Reed City basketball camp draws more than 130 participants

Students K-8th grade were able to learn various basketball skills

REED CITY -- Reed City High School conducted a basketball camp for students ranging from kindergarten through eightth grade. 

More than 130 students participated in the three-day camp that took place from June 7-9. This included 40 kids in the K-second grade range, 45 in the third-sixth grades, and another 40 in the middle school camp. The first sessions took place in the morning for K-2, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. The last session was the middle school class, which went from 12:30 to 2 p.m. 

Girls head coach Tim Beilfuss talked about the camps' success for Reed City athletics as a whole. 

“It's just a chance for us to teach basketball, and for athletes to get out there and work with the younger kids,” Beilfuss said. “It gets them out of the public eye. Our athletic director Ryan Hansen wants Reed City athletics to get team camps going. So, I think we were probably the first one for kids going for the summer and it was a great turnout, good weather, and it wasn’t hot in the gym. So it's good skills work all day for three straight days.” 

At the camp, students practiced a range of skills ball handling, shooting, passing, pivoting and other motions essential to basketball before the final day saw students play a five-on-five scrimmage against one another. For the younger groups, it was about teaching the kids the basics of the game. 

“We got to teach little kids who've never played before what an out-ofbounds line is.” Beilfuss said. “When you get kindergartners, first and second graders who've never played before, it's a great opportunity for them to learn a new game. So that's what we're introducing them to. Every level is a little bit different from what we just kept building every day. We wanted them to learn.” 

Each camper was given a camp t-shirt, snacks, Gatorade, and other items donated by the community. They were also coached by some of Reed City’s basketball athletes from both the men’s and women’s teams.  

Boys' varsity coach Brennan Walsh talked about why it was important for Reed City to have this camp for the youth in the area. 

“It's all good fundamentals that's going to carry over to the middle school, high school season varsity basketball.” Walsh said. “So, getting the kids at the young ages, doing these fundamentals is key. This is how we're starting them off and getting them to be the kind of players we want to be. It's trying to get them excited and have fun, so we can get more kids involved. It also helps us raise money for the summer camps that the JV and varsity are doing.” 

This is just the beginning of a busy month for the Reed City basketball program. The first camp for the varsity and JV teams will take place in Hopkins on June 10 for a team camp. Then they will travel to Petoskey on June 20 and 21 for the Big North Shootout. They will then travel to Scottville for a team camp on June 27 and 28 before scrimmaging Ludington and Jenison in Ludington on June 29.