Southern Regional Summer Sports Camps Provide Plenty of Options for Youngsters

Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: Supplied photo Former Southern basketball star and current NFL player Mike Gesicki (right) again will be part of the instruction during the annual Rams Basketball Camp coming up soon.

Each summer, Southern Regional High School athletic coaches provide opportunities for local youngsters to hone their skills in a variety of sports – from baseball, football and lacrosse to softball, field hockey and soccer.

Focused on enhancing each athlete’s fundamentals within a positive, encouraging environment, the Southern sports camps are open to boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Campers are expected to bring water or snacks, bug repellent and sunscreen for outdoors, and they should wear appropriate, loose-fitting and light clothing.

One of the more prominent and extensive camps for the summer lineup is Eric Fierro’s basketball camp, held in the 11/12 gymnasium inside the high school, located at 90 Cedar Bridge Rd. in Manahawkin. In addition to Southern coaches John Pampalone, Joe Nagy, Brandon Snyder and Kendrick Keough, several well-known alumni, including former players and current NFL players Clark Harris and Mike Gesicki, also join in on the instruction.

The opening boys hoops camp is scheduled for June 25 through 28 with the following times and cost per grade level: pre-K to second grade, 1 to 2 p.m., $50 per camper; third to sixth grade, 2 to 4 p.m., $90 per camper; and seventh to ninth grade, 4 to 6 p.m., $100 per camper. Another camp for the same grade levels, at the same prices and times, will be held July 30 through Aug. 2. Also, a Monday night training camp for players in seventh through ninth grades is available from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2 through 23 for $80 per player.

Tom Bucci’s girls basketball camp will be in the Southern Regional Middle School gym, located at 75 Cedar Bridge Rd., June 25 through 28, at the following times and costs: grades three to six, 10:30 a.m. to noon, $75; grades seven to nine, 5 to 5:30 p.m., also $75. Another camp for girls will be held July 9 through 12 at the same times for the same grade levels and costs.

Andrew Beckett’s girls track camp will be June 25 through 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school stadium field, open to grades seven through 11, for $95 per camper. Scott Baker’s distance runners camp for boys and girls in grades seven through 11 is scheduled for June 25 through Aug. 6 for $20 per camper. Baker’s running camp for boys and girls in grades one through six will be July 9 through 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at $60 per runner.

Jason Church’s “Jump Nation” pole vaulting camp is slated for Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., July 5 through Aug. 2, and is open to boys and girls in grades nine through 12 for $20 per session. Church’s “Jump Nation” camp for high jump (4 to 6 p.m.) and long/triple jump (6 to 8 p.m.) is set for July 11 through Aug. 1, and open to boys and girls in grades nine through 12 for $20 per session.

Keith Cocuzza’s baseball camp is open to players in grades two through nine and will be held June 26 through 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. for $80 per camper, while Jenna Lombardo’s field hockey camp, open to girls in grades one through seven, is scheduled for July 9 through 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., for $85 per camper, and Evan Brosniak’s tennis camp, available to boys and girls in grades three through 12, is set for July 9 through 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., at $85 per player.

Later in July, Lori Johnson’s girls lacrosse camp, open to players in grades two through nine, is scheduled for July 16 through 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, for $100 per player, and John Pampalone’s boys lacrosse camp will be held Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and is open to boys in grades four through nine for $80 per player.

The 18th annual Southern Youth Football Camp, open to players in grades one through eight, is slated for July 16 through 18, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., at $50 per player, while the high school camp for players in grades nine through 12 is set for July 10 and 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $50 per player.

If soccer’s your game, Matt Moore’s boys soccer camp, open to players in grades three through eight for $95 per player, is scheduled for July 16 through 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Moore’s girls soccer camp, also open to players in grades three through eight for $95 per player, is set for July 23 through 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Boys and girls in grades three through eight also can participate in the goalkeeping camp on Mondays, July 16 through Aug. 13, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., for $95 per player.

Kaitlyn Hartkopf’s girls soccer camp is open to high schoolers July 30 through Aug 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $60 per player, while Jamie Bernaldo’s softball camp, open to girls ages 7 through 14 at $80 per player, will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 in two sessions – 9 to 11 a.m. (ages 7 through 10) and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ages 11 through 14), and Lisa Merlo’s cheerleading camp, for girls in grades two through eight, will be July 24 through 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., for $50 per cheerleader.

T-shirts are provided for most sports camps. For more information about the camps and to register, visit srsd.net.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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