Basketball coaches reach new heights
OVER 20 budding basketball coaches put their knowledge and skills of the game to the test at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre last Saturday.
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. the 21 men and women were given a basic introduction into the coaching of basketball.
The event run by Basketball Ireland in conjunction with Co. Wicklow VEC Sports Promotion Unit was a great success with feedback from the participants being very positive.
Throughout the day the participants were given advice on basic coaching skills such as teaching players how to dribble the ball, to pass the ball during play and to make that all important shoot, along with some fun game ideas.
The course was open to those who have no coaching experience or little basketball knowledge.
As basketball is a sport based on techniques much of the emphasis on the day was on the correct rules of play.
There was no formal assessment but participants were monitored throughout the course.
In the coming weeks each of the participants will receive an Introductory Coaching Certificate issued by Basketball Ireland.
‘Saturday was a great success and with basketball being a popular support there is a demand for coaches. Most of the participants were former players and are now involved in school teams,’ commented Tracy Bunyan at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre.
Following the success another course will be held in early 2009.
For further information contact Tracy on (01) 282 8324.
John O’Byrne slam dunks during his training at Ballywaltrim Community Centre.