Nearly 50 young athletes polished their basketball skills this week at Summerville High School.
The Green Wave boys’ basketball program hosted the sixth annual All American Basketball Skills Camp for boys and girls June 9-12. Summerville coach Greg Elliott says this year the camp drew the second-highest number of campers it has ever drawn and that a record number of middle-school aged campers participated.
“We had a good showing,” Elliott said. “The last couple of years we have been able to identify some middle schoolers who ended up playing for our JV or B-team the following year and I think we have done that this year.”
But recruiting isn’t the primary purpose of the camp. Elliott says it is designed to give young athletes an opportunity to have fun and learn about the game.
“Our varsity players help with instruction for the camp and the kids enjoy being around them,” Elliott said. “We hand out trophies and different prizes for skill contests and every camper gets a T-shirt. These young kids can only learn so much in four days but it gives them something to do and we show them drills they can do at home that helps them develop as basketball players.”
Each camper takes home a notebook that includes drills, suggestions on how to approach the game and information on the importance of academics to an athlete.
Campers receive instruction on individual position skill development as well as team concepts and basic fundamentals. Each day they also participate in team games and “Hot Spot” and “Free-throw” contests.
Registration costs for the annual camp is $75 per camper with a half-price discount available for families with more than one child. All proceeds go toward sending Green Wave teams to training camps.