Hoop camp on tap

The Vernon Basketball Association is hosting a pair of summer basketball camps, led by UNBC's Kazuya Ikuta.

The Vernon Basketball Association is hosting a pair of summer basketball camps, led by Kazuya Ikuta of the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves.

The sessions run Aug. 20-23, with one for girls entering Grades 8-10, the other is a co-ed program aimed at athletes entering Grades 5-7. The co-ed camp runs 9 a.m. to noon, the girls go 1-4 p.m.

The camp will be taught in a fun, friendly atmosphere, and will be structured to concentrate on skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing, defence, rebounding, cutting and screening. More experienced campers will be drilled in more advanced techniques.

Participants will be divided into groups according to age and skill level. Fundamentals of the game will be taught, demonstrated and drilled every day. Campers can apply these skills during the week in all-team play.

There is a $60 early bird fee before Sunday, June 22 ($75 after), which includes a T-shirt.

Ikuta has 10 years of senior boys and girls basketball coaching experience in the Prince George area, and has spent the last seven years as assistant coach of the UNBC women’s team. He has also worked with the Basketball B.C. U14-16 regional programs.

Joining him on staff will be local high school coaches Nathan Lee of the Charles Bloom Timberwolves, Bobby Mitchell and Lonny Mazurak of the VSS Panther senior girls, and Jenna Hunter and Dave Tetrault of VSS Grade 8 girls.

Visit www.vernonbasketball.ca to download the registration form. For more information, contact Mazurak at (250) 549-4576, or e-mail him at lmazurak@vernonbasketball.ca.