By Jensyn Hartzell
Sports Section Editor
The Washington College Men’s Basketball team has begun after-school clinics at the Cain Gymnasium on campus. The team has done winter clinics in the past along with the Shoremen Hoops Summer Camp for training in basketball.
The first clinic took place on Sept. 23. Head Coach Aaron Goodman, Assisstant Coach Cody Joyce from the men’s basketball team, and senior basketball player Logan Bunch coached the kids through the clinic.
The beginning of the clinic was used to focus on dribbling and after the kids practiced shooting. As the clinics continue, the skills will become slightly more advanced as the kids advance.
“All the kids were thrilled to be there,” said Bunch. “I can tell they had a lot of fun and learned a lot already.”
The clinics are for boys or girls, ages 6–15, who would like to better their skills in the sport. The WC men’s basketball coaches and a few players coach take the kids through drills, play games, and teach new skills.
According to the camp website, it will provide a “fun, safe, clean, positive environment” and include “individual and small group development for all levels.”
Ages 6–11 will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, while ages 12–14 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays; both occurring from 4–6 p.m. each week. The clinics are limited to 10 players a session and cost $30 per clinic.
The clinics will continue through October. Depending on the popularity of the clinics, they may also continue through November.
When signing up, there are choices of committing to an entire month of sessions for a reduced rate or paying clinic by clinic. And if registered with a friend or sibling, both players receive $5 off each session.
There is a free one hour private lesson available with the purchase of 9 clinics along with a free 10th clinic.
“With the challenges we are all facing with COVID-19, I wanted to provide parents a different option for fall sports,” Goodman said.
Usually, the clinics would not have the limit of 10 kids, but due to the pandemic the limitation is required. The camp will follow all Maryland State Guidelines to keep everyone involved as safe as possible.
“[The limitation] allows for individual attention, skills development, safety, and fun,” Goodman said.
The Maryland State Guidelines would include sanitization of balls and any equipment used and require participants to wear a mask unless playing. All coaches are required to wear masks the entire clinic.
If you would like to sign up, you can register visit goodmanbasketballgroup.com or email Coach Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also register by printing out a registration form off the website and mailing in to Coach Goodman.