By Dr. Jim Beers
Chester High School Girls Basketball Coach, Pat Knowles, has announced that his CHS Lady Jackets will be hosting a summer basketball camp Monday June 26 through Thursday June 29.
Knowles said, “We really want to encourage all girls interested in basketball to attend this camp. There will be activities to fit all skill levels and age groups. Our goal is to teach basketball skills to all girls from novice to the veteran girls playing varsity high school basketball.”
The four-day camp will take place at the new, state-of-the-art Chester Grade School Gymnasium. This venue is air-conditioned and provides the best, most comfortable atmosphere in which to hold a basketball camp during the hot and humid days of summer.
Daily sessions will be divided into two groups to accommodate different age and skill levels. Girls who will be entering grades 3rd through 6th next fall will train from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. daily, while girls entering 7th through 12th grades will train from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Coach Knowles said, “Camp instruction will be provided by the CHS Basketball coaches. They will be assisted by several volunteers as well as some of the CHS Lady Jacket Girls Basketball players.”
Cost for the camp is only $25.00 and includes camp instruction as well as a reversible basketball jersey, a camp basketball and refreshments. The camp fee is due on the first day of camp Monday June 26. Knowles strongly encourages interested participants to contact him immediately at (618) 615-3452 in order to register. It is important to do so as soon as possible in order to assure that campers all receive a reversible basketball jersey.
Official registration forms are available at Chester Grade School, St. John Grade School and St. Mary’s Grade School. Forms can also be obtained by call Coach Knowles (618) 615-3452.
Campers should come prepared to actively take part in skills and drills related to basketball. Campers should wear proper clothing conducive to playing basketball including shorts, t-shirts and athletic shoes. Water bottles are encouraged in addition to any other items necessary for active participation such as inhalers, head bands, etc.
Instruction will include the teaching of numerous basketball skills and will be both group and individual in nature. Campers will learn and practice the skills of dribbling, shooting, and passing. In addition, campers will take part in defensive drills and be taught various team concepts.
Each camper will be required to complete a permission and information form prior to beginning camp participation. Participation forms are attached to the bottom of the camp application.
Coach Knowles said, “Last year’s camp was well attended and campers had a very good time. More importantly the girls learned a lot about basketball. Throughout the week we played games and took part in all types of skills and drills activities. Everyone seemed to have fun and all girls appeared to leave on the last day of camp with improved skills, self esteem and confidence. We hope to see a great turnout for our 2017 Lady Jacket Basketball Camp!”