The varsity players took some time to demonstate our team offense and our press defense. The campers had a chance to watch both live as we walked through the basic set up and some of the options off our defensive and offensive systems. I took some time to explain the defense and offense and the resaons why we believe in our system. Once the demonstration was over all the campers had a chance to participate in one of our daily practice drills. Our full court layup drill helps players to make layups and also teaches them to take contact when going to the basket. The players in camp had to make a certain amount of layups in two minutes and they hit the target on the left and right side.
After the demonstration players participated in our Hot Shot Competition. This was one of the best moments in camp up to this point (and we have had a lot of good moments). The Hot Shot Competition requires players to make shots from a variety of spots on the court. Each spot has a different point value and the players have 30 seconds to earn as many points as possible. The yellow divison (4th-6th) finals saw Alexis Donovan face Katherine Kusel. Both players gave it everything they had in the final game. However, it tooks two....yes TWO overtimes for us to find a winner. In the end, Alexis Donovan beat Katherine Kusel 5-4 in the second overtime. The players were cheering for both 4th graders as they competed and had a lot of fun. The best part was the fact that Alexis and Katherine showed great sportsmanship cheering for each other during the competition.
The blue division (middle school) winner was Liz Kirschner. Liz narrowly defeatd Kelsey Lyons in the final round. Liz was consistent throughout the entire competition and so was Kelsey. Kelsey holds the high point total in the hot shot competition (1 round total), but came up a little bit short. It was a great effort by both players.
Our 4th Camper of the Day was announced today and it was Katherine Kusel. Katherine competed in an epic Hot Shot Competition against Alexis and showed great sportsmanship. Katherine has done a great job listnening, hustling, and is getting better every day at camp. She is one of the younger players, but you would never know it after her performance in Hot Shot today.
At the end of camp we had a layup relay race with all of the players. Two teams competed, but everyone had a lot of fun. As I said yesterday, this is one of the best parts of camp, because the younger players get to compete with the older players in this competition.
Yesterday I mentioned our 3 on 3, Queen of the Court, and free throw competitions were heating up. Well, the competitions have only gotten more exciting after day 4. No player or team is up by more than one point and two of the competitions (free throw and 3 on 3) are tied. All three competition will be decided tomorrow in what should be the best day of camp!
Parents are invited to camp at 11:15 tomorrow to watch the younger players compete in a number of competitions. They will also have a chance to watch the older players play in a fun exhibition game against our varsity baskteball team. This is a great opportunity for our soon to be 8th and 9th graders to show everyone the skills and FUNdamentals they learned at Rising Stars Camp this week.
Finally, and I will reiterate this point tomorrow, it has been such a great week of camp for everyone. This is the first camp I organized (I have been involved in many basketball camps as a player and coach), but I am certain it is the best and most exciting camp I have been a part of as a player or coach. I feel fortunate to have a great staff, including members of the basketball team, working at the camp. The kids have learned so much in just four days. I already can't wait to start planning our 2nd annual Rising Stars Camp!
Below are a few pictures and videos from camp today! Stay tuned to find out who our 3 on 3, Free Throw, and Queen of the Court Champions will be on Friday.