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Youth basketball camp comes to Moffat County

Nate Waggenspack

— On the first morning of the Progressive Basketball Academy camp at Moffat County High School, the next couple generations of MCHS players were whipping chest passes back and forth, making sure they had the proper footwork on each pass, and even focusing on making the catch by getting into triple threat position.

That's the kind of work coach Mike Moskowitz is preaching for his camp, which began in Craig on Thursday and runs through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

"We want to improve the fundamental soundness of the game at this younger level," Moskowitz said. "I've been in college basketball for 15 years, and I had noticed a decrease in some of the skills that should have been taught a long time ago. So with this I want to show kids those skills."

Moskowitz takes his camp all across Colorado during the summer and came to Craig after speaking with boys coach Eric Hamilton last year.

"I met coach Moskowitz at Western State camp last summer, and he told me he'd be traveling around," Hamilton said. "I thought it would be a great opportunity to get him up here. You can always learn from other coaches, pick something else up from them."

The camp is for boys and girls entering second through ninth grades, and about 40 local children were there to work on their game.

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"It's all about teaching the kids fundamentals and showing them stuff they can work on while they're on their own," Hamilton said.

With three long days planned, Moskowitz knows that breaking up the passing, dribbling and pivoting drills is important, as well, but he made sure to do so with games that still had some application to basketball.

One such activity Thursday morning was a game of freeze tag, in which frozen players could be unfrozen by diving onto the floor and sliding beneath them. So while playing a game, athletes had to plan out their next actions and hustle to stay in it.

"You'd be amazed at what that does for you from a basketball standpoint," Moskowitz said. "You have to be working on getting from Point A to Point B, and you can't slow down to do it. So it breaks up the monotony, but they still get something out of it."

The camp was more of an evaluation to see the skill level of players on the first morning, Moskowitz said, before it will start working to develop more advanced skills in the second couple of days.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.