As an eighth grader at Marin Brandeis last year, I had a great opportunity to come to San Francisco one weekend and attend a basketball clinic with my teammates and members of the JCHS Basketball team. I didn’t have a lot of experience playing basketball prior to this, or really an interest in sports- I had joined the team on a whim after making a 3-pointer!
Participating in the clinic last year definitely helped me with my rebounding and passing skills. That is why I was so excited when Coach Kjar came to the team and asked if anyone was interested in helping with this year’s clinic.
On Sunday December 12, I went with Coach Kjar and three of my teammates to the Buchannan Street YMCA where we met up with basketball teams from my alma mater- Marin Brandeis, and Oakland Hebrew Day School. My teammates and I helped lead various warm-ups like sprinting, grapevine, and skipping- standing in front as examples in case the younger players got confused. After this, all the players rotated between stations that taught them different skills. I was “coaching” the rebounding station with Coach Tobarez from Marin Brandeis and Jonathan, one of my teammates.
Getting the chance to give back at this event after learning so much last year was great! I also really enjoyed seeing my friends from middle school, as well as my old coach, and showing them all the skills I had learned in the short time since this season began. I even picked up a few new tips myself that day!
Hopefully the middle schoolers at the basketball clinic were able to learn a bit from us on Sunday, and maybe some of them will even be on our team next year!
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