Ris­ing bas­ket­ballers head to Be­nalla

Mansfield Courier - - Sport -

THIS year, 13 play­ers from the Mans­field Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended the un­der 12 skills days held over the week­end in Be­nalla.

The U12 skills days are for play­ers of all abil­i­ties and stan­dards and are open to all ath­letes at coun­try as­so­ci­a­tions.

The coach­ing pro­grams con­cen­trate on the in­di­vid­ual skills rel­e­vant for play­ers in the U12 age group.

This pro­gram is run in July each year, and play­ers can be se­lected to represent coun­try Vic­to­ria at the BVC Jam­boree in Echuca, which takes place in Septem­ber each year.

The un­der 12 skills days are de­signed to of­fer ju­nior bas­ket­ballers from all as­so­ci­a­tions the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive coach­ing to de­velop their skills to the high­est pos­si­ble level.

The U12 skills days are for play­ers born in 2008 and 2009.

A full day packed with skills and drills saw play­ers check-in from 9.30am for a 10am start and day con­cluded at 4pm.

Play­ers re­ceived a T-shirt, drink bot­tle and ball.

In to­tal, 120 boys and 120 girls were se­lected from the nine re­gional venues of the U12 skills days, and lo­cal bas­ket­baller Astin Brown­ing was se­lected for the BVC U12 Bas­ket­ball Jam­boree, held at the Echuca Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium from Septem­ber 21-24.

The 2019 BVC Jam­boree will fea­ture:

• matches against teams of play­ers from Coun­try Vic­to­ria;

• guest speaker s for the par­ents’ din­ner;

• guest coach s so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for play­ers and par­ents;

• par­ents coach­ing clinic and

• train­ing clin­ics for all play­ers

Only top-age ath­letes who ex­cel at the skills days are se­lected by the re­gion coaches for this pres­ti­gious event.

With over 1000 ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s un­der 12 skills days (com­pared to 820 last year), it’s clear there is a huge de­sire for kids to par­tic­i­pate in coun­try Vic­to­rian bas­ket­ball be­cause of the en­ergy as­so­ci­ated with the sport through­out the state.

BAS­KET­BALL BOYS: Ten boys at­tended the un­der 12 skills day in Be­nalla over the week­end, in­clud­ing (from left) Astin Brown­ing, Hay­den Des­mond, Ethan and Noah Pig­don, Will An­der­son, Colton and De­can Bowen, Sam Kain, Sam Kyn­ner­s­ley and Gael Rio Pare­des Fo­ers. Aastin was re­cently se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the BVC Jam­boree in Echuca, which takes place in Septem­ber ev­ery year. He will be rep­re­sent­ing coun­try Vic­to­ria.

YOUNG TAL­ENT: Three girls at­tended the un­der 12 skills day in Be­nalla. They were (from left) Chloe Camp­bell, El­lie Konig and Si­enna Kyn­ner­s­ley.

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