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AUBURN HILLS, MI --- With last estimates approximating 300 million people playing basketball worldwide (Source: International Basketball Federation), players need every advantage they can get to be successful.

This summer, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Shock are giving young basketball players in the Lansing area an opportunity to get a leg up on all that competition by hosting the Detroit Pistons Youth Training Camp at Lansing Eastern High School.

The Training Camp, which will run June 8-11, is for boys and girls from grades 1-11 and is open to players of all basketball skill levels. Cost of the Training Camp starts at $179 with discounts available for early registration, referrals and returning campers. Each camper receives a Detroit Pistons reversible jersey, a Pistons basketball and a ticket to a Pistons 2009-10 regular season game.

Campers are tutored on the basic fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling and defense. They are tested with daily contests in free throw shooting, spot shooting, rebounding and a beat the coach competition. Each day of camp ends with a competitive five-on-five game, where campers are matched up based upon age and skill levels.

The Lansing Training Camp is supervised by Steve “Coach Steve” Moreland, the director of development and basketball camps/clinics who has been running the camps since their inception in 1996. Other camp coaches and staff consist of semi-pro and college basketball players.

“Our philosophy with the camps has been consistent since we started: teach our campers the sound fundamentals of the game and show them how to apply them both on and off the basketball court,” said Coach Steve. “We want our campers to leave with skills – teamwork, good sportsmanship, commitment, work ethic -- that will help them succeed in the game of basketball AND the game of life.”

Camps will be held this summer throughout Michigan and northern Ohio.

The 2009 Detroit Piston Youth Basketball Training Camp Schedule:

Sandusky Sandusky High School June 15 – 18
Hartland Hartland High School June 23 – 26
Plymouth / Canton (grades 1-5) Plymouth High School June 29–July 2
Plymouth / Canton (grades 6-11) Plymouth High School June 29–July 2

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Traverse City Traverse City West H.S. July 6 – 9
Midland Hangtime Sports July 13 – 16
Marquette Northern Michigan Univ. July 20 – 23
West Bloomfield West Bloomfield High School July 27 – 30
Perrysburg, OH (2 Day) Owens Community College July 31 – Aug.2
Brighton Brighton High School Aug. 3 – 6
Auburn Hills (grades 1-5) The Palace of Auburn Hills Aug. 10 – 13
Auburn Hills (grades 6-11) The Palace of Auburn Hills Aug. 10 – 13
Grand Rapids The Courthouse Aug. 17 – 20
Kalamazoo The Courthouse Aug. 17 – 20

For more information regarding the 2009 Detroit Pistons Youth Basketball Training Camp Tour, including registration forms, please visit Or call the Pistons Training Camp Tour hotline at 248-377-8653.

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