May 04, 2007

SIUC to host basketball camps for girls

by Chase Goble

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki women's basketball will hold four exciting and unique basketball camps this summer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

All camps are designed to help players improve and develop their fundamental skills and knowledge of the game. The camps are directed toward developing self-confidence, teamwork, work ethic and a positive mental attitude. Individual attention will be given in all aspects of the game.

The following camps will be offered at the SIU Arena:

Girls Basketball Position Camp: June 4-5, grades 8 and up as of fall

This camp will allow each camper to focus on her position with intense individual instruction. Guards will specialize in defensive and offensive concepts for the perimeter player with a special emphasis on ball-handling and passing skills, shooting and footwork, ways to get open, one on one moves and reading screens. Post players will learn offensive and defensive concepts for the inside player. Special focus will be placed on developing offensive moves with back to the basket and high post moves, posting up, footwork, rebounding, setting and using screens and other aspects of playing in the paint. Deadline to register is May 22.

Girls Basketball 101 Camp: June 6-8, grades 1-5

Basketball 101 is designed to instruct girls on the very basic fundamentals of basketball. The campers will be divided by age and skill level, and will receive individual instruction. The sport will be introduced in a fun atmosphere to create an appreciation for the game that can last a lifetime. The registration deadline for this camp is May 22. To register, call Debbie Jank at 618/453-5448.

Girls Basketball Fundamental Camp: June 10-12, grades 5-8

Fundamental Camp is designed to give the campers a chance to improve fundamental skills in a competitive situation. The deadline to register is May 22.

For more information about any of the camps, contact the SIUC Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at