Aug 26,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team are already getting ready for their upcoming Canada West competition but a midst their pre-season training head coach Craig Beaucamp is leading an important Elite Invitational camp. The two-day camp ran Aug. 25-26 on the home floor of the Vikes, Ken and Kathy Shields Court, and focuses on prospective student-athletes.
Led by Beaucamp and current assistant coach Craig Behan, the Vikes Elite Invitational men’s basketball camp aims to give opportunity to future Vikes hopefuls. Select boys in grades nine to 12 are invited to attend the camp at no cost.
“This is a great opportunity for the invited players to get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a varsity student-athlete and, more specifically, to be a Vike,” adds Beaucamp. “The players will get to interact with some of our current team members, ask questions and go through drills our team would normally practice. This camp allows us to see potential players in the Vikes training environment.”
The camp is ideal for competitive players that see themselves playing at the university level in the future and exposes them to what the Vikes practice atmosphere and intensity looks like.
This year 49 players from grade nine to 10 participated in the camp. The invitation list spanned the island and extended to some players from Salt Spring and the mainland.
Not invited to the Invitational Elite Camp? There is no shortage for opportunity to interact with the Vikes, as the men’s and women’s basketball program run a variety of youth programs throughout the year. Officially the Vikes Basketball Academy, players from around the lower island can trial for spots in the Regional Training Centre (RTC), 3×3 small ball or the Junior Vikes Skills camp. Trials for the RTC program begin Sept. 21 (boys) and Sept. 28, while small ball begins Sept. 21.