The Dawson County Tigers hosted a basketball skills camp from June 24-28 for boys between the ages of 5-14 at Rock Creek Park. In their second year in the program DCHS Assistant coaches Will and Carly Anglin have seen an improvement in the program and a slight increase in the number of campers.
“I think we have one more camper this year than last year,” Will said. “Getting help from the high school kids has been huge. We are able to work with them in smaller groups.”
In addition to the Anglins, junior varsity player AJ Moore lent his expertise to teaching 18 campers the fundamentals of basketball including ball-handling, shooting, agility and footwork. The camp started with basic lessons and progressed in difficulty over the week ending in a three-event competition day that featured a one-on-one tournament, a hot-shot tournament, and the presentation of the best camper trophy.
The games played during camp are designed to build on the skills taught early in the week. For example, the addition of basketballs and dribbling to a routine game of sharks-and-minnows made for a fun but challenging ball-handling drill.
“I’ve been helping out for the last two days of the camp,” Moore said. “It’s been fun playing games with the kids.”
The games also serve a vital secondary role according to Will Anglin as he talked about the differences between this week’s camp and the girls skills camp put on two weeks ago.
“Girls are way easier than boys,” Anglin said. “You can give girls five minutes of time and they will stay focused. The boys will be climbing the walls.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers each only host one camp during the summer and the end of this week’s camp marked the end of the program for this season as both coaches prepare to return to their teams for the beginning of another season of basketball that they hope will one day be influenced by these camps.
“We have only been doing this for two-years so we really haven’t had a chance to see much impact on the program just yet,” Carly Anglin said. “But we are both home-grown Dawsonville, so we already know most of the kids and that makes it fun.”
For more information contact Coach Carly Anglin at (706)429-3753 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.