The winter basketball season starts in the summer for boys who aspire to the thrills of big crowds cheering and making those big last-minute shots.
Wood River Valley summer basketball camps are a tradition dating back more than 30 years when Fred Trenkle and Phil Homer used to run their Wood River camps in Hailey.
It was fun, cheap summer fun back then. It's pretty much the same now.
Two basketball camps for boys of all ages are planned this summer at the Wood River High School and Wood River Middle School gyms. Trenkle, one of Idaho's most respected basketball coaches, will direct one of them. Bringing back the other is Carson Sofro, raised in the valley and now a full-time basketball camp director.
The 38th annual Snowline Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 9-13 is Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the middle school gym in Hailey.
Former Wood River High and College of Southern Idaho coach Trenkle has returned as camp director this year, while Snowline founder Jim Boatwright is accepting the registrations. Both have a long background with Wood River basketball.
At camp they are accepting boys entering grades 3-9 in the fall.
Middle school teacher and coach Trenkle said, "It will be a comprehensive camp that will stress the fundamentals of man-to-man defense, an old-school kind of approach."
Snowline Hailey is in its eighth year. Campers bring their own lunches. The instructors focus on individual and group instruction in fundamental skills. Games are played daily in team competitions. There are awards given for free throw champions and jump shot champions.
Cost is $150. Fees include a camp T-shirt and awards. Send registration forms to Boatwright, 133 Treasure Lane, Hailey, ID 83333, or call 788-3700 for more information.
Hot Shot Basketball Camps
"Elevate your game."
Camp director Sofro, a former hoops star at the Community School of Sun Valley and University of Redlands in California, has announced the fifth summer of his Hot Shot Basketball camps. "Elevate Your Game" is the camp slogan. And it's growing.
"We are officially the fastest growing program in the country, which is crazy to think that four years ago we were just a small clinic at the Community School," he said.
Sofro's summer camps are now in 10 locations, including Bend and Medford, Ore.; Boise (Capital High); Twin Falls (Canyon Ridge High); Park City, Utah; and three Texas sites, two in Dallas and one Houston.
He offers what he calls a world-class staff of former college and professional players and coaches.
This year, Sofro has expanded his Hailey offerings to half days for kids in kindergarten through third grade. Boys and girls are welcome at camp.
The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $235.
Space is always limited to the first 100 campers who sign up.
Running in the same July 25-28 timeframe and at the same location is the morning clinic for grades K-3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $115. Fundamental drills and contests will be emphasized for the younger kids.
Called HSBCAMPS (Hot Shot Basketball Camps) with its website, www.hsbcamps.com, the program has become Sofro's "thing," sort of like the three-point shooting he became known for in college basketball.
"This is now my full-time job and I am constantly traveling and working to get everything organized," he said. "It's been a great journey and always worth the time and effort. Sun Valley is always 'home' and I know for the coaches it's their favorite place."
Registrations are accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis. All players receive a camp T-shirt and Sofro's camps are known for their "swag," or prizes from sponsors. Camp fees are lower this year, and the Hailey camps are already half full, Sofro said. He added, "We have a lot of new, exciting things."
Camps for kids in Carey
High school basketball in Carey has enjoyed considerable success over the past couple of years, including the State 1A Division 2 boys' basketball tournament won by Carey for the first time ever, in March at Nampa.
It comes from year-round practice.
This spring, before school lets out for the summer, basketball coach Lane Durtschi will oversee a four-day after-school basketball camp for kids in grades 1-7. It is Monday through Thursday, May 16-19, from 3:15-5 p.m., for a cost of only $25.
There is also a girls' high school basketball camp for grades 8-11 from Monday through Thursday, May 23-26, from 3:15-5 p.m. each day.