Coaches score with kids’ free basketball clinic
By Bill Tamburrino
During the past five weeks at Ramona High School, Coaches Dan Marshall, Ken Scheib and Kelly Schoepp conducted a free Basketball Drop-In Clinic for the boys and girls of Ramona that taught more than just basketball skills.
“The goal of the clinic was to create enthusiasm for the sport of basketball among the young kids of Ramona. I was reading a journal recently that said that kids should get cardiovascular exercise every day. You know what cardio is? When I was a kid we called it playing,” said Marshall.
Marshall and Scheib are teachers and coaches at Ramona High School but they are also ambassadors for the sport that they both love.
“We have to get every kid in Ramona enthused about basketball and we have to provide opportunities for them to learn and play the game,” said Scheib.
“This is not the time to be taking money out of the community,” stated Marshall. “Too many people in this community are being affected by the economy. A lot of the kids that came to this clinic probably couldn’t have afforded to come if I charged. This is the perfect time for the school district and athletic department to do something for the youth of Ramona.”
Young athletes from first through sixth grade attended the drop-in. But teaching basketball skills and having fun was not the clinic’s only goal.
“I wanted to provide the girls in the Ramona High basketball program an opportunity to do some community service. The drop-in also served as a coaching clinic for them. Several of them will coach youth basketball and will officiate youth basketball next year so this was good for them,” explained Marshall.
“Educational research has shown that peer teachers and students who teach others end up learning more than those that they teach. I have noticed great improvement in all of our players in the last five weeks,” said Scheib.
When the word got out about the camp, several of Marshall’s former players showed up to help out.
The clinic was from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and concluded with games at 5 p.m. last Thursday night, followed by an alumni game and a barbecue.
The hour was non-stop action for the kids. All instruction was done on the run. There was little or no lecturing. Besides basketball, sportsmanship and respect for others was emphasized.
Marshall told his varsity and junior varsity players that it is important to make everybody feel comfortable and to treat everyone with respect—lessons that go beyond the basketball court.
Amazingly, Marshall, Scheib and Schoepp gave the kids homework during summer vacation and the kids asked for more.
“I showed them some drills that can be done at home and don’t take a basket to do— basic ball handling drills. I also encouraged them to play one on one and two on two games if they had a basket or could get to a playground. Nobody plays playground basketball or pickup games any more. We have to get that going again in this community,” said Marshall.
Marshall, Scheib and Schoepp plan on doing more drop-ins in the future.
“If ever we do charge, the money will go to the basketball program and scholarships will be available for anybody who can’t afford it,” said Scheib.
Marshall and Scheib had children of their own in attendance at the camp.
“If the kids had half as much fun as I did then the clinic was a success,” said Marshall.
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