Campers take part in a ball-handling drill Tuesday at Moffat County High School basketball camp. At right, boys basketball coach Eric Hamilton directs the drill. The three-day camp focused on fundamental skills and teaching younger players “how to practice on their own,” Hamilton said.

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Campers take part in a ball-handling drill Tuesday at Moffat County High School basketball camp. At right, boys basketball coach Eric Hamilton directs the drill. The three-day camp focused on fundamental skills and teaching younger players “how to practice on their own,” Hamilton said.

Youth basketball camp gives kids a chance to play with Bulldog stars

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Boys from fourth through eighth grade dribble down the court to work on ball-handling skills. The Moffat County High School hosted a basketball camp Monday through today focusing on improving fundamentals. In the background, incoming MCHS sophomore Tyler Davis gets the next group of campers ready.

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Campers at the Moffat County High School basketball camp work on dribbling and jump-stopping Tuesday during a drill at MCHS. The camp was Monday through today for boys from grades four through eight. Incoming MCHS sophomore Matt Hamilton (right) helps the players with the drill.

MCHS boys basketball players at camp:

Taft Cleverly, junior

Matt Hamilton, sophomore

Tyler Davis, sophomore

Miguel Cruz, sophomore

Denton Taylor, sophomore

Quotable

“They all said they had a blast yesterday and it inspired them. I think that was part of it, to get them working with our kids and the young kids just love that. I told (the players) anything you tell (the campers), it’s going to make a huge impression on them. They’ve taken it on themselves to really be positive.”

—Eric Hamilton, MCHS boys basketball coach, about his high school players enjoying hosting a basketball camp and setting a good example for the campers in attendance.

“I’m worn out,” was the first thing Eric Hamilton said after concluding basketball camp Tuesday.

The Moffat County High School boys basketball coach hosted a camp for fourth through eighth grade boys in the MCHS gym Monday through today, and said even though it wasn’t a long day, the energy from campers kept him working hard.

The three day camp was an opportunity for aspiring players to learn the fundamentals of basketball and to “play the right way,” Hamilton said.

“We just want to give them a good foundation and hopefully teach them how to practice the right way on their own,” he said. “These kids aren’t going to remember everything but we’re hoping to inspire them to work hard.”

It also was a chance for campers to learn from some MCHS boys basketball players. Varsity players from MCHS led the camp and provided valuable basketball lessons for the elementary and middle school attendees.

“I think the thing I’m most excited about is how our high schoolers have behaved and coached,” Hamilton said. “They all said they had a blast yesterday and it inspired them. I think that was part of it, to get them working with our kids and the young kids just love that. I told (the players) anything you tell (the campers), it’s going to make a huge impression on them. They’ve taken it on themselves to really be positive.”

That responsibility didn’t send the Bulldogs players running. Instead, they said they enjoyed themselves the change camp has brought to the gym.

“They’re getting excited, I’m liking it a lot,” incoming sophomore Matt Hamilton said. “A lot of kids are getting involved and having fun with it too.”

Hamilton and fellow incoming sophomore Miguel Cruz worked with the youngest group, the fourth graders, when the camp broke up into small groups to do drills. They said they loved the energy the fourth graders brought to the table.

“I like their excitement toward the game, how they work together,” Matt Hamilton said. “When you give them a goal, they try to work for it and they focus a lot better,”

Cruz echoed his teammate’s sentiments.

“We were trying to have fun with them and trying to be serious at the same time,” he said. “They can listen pretty well, they lose their focus sometimes, but they listen well and can do everything. The camp’s been awesome.”

Matt Hamilton said leading the camp was a fun way to mix things up over the summer for the basketball team.

“It’s great because you get more people involved, little kids that are going to come up after you, and you try to put an impression on these guys of what they want to be like,” he said.

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