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Share the Rock offering free hoops camp in Hobart

Updated: December 15, 2013 11:59AM



A free youth basketball camp is set for Saturday at Hobart Middle School and is available for aspiring basketball players in third through eighth grades.

Share the Rock is sponsoring the hoops camp that will emphasize developing players’ basketball skills at all levels in a low-pressure, fun environment. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a free t-shirt and lunch for each participant.

Mike Black, varsity boys basketball coach at Hobart and Dan Voudrie, men’s basketball coach at Purdue Calumet, will lead the camp along with other volunteer assistants.

Voudrie believes that the volunteer efforts of student athletes are building one of the top camps in the region.

“We are excited to bring this to Hobart, and look forward to a great camp,” Voudrie said. “I’m excited to see high school students getting involved with the camp. It’s powerful when young athletes step up to help kids.”

Only 120 spots are available for the event, and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration and early arrival is recommended.

For more information or to register, visit sharetherock.org.

Former softball coach to host hitting camp: At the new Morris Baseball & Softball Center at Omni Health & Fitness (221 U.S. Hwy. 41, Schererville) former longtime Saint Joseph’s College softball coach Frank Wilkins will host a four-session hitting camp.

Wilkins, who amassed 300 victories at St. Joe’s and coached in the Division II College World Series, will coordinate the heavy-hitting camp sessions on Nov. 27, and Dec. 4, 11, and 18. Players’ swings will be evaluated and extensive drilling on softball offense will follow.

Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to the sessions. Youths in grades 7 and under will practice from 6 to 7 p.m. Those in eighth grade and above will practice from 7 to 8 p.m.

The cost for the four sessions is $99. For more information or to sign up, call Wilkins at 796-5214, or e-mail him at coachwilkins1@yahoo.com.

Purdue Cal softball to conduct pitcher, catcher camp: Purdue Calumet softball will host its first annual pitcher and catcher camp on Dec. 1 at the school’s Fitness and Recreation Center.

Former Purdue pitcher Brooke Baker-Runyan will run the pitching camp, which will offer drills and instruction on fundamental pitching mechanics as well as for advanced breaking pitches.

Peregrines head coach Heather Tarter, a former catcher at Northern Iowa, will coordinate the catching camp. Topics to be featured include throwing, catching stance, footwork, blocking, framing and receiving.

Girls in second through eighth grades will be instructed from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and high school girls will attend from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The camp’s fee is $40 per participant.

For information call coach Tarter at 989-8301.



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