New Beginnings

The inaugural Vermont All-Star Passing Academy / Alercio OLine Clinic on Sunday July 25th was a great day for football in the Northeast Kingdom.  Players who will be opponents in the coming months were teammates for a day and became friends.  Hopefully many of them will be teammates again on the Vermont North v South State All-Star Teams or the Vermont Shine team.

It was particularly rewarding to see two of my former offensive linemen show up to refresh themselves on the drills, techniques and schemes we use in preparation for their roles coaching our local 5th and 6th grade team.  As I have said in previous blogs, I began a career in coaching to impact the lives of my players the way my coaches impacted my life.  I like to think Caleb and Jack are getting into coaching for the same reason, and am confident they’ll enjoy the same satisfaction.

Our focus this week is on our week-long Mini Camp which concludes with our 7v7 Tournament, Strongman Competition and OLine Challenge on Saturday July 31st.  The week allows us time to teach the fundamentals of football: blocking, tackling, running, passing, and receiving; but more importantly, it provides us time to build our team, reinforce our culture and develop leadership. It’s always interesting to see who rises to the occasion, seizes an opportunity, and stands out as a leader. Our staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to channel that energy and form the nucleus of who we will become over the coming weeks.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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