Wetumpka coaches look to grow the game by hosting annual skills campPublished 6:05pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ed Rogers stood in the midst of controlled chaos Tuesday morning blowing his whistle and watching 50 campers twisting and turning their feet different directions before sending them speeding across the floor to the other sideline. Rogers and a handful of parents and assistant coaches were on hand for the Wetumpka Indians basketball camp.
“We keep moving closer to that 100 target,” said Rogers, coach of the Wetumpka Lady Indians. “We had 40 last year and we’re at 50 this year. We’ve seen it grow, and it has the potential to keep getting larger.”
Campers throughout the camp will be taught the finer points of basketball with a few games and competitions mixed in to balance things out.
“This is a great way for us to help build our program,” said Rogers. “Most of these kids are from Wetumpka. If they play ball in high school they’ll come through our program. Teaching them the fundamentals from the start will help when they reach that level.”
That’s an approach Rogers has taken with his Lady Indians squad and it has paid dividends. Rogers’ clubs have been in the area title hunt for the past three seasons.
“It’s good to see some of the older kids that are in the program out here going through this,” said Rogers. “It’s a refresher course for them and its a chance to get rid of some of the bad habits they may have developed.”
The Indians Basketball Camp has become an annual tradition within the summer months.