Summer sports camps return following relaxed pandemic restrictions

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:13 PM EDT
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The University of Pikeville’s summer basketball camp returned Thursday following last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, marking the first major basketball camp UPIKE has hosted since 2019.

“Yesterday, the 10th, was our first day,” said UPIKE Men’s Basketball Coach Tigh Compton. “We have eight different days of camps with teams from Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia being represented, as well as Kentucky’s 14th, 15th, and 16th regions.”

Tuesday was reserved for middle school boy’s basketball. But throughout the month of June, boys and girls from high school teams are scheduled to hit the hardwood and more middle school teams are also expected to see some play time.

“It really hurt us last season,” said Mullins School Head Basketball Coach Michael Boyd, “We had some of these kids not only out of shape, but their fundamentals weren’t as sound as they normally would be after going to these types of camps.”

Along with providing conditioning and development for young athletes, camps like these aim to provide valuable experience no matter the sport or age group.

“Some of these kids, this is their first time seeing middle school basketball,” said Boyd. “The summer camps and summer leagues are very important for them to get out and see what it’s like before the season comes around.”

The return of summer sports camps is a welcome sight- not only for the coaches but for players, parents, and the community.

“Once we got it going and you hear the balls bouncing and the shoes squeaking? It’s something we really missed,” said Compton. “We’re very excited to get this going again this summer.”

With the lifting of the mask mandate and capacity restrictions on Friday, this event is open to the public. To learn more about the camp’s schedule or how to attend, visit UPIKE Basketball’s Facebook page.

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