What is the basic term players should remember when shooting with proper form? Anyone? Anyone? This was the question I asked the players at the beginning of camp today. They learned it during our FUNdamentals stations yesterday. The answer is B.E.E.F. Balance (feet shoulder width apart), Elbow (make sure it is in) Eye Contact (with the rim) Follow Through (fingers to the ground). Kaitlyn Menegoni (4th grade) answered the question and received a gift card to Pinkberry for being the first to raise her hand and answer correctly.
This is what separates us from other basketball camps. We teach the FUNdamentals and break them down for players so they can understand the importance of each skill. The photo to the left shows our 4th-6th grade group learning how to defend a player away from the ball. A current member of the high school team, Kelsey Lyons, was working with players on this skill today, along with Assistant Coach Rich DeMarco.
The defensive player in the picture is being taught to put a hand (inside hand) in the passing lane when they are one pass away. Basically, to simplify the term "one pass away" this means the person they are covering is close to the ball and is an immediate threat to catch the basketball in just one easy pass. They must work hard to prevent them from catching the ball. Players that are two passes away or three passes away are defended differently and we teach that as well. Typically, a team needs to make multiple passes to get them the basketball. You will see our 5 on 4 help defense drill below, which demonstrates how to defend players that are 2 or more passes, away while helping your teammates.
In the picture to the left, you will notice that we are also teaching the offensive player to use a v-cut to get open. Even though it is a defensive drill we still use it as a teachable moment for the offensive player. This is just one of the any FUNdamentals drills we worked on at camp this week. We also worked on dribbling, 3-person shooting, form shooting, defending a 2 on 1, dribbling and the Mikan Drill. Players had a chance to compete in a defensive obstacle course as well as our Celtic Drill. We also had a team shooting competition at the end of camp.
Below are some pictures and videos of our day at camp today. You will also have a chance to read about our competition winners for the day. Enjoy!
The clip below shows Catherine getting a dribble hand off from Cassandra and then passing to Sam on the weak side. Sam cleared the lane for Catherine to make her initial drive.
Runner Up: Jacqueline Fibbe
Runner Up: Kaitlyn Menegoni
Today, we had players try the Celtic Drill during our daily demonstration. Each day we try to demonstrate a drill we use in practice that has helped to make us better players. Then, we let the players compete to see who is the best at the drill. We adjust the drill based on the age group of the player. For example, Kaitlyn (4th grade) was shooting shots in the paint, Belle (7th grade) inside the 3-point line, and Jacqueline (9th grade) was shooting 3-pointers.
The purpose of the drill is to get players to catch and shoot using proper technique. It also fatigues them because they are shooting for 2 minutes straight. We use this drill in practice to help us shoot 3-pointers. The players has to make 2 in a row before they move to the next spot. Below is a clip of our champion Belle during the finals. Belle received an underarmour head band for winning this competition and the runners up did as well.
The defensive obstacle course is used to determine the player with the quickest feet and best reflexes as a defensive player. Kate Rubel was our winner today. Players had to run through ladders, shuffle, slide, and jump rope during the obstacle course. We had a team competition at the end an players had a lot of fun participating in this portion of camp.
Our final competition was a shooting competition. This is another area we improved a lot the last few days. Players are trying hard to use proper form, which is great to see. The shooting competition was a fun way to end another fun and exciting day of Rising Stars Camp!
One additional announcement:
Any players that wants to attend the Rising Stars Fall Ball Camp can return their money and flyer by this Friday for a $25 discount. The total cost will only be $125 with the discount. This is a one time offer.
The dates are 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16 (off Columbus weekend)
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Check back tomorrow for another update from Rising Stars Camp!
Hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard!