Brian Derby's Offensive Linemen Camp: Press Release

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Wednesday, August 2
Nike event gives athletes taste of life at a combine
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
By Lawrence Kreifels
The Hillsboro Argus
The Argus

BEAVERTON - Hillsboro High School's Richie Snyder admits it - he needs to hit people.

We're talking football here, so don't worry, you're safe.

Unless, of course, you're lining up on defense across from the 6-foot, 205-pound center.

"I want to go to college, study math," said Snyder, who will enter his senior year at Hilhi with a 3.6 grad point average. "But I really want to make sure I go to a college where I can still be active and play a sport. I really want to play football because there's a lot of hard hitting and it will help me release a lot more energy."

Snyder was one of three Spartans taking part in Friday's Nike SPARQ Team Challenge at FIve Oaks Middle School in Beaverton.

The mini-combine of sorts allowed athletes to test and receive a rating based on four common drills - 185-pound bench press, vertical jump, 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle. The SPARQ crew was there for the final day of the annual Brian Derby Offensive Lineman Camp.

SPARQ (which stands for speed, power, agility, reaction, quickness) is the first-ever system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. Created to capture the key aspects of athleticism, these tests are combined and weighted in a unique proprietary formula.

While many believe athletes are born "fast" or "slow," SPARQ officials feel science has proven conclusively that a training program focused on retraining muscle fibers and neurons to react more quickly and accurately can greatly increase an athlete's speed, agility, and explosiveness.

Jesse Vincent, a SPARQ field representative and Beaverton High School graduate, said the key value of the SPARQ Rating is that it provides athletes with an invaluable tool for staying motivated, measuring results, focusing training, and maximizing their success on the playing field.

Vincent said the system includes a sophisticated on-line program that allows athletes to see where they stack up against their peers.

"From there they can make their own recruiting page, with game film, pictures, stuff like that," Vincent said. "It's really good for college recruiting."

Snyder said he's looking at continuing his education and athletic careers at Linfield, Oregon State, University of Oregon or the College of the Redwoods, among others.

The star of Friday's show, which included nearly 40 athletes from across the state, was future Oregon Duck, Myles Wade.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Central Catholic lineman, made child's work of the bench press, grinding out 38 repetitions. He outjumped everyone in the verticle, and held his own in the dash and shuttle.

Snyder isn't in Wade's class - not many are. But the Hilhi standout said he gained valuable information and motivation by training for and taking part in the SPARQ event.

"I feel good about the sprints and the bench," said Snyder, who wakes every morning at 5 a.m., runs two miles and is on his way before most people even stir. "The verticle - I need to work on that. And the shuttle, I did horrible. I need to work on transferring the weight. But I feel pretty good."

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Wednesday, August 2
Derby's O'Line Camp Makes some Noise in Oregon
Derby's O-line camp stresses fundamentals
Friday, July 28, 2006
By Steve Poehler
The Hillsboro Argus
The Argus

Offensive linemen never get the big headlines.

They don't score the glitzy touchdowns, they don't make the game-changing interceptions, they don't kick the winning field goals and they certainly don't show up on any box score.

But they might have the most important job in sports: protect the quarterback. They also happen to block and open holes for running backs.

So as the Brian Derby Offensive Linemen Camp sets to wrap up its final day Friday, the former University of Hawaii player knows what it's like to be a lineman.

"There's nothing out there for us," said Derby, the founder and head instructor of the camp that bears his name. "You know, we're like the step (children). It's always been (that way)."

Now in its second year in Oregon, the Derby Camp has attracted about 80 linemen, including some of the state's top recruits in Oregon-bound Myles Wade and Oregon State-bound Kevin Frahm - seniors-to-be at Central Catholic and the two lone defensive linemen in camp.

Held this week, the camp for ages 8 to 22 has been split into three sessions - two at Five Oaks Middle School in Beaverton during the day and one in the evening at West Salem High School.

"We take them from nothing and kind of groom them into what we think a perfect offensive lineman should be," said Derby, who is joined by a staff from Hawaii as well as local coaches Doug Hire (Linfield College) and Tim Bowman (Western Oregon) - none of whom receive compensation for the camp. "That's what it's all about."

Camp participants don't wear pads. There's no hitting, no heavy contact.

Instead, Derby stresses line-specific drills to help develop sound technique and explosive speed coming off the snap. It's all about proper footwork and balance.

In fact, Velocity Sports in Hillsboro has sent some of its staff and equipment - including cones, ladders, medicine balls, agility ladders and even parachutes - to help lead a series of speed, agility and quickness exercises.

"We basically try to get them faster, stronger, more agile," Justin Branco, active recruiter for Velocity. "With any sport, it's a game of inches, a game of split seconds. So if they can transfer their weight correctly, sometimes that means the difference between, in this case, picking up a block or someone getting around them."

The Monday and Tuesday sessions focused on run blocking with pass protection taking up the rest of the week.

Nike is scheduled to visit the camp Friday morning to run its own session for a few hours. Then later in the day, campers will put what they've learned into practice by battling each other in one-on-one drills.

"The individual time helps you focus on how to get better, what to do right," said Brad Streater, a senior-to-be at Hilhi and one of about 15-20 players in camp from Hillsboro, Westview, Glencoe and Gaston high schools.

Fellow Spartan lineman Abe Vasquez said he saw the improvement last fall after participating in Derby's Oregon camp last summer.

"It's a great experience," said Vasquez, who will also be a senior. "It makes you better."

Athletes from as far away as Hawaii and even New Zealand have made the trek to Oregon for Derby's camp, which doesn't focus on football skills alone.

"What we try to teach them is love for the game, the passion, the discipline, the respect," Derby said, "not only in the game but outside in your classroom, in your household, with your family, with your teachers, with your coaches. Just the basic, ABCs of life, man."

Readers can reach Steve Poehler by phone at 503-648-1131 or by e-mail at

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