Kids from two counties attend Lassen College basketball camp
Special to the Times
For seven days last week boys and girls from all over Lassen and Plumas counties were instructed on the fine art of playing basketball. The first basketball camp of the year was held at Lassen Community College. Head Coach Fred Chmiel and eight of his best players, instructed fourth- to eighth-grade kids in the basic fundamentals of basketball.
Chmiel has been a basketball coach for the past eight years. He served as a coach at Feather River College for five years. Now he is head coach for the Lassen Community College Cougar's. The Director of camp services Nyls Nyman said, "Coach Chmiel and I started this camp to instruct local kids from the surrounding areas. I am very pleased with Coach Chmiel in his handling of this camp. The kids are really enjoying themselves. His abilities and skills with kids are outstanding."
Chmiel instructed the kids on skills and general knowledge of the game. They were drilled in ball handling, developing their shooting, offense, defense as well as team and individual skills. The campers were issued T-shirts printed with "Hustling Cougars Basketball Camp," a Cougars basketball with orange and white strips and each day they had an all-you-can-eat lunch. The coach said he hoped the kids had fun and will take what they learned and apply it to local league play or school team play. He also hopes that the kids will come out to Lassen College and watch the Cougars' games.
Chmiel says, "Team sports are very important to teach kids all about life's responsibilities and also teaches respect to others and themselves."
Kaena Keeser, 14, a ball player for Chester Junior/Senior High School (20 - 3) is hoping to learn a lot under Chmiel's tutelage. She is hoping to improve her skills. She said, "I am learning all about hard work and good fundamentals." She averages about 20 points a game for Chester.
Austin Nyman, 12, has been playing ball for the past two years and says he loves it. He said,
"I am learning good passing and shooting skills. This is a great camp for kids."
Steve Humphrey of Reno, Nev., is a sophomore at Lassen Community College and plays forward on the basketball team. He has been playing basketball for a long time and enjoys coaching kids. "These kids are good listeners and coachable. These kids reminded me how much fun this game is. This is a good basketball program." He said.
LCC activities programs have been around for the last 20 years.
"We are trying to cater these programs for the local kids. In the past these camps were designed for kids from all over California and Nevada. I feel this will help the college, as well as the community," said Nyman.
The following camps started last week; Lynn Fuller's Photo camp for 15 years to adult. He is the photograhy teacher at the college, Life Long Activities For All, taught by Glen Yonan the baseball coach at the college. The kids learn and play a different physical activity each day like, bowling, swimming, basketball, baseball etc.
They also have camps for the young at heart through the ongoing Senior Wellness Camp.
If you would like more information on any future camps, call Nyman at 251-8879 or visit him at LCC.