A number of those players are now fathers son watching basketball, making for a surreal experience for those attending grassroots basketball events throughout the country. Here on this end is St. And on this other court? Some are almost diametrically opposite players, and even play different positions. For other sons, it can almost be like watching a flashback, watching their fathers Benjamin Button age back into teenagers to try and make it into the NBA all over again.
Just wrapping up his 19th annual Royals Father-Son Youth Basketball Clinic on Monday night, the veteran coach let his whistle dangle around his neck freely as nearly a dozen youngsters drove the lane and chucked jumpers with their dads.
With the hour-and-a-half long hoops session complete, few fled the hardwood for the parking lot after Spaulding dismissed the group. Instead, they maximized the opportunity to bond, one dribble at a time.
Story continues below gallery 1 of 6 Cooper Bechtel, 4, watches the action during a Father and Son basketball clinic at Eastern Hancock along with his dad, Brett.
Dads and sons listened attentively throughout the evening as Spaulding, who has coached the Royals since , outlined step-by-step instructions on dribbling, shooting, passing and defending. Once Spaulding set up a practice drill, the fathers lined along the floor took charge and became the coaches, guiding their pint-sized hoopsters on form and fundamentals.
For Chris Zeilinga, an assistant varsity tennis coach at Mt. Vernon High School, the tips and basketball knowledge received from Spaulding was much appreciated.
Attending the clinic with his son, Luke, 8, who is a third-grader at Fortville Elementary School, the tandem has spent their recent summers around a backboard.
Vernon by Marauders head varsity boys basketball coach Travis Daugherty. As a result, Luke has become active with his school team and playing summer ball, Chris Zeilinga said. And a big part of his interest in the sport is because of the time he gets one-on-one with his dad.
I like shooting and when you get to try to win the game.
It feels good to do that. Beyond the occasional blown whistle by Spaulding echoing around the four-walled white, brick bandbox, encouraging chatter followed every missed shot and mishandled pass.
I just grabbed the idea when I came out here and have been doing it ever since. It was a special experience, Spaulding said, one he hopes every one of the families involved with the clinic shares. Sports and their bond through athletics, Aaron Spaulding said, was the key.
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