By John DeCoste
Coach Bev Greenlaw and the Acadia women’s basketball team will host an elite skills camp for high school-aged girls Aug. 22-24.
A second camp, conducted by Dave Wilson and Pat Traynor of Development First Basketball, is tentatively set for Aug. 26-30, but Greenlaw says that whether or not it ends up running “will totally depend on numbers.”
The elite skills camp, which is held each summer and is a go for this week, will focus on individual improvement and “playing the game as a team,” Greenlaw said.
“It’s about concepts, taking the individual skills you have and putting them into practice with four other players,” he added.
The camp will consist of three sessions Aug. 22-23 and two Aug. 24. It is “almost like fitting a week-long camp into three days,” and Greenlaw sees it as a fairly unique experience for participants.
Greenlaw will serve as lead instructor, assisted by some of his Acadia varsity players.
Given the “ecstatic response” to a series of satellite camps held by Greenlaw and his players this summer throughout the province, he was looking for a good turnout, although there are still spaces available for late registrants.
“I’m expecting our camp to be younger this year,” he added, as a lot of last year’s kids have expressed an interest in coming back and a large number of older girls are involved with provincial teams this summer.
As for the Development First camp, it is open to both boys and girls, age 11 and up, and is being jointly sponsored by the Axemen and Axewomen varsity programs.
As of Aug. 13, registration for the second camp had been low, to the point where it might not happen due to insufficient numbers.
“We’re really hoping to be able to run this,” Greenlaw said.
“It should be a very good camp, intense, with the kids active 100 per cent of the time. It would serve as a great tune-up for young players heading back to school and looking to elevate their game.”
Greenlaw feels the camp experience will be useful and more than worthwhile for participants in terms of skills development.
“We feel if we’re able to run it once, it will continue to grow into the future,” and benefit even more kids, Greenlaw added.
Anyone interested in attending either camp can register at www.acadiaathletics.ca by choosing ‘Camps’ from the menu or by contacting the Acadia Box Office at 542-5500.