Basketball camps on tap in June
New camp available for 1st, 2nd graders
High Altitude Basketball camps
Introduction to Basketball, first and second graders, June 20 to 23, $50
Youth Fundamental Camp, third through sixth graders, June 13 to 16, $95
Youth Advanced Skills Camp, seventh and eighth graders, June 13 to 16, $95
High School Advanced Skills Camp, June 20 to 23, $150
Steamboat Springs — Basketball players may play in the winter, Steamboat Springs High School boys hoops coach Michael Vandahl said, but they are made in the summer, and he’s hoping to make some players this summer.
Vandahl also serves as director for High Altitude Basketball, and in that role, he’ll serve as director for a series of youth basketball camps looming in mid-June.
The camps have in recent years served athletes from third grade to high school, and this year will expand to include first and second graders, too. The deadline to sign up at http://www.HighAltitudeBasketball.org is June 10.
The camps, open to boys and girls from around the region, will be split into two shifts. The first, the Youth Fundamental Camp, for third to sixth graders, and the Youth Advanced Skills Camp, for players in seventh and eighth grades, will run June 13 to 16. Those camps will offer four and five hours on the floor, respectively.
Then the Introduction to Basketball Camp, for first and second graders, and the High School Advanced Skills Camp will both run June 20 to 23. The younger children will spend three hours playing while the high schoolers will go for most of the day.
For Vandahl, the goals differ with each camp.
The high school players, be they from Steamboat or other schools in the area, will be aiming to stay sharp for the next season.
The first and second graders, at the other end, will start as basic as it gets.
“That’s the big one we’re excited about. We’ve been getting a lot of feedback to have something for younger kids,” Vandahl said. “It will be very introductory to basketball, very basic, with simple drills. We really want the kids to have fun in that camp and see what basketball is about, learn the basics and have fun doing it.”
The third- to sixth-grade camp will also be extremely heavy on the basics while the camp for junior high players will demand some prior basketball experience.
The camps will range in price, from $50 for the youngest players to $95 for the middle two groups and $150 for the high schoolers.
“They’re designed to be first and foremost fun, but then to put the kids in a challenging environment with drills and games,” Vandahl said. “We want to teach them the right way to play, the fundamentals, but also make it fun for them.”
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