By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
For some, basketball season ended a few months ago.
But for those looking to take their game to the next level, Fairmont State University’s individual skills camp should quench their thirst.
The individual skills camp, which is set to run from June 10-13, will focus on bringing players together and teaching them how to play together as a team.
FSU assistant men’s coach Joe Mazzulla said that the yearly camp will be beneficial for any athlete who wants to hone in on skills, but there are many reasons to attend.
“They’ll get a chance to be on a college campus and be around their peers. They’ll get skill development but also learn how to play in a team environment,” Mazzulla said, highlighting the main benefits of the camp.
The four-day camp, which is for anyone ages 8-18, will be broken up into two sessions each day, Mazzulla noted.
In the morning session, which begins at 8:30 a.m., players will focus on individual drills and work on particular skill development drills such as passing, shooting and dribbling. Then, after a lunch provided by the camp, the participants will get the opportunity to play in three-on-three or five-on-five games against each other.
Aside from the skills they’ll learn on the court, the camp will also give players the chance to mingle with all of the Fairmont State staff as well as the players on the team, something which helps out both sides.
“The kids really look up to our players, so it’s good for the kids to get to be able to be around them,” Mazzulla said. “And for the players, it’s great because it helps them learn how to communicate better.
“We love giving back to the community. Any chance we get, we take that opportunity.”
Mazzulla and the other coaches are also given an inside look at any players that could possibly wind up on their recruiting radar for the upcoming seasons, again benefitting both camp participants and the FSU staff alike.
“It helps (the participants) develop, and it gets them in front of the college coaches,” Mazzulla noted. “Plus, they’ll get to be active. A lot of kids don’t have that physical structure that they should have. This gives it to them.”
To register for the individual skills camp, you can simply visit www.fightingfalcons.com, download the registration form and mail it, along with the $150 registration fee, to Fairmont State Athletics, c/o Men’s Basketball Camp, 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV, 26554.
FSU will also be offering a Biddy Ball Camp in the afternoon for players ages 4 to 7 for $50 a camper from June 10-12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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