The first annual Lady Longhorn Girls Basketball Camp was recently held at Johnson County High School. Girls ages six and up who were interested in improving their basketball skills spent three days with members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team and Head Coach Todd Whittemore, learning various techniques and drills to help them become better players.
As Whittemore quickly pointed out, the camp was not all about hard work. First of all youve got to try to make it fun. The object is to teach them as much as you possibly can but at the same time allow them to enjoy themselves. They are kids and its summertime. This isnt practice, this is camp and there is a difference. A couple of years ago I got the idea of giving out freeze pops to everybody at the end of camp and its unbelievable how happy those kids are with something as simple as a freeze pop. That puts a smile on their face after a couple hours of camp and hopefully gets them excited about coming back the next day, he said.
Having held similar camps at Volunteer High School in Church Hill, TN for 11 years, Whittemore was more than up to the task of providing suitable exercises for such a broad range of ages and experience levels. We do some things within their own grades and then we do other things like relay races and five on five where every team has a youngest to oldest player. In that way, when they play against each other they are matching up. No matter whether its when they race each other in the relay races, or when we work on ball handling, team work, hustle, and communication everything is always fair. If you send a six year old to this camp, you dont have to worry about that six year old playing against a 14 year old, he said.
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