Springdale basketball camp teaches fun, fundamentals

Photos by Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Campers at Springdale practice the art of drawing a charge.

Brian O’Dell teaches defensive techniques to the players.

The kids practiced layups just before lunch.

The annual Springdale Basketball Camp got under way June 15 in the gymnasium at Springdale Elementary School. Over 30 players attended the camp which primarily focuses on the fundamentals of the game of basketball.

Brian O’Dell and Zach Maples used the morning period to teach the kids proper stretching techniques and began their focus on fundamentals. Emphasis was placed on footwork, sharing the ball, passing, dribbling and defensive positioning. During the day one early morning section, the coaches even had some fun with the players by teaching them the art of taking a charge and convincingly drawing a call from the game officials. With the drill being so much fun, the kids did not even realize that the drill was giving them a excellent workout as they faked contact and fell backwards to the floor.

Zach Maples spoke about the camps directives, “We want to teach the kids how to play fast and play the game correctly with focus and to have fun.”

Just before the lunch break, the players were divided up by size and skill level into competitive teams for the following five on five sessions. All the players seemed to be having a fun time and were learning what it takes to succeed in basketball.

As with most camps, sponsors are greatly appreciated and the camp organizers would like to thank Stanifur Drugs, Salon TLC, England’s Furniture, Pizza Inn, Citizens Bank, Cole Auction and Realty, Get Gorgeous and The Sports Center. These sponsors help purchase the camp shirts and general costs of running the camp. Also helping with the camp was Jessica Cupp and a few former players.

According to the coaches, the goal from start to finish is teaching kids how to have fun playing the game and learn how to play the game the right way, including defensively.

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