Carmel’s lineman challenge is always one of the highlights of summer football. Seeing the success and hoping to create some of its own, Spring Valley will host a similar event for the first time on July 27.
Head coach Andrew Delva hatched the idea in the spring and will run the lineman challenge along with his staff and help from his skill players. Spring Valley already expects to have more than a dozen teams and is open to adding more that are interested.
The event is open to any high school team in the tri-state area. Delva has already booked teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“This year, we have a lot of good skill guys and we do so much for the skill guys during the summer,” Delva said. “We want to get our linemen something to do so when they come to practice they have something to look forward to.”
It has already had that effect.
“Our linemen are excited,” Delva said. “They’re trying to get ready. They’re more focused now in the weight room. It’s something just for them.”
Spring Valley’s linemen challenge will include eight events, seven of which are traditional: the bench press, the QB sack, the farmer’s walk, the sled push, the medicine ball and sand bag tosses, and the tug o’ war. Delva said there will also be a sprint relay so the linemen can display their athleticism as well as strength.
The competition will begin at 10 a.m. on July 27 at Spring Valley High School. Teams are required to have a minimum of eight players and the fee is $175 per team. It includes a t-shirt for each player as well as awards for the day’s best: the Ironman Line Award and the Most Outstanding Lineman.
Spring Valley, Ramapo, North Rockland, Clarkstown North, Albertus Magnus, Northern Highlands (N.J.), Stamford (Conn.) and Ridgewood (N.J.) are all expected to attend. Several other schools from Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties, as well as other from New Jersey could soon join them.
Teams interested in participating can contact Delva by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 845-461-5254.