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June 12, 2014

Valdosta High’s ‘Small Ballers’ a success

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High basketball played its final game of the season nearly four months ago, but boys head coach Antonio Hayes is still teaching, the students are just much younger. Valdosta High's "Small Ballers" basketball camp concluded on Wednesday after three days of instruction from Wildcat coaches.

Despite tweaking his teaching techniques to fit a much less experienced crowd, Hayes faced little difficulty in getting the young kids into the game of basketball.

"I really don't think it's a challenge per se, I just think it's fun," said Hayes. "It's good to get the youth out. Let them come out and have a good time, pack them in the gym and at least you know they're doing something positive.

"You're trying to teach them the game of basketball, and whenever you

try to teach them the game of basketball it's always fun."

The youth camp began Monday, giving children in grades 3-5 with varying levels of experience four hours a day to hone their skills.

Working with kids enjoying the first basketball experience of their lives was one of the high points of the camp to Hayes.

"It's tremendous because you bring them in and introduce them to the game of basketball and they love it," said Hayes. "The kids come out, they participate, and the parents love it.

"The parents have said its well organized and that's what you want. You want good feedback and you want to introduce them to the game of basketball. We've had just a positive, positive reaction from everybody."

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