Girls learn fundamentals of game at Holtville basketball camp

June 13, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — Ask any coach in any sport the most important thing a player should know and the general response will be fundamentals.

Fundamentals provide a solid foundation to build an athlete's skills.

For the second year in a row, the Holtville High School girls basketball team is conducting a camp to teach local kids basketball fundamentals. The camp runs through June 21.

"I think it's extremely important that we get these younger girls out here and teach them the basics of basketball," said Holtville High girls basketball coach Jim Sturgeon. "This camp really helps in their development of basketball skills."

While the camp is for girls in grades first through eighth, Sturgeon said it is important for athletes in the seventh and eighth grades to get a head start before entering high school.


"If these girls can learn and understand these basics now it'll make things easier for them and their coaches when they get into high school," said Sturgeon. "When they get into high school and are ready to play basketball, if they already know these things the coaches won't have to spend as much time teaching these fundamentals and can focus on other aspects of the game."

If the basketball camp isn't enough to get Holtville youths prepared for competitive high school basketball, Sturgeon created a girls basketball league that runs from December to April.

One of the players who competed in the league and is attending the camp is 12-year-old Keshia Flores, who Sturgeon said has the potential to be a standout.

Said Flores: "I've really learned quite a bit. I knew about some of the things they're teaching us like the pick-and-roll, but I was never really taught how to run it. So I'm really learning a lot from this camp. I think it really helps prepare kids like me for high school basketball."

While the camp is beneficial to future Holtville High basketball players, it is something current Viking players said they would've liked to have had when they were younger.

"I really wished they had this sort of camp when I was younger. When I started playing in high school it was really the first time I had ever played," said 16-year-old senior Claudia Lopez. "I think if I would've known more about basketball when I got into high school it would've made things a lot easier. And I think I could be a little better than I am now.

"I think it's a really good idea that Coach Sturgeon started this camp. By getting these girls started at a younger age, it helps them get better. And by the time they reach high school they'll already know what it's all about."

Registration is being accepted for next week's basketball camp. The camp will be in the Holtville High gymnasium from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through June 22. Cost for the camp is $20 per child.

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