If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 22, the 22nd annual Jumpstart Summer Basketball Camp gives up to 75 boys and girls from second-through-fourth grades and 75 boys and girls from fifth-through-ninth grades the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School.
Some of the areas of instruction include ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense.
Program coordinator Tom Conklin will have the kids place their undivided attention to details, attentively listening to each word their coach offers.
Martin Huffman and Brian Stevens, along with several other former or current athletes from across the area will be on hand for individualized instruction.
While an athlete may be blessed with speed, size, possess solid inside skills or a 3-point shot, Conklin said none of those attributes matter if a player cannot mesh with teammates.
“We spend a lot of time teaching about the character of an athlete,” said Tom Conklin. “First or last place, it does not matter. When the game is finished, how will others remember me as a player? Will coaches see me as a class act? We select specific quotes that guide each of our five days of camp. These quotes stem from a deep experience that defines struggle ultimately providing the success we were hoping for, but not sure we’d attain.”
Not only are these basketball standouts instructed on the intricate aspects of the game, they are broken up into skill levels and positions so they can harbor some knowledge of each area of the floor ranging from guard, to wing and post knowledge.
Along with the opportunity to work together to practice their new skills, the aim of the camp is predicated on emphasizing the fundamentals, developing proper mechanics and gaining game experience.
Early in the morning, the athletes sit down for a speech, and then the instruction begins.
After a break, the kids get an opportunity to use their skills in scrimmages, with coaches teaching techniques on the sidelines.
Once all of the daily work is completed, campers go to Dufur City Pool.
The money raised helps fund the Jim Schultz Scholarship at Dufur schools.
In addition, Conklin said he extremely blessed to raise money from the Jumpstart track and cross country races, the hoops camp and other yearly events so he can cut checks for Home at Last, the Salvation Army, The Dalles River Trail Project.
Costs are set at $90 per child, before the early-bird deadline of June 10.
Interested parties can email Jumpstartyouthactivities@gmail.com or log on to Jumpstartcamps.com.