Bears put 'fun' back in fundamentals, host 5th annual youth basketball camp

RAINSVILLE – Over 40 local boys and girls ranging from first to sixth grade worked with the Plainview Bears’ state championship coaching staff over the past three days at their fifth annual “FUN”damentals basketball camp.

Kids honed their skills on the court with Plainview boys head basketball coach Robi Coker and his staff for two and a half hours each day of the camp at Plainview school.

First, second and third graders trained from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and fourth, fifth and sixth graders trained from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’ve done a lot of individual development drills,” Coker said. “We work on ball handling and do a lot of drills that help develop quicker and stronger hands. We do a lot of station work where we’ll work on form shooting and the proper ways to pass and defend. We’ve just been working on all aspects of the game to try and make each of these kids into better basketball players.”

In his fifth year hosting the youth camp, Coker said it’s been rewarding to see many local kids grow up and continue to build on their skills each year.

“It’s been really fun to see kids grow up through the camp,” Coker said. “We’ve got some fifth and sixth graders that were in first and second grade when we first started doing this. It’s always good to see those guys come in and see how much better they’ve gotten over the course of the year. That’s one of the biggest joys of coaching young kids. You can actually see them getting better almost daily. It brings me a lot of joy to see guys who continue to work on their game. I’ve seen a lot of these kids play pee-wee before and seeing them grow up and become better basketball players is a lot of fun.”

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