Coaching clinic launched in Majuro

Australian Basketball Coach Paul Goriss arrived in Majuro Thursday (November 15) morning at 9:30am, and by 2pm he was leading a clinic session with nearly 20 local coaches, most of whom coach elementary, middle and high school teams in Majuro.

Goriss, from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, is in Majuro for a week to run a series of coaching clinics for men and women coaches.

In an island where punctuality is not a strong suit, nearly all of the participating coaches arrived 10 to 15 minutes early for the start of the 2pm clinic on November 15. They spent about two hours in a classroom session discussing coaching philosophy, setting goals and objectives for players and coaches, practice organization, and other aspects of coaching. The group then moved to the basketball court for a hands-on practice session involving the Assumption High School boys’ basketball team. The practice session focused on individual and team defense. At first, the players were shy about joining in the skill-building drills. But as the practice continued and the players developed better understanding of the drills, enthusiasm mounted. By the end of the 90-minute session, the Assumption team players were hustling on defense, playing a help and recover team defense in a four-on-four format. They learned ball defense, deny positioning, weak and strong side positioning, and screen and roll coverage.

After the player practice, the coaches got into it with a practice of their own that focused on screen and roll defense, and positioning for weak side help.

The clinic session with men Group A continues through Saturday afternoon. On Monday, Group B — the second men’s training group — begins and will run through Wednesday morning.

The women’s training kicks off Friday morning at 8:30 at the College of the Marshall Islands and will run through Tuesday next week.

The clinic program is organized by the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation in partnership with the College of the Marshall Islands, National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Internal Affairs and FIBA Oceania.


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