Hecker to hold high-caliber hoops camp
Basin Recreation’s summer basketball camp is going designer this year. The week of June 11-14, former NBA assistant coach Barry Hecker will lead a camp for grade schoolers that will draw on his years of experience at every level of basketball.
Hecker, who most recently coached at Salt Lake Community College, but has worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers in the past, will offer a fundamentals-based camp for youth in grades 2-8. Hecker runs other youth camps each year in Salt Lake, as well as an Adidas super star camp for NBA prospects, and says that his approach is different, but the skills are not.
"I work on a lot of footwork and ball handling, Hecker said. "The fundamentals are the focus. The talent level changes. The size changes."
He also tries to give youth life skills as well. He will cover discipline teamwork and court etiquette.
"I try to be real positive with them," Hecker said. "Its not just basketball, but doing the right thing."
Hecker adds that the camp will be challenging. It is for kids that are serious about improving their game. He says it will be intense, with games, drills and skills being continuously taught, but he thinks that kids will also have fun while they are learning.
"I get their attention and when they leave after the week, they’re gonna get better," Hecker said. "I make a fun time of it, but I let them know they’re here to work."
He adds that in 35 years of running hoops camps, only one child has asked for a refund, so he feels that the content is effective and he continues to keep improving it. The camp will separate the youth in grades 3-5 from the older sixth through eighth graders. Both groups will work on the same skills, but at different speeds. Because of height and a need to establish good fundamentals, Hecker says not much time will be spent on shooting, but rather on just knowing what to do with the ball and where to be on the floor in different situations. He will be aided by players from Salt Lake Community College.
Hecker also spends his time running workouts players preparing to enter college and the professional ranks and hopes to instill that same self-esteem in the camp participants.
"If they feel they’re getting better, they play better," Hecker said. "Skill leads to confidence and confidence leads to happiness."
The Barry Hecker Basketball camp will be held June 11-14 at Ecker Hill International School from 9-10:30 a.m. for children in grades 2-8. The cost is $60 and the first 25 campers will receive a camp T-shirt, ball and autographed photo of Andre Kirilenko. For more information, visit http://www.basinrecreation.com.
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