Local athletes boosts skills at hoops camp
Hoop Skills Basketball Camp
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Point Beach basketball isn’t played until the winter season, but head coach Nick Catania doesn’t hang up his whistle during the offseason.
Catania hosts the Hoop Skills Basketball clinic every season. The first clinic was this week, Monday to Friday. The second will be this upcoming Monday to Friday. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Point Pleasant Beach High School and students from second to ninth grade can still sign up.
Some of the activities in the camp included ball handling, stations, shooting technique, a guest speaker, three-on-three games and five-on-five games.
Catania said it is important for local children in this area to stay active during the summer and he enjoys helping them improve their basketball skills.
“We focus a ton on the fundamentals,” Catania said. “We try to run our camp the same way we run our program. It is good for our players to help the younger players and get more involved in the community.”
One of the attendees of the camp this year is 13-year-old Luke Remail, of Point Pleasant Borough. He will be in eighth grade at St. Peter’s School in Point Pleasant Beach this fall. He said he was happy to be part of the camp this year.
“I learned a lot of leadership skills and really improved my ball handling skills,” he said. He can play both the shooting guard and point guard positions. “I am really becoming a better player. This is the best basketball camp in the Shore.” Catania said he believes the camp is growing due to the success the Point Beach basketball program has sustained over the past couple years.
Catania led Point Pleasant Beach to the first state and Shore Conference championships in school history. He was the 2013 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association coach of the year. He has helped players earn more scholarships than any Shore Conference basketball coach over the last five years. He has also won multiple division titles.
“We have advertised the camp the same every year but when you have a successful program with players going to great basketball schools like Notre Dame and the University of Iowa, it draws more interest,” Catania said about the turnout.
Catania emphasized what is most important to him is that the athletes are able to walk away as better overall players and each camper has a great time.
“We ask the kids at the end of practice every day what they learned,” he said. “We want them to learn three or four things they can add to their game every day.”