Magic basketball camp set to begin this month

Monticello basketball has long held a Saturday morning youth basketball camp during the winter. It’s been a fun opportunity for young kids to get to work with varsity players once a week during the basketball season.
But with relatively new coaches heading the boys and girls basketball programs, they’ve decided to make a change.
Realizing that you need to build from the ground up to start and mantain an elite program, Craig Geyen and Jason Schmidt have decided to invest even more time in their annual youth basketball camp.
But to do that, they’ve had to make some big changes. Instead of beginning in December, the youth basketball camps will begin Oct. 15.
That change will allow coaches and players to work with the youth (Kindergarten through sixth grade) twice per week instead of just once.
Girls will meet Monday night at Little Mountain Elementary (K-1 from 5-6 p.m., 2-3 from 6:15-7:15 and 4-6 from 7:30 to 8:30). Monday night sessions will focus on skill development. Then the girls will meet Saturday morning at the West Gym at the Middle School. Saturday’s will also be for skill development, but will see more of a focus on games.
The boys will meet Tuesday nights at the West Gym at the same time as the girls meet on Mondays. They’ll also meet Saturday mornings in the arena at the middle school.
Coaches and players will be on hand during the weeknights and weekends to provide coaching, guidance and encouragement. The coaches will also be looking for parent volunteers as the camp moves along.
Coach Geyen says his staff is “very excited about this change.”