COOLIDGE — Many adults in Coolidge remember when they learned the basics of basketball as kids attending Dave Glasgow’s summer basketball camps. For many years now, that camp was missing as Glasgow coached in Sierra Vista, but now that he has returned to town, the camp is back.
Glasgow is bringing back two summer programs, one for the community at large and the other specifically for middle school players. Both are going to be focused on fundamentals, something those who have played for the Coolidge High School coach know he values tremendously.
“Maybe if we teach people how to block out in elementary school, it will stick by the time they get to high school,” Glasgow said with a chuckle.
He started the camp in Coolidge in 1994 during his first season as head coach. It continued every summer until he left for Buena in 2003 after having won three state championships at Coolidge. He believes the foundation for those championships came from having a strong youth basketball system in town.
“A lot of people who play varsity for me came through that camp, starting with both the Gants and both the Youtseys that won the state championship,” Glasgow said. “I think we had a 1-on-1 contest the second year where Sean Jordan and Randy Youtsey were in fourth grade, and I remember them having a back-and-forth battle.”
The Bear Basketball Camp is open to boys and girls grades 3 through 10, with participants divided into groups based on ability, experience and age. No previous basketball experience is necessary. The camp will include three sessions: May 31-June 3, June 7-10 and June 14-17, with camp running from 9-11 a.m.
Campers will need to bring their own basketball shoes, workout clothes, a mask and “a positive attitude, the desire to learn, work with others, improve and have fun.” The cost is $20 per session, with financial aid available.
The middle school program is available to boys and girls in grades 6-8 and is designed for both developmental and recreational purposes. Practices will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. from May 31-June 3 and the Mondays and Wednesdays the rest of June. There will also be games played on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
The hope is to have the middle school program divided into eight teams to compete against each other during the games. Glasgow is particularly focused on middle school because they didn’t have competitive seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cost to participate in the middle school program is $10.
Both programs are designed to help out kids who want to become basketball players as they get older, along with those who just want something fun to do during their summer.
“We’re trying to create some enthusiasm for basketball among the young,” Glasgow said. “We are trying to find and develop players, but it’s also important that we serve the community. So we’re not turning anybody away.”
Registration will be open the first day of each session, but pre-registration allows organizers to better prepare for the camp. Those interested can contact Glasgow at email@example.com.