Robins hosts AF women's basketball training camp

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78th ABW/PA
For the fifth consecutive year, Robins is playing host to an All-Air Force team tryout.

In previous years, Robins has hosted All-Air Force basketball and volleyball training camps for men and women. On Tuesday the streak was extended as tryouts began for the All-Air Force women's basketball team.

Although it is officially a tryout, with only 11 players on the roster no one will be cut this year, said Matthew Sharman, a Fitness Center specialist and project officer for the tryout camp. Usually there would be about twice as many players invited, but it's down this year due to deployments and other commitments, he said.

The practices will take place in the newly-renovated main gym of the Fitness Center. The gym will be closed for varying periods two or three times each day during the camp. Practices will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day, with a third practice added later.

On the weekend of April 2-3, scrimmage games will be played at the main gym with the East Point Jaguars, a semi-pro team. The April 2 game will be at 10 a.m. and the April 3 game at 3 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Although none of the players on the roster are from Robins, assistant coach Eric Williams is a local Air Force retiree and a Robins referee.

The camp will run through April 9. Afterwards they will head to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., for a tournament before heading to the All-Armed Forces Tournament, the location which has not been set, according to Sharman.

They will compete against teams from the Army, Navy and Marines. All teams are made up of active-duty personnel.