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Kids learn the basics at Ultimate Basketball Camp | SLIDESHOW
MARYSVILLE — The Ultimate Basketball Camp, hosted by the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, was taught by players of a new local basketball team, the Washington Sabers, July 16-19.
“This is my second year coaching this camp,” said Jason Hicks, a player for the Sabers. “I love teaching kids and sharing my knowledge of the game.”
Kids who signed up for the camp were taught the fundamentals of the game to start. “It’s pretty much the basics like what a triple threat is, shooting, passing, dribbling, ball handling, keeping your head up, just general techniques for defense. We do a lot of games and we want to teach them a lot in the little time we have, so we practice repetition and we do a lot of drills.”
Quantez Gurley, the manager for the Washington Sabers and former Parks and Recreation coach, brought in his players as coaches for the week.
“This is our first year doing this camp,” said Gurley. “I’ve been coaching for Marysville Parks and Recreation for years and my son has been playing in Marysville. I love this community so I wanted to give back.”
“Quantez Gurley has coached his son, niece and nephew in the Parks league,” said Dave Hall, athletic director for Parks and Recreation. “He started up this team, we got to talking and he agreed to bring in the players to offer a higher level of expertise. All of those guys have played college basketball.”
On Monday, the kids learned the basics. “They learned everything on the first day. We’ve been focusing on the basic fundamentals of basketball so that they can perfect their craft,” said Gurley. On Tuesday the topic was defense and on Wednesday it was offense. “On Thursday we have a review and do a tournament so they can use everything they’ve learned.”
The camp has received very positive responses from both campers and parents. “We’re keeping them busy, you know. Every 15 or 20 minutes there’s a review to see how they are responding.”
Courtney Ball was a camper this year, and signed up to review the skills she has already learned. “This is my eighth year playing basketball,” said Ball, 11. “I was on my school team last year and I’m trying out next year. I am trying to learn more defense.”
Ball said she likes the coaches that the camp offered. “They were really helpful. They will have you go over it some more until you get it right.”
Although this is the first year that the Sabers have hosted the camp, they are already planning for another. “We would love to come back and coach this camp again,” said Gurley.
The Washington Sabers are a new semi-professional team started by Gurley. The team begins playing games in Everett next spring. “There is really a lack of basketball presence in this area,” said Gurley. “We are trying to give the community something to look forward to that is cost effective.” Gurley said that ticket prices should run between $5-$10 although nothing is completely decided at this point. He also hopes to offer military discounts. “We’re going to do a lot of stuff for the community,” he said.