Thursday, August 2, 2007
Campers learn basketball fundamentals
By CLAUDE VINSON
The second annual Naylond Hayes Basketball Camp was held during the weeks of July 16 and 23.
The camp had been originally scheduled for the week of July 16 through July 20 but had to be fragmented because of a scheduling conflict. Two days were completed on July 16-17 and three days on July 23 through 25.
The camp was open to area boys and girls in grades five through 10. Some of the skills participants were exposed to were shooting, dribbling, passing and rebounding. The rules of play along with defensive strategies and team play were also included. Receiving special emphasis was individual defensive systems.
The roles of centers and guards were explained and how they contribute to the overall success of team play.
This year coach Hayes was assisted by the husband and wife team of Betty and Detrich Page.
Jonathan Mayfield, a fifth grader in the fall and last year a member of the Holy Family pee wee team, said he enjoyed the camp because it gave him an opportunity to perfect his jump shot with the proper supervision. Mayfield also said he learned how to reverse his dribble.
Jordan Brock, a ninth grader at Marshall Academy attending the camp for the first time, said he was glad to hone the usual skills and also learn new ones such as the “stick-shift offense.” Brock, a guard and sometimes post player at Marshall, said he believed the skills demonstrated in the clinic would aid him in his future performance.
Coach Hayes, a two-time state winner with a runner-up title, said camps would continue as long as there is interest.
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