Pine hosts second basketball camp this summer

Published 9:36 am Monday, June 16, 2014

The Rowdy Raider Camp for ages 10-14 took place last week at Pine High School’s Gym.

Raiders coach Eddie Vaughn said the camp was focused on teaching the participants every fundamental aspect of basketball on the offensive end of the court.

Vaughn said some of the things the campers learned were shooting fundamentals, passing, catching, how to hold the ball, dribbling and attacking the defender.

Vaughn said they are also showing the participants why you would use the things they are learning.

“The idea of all of those things is to show them how to play the game correctly,” Vaughn said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Vaughn had the campers going through a layup drill where they had to drive to the basket and use their right and their left.

Vaughn said he has a lot of fun coaching the camp and that part of the clinic is being serious and learning, but also having a good time with the game.

“I see (San Antonio Spurs coach Greg) Popovich chewing out (guard) Tony Parker one minute and then they’re laughing the next. That’s part of it. You have to able to be coached, but realize we also want to have fun.”

The clinic featured 47 people.

This is the second straight week Vaughn has held a camp at Pine and like this week, this week also had 47 participants.

Last week’s camp was for ages 5-9.

This week’s clinic went from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and was a higher intensity camp.

Vaughn said the money raised from the two camps goes directly to Pine’s two basketball teams.

The camp had three people helping Vaughn with the coaching, including boys assistant coach Josh Williams, the new girls assistant coach Lynell Pope and Vaughn’s brother Ronnie Vaughn.

Vaughn was in his first year of coaching at Pine, but came over with 33 years of coaching experience.

This season, Vaughn coached the boys’ team to a 10-18 record after a slow start and they went 5-3 in District 8-2A play.

Pine’s girls’ team finished with a 22-10 record and went undefeated in District 8-2A at 8-0. The Lady Raiders made the playoffs as the No. 12 seed and captured their bi-district round game 53-36 over Episcopal of Baton Rouge.

The club played fifth seeded Jonesboro-Hodge in the regional round, but had its season with a 58-50 loss.

This week, Vaughn is conducting a clinic, which is more intense, for older children, ages 10-14.