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Youngsters Begin Fun-Filled Week At Future Hoopsters Camp

55 players head to middle school on Monday for start of boys’ camp.

Drills, games and fun were the featured attractions as the 10th Annual Future Hoopsters Boys’ Basketball Camp opened on Monday morning at the .

A total of 55 boys entering grades four through 10 will spend three hours each day this week learning the fundamentals of basketball and honing the skills they already possess.

“The first day is all about getting organized,” said camp director Marc Liberatore on Monday morning. Liberatore has extensive experience as a player, coach and official and has been the head boys’ varsity basketball coach at for the past 10 years.

“We are fortunate because so many of the kids have been coming to the camp for so long that they know what to expect,” he said. “They are familiar with how the camp works. And it will be easier for the newer kids when they come back on Tuesday. But the most important thing this week is that we want all the kids to have fun.”

This camp features an outstanding camper-to-coach ratio as well as quality facilities and instruction. Each youngster who registers receives a camp tee-shirt. There will be an emphasis this week on fundamentals and individual improvement with games taking place at the conclusion of each three-hour daily session. On Friday, there will be an awards ceremony with trophies being presented in several categories.

“With the facilities we have, 55 kids is a great number for us,” said Liberatore.

If the heat allows, the youngsters will use both the indoor and outdoor basketball courts at the middle school this week. “Monday is the day we teach the kids about ball handling and also some small drills they can do on their own,” said Liberatore. “We want the kids to become good ball handlers. The focus on Tuesday will be on shooting. This week we want the kids to learn drills that they can work on themselves.”

The camp also features an outstanding staff of nine players and coaches, including Dan Nagle, Joan Valenti, Doug Schlehuber, Steve Burrill, Zach Ruby, Colin Feeney, Brendan Breau and Dan Rafuse. Kayla Bessette, a captain on the 2010-11 Lancer girls’ varsity team, will also be an instructor this week.

On Monday, each instructor was assigned a group of players that they will coach for the entire week. “So when the kids come back (Tuesday), they will already know who their coaches will be for the week,” said Liberatore, “and whatever positions they play, we will have the coaches with experience at those positions work with those players and teach them drills that they can work on themselves during the week or after the camp is over.”

The 10th Annual Future Hoopsters Girls’ Basketball Camp will be held from Monday through Friday of next week. The cost of that camp is $100 per player.

For more information or to register for that camp, please e-mail Coach Liberatore at mliberatore@norton.k12.ma.us.

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