BLOOMFIELD, NJ – It’s been a busy off-season for the Bloomfield Basketball Program, as the Bengals wrapped up their first week of Summer Basketball Camp and Summer Basketball League.

The first week of camp concluded this past Friday, June 28.  Week two takes place from July 8 to 11.

“Bloomfield Bengals Basketball Camp has been designed as a co-ed basketball camp that will teach basic basketball fundamentals, game and tournament competition, and the love of the game,” said camp director Michael Passero.  “Not only will campers work towards maximizing their potential on the court but off the court as well.  It’s our goal through various instruction that student athletes will be prepared to play at the next level.”

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Passero is the Boys Head Varsity Coach at Bloomfield High School with over 10 years of experience and is a four-time state champion.

The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 4 through 9 and takes place at the three air-conditioned courts inside Bloomfield High School.

Other staff members include Zac Dearwater, Girls Head Varsity Coach at Bloomfield High School.  Dearwater is a 2019 North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 Champion and 2019 Essex County Girls Coach of the Year.

Bloomfield High School also plays host to their annual Summer Basketball League, with 20 local teams competing.

“Some local colleges have stopped in, including Division II schools Caldwell and Bloomfield, plus Rutgers Newark and Kean,” Passero told TAP.  “The month of July has two more evaluation periods where colleges can come and watch.” 

Teams include Bloomfield, West Side, Hasbrouck Heights, Belleville, Becton, Morristown-Beard, Clifton, Newark Tech, Elizabeth, Livingston, Manchester Regional, Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove, West Essex, Nutley, Millburn, Caldwell, Seton Hall Prep, and Verona.

The second week of competition begins Monday, July 8. 

“Our Summer League has been running very well thanks to the cooperation of all the coaches and their players,” Coach Passero added.  “We have twenty teams competing.  With that type of participation, there will always be good competition.”