the rest of the staff how much we appreciate all that you do. Without the camp experiences, training, and coaching, Anthony would not have had the same opportunities. His coaches also commented today on how fast he was learning anything and everything new they were teaching him. He told them it was because of the O-D camps, "You just learn to pick it up fast at O-D".
We'll be sending along film soon. Our first game is going to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Should be a great day for game footage."
"My 9 year old son, Parker, attended the OD Camp in Chicago, IL. He had a wonderful time and the coaches were TOP NOTCH!! We were thrilled with his experience and can't wait for next year!
Football Season just got underway for Parker here in South Elgin, IL. This is Parker's 4th season playing and the second season with the same coach. The coach came to my husband and I last night and told us he was blown away by Parker. He said he sees so much more confidence in him since last season, his technique was awesome, his burst speed improved and his tackling is STELLAR....there was not a kid that got past him last night and he put a hurt on kids that had a good 20 pounds on him! The only difference from last year is that he attended your camp! My husband and I both agree that your camp gave him much improved technique and confidence. We not only will be back (we will be seeing y'all for the bowl game at New Years) next year, but we are going to recommend you to all our FOOTBALL FRIENDS!!!
Please thank the coaches and staff for us! See y'all at the O-D bowl!"
"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."
"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!"
"He got some great news lately as well. He was chosen for VTO Sports "Elite 100" and will be participating in their Division I A scouting match-up as a wide receiver. He has also been training at XXXX Sports with Antico Dalton of the 2002 New England Patriots who is impressed with Joey's footwork, sense of team play and agility. Joey told him that he credits a lot of what he does to what he learned at your Charlotte camp last year.
As a parent, I think your program is phenomenal in developing young men into total athletes; young men who are athletic, competitive, team-oriented and have a good sense of fair play. It's worked for Joey and is what I tell everyone with a son coming up who is interested in a worthwhile camp experience."
"I wanted to say thank you for all of your help, support, and patience with the coordination of the Youth All American Football Bowl in assisting the parents by making hotel arrangements, to emailing schedules, to just making sure we had directions.
This was my son, Israel Strickland (#6 on Team 5 East) first year and he had a blast and is looking forward to camp this year. He has been to the O-D Camp with his father (father counselor) for the past 3 - 4 years and has enjoyed it. I've been trying to convince him to try the O-D camp in Florida but he insists that Nashville, TN is the best although the only other O-D camp he has been to is Atlanta, but that's okay as long as he enjoys it and learns much.
Again, seeing the light in his eyes as he stood on the sideline freezing from the cold weather waiting to get into the game to hit somebody was worth me driving over 400+ miles, hands and feet turning into icicles as I cheered for the East and laughing as the little people tackled and ran the ball in hopes of a touchdown. I say my son had a blast but in all honesty, I think we had more fun just being a part of this wonderful event. As a result, I think we have convinced my nephew to attend the Nashville, TN camp with my son this year. All he could think about was being able to attend the Youth All American Bowl himself next year. Yes, we explained to him that it is by the coach's selection (invitation only) but he didn't care.
Again, thank you and the O-D staff for making this a memorable New Year's for my son and we look forward to speaking with you again in the near future."