Van Alstyne High School hosted the annual Lady Panthers summer basketball camp June 19 through 22. The purpose of the camp is to offer student athletes the opportunity to hone their athletic skills and improve their performance on the court during the season.

The camp’s primary focus is for the future Lady Panthers to get a head start on the program by helping the student athletes “learn our principals and learn our system,” Varsity Head Coach Tyler Dyer said.

“They learn what we expect out of them as far as effort,” Dyer added.

The campers are divided into two groups — the elder group of seventh, eighth and incoming freshman is composed of 15 students with the second group made up of 45 first through sixth graders.

“I would say we have developable talent for sure,” assistant coach Scott Brandewie said.

The camp has a straightforward approach to learning fundamentals and improving performance as it presents both physical and mental challenges for the Lady Panthers to overcome. A goal of Dyer’s for the participants of the basketball camp is to increase what Dyer refers to as the players’s “basketball I.Q.”

What is this basketball I.Q.?

“Skills, fundamentals, we try to give them drills they can do at home and stuff like that,” Dyer said.

He and Brandewie said they have been enjoying helping the student athletes improve as they ready their players to take over the 2017-2018 Lady Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity basketball teams.

While the players have been showing improvement, it has not been without struggle.

“There’s a little bit of confusion, but that is going to happen.” Brandewine said of the learning experience for the athletes.

At times the players were visibly flustered in the thick of the practice 5 on 5 gameplay drills held at the end of the session. Overall, the campers maintained the positive attitude and maturity that can be expected from the members of Van Alstyne High School’s athletic programs.

“It’s been good,” Dyer said of his experience running camp and the Lady Panthers progress as a team.

As for what he would like to see the camp accomplish, Dyer said he would be happy to “just to see them pick up on the concepts and be able to translate that into 5 on 5.”

The Van Alstyne High School Lady Panthers basketball camp was held at the high school basketball courts on the mornings of June 19-23.