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Varsity basketball team hosts youth camp

For the third year in a row, the Park City High School boys’ basketball team will host a youth basketball camp at the PCHS gymnasium.

The camp, designed for players in grades 4-8, will feature instruction from Varsity Coach Caleb Fine and his staff, along with several of the PCHS varsity players. It runs June 8-10.

Fine said it’s important for the high school program to interact with youth players and teams from the community.

"We’re really excited for the opportunity to continue to build the link between the high school and the community," he said. "We try to make sure there’s skill and development work, but also a lot of fun things for the players to do."

Fine said he and his staff have learned a lot from the first two years of the camp and expect things to run even more smoothly this year.

"You develop the drills that work best for these ages," he said. "I’m a high school coach, so I’ve got to figure out the drills that translate to the younger ages. We try to make it the best three hours possible for the kids."

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The money raised from the camp all benefits the Park City High School basketball program. But, Fine said, furthering the basketball culture in Park City by letting players enjoy playing the game is the goal.

"It’s a great fundraiser for our program," he said. "But it’s more about the kids and having fun."

Even the high school players who assist with the camp have a great time, Fine said.

"It’s a unique experience because the high school kids get to be the professionals," he said. "It’s a great opportunity for them to be leaders. A big part of this camp is developing leadership among youth, but it also allows high school players to develop their leadership skills. It works really well for all parties involved."

The camp runs June 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Pre-registration is already closed, but there will be day-of registration available for $80.

"Pre-registration is at about 37 players and we’d love to get the camp into the 50s or 60s," Fine said. "You can do day-of registration, or, even if you miss the first day, you can sign up the next day."

The $80 fee can be paid by cash or check, and Fine said to make sure to bring along the player’s insurance information as well.

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