On Sunday, December 11th, All Hands brought together football athletes from all around South Florida and put them to the test.
Players from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County all gathered at Tropical Park to better themselves as athletes and teammates. All Hands brought together the football community to perfect vital techniques and skills these athletes will need to improve their performance.
All Hands is a football training program run by founder Yoe Garcia.
“All Hands is pretty much perfecting your craft. Work on your speed, work on your quickness, work on your hands, work on your adjustments, your hips. It’s just everything you need as a football player,” said Garcia.
All Hands was in full swing before it hit Twitter and became the hottest thing in training in Miami. Coach Garcia, wide receivers coach for youth 7v7 team Florida Fire, started All Hands for his players. Eventually, word of mouth spread through the South Florida football community via social media.
After 6 months is constant growth for All Hands, Garcia was ready to take the next step: the first ever All Hands camp.
“I really wanted to do the camp to showcase some of the things I do and bring top talent against each other,” said Garcia. On a rainy Sunday, dozens of players came out to not only improve their skills, but also to support their coach.
“I saw it on Twitter and also Coach Yoe told me about it… I came out to it because I knew there was going to be good competition,” said Ronald Reagan High School junior quarterback Hector Vargas.
The camp consisted of position drills, 1v1, 7v7 and challenges. However, for Yoe Garcia, it is always about what he can do for the athletes. The winner of each challenge and the best performer at each position received a number of prizes from gloves to tights. Garcia is definitely the heart of All Hands and what he enjoys the most as a trainer and coach is seeing his players move on.
“I tell every single kid, high school is four years, what are you going to do after that?…Once you’re in the offseason it’s time for you to work, because it’s time for you to invest in your future,” said Garcia.
In the end, the very first All Hands football camp was a success. The future for Coach Yoe Garcia and All Hands is not clear, but it is bright. Garcia said he’s not sure if he will do more camps but one thing is for certain: players will never stop believing in him and what he preaches: perfect your craft.
Contribution from Franz Hoed de Beche and Erick Marrero