Coaching Clinic Held in Majuro

Yesterday Australian Basketball Coach Paul Goriss arrived in Majuro Thursday (November 15) morning to lead a clinic session with local coaches, most of whom coach elementary, middle and high school teams in Majuro.

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

On the first day the male coaches began clinics - they spent two hours in a classroom session discussing coaching philosophy, setting goals and objectives for players and coaches, practice organization, and other aspects of coaching. Then the fun stuff began on the basketball court with a hands-on practice session involving the Assumption High School boys’ basketball team. The practice session focused on individual and team defense. There was great enthusiasm as the practice continued and the players developed better understanding of the drills. 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.

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

Today, women coaches kicked off their session with much of the same discussions and practices and just as much enthusiasm. Marshall Islands Basketball Federation's Secretary General, Deborah Shoniber, is also enthusiastic as this clinic will emphasise women in the sport and provide good exposure for women's basketball to grow which will result in more females participating in regional tournaments.


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