The college sports season is over but campuses across the state are buzzing with activity with the annual lineup of summer sports camps. From cross country to volleyball, camps are attracting boys and girls from the early elementary to the high school level to their school. Melisa Bruner is the womens basketball coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She says they start with second grade kids and go all the way through high school. She says it’s a chance to get people excited about basketball. Bruner says camps can help generate interest in a program and in the long-term may even be a recruiting tool. She says if the kids have a good experience, they may think about the college later. But, she says that’s not the only reason they do the camps. There are a growing number of team camps out there but Bruner says the ones they offer at Coe are designed to focus on individual improvement. She says kids just want to play and are not excited about doing drills and stations. Bruner says they try to provide a balance of both. Other camps may involve athletes from a number of different sports like the speed and strength camp that is offered by Central College.Jake Anderson who is the strength and conditioning coach at Central says all sports need speed and power. He says athletes need to know the proper way to train and that the key to making yourself faster and stronger is hard work. He says a lot of people look for an easy way out, or some gimmick, but he says free weights and hard work are the basic things they come back to. Anderson says many athletes don’t know how to run. He says that’s one of the biggest things is the leg and arm action aren’t taught properly in gym class and that becomes very evident when they get to junior high.
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