For over 30 years, summers in Trigg County have begun with children making an annual trek to Wildcat Gym for basketball day camp. Former Coach Ray Maggard or possibly even Jim Wallace may have started this. Either way, it has become a time-honored tradition. Some years, there have been as many as 100-plus campers to attend. Other years have seen 40-50 children present.
Over the years, many future stars have had their coming out party at day camp. There has been legendary one-on-one games, dribbling contest, free throw contest and hot-shot competitions. Guest speakers have been aplenty. Local icons such as Jim Wallace, George Radford, Harry Todd and others have spoken. Former college and pro stars such as Mike Phillips, Jack “Goose” Givens, Scotty Sivills, Keaton Belcher and many others have lectured the campers.
As good as basketball day camp has been, there are problems with having it early in the summer. The gym is always set up for graduation, and it takes a while to restore it to basketball ready. Baseball season is near conclusion. Bible Schools are being held at this time also. Some families even take vacations to start their summer.
With all that being said, I am going to shake things up this year by forgoing the traditional summer day camp and have it in the fall instead. I got this idea from the coaches at Calloway County High School. A few years back, they started holding their camps in the fall, and it has worked for them. They usually pick a week late in September and have camp at night. I realize that this won’t be perfect and it will not work out for everybody, but it is worth a try for one year.
We will have sessions at night. This will allow
parents to attend and watch their child. Best of all, it will help to serve as sort of a boot camp or precursor to the ABA and Upward Leagues that start later in the fall. I hope this works out for as many campers as possible. Keep your eyes and ears open for details. See you in the gym.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.