BOONVILLE — Starmount basketball coach and North Surry alumnus Rocky Horton is planning two sessions of the Pro Shot national camp next month.
Pro Shot Shooting System holds camps across the country each year (in 44 states so far), including one at Starmount last summer.
That camp drew more than 70 kids, and the school didn’t have enough basketballs to go around, recalled Horton.
Some of those kids came down from Mount Airy, Dobson and Pilot Mountain, so it made sense to plan a camp for both Yadkin and Surry counties, he said.
Horton said Yadkin County schools finished earlier than Surry schools, so he’s already held his summer youth camp at Starmount.
If Horton has his own camp, why does he need to bring in Pro Shot?
“I really like what Pro Shot does,” he said. And if there are any area coaches who are curious about the system, coaches get in for free at either location.
The founder, Paul Hoover, will be at the Starmount camp personally, Horton said. That camp is July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to noon. The following week, the camp will be at Mount Airy Middle School July 14-15 from 1-4 p.m.
A lot of coaches teach the same way they were taught many years ago, said Horton.
“When I think back to what I was taught … it is a wonder I ever made a shot,” said Hoover. “‘Square the feet. Bend those knees. Start your shot high. Don’t dip the ball. Shoot up and down. Shoulder width.’ I heard those commandments every day, and yet these are all biomechanically flawed concepts.”
One idea the camp teaches is to remember the F.O.R.E.S.T. when shooting: Finger, Off hand, Rhythm, Eyes, Sway and Turn. Kids learn what each of these words means and how to use it with practicing their shot.
These kinds of national camps can get pretty pricey, Horton admitted, with some going for $125 for a two-day camp.
Horton said he feels fortunate that Buttonwood Chiropractic and 21 Motors have agreed to be co-sponsors for these events. The companies’ contributions have lowered the fee to parents to $70.
Like other summer camps, that fee will include a T-shirt, said Horton. Since last year’s camp ran short of balls, Horton advises kids to bring their own ball and mark their initials on there with a Sharpie pen.
Concessions likely won’t be available, so children are encouraged to bring a beverage and/or snack.
Registration forms can be found at www.yadkinbball.com and at SageSport and Hibbett Sport.
Horton is asking for registration by July 1 for the Starmount camp and July 7 for the Mount Airy camp so organizers can prepare for the correct number of attendees.
The registration forms and checks can be sent to Horton’s Yadkin Valley Basketball Academy or YVBA. The mailing address is 311 Pineview Drive, Mount Airy.
For more information, contact Rocky Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org.