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Shoot the Lights Out basketball camp information


One of the best basketball camps in the region for boys and girls entering grades 5 to 12 will be held at Avoca High School July 17 to July 21.

The Shoot The Lights Basketball Academy is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, Monday to Friday.

The cost is $90 if pre-registered, or $110. Walk-in cost is $130 and there are discounts for more than one family member. Insurance is included in the cost and scholarships are available. There are no refunds.

To register, send the campers name, address, grade as of this September, school phone number, emergency number and shirt size to:

Shoot the Lights Out Basketball Academy, Bill Hopkins, Director, 4094 Shorewood Dr., Hammondsport, NY, 14840.

You can also order the camp DVD’s for $30.

For more information, call 607-738-5307 or email

The camp is hosted by Bill Collmer, long-time Avoca basketball advocate and directed by Bill Hopkins, retired basketball coach of 46 years and Max Young, former Notre Dame Varsity Girls’ Coach.


9:05 – 9:15 Form Shooting

9:15 – 9:20 Shooting Lecture

9:20 – 10:30 Shooting Fundamentals

Grade Group Practice

10:30 – 10:45 Grade Group Free Throw

Shooting & Contests

10:45 – 11:10 BREAK – lunch will be provided by the Avoca Cafeteria Staff.

(if you wish your child to bring their own lunch, they are welcome to do so)

Gatorade and water will be sold at the camp throughout the day

11:10 – 12:00 Grade Group Instruction

12:00 – 12:30 Individual Offensive Skills

12:30 – 1:00 Games

What others say about the camp:

I have had Coach Bill Hopkins host his Shoot the Lights Out Basketball Camp at Avoca Central School for the past 16 years. There is no doubt in my mind that the players are getting taught the proper shooting techniques by one of the best shooting coaches in Western NY and are getting a ton of basketball knowledge in the process, Coach Hopkins and his staff have had a huge impact on the players they teach, By the end of the week, you can see how much of a difference they make. The improvement is there to see with the players on the court!

Bill Collmer, Long-time Avoca Central School Basketball Advocate

“The Shoot the Lights Out Program is a great opportunity for athletes to become great shooters. Through a variety of techniques and teaching philosophies, Coach Hopkins effectively shows each individual basketball player how to become a better shooter. Coach Hopkins came to our district and ran a clinic on the basic fundamentals of shooting, and also on more advanced skills and drills. The information at the clinic was very helpful, and our athletes became more knowledgeable about shooting. Coach Hopkins stresses repetition and his motivational approach gets the athletes excited about being better shooters. His clinic can only help reinforce and teach athletes how to be the best shooter that they can possibly be. His helpful hints and pointers through individual instruction have made my players better shooters, which in turn has made us a better offensive team. Truly a worthwhile and helpful clinic for all ages!”

Andy Scott, Head Girls’ Coach, Horseheads HS

“The Shoot the Lights Out Camp is a great opportunity for your team to improve those critical offensive skills needed to put your program on a path to success. The individualized attention to detail is unmatched at any camp in the area and has greatly benefitted our players’ offensive skills. The instruction given is crucial and beneficial to players of all ages and abilities.

Greg Gavich, Girls’ Basketball Coach, Odessa Montour HS

”I just wanted to let you know that many of our kids at UEHS that went through the Shoot Lights Out Clinic feel that they learned more about the art-science-skill of shooting and that will translate into more confident players for us. I thought the clinic was one of the best that I have seen on shooting. It was well-planned in all phases.”

Kevin McManus, former Head Boys’ Coach, Union-Endicott HS

“Bill Hopkins’ Shoot the Lights Out Academy was one of the most valuable camp experiences of my career. Bill’s ability to break down the shot, with all of its nuances, is second to none. His detail-oriented style and infectious enthusiasm make this camp an absolute must for any young player who hopes to become a proficient shooter.”

Chris Evans, Head Boys’ Coach, Owego Free Academy former Assistant Coach – College of Charleston (Div. I /1996-1999)

“I’m happy to recommend Coach Hopkins shooting video, and if you’re lucky enough his personal instructions.  He breaks things down to the basics and ensures accuracy through repetition.  This is great stuff for any level player.  We have found it very helpful with our Girls Basketball program, instilling in them fundamentals of shooting that are repeatable and predictable.”

 Dr. Sonny Spera, former Head Girls’ Coach, Maine Endwell HS and former player under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University (1980-84).

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