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Future Dogg camp lets the kids play ball

POSTED: June 14, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy Steffanie Sorrells/

The coaches and players of the 2014 Future Bulldogg Basketball Camp pose for a group photo after receiving their official camp t-shirts.

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With football and baseball camps taking over Barrow County during the summer, the basketball program at Winder-Barrow High School wanted to make sure they were able to get in on the game, too.

For that reason, second-year Bulldogg basketball coach Ron Garren reinstituted the old tradition of the Future Bulldogg Basketball Camp this past week, welcoming children from rising second grade to rising eighth grade.

“We had a three-hour camp each day, and we tried to spend the first hour and a half teaching them fundamental skills they’d need to learn in order to play the game the way it needs to be played,” Garren explained. “We just had competitions in the second part of the day.”

Garren and crew welcome 32 kids into the R. Harold Harrison Activity Center four mornings last week to teach them proper fundamentals and a love and respect for the game.

“I think they really enjoyed the camp, and we were able to identify several kids in our cluster who we feel like could end up being really good ballplayers down the road, so it was a very successful camp,” Garren added.

With such a wide range in ages participating, different kids obviously had different experiences with the lessons they were taught in the three-hour camp. For some kids, this past week was a great chance to hone some skills and improve their game. For others, it was a great way to get out of the sun and into an air conditioned gymnasium.

“You could really tell, especially with some of the older kids, that they were able to do some of the skills a little bit better by Thursday than they could on Monday,” Garren noted. “The young kids, well, they were just happy to be playing.

“I think it was a success, and hopefully we’ll double our number for next year.”

Although the camp is officially over, the participants will have one more chance to see each other all together in their brand new official camp t-shirts. Garren mentioned that the team will have a Future Bulldogg Night at one of the home basketball games during the 2014-15 season where they will recognize the young men who took part in this event.

That night will also be a reunion of sorts for one of the young men on Garren’s varsity basketball squad as Brandon Moss helped Garren run the camp and worked closely with the kids.

“I had one of my former players from Monroe helping us out with the camp and we had two of our current players helping out,” Garren specified. The other varsity Bulldogg at the camp was now graduated senior Markesio Anderson.

While many of the area camps have involved varsity athletes from the various sponsoring high schools, Garren opted not to bring too many of his young men in as they were already busy working on other sports.

“Most of my guys are football players, so they have workouts going on right now and we really didn’t want to interrupt our football program,” Garren acknowledged. “The majority of our kids didn’t get to work the camp, which was disappointing, but you just have to deal with the calendar the way it is.”

Now that the Future Bulldogg Camp is done, Garren and his team can get back to business in the mid-summer North Georgia Hoops tournament this upcoming week. The varsity Hoop Doggs will play twice daily from Monday through Thursday this week at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. with the JV teams playing throughout the day. With Winder-Barrow hosting a third of the event, games will be held at the school starting at 9 a.m. and running up to 9 p.m.



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