It's not too late for area youngsters to sign up for the Grizzly Basketball Camps hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly basketball program.
Head Coach Brian Ostermann said there are still spaces available for this fun, summertime event.
The action begins June 16-19 with the Elementary Basketball Skills Camp for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grades.
This popular camp, which will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. each day, will concentrate on the basic basketball fundamentals.
Primary emphasis will be placed on passing, shooting, dribbling and footwork. Participants will compete in several contests, and awards will be given. Participants also will receive a free T-shirt.
"Our goals for this camp are to have fun and improve as basketball players," said Ostermann.
He also pointed out that West Plains Elementary School summer school students will be able to ride Bus No. 37 to camp after school, if they wish.
The Grizzly "2 In 1" Specialty Basketball Camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 23-26 for boys and girls in grades five through 12.
The camp will focus on shooting fundamentals in the morning and competitions and games in the afternoon and evening.
All aspects of shooting will be taught, including footwork, balance, release of shot, hand placement on ball, follow-through, shots off the dribble, and shots off the pass.
Several shooting competitions and contests will be part of the camp, Ostermann said.
The afternoon and evening sessions will give participants the opportunity to compete against area players in their age group in a variety of contests. "There will be no lectures, just four days of non-stop competitive play," Ostermann said. Prizes and/or awards will be given to winners in most competitions, he added.
Lunch and dinner is included in the camp, and participants will receive a free T-shirt or Grizzly basketball.
Cost of the Elementary Basketball Skills Camp is $65; however, a $15 discount will be given to those who pay their registration fee in full by June 1.
Cost of the Grizzly "2 In 1" Specialty Basketball Camp is $195 for commuters and $245 for those who wish to stay in a room at the Grizzly House residence hall on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. A $15 discount will be given to those who pay the fee in full by June 1.
Registration forms were distributed to area elementary schools last week, so those interested can stop by the school office to request one, Ostermann said.
Forms also are available by calling the Grizzly basketball office at 417-255-7993, stopping by the office on the second floor of the West Plains Civic Center's east side, or by visiting the Grizzly basketball Web site at www.wp.missouristate.edu/Grizzly/bb.htm and clicking on the Basketball Camps link underneath the Grizzly head logo.