Shooting, Dribbling, Passing, Rebounding, And Defending At Yarrabilba Basketball Camp
In July, young people had an opportunity to improve their basketball skills with the help of experienced coaches. Own the Rock, a basketball coaching group, held a 2-day camp for boys and girls aged 6 – 17 at Yarrabilba Basketball Association’s home stadium. The young players learnt skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, and defending. Camp organiser, Travis Fisher, said the basketball camps are about having fun and making sure kids in this community have something to do during the holidays.
The players enjoyed the opportunity to learn & play under the supervision of experienced coaches Travis, Scott, and Thomas. Zarah, 9, who plays basketball weekly, said she used to be shy at shooting, but the camp had helped her to feel more confident. Daniel, 12, said he had learnt to shoot a “3-pointer” at the camp. Talea, 11, enjoyed the 3×3 game on the first day. Eve, 9, said the best thing had been learning how to control the ball.
A generous sponsor from rural Queensland donated money towards the camp so more children could attend. In fact, Yarrabilba Basketball Association (YBA) and Own the Rock welcome sponsors at any time. Some families struggle to pay the registration fees. That’s why Own the Rock and YBA would like to see more local individuals and businesses donate towards equipment, trophies, and fees for the club season and for camps.
New players are always welcome. Coach Travis said they would especially like more girls to sign up as girls and boys play basketball very differently. Travis has a mission to encourage more females to play sport. Girls currently play in mixed teams, but YBA hopes to eventually have enough teams of girls to form a girls’ competition.
There is still time to sign up for junior club teams for the season. For more information, go to YBA’s website at www.yba.org.au. The next camp is planned for the September school holidays and will be open to all experience and skill levels. For information about camps, see Facebook.com/OwnTheRock.
By Susan Alexander (Team Reporter)