Bas­ket­ball coaches reach new heights

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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.

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