Hartselle High boys’ basketball coach Faron Key talks with some kids during the basketball camp that was hosted by Hartselle High School last week. The first camp was the kid’s basketball camp. | Caleb Suggs

Hartselle basketball camp

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle’s annual summer basketball camp kicked off this past week and as usual the gym was filled with excitement. Hartselle boys’ basketball coach Faron Key is heading up the camps along with all the varsity boys and girls players.

The first camp up was the kid’s basketball camp. “The energy from the kids have been really good.” Key said. “We’ve got a lot of kids in the younger grades which is good.” The camp has also featured kids in the grades from 4-8. “Our fifth and sixth graders as well as our seventh and eighth graders have been really competitive.” Key said. “We really like seeing the younger grades. They get to learn how to play and compete.”

The kid’s basketball camp features more competitive situations as Key calls it a “Games” Camp. “We do a lot of games and they get a chance to compete in both single and team games.” Key said. “We also spend a lot of time trying to teach them how to practice and what practicing by yourself looks like,” Key would continue. “We want to give the younger kids something to take away from this camp.” Key said. “The younger kids usually remember either I did win candy or I didn’t win candy but hopefully they’ll get a love of the game and a love of practicing.”

The next camp that will available will be the Sniper Camp on June 12, which focuses on the shooting aspects of basketball. “The Sniper Camp is probably the one I enjoy the most as we work on the aspects of shooting,” Key said. “We go deeper into the mentality of shooting and how to build our shot all the way from feet to finish. We want to teach how to be a more consistent shooter.”

The next camp after that will be the Advanced Camp, which will take place on June 19. “We’re usually dealing with fifth grade and up which to me is really the start of you program,” Key said. “We try to start teaching things they need to know as they move into junior high and high school.” The kids also will get their first taste of film work. “We get into the IQ of the game. We spend time in classroom sessions and show them some film.” Key said. “We video them taking their shot from all the angles. Sometimes I can say it to a kid over and over, but until they see it they don’t believe they’re doing it until they see it for themselves.”

Key believes the camps really help in the future of the program and puts the focus on answering the kids questions and helping them understand. “You can tell a kid to do something and they’ll do it but it doesn’t mean they understand,” Key said. “We try to answer the why questions in the camps.”

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