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J. F. Oberlin’s American football team helps teach skills to high school students

High school quarterbacks listen to
Coach Fujita (right), a highly-regarded
quarterback in his playing days.

Players, managers, and coaches from J. F. Oberlin University’s American football team helped to put on a clinic for high school football players on July 19, at Sakura Ground, on Machida Campus. The event was organized by the Kanagawa High School Athletic Federation.

The clinic was attended by over 100 second-year football players, 25 club managers, and 27 teachers, representing 12 high schools from across Kanagawa Prefecture. Leading the clinic were head coach Satoshi Fujita and six more members of the Fujitsu Frontiers, a team from Japan's X League which claimed the national football title in January this year by winning the championship game, known as the Rice Bowl. J. F. Oberlin’s players provided support for the Frontiers players throughout the clinic. Taking full advantage of this rare opportunity to learn directly from the best, the high school players practiced hard.

High school players run a drill with
tackling dummies.

With the rainy season having recently ended, temperatures climbed to the mid-thirties, and participants were careful to drink plenty of fluids and take periodic breaks. After two-and-a-half hours of practice, the clinic wrapped up on schedule without a single player’s having suffered from heat-related problems. Afterwards, Coach Fujita offered this assessment: “Football is a fun, interesting game. I hope that some of the high school players here today will go on to play in university and then join us in the X League.” J. F. Oberlin’s head coach, Yorihisa Sekiguchi, added, “I think the high school players could see that J. F. Oberlin provides a great environment for playing football, and if any of them are interested in playing for us after graduating from high school, I urge them to contact me.”