Successful camp a positive step for Plainsmen basketball program

Learning how to shoot with the left hand, handling the ball with more confidence and learning how to work with others as part of a team are just a couple of the skills campers are learning this week at the Frank Phillips College Boys Basketball Camp at the BCAC.The FPC Men’s Basketball program has passed on running a camp in recent years, due to low turnout and transition between coaches. So when FPC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Hackett made plans to host a camp this year, there was some uncertainty on what kind of response there would be. Fortunately, this year’s camp can be considered a success, with 26 campers from Borger, Stinnett, and Spearman coming out to learn the basics of the game of basketball or sharpen the skills they already possess. On the camp turnout, Hackett commented, “I didn’t really know what to expect because it had been a while since the program ran a camp. But I have been pleased with the number of kids that have turned out and hopefully they will have fun and learn something to where they will want to come back next year and we can just add more players to them.”Running and/or assisting summer basketball camps is something Hackett has done for the past 13 years and it is obvious it is something the coach loves doing. Through his experience in working camps with several respected figures in basketball, including former NBA coach Mike Fratello and longtime NCAA coach Rollie Massimino, Hackett said for his FPC Camp he basically is using a lot of the things he has learned that worked in the other camps he has been involved in.This week’s camp has started at 9:00 a.m. and lasted until 3:00 p.m. each day where Hackett, FPC Assistant Coach Travis Dooley, Borger Head Boys Basketball Coach Chet Byerly, and other camp coaches have split campers up into age groups where they worked on fundamentals, played games, and competed against each other individually and as a team. Throughout the week, the campers have taken part in what is call the shooting decathlon, where they focus on ten different shooting exercises that are charted throughout the week of the camp. Hackett said, “In the shooting decathlon, the campers with the highest scores at the end of the week will win prizes. But the focus of the decathlon is to see how each player has improved throughout the week in the different areas.”In watching the campers, there is no question each of them is putting in a lot of effort to be the best in the various drills or beat their friends in one-on-one or in team play. But along with feeding their competitive drive, each camper is getting the attention they need to become better players and having fun doing it. While this week’s camp won’t impact how the Plainsmen basketball team will do on the basketball court this season, the success of the camp can be considered as another positive step in the program becoming more involved in the community and an area of pride for the college now and in the future.The FPC Plainsmen Basketball Camp started on Tuesday and will conclude on Friday, June 1st.