By Rob Tetro
For the first time in five years, Fulton varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland (boys) and Derek Lyons (girls) held separate basketball camps.
Each camp consisted of fourth-graders through eighth graders and ran for three hours each day from July 7 through July 11 at the Fulton War Memorial.
Thirty-two 32 campers took part in the boys’ camp while the girls’ camp had 26 participants. With junior varsity and varsity players serving as camp counselors at both camps, campers learned about and developed numerous fundamental skills while rotating through different stations.
A few of the fundamental skills campers were able to develop included passing, shooting and ball handling.
Both coaches said having junior varsity and varsity players serve as camp counselors was meaningful.
Fulton boys’ varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland said being a counselor to campers who look up to them allows the older players to gain leadership skills. He said if the older players are able to effectively teach campers how to learn fundamentals, it is something that could be a great benefit to the program in the long run.
Fulton girls’ varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons said the impact of the older players’ involvement is reciprocal. He believes it’s important for older players to be camp counselors because it allows them to reexamine as they work with the campers exactly how they execute the intangibles of the game.
Both Kimpland and Lyons want to thank Jerry Schremp, who recently retired from his position as director of Fulton Youth Basketball. They said Schremp always supported the idea of having district athletes come to help younger players get acquainted with the concepts they will need to now at the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels.
Taking over for Schremp is new Fulton boys’ junior varsity basketball coach Sean Broderick. Both coaches are excited to see how Broderick builds upon all that Schremp did as Fulton’s basketball programs continue to develop.