Time for campPublished 5:56pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Summer and camping are two things that just go together.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a church campground or getting outdoors on your own, this is a common time for many to go camping.
In recent years, however, camp has taken on a much different meaning thanks to the world of sports. Summer sports camps are opportunities for young athletes to learn the game or really develop their skills for the future.
It starts at the youngest ages you can think of and it continues all the way up until through high school.
The first of them began last week, when Hartselle High School held its basketball camp the week after Memorial Day. This was an opportunity for many of the kids and parents to get to meet the new boys basketball coach, Faron Key.
This week, Hartselle softball conducted its camp Monday and Tuesday at the Grady and Margie Long Softball Complex. The newest state champions in Hartselle gave time to help younger players improve their games, so that they can help the program add to its four state championships.
Priceville’s boys basketball program is conducting a camp all week long, concluding Friday.
Hartselle Parks and Recreation is also sponsoring its annual soccer camp at the Groover Road complex, which now has lights.
Next week, the Hartselle High School baseball camp is the highlight of the week. Head coach William Booth and the rest of the coaching staff, along with other key players, will be ready to pass along information to help out up and coming baseball players.
Brewer head coach Ricky Allen is also conducting a girls basketball camp next week beginning Monday. It will last until Friday the 13th
If these sports don’t fancy your child’s interest, you might want to consider Quail Creek’s golf camp or Family Lanes’ bowling camp, both of which are coming up this month.
But it’s a great time for kids to get out and have fun with other kids their own age during the summertime.
Who knows, having this experience might be the catalyst for the child becoming the next great athlete in their respective sports.
Brent Maze is the managing editor of the Hartselle Enquirer.