Memorial Recreation Center
Instructional Hoops Clinic - Fall 2005
The Brookline Recreation Center
hosted an Instructional Basketball Clinic from the beginning of October
through the middle of November. It was open to children ages six through
eight. Teams were organized and taught some of the fundamentals of the game.
Most importantly, they learned to work as a team. For many of the kids, it
was their first try at organized basketball. With the help of a dedicated
group of volunteer coaches, the boys and girls learned, and had a lot
of fun doing it.
Four teams of nine players apiece
spent the first four weeks working with their coaches, then playing a
twenty minute game. Adorned in their "Sponge Bob" team jersies, these short
games were quite interesting. Each team worked hard to develop their offensive
and defensive skills, and when one side scored, the kids jumped up and down,
screaming with delight.
In the final three weeks, the teams were
ready to play a full hour of basketball. The Black and Blue teams emerged
as the dominant forces, and in week 6 engaged in a memorable contest.
Points were not logged, but it seemed everyone was keeping score in their
heads. The Black team came on at the end to eek out a 5-3 win.
The Recreation Center staff wishes
to thank everyone who volunteered their time and efforts to help make this a
fun and exciting season. Coaches Rich Nerone, Nicky Jester, Les Funtieo, Mike
Schweinberg and Darrelle Mott did a fine job with their teams. Referees Dale Key,
Darrelle and Jay Mott, Les Funteio and Clint Burton did their best to
keep the games moving, while also providing instruction. Special thanks to all
of the supportive parents and especially to the kids who played. We had a fun
time watching and hope you all had a good time playing.
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