GRAFTON—Tradition Starts Here. That’s the motto for this year’s second annual Little Cats Basketball Camp, held at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium at Grafton High School every Saturday from November 16th- December 7th.
Grafton Lady Cats head coach Andrew Moore, who has coordinated the camp for the past two years, said that he wanted to keep the same motto again this year because he feels that instilling a passion for basketball when kids are young is the key to success for everyone involved.
“We want to establish a love for the game at an early age,” said Moore. “We welcomed 71 participants this year and many of them were returning faces, so it was a great turnout for our second annual camp.”
Helping Moore and his assistants with running the clinic again this year are players his own Lady Cats’ basketball team. They are instrumental in the camp’s success and they also have a lot of responsibilities during the one-hour fundamental session.
“Our girls’ basketball team does an excellent job working with the players,” expressed Moore. “I am very proud of them for stepping up and working with the kids.”
Camp participants are broken up into three age groups: K-1st grades, 2nd-3rd grades, and 4th-6th grades. Each Lady Cats player has a designated group they are responsible for working with.
“I give them a general outline of skills I want taught and then they teach them,” Moore explained.
On most days, the camp starts off with some light stretching before getting into ball handling and layups. Then, specific skills are taught, such as shooting, moving without the ball, or defensive techniques. After about 20 minutes of skill development, those skills are put to use in a 3-on-3 game.
“With the K-1st group, we focus on a lot of skill development and small-sided games,” Moore went on to say. “I have to give credit to Tori Jackson, Mia Chambers, Bria Jacobs, Bailey Toothman, Madie Summers, and Megan Kisner for doing an awesome job with this age group.”
Moore noted that the ultimate goal is to make the camp enjoyable for all of the kids so they will want to play on their own, outside of the camp.
“At the conclusion of the camp, we will hand each player a basketball so that they have their very own ball to play with at home,” Moore added. “To those that participated in this event last year, hopefully their ball has been used so much that they need a new one.”
The last day of the camp will be this Saturday and more information about next year’s camp can be found on the Lady Cats’ Facebook page, or by contacting Coach Andrew Moore directly.
Also, a “Little Cats Recognition Night” has been scheduled during the pregame warmup of the Lady Cats’ varsity game against Weir on December 27th. Participants who wear their camp-issued t-shirt will be admitted into the game for free as well as have their name announced over the sound system.