Boys and girls from around the area are looking forward to having the opportunity to participate in HWS’ annual co-ed basketball camp. The camp is open to players between the ages of 7 and 14, who are then organized by age and skill level as well as their desired position. Each camper will receive equal instruction and individual attention from the coaching staff. At the end of the camp they will be given a full evaluation on their skills.
Besides instruction and learning the fundamental skills of basketball, the athletes will be able to participate in a wide variety of games and contests that will put their new and old skills to the test.
“With these age groups it’s hard to just give them drill after drill. We like to incorporate games into the drills so the kids stay interested and want to come back” says Izzi Metz, head basketball coach of the Hobart Statesmen who will be running the program this year along with his assistant coach, Russ Phillips, William Smith Head Coach Lindsay Drury and her assistant coach Allison Kern, player Mark Bruce ’11, and Paula Foote ’08, who is a former player.
Coach Drury agrees. “We want the kids to be excited about basketball. As a staff, we enjoy teaching these athletes about the game and all the skills that go along with it.
In addition to teaching the athletes about basketball, the coaching staff hopes to have a positive impact on the community.
“We want campers of all ages to have a great experience and to keep coming back every year in hopes that they will pursue playing basketball in high school and even college” says Metz.
The camp starts Monday, June 29 and runs through Friday, July 3, in two sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.