Mike Ritsi, the Sportime arena’s manager, announced during Saturday’s men’s basketball tournament there that youth clinics given by the reigning National Basketball Association’s Developmental League M.V.P., Justin Dentmon, are to begin there under the Hampton Hoops Academy banner at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“We’re hoping for a good response,” said Ritsi. “The clinics will be for kids 4 years old through 12-and-up. And Nicholas Worrall, who’s organized this, has said they intend to have all-girl groups too.”
Dentmon, a former point guard at the University of Washington, has played professionally, said Ritsi, with teams in Italy and Israel, and has also played briefly with the San Antonio Spurs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Dallas Mavericks. Dentmon hopes, he added, to sign a full-time contract with the N.B.A. this season.
Turning to other Sportime summer offerings, Ritsi said four teams are playing in an adult (over-18) basketball league there Mondays from 8 to 9 p.m.; that an adult roller hockey league whose games are played Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. is under way, as well, and that junior volleyball clinics for boys and girls ages 11 to 17, overseen by Kirsten and Katie Brierley, are being held at Sportime on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.
The East Hampton Sports Camp, whose directors are Mark Crandall and Eric Scoppetta, uses the arena every weekday morning, said Ritsi, adding that “we’ve also got a Fun Night open to 6-through-12-year-olds from 6:30 to 9 every Friday night with all sorts of sports . . . soccer, basketball, dodgeball, Wiffle ball . . . and pizza.”