“We usually have a lot of red out here, so I figured we’d wear the blue shirts,” said Chad Smith, as he watched dozens of youngsters wearing Columbia Blue shirts, playing football on Broadway Field Wednesday afternoon.

“We brought back the Columbia Blue, so we have a sea of blue out here.”

And for the most part, that “sea of blue” is the future of Seaside football.

They will all pay to play later on, but it always helps to have an organization that makes it free when they’re growing up.

Seaside Kids staged its annual Youth Camp this week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Taught and coached by members and coaching staff of the Seaside High football team, young players entering grades three through eight were all learning the skills of the game.

“This is one of my big goals, to get with the youth,” said Smith, who is entering his first year as varsity head coach of the Gulls.

“It’s nice to have Seaside Kids, an organization that makes these events free for the kids,” he said. “This camp is free, and we try to get as many as we can. Today, the count was 81, and (Tuesday) was around 90. That’s for third- through eighth-graders, so those are pretty good numbers.”

The big Gulls will officially start practice Monday, as the fall high school sports season kicks into full gear.

Smith is excited about the upcoming season, and at the same time is pleased to be teaching future Gulls in large numbers.

“Our incoming freshmen, we have about 16 kids this year, and that’s a pretty good class for a school our size,” he said. “Everything’s coming together, and it’s great to see 90, almost 100 kids out here.”