Sooo… I decided to be a coach this Halloween. It just kinda worked out since this week was the Wildcats Halloween Camp. I liked it because I didn’t have to put too much effort in my costume, which was class😎. Unfortunately, I did not go trick-or-treating 😔, however, I still ended up eating so much candy, mainly chocolate. But yes, for three days I was a coach for five hours each day with Meghan and Allyson aka “Dude” (according to the campers). Three hours with our basketball campers and two hours with our skills group for the older girls. I was a bit nervous at first because I wasn’t sure if we had enough coaching material for those hours and if the kids would even enjoy what we had planned. Turns out I was definitely nervous for nothing lol. The kids were great and had so much energy, which I think increased each day that they came to camp. We did a lot of ball handling drills and games with the kids. I think what I liked most was how so many of the kids wanted to demonstrate the drills after we explained them. To me it just showed how much more confident they had become in their skills and in themselves. Some of their favorite games were Red Light Green Light with a slight dancing twist, Tennis Ball Pick Up, Dribble Relays, Sharks and Fishies, Meghan Says, and of course Stuck in the Mud. Now, I actually made a song and dance for this game and I had the kids singing it throughout the entire camp lol (I want to take this time now to apologize to the parents if their kids came home singing “stuck in the mud” because it was pretty catchy). We also had them play matches and while two teams were playing, the other team would have “story time” with Allyson, which was basically either Allyson telling them a funny story (because she’s hilarious) or the kids sharing something funny with Allyson. Not going to lie, it seemed like they may have liked “story time” more than playing the matches😅. For the skills group, we wanted to focus on fundamentals for offense and defense, such as learning how to V-cut and getting open and at the same time learning how to defend the first pass and putting pressure on the offensive player. We had them do a lot of small matches so that they could incorporate what they just learned in the session into game-like scenarios. Overall, it was a good turn out and I just appreciated how all the kids were excited about being there and dedicated themselves to work on their skills during their break from school. Check out Facebook for some videos and pictures of the camp and skill sessions!