Thursday, January 22, 2009

NBA...Make Room for Mr. Andrew

Well folks...here he is. Mr. NBA himself. Andrew started Pee Wee basketball last week and to say that he loves it would be an understatement. We have a daily countdown that starts Tuesday evening when basketball is over until the next time we go. So we hear in the car all the way home...7 more days until basketball. A good time is had by all. It is set up more like a little camp or basketball clinic. They rotate through 4 stations, each working on a different skill: dribbling, passing, shooting, and running/coordination. Here is little man posed and ready to take off dribbling.
He seems to be improving. Here they are working on shooting the ball at the target, handing the ball to the next person in line, and then getting at the end of the line. Unfortunately for most of the little one's, the basketball stuff is the easiest. Its the whole getting in line and being ready to go that gets them. :)
For your viewing pleasure...please excuse the number of videos, but what's a blog about him playing basketball without some action! Enjoy...
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The kids always start with a warm-up. This would be part of their warm-up. Contrary to it may appear, Andrew is doing jumping-jacks...he has the jumping part down, never mind the fact that his little arms are missing the jack part. But throw in a good clap and you fit right in. I guess he comes by this honestly...in aerobics, I could never get my arms and legs both doing what they were supposed to be doing! :)
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Here they are working on coordination and ball handling. He is supposed to be circling the ball around his waist and then switch and go the other direction. In the end, Andrew got this one...he can't do it quickly, but he got it. I think its the hip action that gets the job done. Maybe we should have him in hula lessons! Wouldn't Daddy love that one. :)
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As long as the ball does not hit his foot, Andrew does pretty well dribbling. He sure has improved...and had a good time doing so. And Daddy and I have gotten a few grins watching and helping along the way! They always end the practice with a group circle, everyone puts their hand in, and they yell "Pee Wee Basketball" on three. I love it!

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