ARCANUM – The Arcanum girls basketball team had 43 girls entering the third through sixth grades attend its Trojan Pride Basketball Camp this past week.
“It’s a fun week,” Arcanum varsity girls basketball coach Matt Grote said. “It’s great to get some little girls in here working on their basketball skills. It’s really awesome to see them building relationships with the high school players. Every day we’ve had 10 to 11 high school girls come in to work with them. It’s just good for them and good for the whole school and community in general.”
Throughout the four-day camp the Trojans focused on teaching the young girls basics of basketball such as dribbling and proper shooting form.
“They got better each day,” Grote said. “Some of the girls that had a little bit higher skill level it’s great work for them to get in and get some stuff done, learn some new drills. Some of the girls hadn’t really played a whole lot of basketball before, and by the end of the week they were dribbling two balls down and back.”
To help teach the skills the Trojans used a variety of drills and games including dribble races, spot shooting contests and a dribble showcase.
“You could really see the kids that got better throughout the week when they’re doing that because they put time in at home and worked on it, too,” Grote said.
Along with teaching the girls about basketball and working on their skills, a big goal of the camp was to get them excited about the Arcanum girls basketball program, Grote said.
“I think the biggest thing is just to be able to go out and play, get a basketball in their hands,” he said. “And then for all the other girls just kind of building the relationships within the program, get to know the high school girls so next year when they see them in the hallways they’ll be able to say ‘Hi,’ and they go back and forth like that throughout the pool or out at the grocery or something. Just nice to have that relationship building up so when those girls get older they can look forward to doing the same thing.”
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