For about 40 girls basketball players, Monday marked the first day of camp.
Smith-Cotton girls basketball coach Zach Vandevender brought in players from grades four through nine for a pair of camps, designed to give them more time in the gym working on their game.
“We worked a lot of fundamentals,” Vandevender said. “We played some games. We had some fun. I wanted a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They all worked hard and we had a good turnout.”
There were 26 players for the late morning session, a camp for players heading into grades seven through nine. More than a dozen players entering grades four through six participated in an early session.
With the younger group, Vandevender wants to “just have them continue to go through the fundamentals and put them in some different situations. I just them to continue to work hard and get better each and every day.”
For the players in middle school and junior high, the focus was on fundamentals with some games, competitions and relays.
“As the week progresses, we’ll put them in some situations and scrimmage some,” Vandevender said.
The camp focused on a little of everything, from jump stops to shooting.
“A lot is just repetition, repetition and getting them to do that on their own outside of camp and teaching them those basics to prepare them for the high school level,” Vandevender said.
Many of the players also participated in open gyms which Vandevender held through June, helping them get some of the basics of the game down and helping them get more playing time in.
“I’m getting to know some of these younger girls and implementing some of the things from my system to these younger girls,” Vandevender said. “They’ve shown up a lot to my open gyms. They’re buying in to what I want and they’ve had a good turnout.”