coaches and students pose during basketball camp

July 12, 2023

LANCASTER, Texas -- Young basketballers filled the LHS gym this week to participate in the annual Lancaster ISD hoop camp. The three-day event was open to rising third through eighth-grade boys and girls, allowing them to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. The camp was held in Lancaster High School's practice gym, providing the perfect backdrop for a week of basketball instruction.

LHS head boys basketball coach and camp organizer Ferrin Douglas says he’s delighted to help develop the young players’ skills again. 

“My approach this summer is focusing more on our students' physical fundamental skills and techniques,” said Douglas. “The other coaches and I have emphasized the importance of active listening. We make sure they are paying attention and making eye contact so we know they’re receiving the message. Listening is a crucial skill both on and off the court.”

The players received expert coaching from experienced coaches, current Lancaster High School varsity players, and alumni players throughout the camp. Students worked on dribbling, shooting, passing, and defensive skills. They also learned about teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication.

Belt Line Elementary third-grader Syr’Raye Solomon says she was excited about the camp because she enjoys learning new skills in her favorite sport.

“I’ve been working on my dribbling this week and learning to trust my teammates,” said Solomon. “My favorite part of the camp has been competing with my new friends. I will keep working on my skills to be ready to play on the middle school team in a few years.”

Canard Bridges, a Lancaster Middle School seventh-grader, says the camp helped him prepare for basketball tryouts by demonstrating how to stand out so the coaches notice his abilities.

“I’ve always looked up to Kobe Bryant, and he inspired me to join the camp because I want to become a more talented player. This week I learned that hard work overpowers talent,” said Bridges. “I liked being able to work with my future teammates because it makes me a better competitor.”

Coach Douglas says any student wanting to play basketball should take the drills they learn during camp and continue to refine their techniques.

“The great thing about the skills and drills is that the players can use them anytime, anywhere. Becoming a better player takes practice and discipline; you don’t always need a coach watching you. Take the time to hone your skills and come back each day with the goal of being better than you were yesterday,” said Douglas. 

Lancaster ISD is committed to providing young athletes opportunities to develop skills and build confidence and looks forward to hosting the camp each year. 

View additional pictures from the Lancaster ISD summer basketball camp here.