Thursday, June 12, 2014
Berkeley Lady Stags basketball coach Crystal Peace knows the key to building a successful basketball program is to start from the ground up — the ground being teaching tomorrow’s Berkeley Lady Stags today, while they’re still in fourth and fifth grade.
“We have to get them and teach them the right way to do things now,” she said. “If we wait until these players are in middle school and high school we are already too late.”
Peace begins her second summer skills basketball camp during the month of June and open to all potential and future Lady Stags basketball players. The camp is designed to teach young basketball players the proper fundamental skills of the game.
“I had the opportunity to work with the girls on their fundamental skills,” Peace said. “We literally broke down the skills and taught them the proper way to do things. The girls worked on: dribbling, passing, shooting lay ups, and correct shooting form.”
Peace understands this is a long term investment that may pay have dividends four or five years down the road. She knows it’s something that must be started now.
“Of course it’s not going to happen over night, but I stressed to them the importance of actually spending time working on their fundamentals at home.”
Peace said the camp’s goal for the summer is to develop sound defensive principles and to learn to mesh as a team.
“We are young, but we will not use our ‘youth’ as an excuse,” Peace said. Each day the girls are expected to build on what they learned the day before.”
Peace said by the end of the summer she wants her players to have learned something that will remain withthem throughout their rising baskeball careers.
“I want the girls to be at a different level ‘overall’ that will carry over to our preseason practices. I do believe that I have a young group of girls that are buying in to what my staff and I are doing. We do the little things and my hopes are that they finally begin to click for us.”
Peace said the motivation behind these camps is to give today’s young girls basketball players the same opportunity to learn like she had when she was their age.
“Developing fundamental skills at a young age is extremely important. Basketball is one of the toughest sports fundamentally. Before I played in the Moncks Corner Rec League, my father had already taught me how to dribble, how to shoot a layup, and how to pass. He taught me at home. That allowed me to be far ahead of a lot of others.”