After a week break from our third Summer Basketball Camp, our fourth and final Summer Camp began with a lot of excitement! Monday’s camp activities consisted of relay races, which included backwards dribbling, dribbling around the cone ten times and then doing the cabbage patch, where players moved their basketball in the cabbage patch motion. Campers also worked on their ball handling skills through practicing low and high dribbles, two ball dribbles, and cross-overs. Along with ball handling skills, campers learned how to shoot correctly, focusing on form and making sure they keep their “follow through” position. Lastly, teams were created from each age and skill level with popular NBA team names like the: Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Celtics, and Bulls.
Day two of camp contained a couple of games like knock out. For knock out, players start at the free throw line and have to try and make a free throw before the player behind them makes a basket. If the player misses, they have to hustle to get their ball and make the shot from whichever position before the player behind them makes a basket, or they are out. Players also had another shooting competition, which helped them apply their correct shooting form that they learned the day before. Lastly, coaches walked and talked groups through set plays.
Day three followed with more fun and friendly competition for the players! Ball tag, the camp’s most popular game was one of the core activities for the day. Ball tag is a game where players must constantly dribble their basketball while trying to avoid other players from knocking their ball out of bounds. At the same time, players also had to try and knock out other players’ basketballs to eliminate their competition. Sounds difficult, but campers caught on quickly. Over the course of the day, players also participated in dribbling competitions, learned how to take direction from coaches in regard to plays, and finally a ball tag championship round. Ball tag championships were narrowed down to two champions from each division to face off against other champions.
The last day of camp consisted of three main stations. Players rotated through stations of defense, ball handling, and a shooting relay race. As always, on the last day of camp, players got to play games, games, and games! Teams played three full court basketball games, which was probably the best part of the day. At the end of camp players got to take home awesome prizes like a t-shirt, brand new basketball, wristbands, and gift certificates.