Jacksonville High School's basketball brain trusts — Fightin' Indian head coach Mark Alexander and his counterpart on the girls side, Tony harris — joined forces this week to present a Littler Dribblers basketball Camp at the Jacksonville High School Upper Gym on the high school campus.
About 40 boys and girls that will be attending grades 1-3 in the fall took part in the four-day camp.
Alexander said that he was happy with that number, but he would like to see kids turn out next year.
“We were pleased with the number, yes, but you can always have more,”Alexander said. “I know we had a some conflicts on the date this year and I think coach Harris and I will go back and look at everything and see how we can make things better for next year.”
Campers received, simply stated, a get-your-feet-wet tutorial to basketball from Alexander and Harris and their assistants, served up in a fast-paced style that, nevertheless, gave each kid plenty of hands-on time with the basketball.
“So much of this camp was spent emphasizing when to start and when to stop,” Alexander explained. “Those are very important concepts in the game of basketball and learning at a young age when to stop and when to start will only help these kids as they develop.”
Judging by the damp shirts and the popularity of the water bottles and sports drinks during breaks, it appeared obvious that this group of campers — the Fightin' Indians and Fightin' Maidens of the future — got their monies worth.