Dylan Keller of the HJ Cody Lakers evades DJ Horne of the Ponoka Broncs during a game last season. The Lakers kick off their new season with training camp this week.

Dylan Keller of the HJ Cody Lakers evades DJ Horne of the Ponoka Broncs during a game last season. The Lakers kick off their new season with training camp this week.

Lakers kick off season with training camp this week

The Lakers minor football team will start their season out strong by participating in the football camp starting Aug. 27.

The Lakers minor football team will start their season out strong by participating in the football camp starting Aug. 27.

The team is expected to have about 40 players this season including students from David Thompson High School.

The goal of every game is to win, said head coach Jeremy Braitenback, and in order to get back into the sport, the players attend the camp to get them up to speed.

Braitenback said many of the players have to get back into shape after the summer holidays and that is the purpose of the camp; the players get ready to perform at their full potential.

He said the camp also mentally prepares the players in how to execute playing strategies and how to work together as a team.

“The players need to know where they are supposed to line up and what their job is before the snap, and that’s what the training camp does,” he said.

The players also learn that being a part of the team takes a lot of hard work, dedication and devotion, Braitenback said.

“We don’t just show up to practice and go through the motions. We practice as if it’s a game and with intensity, because we don’t play to win, we practice to win, and that has always been our motto.”

Braitenback encourages the community to come out and watch the games and follow the Lakers by visiting the Sylvan Lake Minor Football Association website where team updates, games and rosters are posted.