More than 20 children are hitting the hardwood this week, for Southeast Bulloch’s annual youth basketball camp. The three-day camp focuses on the game’s most fundamental aspects. The young athletes, ranging from third to eighth grade, will spend the week running drills that stress passing, dribbling and shooting.
“We are trying to help these kids coming to high school improve their game. The earlier we can instruct them, the easier it is to help them develop their skills,” said boy’s head basketball coach John Page. “And, in the long run, it makes our basketball team better.”
Lady Jackets head coach Marty Holder, and three SEB student-athletes will be assisting Page throughout the week: Olivia Melvin, Patrick White and Quinshayla Williams will all be on hand to teach the youngsters. Tony Raymond, who signed with Brewton-Parker College earlier this year, will also be directing the camp.
Coach Page and his staff have learned to make this week of basketball just as enjoyable, as it is instructional.
“We try to have some fun drills,” said Page. “We have a hot-shot contest, a 3-point shootout, a free-throw competition and a speed-dribble contest. We will be giving out awards for first, second and third place.”
Along with the awards, every participant will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event.
Now in its 20th year under Page, SEB’s camp can lay claim to being the first of its kind locally.
“We were the only thing like this in the area when I first started,” said Page. “No one else was doing it. Now we have softball, tennis and baseball camps throughout the year.”
This week’s basketball camp will not be the only one held by Southeast Bulloch. Starting June 14, coach Page and his staff will be holding the JV and Varsity camp, where his players spend three days camping inside the gym and working out as early as 6 a.m.
For information regarding next year’s camp, or any other’s hosted by Southeast Bulloch High, contact them at (912)842-2131, or visit online at http://www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/sbhs.