Coach Sid MacCallum (head developmental coach with the Ottawa Celtics Basketball Club) returns to Vankleek Hill this year, along with Marcel Arseneau (President of the Titans Basketball) along with local coaching staff to run two boys basketball camps beginning at the end of July.
“This year is the boys’ turn for a camp,” says Coach MacCallum, who last year ran two successful basketball camps for girls.
“Basketball is a great sport,” says Coach Sid, who will be bringing a few of his developmental players down from Ottawa to attend the Grade 6, 7 and 8 camp.
“It can be played recreationally, which Titans provides, or competitively, which is offered through the “Selects” programs through their head coach, Carl Denis and staff.”
“What is missing now is a developmental program, which we run with the Celtics in Ottawa. We offer a straight developmental program and an advanced developmental program. The boys coming down to Hawkesbury this summer are in the advanced level and although they are only in Grade 5, they will attend the Grade 6,7 and 8 camp in August. They are ready to play competitive U-12 basketball this September,” explained MacCallum.
“The Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury area has many fine coaches, some retired from their regular 9-to-5 jobs, who could offer, under the umbrella of Titans Basketball, a developmental program starting as early as Grade 3 and could prepare players to play competitively, should they wish to, at either the high school or club level. These coaches could run a September-to-December session and a January-to-April session. Titans may consider this option, perhaps in September.”
“The first camp this summer is for players currently in Grades 3, 4 and 5, where they will be taught skills we teach with the Celtics basic developmental program,” says Coach Sid. The camp only accepts 24 players; there are only a few openings remaining for the July 30 to August 3 session.
The same can be said for the Grade 6, 7 and 8 camp; only a few spots are available. The camp will teach basic fundamentals, along with an introduction to some of the advanced fundamentals that are taught with the Celtics. This session runs from August 13 to August 17.
Most of last year’s coaches will be returning, including former head coach for Sun Youth Basketball in Montreal, Les Hughes, who will again go through the basics of proper shooting mechanics, drills and progressions.
Coach Sid is dedicating this year’s camp to the memory of dear friend, a loving family man and former basketball coach Denis Parisien.
Parisien passed away at a much too young age in 2011. “This camp is for you, my chum,” says Coach Sid.
For more information on this summer’s camp sessions, email: [email protected]