HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie keeps himself busy during the summer.
"I'm able to do some recruiting during those months," said Voudrie, "and I hold several youth camps, which are always enjoyable."
Voudrie and PUC sports coordinator Matt Dudzik decided to try something different this summer.
"We wanted to add a twist to separate this camp from most others," Dudzik said of the Game Day Experience Camp. "We thought kids would really get a kick out of going through what a college basketball player goes through while preparing for and then playing in a game."
"You've heard of grown men going to these baseball fantasy camps so they could live the major league experience," Voudrie added. "Here, we're going to do something like that for young kids ... give them the college basketball experience."
The camp for boys in grades 1-6 runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-17 at the PUC Fitness and Recreational Center. The camp will be run like a typical Peregrine practice.
"We will prepare for an upcoming game just like we do during the season," said Voudrie, who will be assisted by his staff and players. "We'll draw up some plays ... discuss strategy that will be implemented into the game."
Campers will have a final walk-through and a pasta lunch on the final day. They will return later, be fitted with a Peregrine jersey which they get to keep and play on the main court with the gym set up for an actual game night.
"There will be a concession stand, referees, the scoreboard will be operating and players will be announced on the (public address system)," Voudrie said. "Depending on how many kids sign-up will determine how long the games will be, but there will be a halftime talk and there will be an after-game press conference."
Voudrie said before the games, starting lineups will be announced during the final practice.
"Starters will be determined from the practices," Voudrie said, "but everyone will get a chance to play."
Voudrie and his staff will provide instruction during the camp.
"But we're not going to hold drills on how to make left-handed layups," said Voudrie, who took over the program in 2008. "This is more to give kids a glimpse of what it's like to be a college basketball player."
Voudrie will also conduct more conventional boys basketball camps at PUC for grades 1-6 on June 10-13 and for grades 3-8 on June 17-20. He says he hasn't coached long enough at PUC to have had any past PUC campers eventually come back to play for him.
"But with the emergence of our on-campus housing, that may change," said Voudrie, whose Peregrines were 18-14 last season. "We're becoming more attractive for local kids who want that whole college experience."