Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 2 of NIKE Basketball Camp at Homewood Middle School

Posted by Lee Miller | Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | Category: , , |

Campers arrived at Day 2 of NIKE/Elite Hoops Basketball Camp at Homewood Middle School eager and ready to work. Soon after the players' morning warm-ups, the gym was filled with the blowing of whistles, shuffling of feet, and the smell of hard work. It is at this time Camp Director, Lee Miller, reminded the players that "the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."

Day 2 emphasized perfecting the players' ball handling skills. Through the hours of intense training and sweat came great improvements. The campers completed numerous half-court and full-court ball handling drills. Campers started out reviewing the 5 stationary Living by Numbers Ballhandling Drills: These drills included: Figure 8, Figure 8 Dribble, Front Back Bounce, Front Back Catch and Flip Flop.   Check out Owen Ferguson, as he break his own NIKE Camp record by collecting 99 bounces in :30.

Campers then worked on full court speed dribbling with both their strong and weak hand.  We teach players to practice,  "One times their strength to two times their weakness."  If they train using that motto, they won't have any weaknesses which is the ultimate goal.

We then included a crossover move within the full court speed dribbling.  Players were taught that, "to beat the D, keep the ball below the knee."   It is also essential that on the crossover move , players change their speed and direction.

NIKE/Elite Hoops Skills Stations require discipline and drive from the players. The endless amount of energy the players brought to camp today proved to the coaches that they will be ready in the time of war. With every drop of sweat that was lost, a step of improvement was gained.

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