GRAFTON— With one goal in mind , to create the best basketball program in the area, Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat head coach Andrew Moore is constantly looking for ways to challenge his players, as well as all athletes in the area.
Striving to meet his goal and looking to challenge local female athletes, coach Moore has created an offseason Lady Cats Shot Club Challenge, and it’s not just for high school level players.
“We didn’t want this to be a high school only program. We wanted the challenge to reach all of our young athletes. So, Taylor County Middle School girls head coach Bobby Beltner and I decided that we wanted every girl to have the opportunity to become a shot club member,” reported Moore.
Throughout the challenge, which runs from May to September, participants will be tasked with improving and sharpening their shooting skills.
Moore suggests that those that take part should set aside time in their workouts to focus specifically on shooting, extending their range, perfecting their form and becoming a stronger player.
The challenge is open to all girls in grades 12 and below, with different requirements being set for each age group.
Shooters in grades four and below are being challenged to attempt 5,000 shots over the course of the five month offseason period, while those in grades five-eight must attempt 10,000 shots.
Making things a little tougher for the older and more seasoned athletes, ladies in grades nine-12 are required to make 10,000.
All participants will need to record the number of shots they attempt while playing, practicing or working out, along with the number of made baskets. These statistics should be recorded for the full duration of the event.
Those who rise to the challenge and achieve their goals will have their name added to the GHS Lady Cats Shot Club Leader Board, which will forever hang inside of the Lady Bearcat locker room.
In addition, the young ladies who successfully complete the task at hand will be presented with a club t-shirt, be recognized at a home game next season and will also be acknowledged on the team’s social media.
Anyone wishing to join in should email coach Moore at [email protected] to acquire shot club paperwork and a tracking form.
“We already have over ten girls signed up, ranging from third grade to 12th grade,” Moore shared. “There are two positives that come out of this club. One, you will be a better shooter than when you started, and two, you will have a sense of accomplishment for reaching a goal that many will say is hard.”