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High Intensity Camp helps area youths improve their skills

Friday, June 4, 2004

Former Northview boys basketball coach Jon Crooks works with a camp participant on the proper way to reverse pivot.

The future of the Northview girls' basketball team appeared at the YMCA for the high intensity girls' basketball camp conducted by former Northview boys' head coach Jon Crooks.

Crooks, along with girl's head coach Bob Medworth put incoming seventh, eighth and ninth graders through individual skill instruction, station work and instructional games in order to improve the players' all-around game.

Jennie Menser and recent Northview graduates Logan Whitman, Whitney Medworth, Zack Keyes and Erica Koehler also helped instruct.

"It's fun because we get to help everybody out and they are here to learn," Whitney Medworth said with a smile.

As much fun as it is, this isn't your normal basketball camp.

"It's more of a training camp than anything else," Crooks said. "There's no competition and no awards. It's a work camp for the girls serious about improving their basketball."

The camp lasts three hours per day and came about when Crooks approached Bob Medworth with the idea.

It's a good idea, Medworth said. Medworth got the help of the Northview graduates because he believes if the kids see them doing things right, it will make them want to do it right.

Whitman agrees.

"We're a lot closer to their age so they can relate to us a lot more than they can to older people," he said.

With just 35 kids and eight instructors, Crooks believes the kids are getting more out of the camp than they would at most other camps.

"I've seen kids come to a camp and pay 300 dollars to get a T-shirt and a couple of trophies and they go home, but they didn't learn anything," Crooks said. "These girls are serious about their basketball and are here to learn."

We're looking at the years ahead when the kids here are sophomore, juniors and seniors on our varsity basketball program, Bob Medworth says as he keeps instructing.

The idea of the camp is to break the game down so that the kids can understand basketball better.

"We're hoping by the end of the week, they'll pick up some things and go back to their home gym and practice them," Crooks said.

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