New BLHS soccer coach begins two-week stretch of camps
Last week’s Basehor-Linwood boys soccer summer camp may have proven even more beneficial than most as Erik Jones takes over the both the boys and girls programs.
Jones, who oversaw the camp along with his coaching staff, was able to get his first look at his team as the fall season draws near. The Bobcats open their season Aug. 30 against Maranatha Christian Academy.
"We want to focus on learning how to compete," Jones said. "Starting to gel as a team is also key. We want to use this time to identify our strengths and weaknesses. Defense will be a big key for us this year so we're will spend a lot of time on that. Basically we want to identify the components for success and put those components in the right places."
Roster turnover comes with each new season, but with a coaching change it's often intensified. The camp, which is the unofficial start of the 2013 season according to Jones, will allow the new BLHS leader to begin the process of familiarizing himself with the team and vice versa.
"This is a huge plus to be able to be working with the team at the camp," Jones said. "Obviously, I have a certain coaching style, but good coaches have to be able adjust to individual players. Our job is to put players in positions to be successful."
With the camp — which lasted five days — being used as a starting point to the upcoming season, Jones expressed the importance of utilizing the time wisely.
"It's crucial we can evaluate as the season isn't all that far off," Jones said. "After tryouts end, we really only have one week until the season starts. This camp will be a key starting point for us this year."
The BLHS girls soccer team’s camp followed the boys, with the Jones and the girls having kicked off practice Monday and will continue through Friday.