S. Hamilton, Ma
Rising Stars Camp is back and better than ever! At the conclusion of our summer camp, we met as a staff to discuss future camps and came up with some great new ideas and ways to teach the FUNdamentals of basketball. These ideas, along with some of our traditional concepts, are sure to make this camp even better than before. After all, our team slogan has always been to “Get Better Every Day!”
As we move toward teaching some of the new/advanced skills we have to make sure that all players have a basic foundation in the FUNdamentals of basketball. This begins with drills like form shooting that we do each week at camp. To advance this drill we are going to incorporate additional components to ensure players are using proper form at all times. Below is a picture of our players working on form shooting. There is also a video on twitter at www.twitter.com\hwgirlsbball where we show players of various ages working on form shooting, along with several other pictures and videos.
One of the best parts of our camp this and every week involves the players and coaches that are teaching your daughters the game of basketball. You will not find a more qualified staff to teach the players. We were fortunate to have Sam Charette return to help out with camp and direct the players through a number of drills this past week. Sam played for this coaching staff for the last two years at Hamilton-Wenham and was highly recruited out of high school. She chose to stay close to home and play for the Endicott Women’s Basketball team, but was recruited by other schools, including Division II Merrimack College. Sam is a freshman this year at Endicott and has a great chance to play significant minutes in her first year. She is a great player, person, and role model for the Rising Stars and we are fortunate to have her working with us during camp.
This will be my 3rd year as a basketball coach in Hamilton-Wenham and 13th year coaching basketball to some capacity (I volunteered when I was in college as a high school assistant coach to get my start). Prior to coaching in Hamilton, I coached boys and girls basketball in Revere and girls basketball in Lynnfield. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best coaches in the world at Championship Basketball School, while also coaching against some of the best around in the NEC and Cape Ann League. The last two seasons we have compiled a 29-13 record, earned two back to back state tournament births, and made it all the way to the semi-finals of the MIAA tournament last year. I was selected as CAL and Salem News Coach of the Year in my first year as head coach at Hamilton-Wenham. This was due in large part to the fact that I have a great staff and a terrific group of players that were willing to work hard and learn something new every day. Not to mention our full court "Pressure" defense!
My brother Rich has nearly 30 years of basketball coaching experience at the youth and high school levels. He focuses heavily on the skills and techniques players need to become successful at their level of basketball. Rich has coached with me for the last five years and has been a big part of our success at Hamilton-Wenham.
We also had several current players helping out last week, including Katie Domoracki, Julia Fibbe, Molly Eagar, Kelly Walsh, Liz Kirschner, Tori Vivenzio, and Rebecca Brown. The players do a great job working with Rising Stars and are always enthusiastic when showing them FUNdamental skills to make them better basketball players. Our current players do an excellent job of working 1 on 1 with the Rising Stars.
Below are a few pictures from camp this week as well as this weeks closing remarks. You will notice that players in each picture are engaged and working to get better at each and every station.
Week 1 closing thoughts
Hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard!