Week 1 July 2019 School Holiday Camp Wrap Up
Week one of the Regional Academy July School Holiday Camps wrapped up Friday afternoon with our Aussie Hoops campers enjoying some “scratch matches” simulating basketball game play. For some it was their first competitive basketball experience and the smile on their faces as they hit their first basket or their team won a game is the reason these Camps are so important. Saraid Taylor (NBL1 Women’s player with the Frankston Blues) was the lead coach for the day and she did a terrific job engaging the group and keeping them entertained whilst making sure they learned valuable skills. Saraid was assisted by other Frankston Blues NBL1 players Abby Chernishoff, Liam Doyle-Toombs and US imports Najeal Young, JoAnna Smith and Shereesha Richards. Another promising inclusion to the coaching staff was Junior Blues player Max Crouch (U12 Boys) who reached out to us during the week wanting to further his coaching development and assist during our Camps, Max did a great job and we look forward to helping him develop his skills as a coach in the future.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw Frankston Basketball Stadium overrun with keen young basketballers for our ever popular Slam Dunk Holiday Camp. Over 200 registrations for our Slam Dunk Camp in week one meant our coaches had their work cut out for them. With Steph Reid away representing Australia in the World University Games there was opportunities for some of our other Academy Coaches to step up and lead these sessions. Saraid Taylor once again stepped up, as did Abby Chernishoff and Liam Doyle-Toombs – all of them showed outstanding leadership and set a fantastic example for our other young coaches and players. They were well assisted by our US imports and other Senior Blues players in Tori Jackson, Annabel Fitter, Tom Garrett and Courtney Wilkins. Each day of the camp built on from the last with the day one focus being fundamental skills and individual skills, day two built in more team concepts and on day 3 there was more opportunity for the participants to apply what they’d learned in day one and two by competing in small sided games and full court scrimmages. The Slam Dunk Holiday Camp continues to be the most popular Camp in the region and we continue to see players flowing from this camp in to high level domestic competitions and Rep teams.
We opened the July School Holiday Camps on Monday with our “Elite Camps” for Rep players and there was plenty of talent on display across the day. We kicked things off strongly with Olympian, WNBL superstar and all around legend, Nat Porter leading a Girls Can Ball Camp. Over 40 young hoopers registered to be a part of this camp and our coaches love being involved – the opportunity to learn from one of our best local players/coaches is a terrific opportunity for all and we are lucky to have Nat involved. The girls worked extremely hard and all came away from the camp tuckered out but having improved their game.
In the afternoon Frankston Blues NBL1 star import Damon Bozeman lead our Perimeter Play Camp. Damon is one of the most dynamic players in the NBL1 this season and was the perfect coach to lead this camp, young Rep players were challenged with advanced skills focused on ball handling, shooting, creating space, finishing and defence. Damon and the coaches were impressed with how hard all the campers worked and the advancements that were visible throughout the sessions.
Next week leads off with our Strength and Conditioning team taking a 3 hour camp/workshop on movement, recovery, rest and nutrition. This camp might be the best value of any program we offer, Jay and Jason know their stuff and participants will learn lessons on how to improve their performance that will stay with them for many years to come.
In the afternoon star import Najeal Young will be leading a Post Play camp for bigs and guards alike who want to improve their footwork, touch around the basket, mid range game and defensive concepts. Najeal is a high IQ player and has helped the Frankston Blues NBL1 side fight for a playoff spot for the first time since 2012. Players that register for this camp will be challenged to get better for 3 hours, Najeal doesn’t mess around and is not just an elite player; he’s also an elite coach.
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