Pingry Football Camp
Led by the Pingry Upper School Football staff, this non-contact football camp will teach and drill proper football fundamentals in a fun and competitive environment. Campers will learn position-specific drills to improve their passing, receiving, running, blocking and tackling skills, in addition to speed, agility, and core strength training, combine testing, and high intensity flag football games. This program is open to campers of all skill levels. All campers must be prepared to work hard, learn, be good teammates, and most importantly, have fun!*
*Campers in rising grades 1 – 8 may participate in the half-day schedule (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.); only campers in rising grades 4 – 8 can choose the full day schedule. If any camper in rising grades 4 – 8 are enrolled in a different Big Blue Summer AM camp, they can add-on PM Pingry Football Camp (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.).
- Football Skills – Learn how to properly block, tackle, run, catch, and throw through small group position-specific training
- Football IQ – Understand football terminology, positioning, and schemes through classroom “chalk talk” sessions and game film study
- Competition – Fun-filled high intensity flag football, 7v7, and other non-contact games
- Fitness – Speed, agility, and core strength training via bodyweight exercises
- Combine Style Testing – Timed 40 yard dash, 3 cone shuttle, broad jump, and more!
- Coaching – Instruction from Pingry HS Football staff and alumni
- Facilities – Access to Pingry’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities, while utilizing the BAC and Parsons Football Stadium
|July 13 – 17 Half Day||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Rising Grades 1 – 8|
|July 13 – 17 Full Day||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Rising Grades 4 – 8|
|July 13 – 17 PM Add-on||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Rising Grades 4 – 8|
*AM selections and After Care are available.
Drop Off/Pick Up Location
What to Pack
- Cleats, athletic shoes, shorts, t-shirt, water bottle, mouth guard, notebook and pen
Coach Chris Shilts
This camp is co-directed by Chris Shilts (p ’17, p ’19, p ’21, ‘p ’24), who is Pingry’s Head Football Coach, Head Indoor Track Coach (boys and girls), and Head Outdoor Boys’ coach. He has coached and taught English at Pingry since 2000 and served as English Department Chair from 2006-2008. While at Pingry, Coach Shilts has also been recognized with the Tomlinson Award, the Herbert Hahn Award, and the Greig Family Award. Shilts, a thirty-year coach in track and football, was Head Track Coach at The Hill School and The Bullis School prior to coming to Pingry.
Coach Shilts earned his BA from The College of Wooster (’89) and is MA from St. John’s College (’04). He earned four letters each in track and football while at The College of Wooster and played parts of three semi-pro football seasons for the Frederick Falcons, the Washington Metro-Bucs, and the Montgomery Invaders.
Coach Carl Frye
Pingry Football Camp Co-Director Carl Frye brings more than a decade of experience as a youth football camp and program director to Pingry’s Big Blue Summer. He founded Downtown Giants Youth Sports in Manhattan in 2007, and Westlake Football Academy in Austin, TX, in 2015. Serving as President and Executive Director for both programs, Carl has extensive experience overseeing a diverse portfolio of athletic programs. His enthusiasm for working with children, combined with his passion and knowledge of the game of football, creates an unforgettable camp experience. Carl was the 2002 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year while leading his team to an undefeated state championship and a four-year starting running back at Salve Regina University. He is currently a Resident Coach and Substitute Teacher at Pingry’s Upper School and resides in Maplewood, NJ with his wife Megan and daughter Myla.