Camp gives young hoopsters opportunity to play |

Camp gives young hoopsters opportunity to play

Elwood Shelton

Moffat County High School coaches Blaine Corlett and Craig Mortensen will sponsor a basketball camp for boys and girls grades three through eight June 11-14 at the Moffat County High School.

The camp offers the chance for aspiring hoopsters to improve their fundamental skills, while getting a chance to work on their full-court game.

“Mainly, we want them to get a handle on the fundamentals,” Corlett said, “to be able to play some offense and defense, and get to know some of the terminology.”

The coaches will employ many of the same drills and scrimmages that are used in the high school program to help improve children who may be future Bulldogs.

While the hoopsters will get a workout in the camp, the coaches hope to keep it interesting as well.

“I plan to have competitions everyday for some prizes,” Corlett said. “Besides that, every kid will get a T-shirt, and at the end of the camp there will be a drawing for some bigger prizes.”

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This will be Corlett’s fourth summer running the boys camp, and one of many girls camps Mortensen has conducted over the years.

Because of the lack of available coaches, Mortensen has had to run both camps in the past.

This year’s camp is expected to draw around 50 boys and 50 girls.

To manage the large number of young athletes, a number of high school players will assist their coaches at the camp.

“Some of the kids that aren’t working yet and have the time come up and help will be here,” Mortensen said. “Both the younger kids, as well as the high school kids, enjoy themselves at the camp.”

Other than the opportunity to solidify their basketball fundamentals, and win prizes along the way, the camp also presents another opportunity.

With Craig being located in an area that is not close to any major sports camps, the high school program offers an affordable chance for youngsters to improve their play.

“Thirty dollars is a fairly good price for a camp, considering the fact that many of the college camps can cost more than $100, and there really there are none close Craig,” Corlett said.

Registration forms for the camp can be picked up at East Elementary School or the high school, and participants can sign-up until June 11.

For more information call Blaine Corlett at 826-4172, or Craig Mortensen at 824-2670.

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