padded football campers
padded football campers


2023 Football Camp Sessions

Session 1: June 12 - 16

Session 2: June 19 - 23 

  • Grades: Rising 1st – 8th, boys only
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Fee: $250 per session (no lunch) (Early Bird Discount $225 before March 1)
  • Drop-off Location: Varsity Football Stadium
  • Pick-up Location: Varsity Football Stadium (12PM)

Optional After-Camp Activities: 

  • Free Swim from 12 PM-12:30 PM or
  • Half-day AM camps can become a full-day at McCallie by adding an afternoon session of another camp. Possible afternoon options include add Lunch + McCallie Day Camp or Add Lunch + Tennis. Options, cost, ages and dates are listed on each camp's registration. These add-ons also include Lunch, Free Swim in the "McCallie Lake", Gameroom and 5:00pm pickup. No campers on campus after 5:00pm.
  • A camp T-shirt, early drop-off, an after-camp swim, and secondary insurance coverage are included for both sessions at no extra cost.

Session 3: Padded Football Camp (EVENING)  

  • Dates: July 10 & 11 (Mon. & Tues.)
  • Grades: Rising 1st – 8th graders, boys only
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  (Please arrive at 5:00 PM, Monday night only, if you need to rent pads and/or helmet - both are required for this session)
  • Fee: $30 (Extra $10 to rent football pads and/or helmets. Please note the online registration if you need to rent equipment)
  • Location: Varsity Football Stadium (Parents may socially distance and sit in the stands.  They cannot be on the field or stand along the fence.)

We have three goals for you during the camp. First, we want you to have fun. Second, we want you to learn good football fundamentals. Third, we want you to learn unselfishness as a member of a team. To achieve these goals, we will focus on learning how to pass, catch, kick, and run with the football.

Also, we will learn the proper techniques of blocking and tackling as well as the basics of good conditioning. We will have competitions during the late morning. Campers will be able to participate in flag football, punt-pass-kick competitions, and other football-related games.

McCallie Football Camp, Sessions 1 & 2 will teach the fundamentals and techniques of the game and emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. Sessions 1 & 2 are non-padded, lower impact camps. The camp will be directed by Head Football Coach Ralph Potter, assisted by varsity coaches and current players. The camp will emphasize fundamental techniques and skill development drills for every position.  Competitions such as 1-on-1, and punt, pass, and kick will also be held.  There will be a time each day for scrimmages and touch football games.

In Session 3, the McCallie padded football camp will give young players a chance to prepare for their youth league season or to get a taste of real contact football. Head Coach Ralph Potter and the varsity McCallie staff along with current players will present the proper fundamentals of padded football. Blocking and tackling are the fundamental skills that must be mastered to ensure not only success but safety. Our goal will be to give each young man confidence in himself as he enters the season. In addition to blocking and tackling, other fundamental skills will be taught.


Location and What to Bring

Please drop off your camper at the Varsity Football Stadium, home of the McCallie Blue Tornado. The Camp Director, Ralph Potter, Head Football Coach, will be there as early as 8:00 am for early drop off. The actual camp hours will be from 9:00 am until noon, optional swimming from noon to 12:30 pm (lunch is not served).

For Session 1 and 2 you will not need any equipment unless you want to bring your own football cleats. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing–shorts and t-shirt will be fine. Also, you need to bring a towel and a swimsuit every day if you plan to swim.

About the Director

Ralph Potter, Varsity Football Head Coach

McCallie Football Camp will be directed by McCallie’s head varsity football coach Ralph Potter. Coach Ralph Potter is a 1981 graduate of McCallie. He was an All State quarterback/defensive back and the recipient of the Scrappy Moore Athlete of the Year in 1981. While starting at quarterback for UT-Chattanooga from 1982-84, Potter was named Academic All Conference. He has been a head coach for 28 years, at Baylor (1994-96), McCallie (1997-2006), Brentwood Academy (2007-2011) and McCallie (2012 – present). His 2006, 2007, 2008, 2018 teams were state finalists. His undefeated 2001 McCallie team won the TSSAA State Championship and McCallie captured the 2019, 2020 and 2021 TSSAA State Championships. 

All McCallie Summer Camps begin at 9:00 am with Early Drop Off between 8:00 am and 9:00 am for no extra charge. No campers should ever be dropped off before 8:00 am or picked up after 5:00 pm.  

McCallie Day Camps Cancellation Policy and Refunds

All McCallie Day Camps require a non-refundable $25 registration fee. 

Your credit card on file will be charged to your camp balance on March 1st.  After March 1st camp tuition must be paid in full when registering.

June 1st:  No refunds after June 1st except for documented medical reasons, which will have a $25 non-refundable fee.)

Please let us know if your plans change and your child will not be attending camp so we can give the spot to another child.