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Summer basketball camp will benefit BHS program

Coach Jeff Wade, right, leads youth through dribbling drills at the 2013 Jacks Summer Basketball Camp at Bemidji High School Thursday afternoon. Leading the 11 year old group was Nick Snell. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — The first month of the 2013 Bemidji Jacks summer basketball training program is just about over, and Bemidji High School boys head coach Dan Ninham is pleased with the response and the enthusiasm of the participants.

“When I was hired as the head boys coach, I looked at the 22 baskets we have at the high school and wondered when we could use them all. And now we are,” he said.

The training program, which is open to any boy or girl from first through 12th grades, began in early June and about 65 youngsters have registered.

The second month of the program will begin after the July 4 holiday and there is room for everyone who wants to improve their skills.

“We actually exceeded our registration expectations,” Ninham said. “We continue to build our program by providing opportunities.

The summer training program will benefit our high school basketball program in the short term and in the long term.”

The training program features one-on-one drills which focus competition and contests, development and shooting. Specific times and dates for the various camp offerings and the participation cost options are available by accessing the Bemidji Bombers basketball website or by contacting Ninham (218-368-6430).

On July 22-23 Tommy Brown, the 2008 NAIA National Coach of the Year from Lee University (Tenn.) will join the camp staff which includes Ninham, Craig Peterson, Jeff Wade, Travis Peterson, Steve Rohder, Ryan Rude, Steve Thompson and Jim Walker.

“Our workouts are intense,” Ninham said. “Our focus is to keep the kids active and to encourage productive and hard work.

“Repetition and drills is what we stress,” Ninham continued. “We emphasize doing one important drill 100 times rather than doing 100 drills once. Demonstrate, explain and repeat are what we do.”

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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