GREENVILLE – More than 120 girls in kindergarten through eighth grade attended the Greenville girls basketball team’s youth camp last week.
The camp was split into three sessions with kindergarten through second grade students in one group, third through fifth grade students in a group and sixth through eighth grade students in a group.
“It’s been a really fun week of camp,” Greenville girls basketball coach Rachel Kerns said. “Good turnout and lots of competitiveness going on.”
The four-day camp was mostly attended by Greenville students but also drew girls from Ansonia, Arcanum, Mississinawa Valley, Newton and Troy.
“It speaks volumes of what we’re trying to do with our program,” Kerns said of the turnout. “Couldn’t do it without the high school girls and all their help that they provide for us. They essentially are the ones that run camp. We give them what we’re doing, but they’re the ones who run it. It runs really well, and it looks like there’s a lot of fun that the girls are having in the gym.”
Throughout the week the girls practiced skills such as ball handling, rebounding and shooting. They also participated in competitions including dribble queen, free throw shooting, hot shot, three-on-three games and five-on-five games.
Throughout the week the girls showed a lot of progress as they picked up the skills they learned from the Lady Wave.
“Some were kind of afraid to catch and dribble and now they’re going to the basket and shooting a right-hand layup,” Kerns aid.
With the oldest group of girls Kerns wanted to instill some competitiveness.
“It’s OK to bump into somebody,” she said. “It’s OK to steal a ball from somebody. Trying to get them more competitive.”
For the younger two groups the focus was on fundamentals. For the kindergarten through second grade students, that sometimes was something as basic as catching a pass.
“Each session brings different challenges, but it’s a lot of fun,” Kerns said.
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