AAU junior fundamentals hoops camp aims to build program, player skills
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat’s High Altitude Basketball AAU coach Devin Borvansky said the program’s second-annual summer fundamentals camp isn’t aimed at developing the next Sailors varsity star.
In fact, for some, it could have little to do with basketball at all, he said.
Play soccer and want to fine tune some footwork? Try the basketball camp, Borvansky said. You’re a tennis player looking to sharpen some hand-eye coordination? That’s one of the biggest fundamentals on hardwood, he added.
Of course, as the coach of the only club team in town, Borvansky certainly wants to build a program, but all players are welcome.
“Our whole goal is for the kids to just enjoy basketball,” Borvansky said. “We bring in the best kids we can possibly find here in town to help run it. We go outside of town with a lot of phone calls to bring in more talented coaches than you normally see at camps.”
It’s at this four-day June camp where basketball fundamentals are not only taught, but all-around athletic skills are essential to making it a success.
Working the Sailors alumni pipeline, the AAU coach said well-known local standouts such as Mike Vandahl (Steamboat 2008 graduate, Western State basketball), Isaiah Forsyth (Steamboat 2011 graduate, Johnson & Wales University) and Jake Miller (Steamboat 2012 graduate, Nebraska Wesleyen University) will be there, schooling kids from first through sixth grades in the essentials of basketball.
Borvansky also is hoping to get a college coach or two to jump on board, and local and corporate sponsorships always are a big help for the nonprofit club program.
“We don’t need every player to dream of high school basketball,” Borvansky said. “But it’s good for kids of any age to be around people like that.”
In its first year, the camp drew 72 kids, and Borvansky said late last week that about 70 were signed up currently. Registration is preferred through High Altitude’s website, but walk-ins are OK, as well.
And with a year of experience running a camp for young players, he’s anticipating the drills will be smoother and the scrimmages a tad more competitive.
“I think the quality of play just from all those things will be higher,” Borvansky said. “Understanding the game and being able to develop more as a youth basketball player. We’re still teaching fundamentals, but we’re reinforcing them now.”
The camp is June 16 to 19 at the high school. Campers get a T-shirt for registration and a basketball.
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