BOULDER - With each season basketball is becoming more-and-more a popular sport at the University of Colorado and budding girls basketball players of all ages and abilities have an exciting summer to look forward to here in Boulder.
Colorado is offering five different camps in a two-week period this June allowing interested campers and teams a wide variety of options.
"We are gearing up for another fun and exciting camp season," Colorado women's basketball head coach Linda Lappe said. "Last summer was a huge success and we plan to exceed expectations this year."
Fresh off a successful 2011-12 season in which the Buffaloes enjoyed their first 20-win season in eight years, and on the heels of a 315-camper strong program last summer, coach Lappe and her staff encourage all girls to sign up early while spots are available.
Camps tip off June 11-14 with the Little Dribblers and Individual camps. The Little Dribblers Camp, for ages 5-9, is a half-day session for the first time camper who will learn age appropriate skills in a fun atmosphere. CU's Individual Camp, which runs concurrent to the Little Dribblers Camp, is a full day session for ages 9-14. The Individual Camp will offer basketball instruction in both offensive and defensive areas, plus campers will compete in various skills contests and play in 5-on-5 games.
Colorado's Shooting Camp is an all day session on June 15, for ages 8-18. This camp is designed to improve footwork, shooting technique and accuracy through instruction and repetition. Each camper will be taught the fundamental approach to shooting through a step-by-step shooting progression --the lay-up, set shot, pull up jumper, shooting off screens, and the 3-point shot.
An exciting weekend of basketball follows with the Elite Camp, June 16-17, for ages 14-18. The Elite Camp is designed to take the player's game to the next level. Emphasis will be placed on offensive skills including: position work (guard, forward, post), using screens and reading the defense, the pick and roll, 1-on-1 play, 3-on-3 competition and 5-on-5 team play. Both commuter and overnight camper options are available.
Colorado's Team Camp concludes the summer camp season that next weekend, June 22-24. The Team Camp guarantees seven games and one time-and-score situation. Varsity and junior varsity levels are available with a minimum of seven players per team needed to enroll. Overnight campers will stay in the University of Colorado dorms and a commuter option is available as well.
All of Colorado's camps will be held at the Coors Events Center with breakout sessions at Balch Fieldhouse and of course the program's brand new basketball/volleyball practice facility which opened in August 2011. The camp staff will consist of the Colorado women's basketball coaching staff, current and former CU players, as well as regional college and high school coaches.
"The new practice facility will aid in increasing the overall experience for our campers and it also allows us to hold a premiere team camp," Lappe said.
Campers will also have the chance to participate in contests and skill competitions with daily awards and prizes. There will also be seminars on strength and conditioning, NCAA rules and academic eligibility, mini-clinics and coaching seminars and instruction featuring CU's coaching staff.
Online registration is available here while team camp signup should be started with this form. For more information, visit the Colorado Girls Basketball Camp page here.
The CU Basketball Camp for Girls is open to any and all girls, of all abilities, limited only by age.