Basketball camp begins Monday

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— The 30th annual "Running Sailors" basketball camp is slated to begin Monday and run through the first official day of practice on Nov. 14.

During the past 12 years, the Steamboat Springs basketball team has won 10 league titles and has been to the state tournament six times. Sailors coach Kelly Meek, the founder of the camp, believes it is the perfect way to kick off the season in an attempt to continue the tradition.

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "It's a great time for the young kids to bond with the older kids. More importantly, the young kids get to see how hard the older kids work."

The camp is open to all high school boys basketball players and will be put on by Meek and assistants Chris Adams and Jason Patrick.

In addition to taking part in the camp, the older players will help demonstrate the basic fundamentals Meek said the camp seeks to teach to all levels.

The cost of the camp is $15 and includes a T-shirt.

Those freshmen through seniors interested in taking part will be instructed on the latest styles and techniques in shooting, passing, faking, dribbling, jumping, team offense and team defense.

While the level of skill is different among the players, Meek said the way the players within the Sailors' program are instructed is similar and this camp provides a glimpse into how the kids will be coached.

The camp dates and times are as follows: Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 from 3:45 to 6 p.m. and Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The times for Nov. 11, 12, 13 are yet to be announced. Nov. 14 marks the start of the 2002 basketball season.

Registration forms can be picked up from Meek at the high school or from the high school office and returned to either the office or to Meek.

There is a parental or guardian consent form to be signed so those players interested in participating are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Meek said there no limit to the number of kids that can take part in the camp.

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