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Covenant camp coaches basketball basics
Chase Newby goes up to block a shot during the Covenant Academy basketball camp Friday afternoon.

Covenant Academy held its annual basketball camp last week and kids from all over Warren County came to participate from grades K-6. The camp was started 15 years ago by brothers Alan and Ryan Smith and has seen strong turnout over the years.
The camp averaged about 40-50 campers on Thursday and Friday.
The camp worked on several fundamentals of basketball including dribbling, defense, passing, pivoting and shooting.
Ryan Smith talked about the purpose of the camp and why he and his brother decided to start it.
“We are just trying to offer something as part of our basketball academy here at Covenant. We have our Saturday basketball, the camp in the summer, and our post camp that are all part of our basketball academy.”
Smith added, “We are just trying to offer several things in the summer. I know toward the end of the summer when baseball and softball season are over, kids are kind of bored, so this camp is something we offer that not a lot of people do. We want the kids to learn how use good habits of the game and 10 years down the road, watch them succeed.”
Smith made it clear the camp is not a recruiting tool to lure athletes away from other schools. The purpose of the camp is to help the kids take their skills they learn and make their teams better.
“I’m afraid some people think this camp is a recruiting tool or we are just trying to make money but we only charge $20 and we are just here to help all of these kids who attend the camp improve each day of camp.”
Smith added, “It’s amazing how much their games improve in just three days of practice. We focus on the things that will help the kids go and make their teams better.”
The Smith brothers will also be holding a camp Monday-Thursday for grades 7-12 at Covenant Academy. Guard camp will be from 1-4 p.m., while post camp will be from 3-6 p.m. The cost is $40 for each camp or if you want kids want to attend both together, it’s $60.
The guard camp will help players with advanced ball handling skills, the 13 things to become a more efficient player, the mental side of being a good point guard, classroom sessions that include film study and off-season and in-season workouts to improve skills.
The post camp will help athletes improve their post moves, playing in the pick and roll, tips on how to become a great rebounder, increase scoring and rebounding averages, classroom sessions that include film study and off-season and in-season workouts to improve skills.