Basketball camp provides fun and fundamentals for Lassen County youth
Lassen High School held its annual youth basketball camp Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20. Children packed the gyms at Lassen High School and Lassen Community College to learn the fundamentals of basketball and have fun. Photo by Maddie Musante
June 26 — Lassen High School’s annual basketball camp brought dozens of basketball-loving children to the Cave and Lassen Community College gym last week. Children and camp counselors packed the two gyms from Monday, June 17 through 17 and had a blast playing games, learning fundamentals, and competing in a basketball tournament.
Camp Grizz is organized and directed by Lassen High School girl’s basketball coach Jessica Larson and Lassen Community College women’s basketball coach Dorinda Schaffer. Proceeds from the camp go toward the Lassen High School girl’s basketball program and help pay for uniforms and tournament costs.
Many players from the Lassen High School and Lassen Community College basketball teams were counselors at the camp. According to Larson, the format of camp this year is the same, but the camp counselors are better than they have ever been. “This year’s counselors are above and beyond. They’re great at teaching, patient and great at refereeing,” she said.
In addition to teaching the fundamentals of basketball, Camp Grizz teaches children fun games that allow them to practice the fundamentals, whether they are at home or at school. According to Larson, two of the most popular games are called “Poison” and “Knockout.” Poison is a group shooting game that incorporates elements of freeze tag, dodge ball and horse. The purpose in teaching and playing these games in camp is to have fun and also give children the opportunity to take them back to school or the playground and continue playing, which is a fun way to further develop their skills.
After three days of practicing, learning and playing, campers were divided into teams and competed against one another in a tournament on Thursday, June 20.
This year’s Camp Grizz provided children with four days of fun, instruction from top-notch basketball players and the opportunity to practice and improve their skills. It’s safe to assume campers will take what they’ve been given from Camp Grizz and use them to further their skills and love of the game in the future.