PELHAM — For the past four years, Tim Powers, Pelham High’s athletic director and girls’ basketball coach, has held a weeklong summer basketball camp for girls entering fourth grade through freshman year.
This year Powers had to cancel the camp due to an apparent lack of interest. Powers said he doesn’t know why the numbers were down this year.
“We had over 40 girls try out for the team (last winter),” Powers said. “I don’t know why the numbers were down.”
The camp is designed for current Python players to help Powers coach the camp, to work with the younger girls on the fundamentals of basketball — including dribbling, shooting, rebounding and boxing out. The kids not only learn the basics of basketball and how to play in a game, but the meaning of teamwork.
Powers said he was disappointed the camp had to be canceled this year.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to for the younger girls to learn about basketball,” Powers said. “And work with the high-school kids.”
Last year’s camp included varsity players Laurie Costa, Briana Szidat and April Blinn, all of whom attended the camp up until their freshman year.
The girls ended each camp last year with a game of ball tag, which teaches pivoting, passing and defensive stealing.
Powers estimates he’ll have at least 10 to 15 incoming freshmen try out for the team this year along with the returning players.
Though disappointed he had to cancel the camp this year, Powers is looking to bounce back next year.
“Hopefully, we’ll get it back up and running next year,” Powers said.
Powers still has an opportunity to see some the girls play through the town’s recreation department league, the travel teams in the area and the junior high teams.