Hoop camp for elementary students being offered

Dustin Hyde is confident that after one week in his basketball camp, the kids who attended will be solid players.

Dustin Hyde is confident that after one week in his basketball camp, the kids who attended will be solid players.

Hyde, who coached the Pen High Lakers senior boys basketball team, will coach a camp for kids aged seven to 12 at Uplands Elementary School from Aug. 2 to 5.

As Hyde put it, the three main F’s of the camp will be fun, fitness and fundamentals.

“Ultimately the camp is about kids having an opportunity to get out and interact with other similar aged youth,” he said. “And have the opportunity to learn about basketball and play fun games.”

It’s the third year Hyde is hosting the camp and in previous years he has discovered kids and families like that it lasts for a week.

“There is no other camp in Penticton to my knowledge that is offered for that age group,” said Hyde, who works with them for three hours each day. “By the time they start the camp, to the time they end the camp, they can really see their individual skills progress quite a bit.”

Kids will participate in fun games as well as competitive to ensure they have a good time and get those “competitive juices flowing.”

Hyde’s end goals is to get kids out, give them an opportunity to do something over the summer, teach them the game and produce quality players.

Registration for the camp is one-day only on June 28 at Pen High Secondary from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost for the camp is $70.