Appomattox County High School hosted a boys basketball camp June 1-3 to teach young players grades 4-10 the fundamentals of the game and sharpen the skills they’ve already acquired. 

Travis Cottrell, ACHS boys varsity basketball head coach, led the camp. Assistants were current players Tyler Gilliam, Casey Scruggs and Ethan Garrison, former player Phillip Fleshman, assistant coach Adrian Davis, and Lee Scruggs. 

A total of 36 boys participated in the camp, split up into two divisions according to age and ability. The annual camp is open to kids from outside Appomattox, but Cottrell said the boys were mostly from the local area.

Summer sports camps are a valuable tool for off-season development that can pay off in future competitive play. Camps also benefit the host school’s sports program through fundraising. 

“We try to hit as many fundamental skills as we can. So hopefully, when they go back to playing (Recreational) league or for the middle school team, or even playing JV next year, they can carry over some of these skills or at least remember what we’ve done in this camp and apply it to then,” Cottrell said. 

For the rest of the story, see the June 12 edition of the Times Virginian.