Hoops camp generates excitement among young athletes

Jackie Coyne built Navarre High School’s girls basketball team into a winning program a year ago, guiding the Raiders to a district championship and appearance in the regional tournament.

Last week, the Navarre head coach spent time teaching the skills that helped make her team a successful one during a five-day all-star basketball camp at the high school. Boys and girls in grades first through eighth learned a great deal about basketball and had fun at the same time.

“We had 40 kids for the first year, which is pretty good,” Coyne said during a break in the action last Wednesday. “We had a good mix of players of different ages. I’m excited about how things turned out.”

Coyne has done camps in the past during her coaching career and has a passion for the game that is unmistakable. Much of the emphasis on the camp was on drills without the basketball, such as those that improved footwork and taught the right way to move when playing defense. Dribbling and shooting drills were also part of the camp.

“It’s about getting their confidence level up and teaching them things like dribbling and passing and a little bit of shooting,” Coyne said. “We also added some competition so the younger kids can win awards. The hustle and hardest worker award winners received free camp for next year.”

Testing agility and coordination was also something Coyne focused on as those are things that are often lost in an era where not as many children are outside running around playing games like tag.

“This camp provided an organized way to teach it,” Coyne said. “Was it fun to do? No. Did it tire them out? Yes. We found a way to make it fun as it could be.”

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