Hoopsters learn skills, technique

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The camp is led by Flagler Palm Coast girls basketball coach Javier Bevacqua.

It’s still early in the summer, but basketball enthusiasts got plenty of instruction last week during the fourth-annual Lady Bulldogs coed basketball camp, led by Flagler Palm Coast girls basketball coach Javier Bevacqua.

Bevacqua said the 112 campers this year is the best turnout yet. Four years ago when he started the camp, he had 64 campers. It’s grown incrementally each summer, he said.

“Basketball is so global,” Bevacqua said. “Everyone loves basketball.”

Of course, having competitive high school programs helps to grow the interest level within the county at the youth level, he added. Last season, both the boys and the girls FPC teams made it to the state playoffs.

The camp ran 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a campwide tournament to end the week.

Each day, campers participated in skills work for the first two hours, rotating between six stations. All of the stations are run by current or former Flagler Palm Coast boys and girls basketball players, as well as members of the girls coaching staff.

Because the Lady Bulldogs program will be a much younger team next season, Bevacqua said, it’s important to start developing the players early.

“We put on a great camp,” he said. “Not to toot our own horn, but we’re the only ones doing something like this in the county.”


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