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Roane State head coach Monica Boles spent last week teaching the game she loves to area youngsters at the 2014 Raiderette Girls Basketball Camp.
“I love it,” Boles said on Friday’s final day of the week-long camp held annually at Roane State. “It’s fun teaching the kids about to play and I love seeing the difference in how they play from Monday to Friday. It’s also great to see how they get along. Sometimes you’ll see a player that’s really shy and won’t say a word on Monday, but by Friday they’ve really opened up.”
The focus of Roane State’s camp is repetition of fundamentals.
“We had eight different stations that we do every day,” Boles said. “We have shooting drills, rebounding drills, passing drills, dribbling drills, drills for setting screens and pivoting. These stations are where most of the teaching comes from and you can see a lot of improvement from the beginning of the week till the end.
“We then take what we learn and put it to use by playing 5-on-5 games. That’s when we can focus on their weaknesses and work with them to get better.”
Assisting Boles through the week were several current and former Raiderette players and Coach Boles thinks her players learn about through teaching others.
“I love watching my players coaching because it gives them a different perspective,” she said. “They get to see what I go through sometimes and I think that’s good for them.”
While Boles loves teaching basketball at her camp, she admits that the 45 girls in attendance last week will not benefit from what they learned if they don’t work on their own after camp is over.
“I tell them one week alone will not help,” she said. “We teach them skills that they can work on at home. If they continue to work on what they’ve learned here then they will benefit. It’s always great when you have a kid come back to your camp and you can see the improvement they’ve made in a year.”