HALF DAY CAMP UPDATE

We will plan to run a modified day camp the week of July 20-24( Mon-Thurs) at the
Commons courts. Since we will not have access to any indoor back-up courts, Friday July 25 will be retained as a rain date.
- There will be two sessions each morning, 8-10 am and 10:30-12:30. Maximum capacity for each session will be 50 campers. Campers can sign up for both sessions if they wish.
- Camp will focus on individual skill development while maintaining social distancing and no direct contact. There will be no games or scrimmages per NYS guidelines.

Camp safety policy:
Parents may drop off their children 15 min before each session. Campers may not leave their vehicle until a camp staff member has completed the health question screening process( NYS provided questions) and a temperature check has been completed. Upon leaving their vehicle all campers must be wearing a mask and will be directed to the appropriate court. Campers should bring their own water to camp each day. We will have limited bottled water in case a camper forgets their water. Campers can not share their water. Koubek camp staff will maintain a log of all daily screening confirmations for every camper and report any exceptions as required.

There will be six campers assigned to each basket and we will use the half court to maintain proper distancing between campers. Campers will be assigned to the same basket for the entire week’s session and will not move from that court. This will reduce possible contact with other campers and assist in maintaining distancing. If a camper must leave the court to go to the bathroom or for any other reason, they will be required to wear their mask. Campers will not be required to wear masks while completing their workouts.
Camp drills will focus on individual development and will include shooting, stationary and movement ball handling drills as well as defensive footwork. The design will provide skills the camper can take home and practice throughout the summer to improve their personal skill set.

All Camp staff will wear masks prior to the start of the session and after the session. Coaches when instructing the campers will wear a mask if they are within six feet of any camper. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each court and campers will be required to sanitize their hands at each 1/2 hour water break.

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Meet Our Coaches

Greg, while attending Shenendehowa, led the high school's basketball team to a New York State Championship in 1987. He is the first athlete ever to have his number retired at Shenendehowa. Greg went on to study at Duke University where he also played basketball for the Blue Devils. He became the captain of the team in 1991 and helped bring it the ultimate achievement for division 1 college basketball, the NCAA National Championship. Greg also is the first college basketball player ever to play in four consecutive Final Four's. After graduation, Greg went on to play professional basketball in South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan before returning to the Capital District of New York where he became the Executive Director of the Albany YMCA. He is now the Executive Director of the East, Mid & West Valley Family YMCA's in California. He and his wife, Natalie, have two girls named Helena and Olivia, and a son named Cassius.

Tim is one of the Co-Founders of the Koubek Camp. Tim is known for his leadership and his knowledge of the game. He also has the ability to drain the 3-pointer, as he led The College of St. Rose in 3-point shooting percentage and 3-pointers made. He was the Captain of Shenendehowa¹s first Section II Championship in 1985. Tim was also a member of Bill Bradley¹s Academic All-American Basketball team in 1988 & 1989. Tim was also voted by his teammates as Captain and Team MVP in 1988 &1989. Tim resides in Maryland with his two sons, Cameron and Colin.

Don has been with the Koubek Camps since 1994. Don is a 20 year coaching veteran in the Capital District having coached both boys varsity Basketball programs at Bishop Maginn and Burnt Hills. Don also coached at Hudson Valley Community College and was active in the Burnt Hills youth basketball programs.

Coach Tony Dzikas has been the head coach at Shenendehowa for 13 seasons. Through the efforts of his talented and hardworking teams, Coach Dzikas has compiled a Suburban Council League record of 154-28 which includes a 48 game league win streak that spanned over three years. In 2015 Coach Dzikas led the Plainsmen to their first Section 2 Championship since 1996, and their first N.Y.S. Championship since 1987!

In his ten years, Coach Dzikas' teams have been Champions or Co-Champions of their division six times. Coach Dzikas has been named Coach of the Year three times by his colleagues in the Suburban Council, and received the same honor by varies media outlets including Roger Wyland's Channel 13 All-Star Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2015. In 2015 he was named Class AA Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York! The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recognized Coach Dzikas as Coach of the Year, an award that is given to only one basketball coach in the entire state!

Recently Coach Dzikas was named Northeast Sectional Coach of the Year. The Northeast section includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamphire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont!

"I feel very fortunate to be part of the Shen tradition. I have been blessed to work with hardworking, high character young men who put the team ahead of their own personal accomplishments.”

He is a fifth grade teacher at Tesago Elementary School, and is also a Director of the Koubek Basketball Camps that run during the summer months.

TESTIMONIALS

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I started attending Koubek camps when I was 13 years old and it helped mold me into the person I am today. I learned what sportsmanship was, how hard work pays off and what it takes to be a team player. Now 22 years later I am lucky enough to be able to send my daughter back to the place that taught me these very same things. Greg Koubek was someone I looked up to as a teenager and I remember sitting at Day Camp and Overnight Camp listening to him talk to the large group of campers about his experiences and providing advice that we could use not only on the basketball court but in our everyday lives. This summer I was thrilled to see Greg Koubek still present at his camps, on the court working on skills with each camper and this time providing that same advice to my 5 year old daughter.

Kristy Koldis (attended Koubek Day Camps and Brant Lake Overnight between 1991-1995) and Madeline Koldis (age 5, attended her first Koubek Day Camp July 2013)

Koubek Basketball Camp is something we both look forward to every year.
It is a week full of great times, on the court and off. Every year we arrive at camp knowing a few friends, but leave having made many more. The basketball aspect of camp is very good too. Every year the camp has a great staff of coaches that work with us on our games and show us what to do to get better. And every year there is more and more great players to play with and against. Koubek is a must-do and a great time.

Tom Huerter

Greg runs his camps the same way he played for me at Duke -- with passion and integrity. At Greg Koubek's camp you will have a great basketball experience.

Coach K, Duke University & Olympic Coach

The last two summers have been a great basketball camp experience for my children and myself. I cannot say enough about the Koubek Basketball Camp It has become the highlight of my children’s summer. They count down the days until camp starts. My kids have attended many basketball camps. This is by far their best. It is a great mix of basketball skills and summer fun. The kids look forward to the basketball and the camp games they play. My children have always loved their Koubek counselors and coaches. They have encouraged and pushed my children. When my daughter arrived at camp this summer, a counselor mentioned that he had followed her box scores for the high school season and commented on her season. At the end of the camp, a counselor told my daughter that if she needs recommendation or advice about college to please contact him. According to my daughter "The Koubek camp is a great experience to meet new people and to play basketball." According to my son "The Koubek camp is the best time of the summer"

Coach "Yac", Yacouba Sangare