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Pitt holds first Fan Pass event on Sunday

Pitt players instruct youth on how to tackle
Pitt players instruct youth on how to tackleSteve

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst opted out of holding an annual Blue Gold intra-squad scrimmage to cap off this year's spring practice. Instead, the Panthers conducted the first annual "Fan Pass" at the team's UPMC Sports Complex facility on Sunday. The event was a combination youth clinic and informational presentation for adults.

Pitt's Fan Pass Youth Clinic
Pitt's Fan Pass Youth ClinicSteve Flinn

Following the morning team practice on the outdoor fields, youths in the eighth grade and under received instruction in a clinic setting from Panther players and assistant coaches. Seven position stations were set up and included quarterback, running back, receiver, both lines, linebacker, and defensive back (with kicking).

While the youths are participating in the clinic, the adults attended strategy sessions called "Chalk Talks," which took place in the indoor practice facility at the complex. The presentations consisted of game film shown on big screens while assistant coaches explained the strategy in analyzing the film.

Pitt offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph hosted an offensive strategy session while defensive coordinator Matt House hosted a defensive strategy session. Also, recruiting coordinator Dann Kabala explained the recruiting process and strength and conditioning coordinator Ross Kolodziej explained strength training.