Stokes Youth Basketball League held their summer elite camp July 13 -16 for boys and girls in third to twelfth grade. The four-day camp at King Elementary was led by Ryan Goodson, a respected coach who’s trained over 10,000 players and has worked with names such as Bobby Cremins, Dave Odom, and Buzz Peterson. In 2011 he was the Director of the 2011 Stephen Curry Skills Academy.
“I love basketball and being able to teach it,” he said. “I love the platform it gives me to reach younger people. Most of the players that come to camp won’t end up playing in the NBA but the same thing that makes you a good player can makes you successful in anything — hard work, dedication, attention to details.”
Goodson said he tries to help athletes develop their skills and then master them.
“I’ve seen players everywhere that are content with just good enough. I try and give them tools to master ball handling, offensive moves, shooting along with little tips and secrets that I’ve picked up from being in the gym with a lot better players and coaches.”
One thing Goodson notices traveling around the country is players add unnecessary moves that slows them down.
“The first thing I do is tear down any bad habits they have and try to make them faster. I’ll take out any wasted movement and wasted time,” he said. “Even though I teach skills I also focus on work ethic. Many of them don’t know how hard to work, not just how often and how consistent but the intensity you have to have when you train. You have to go 150 miles an hour at practice to go 100 miles an hour in a game comfortably.”
Goodson said he saw a number of skilled players within the 37 participating throughout the week.
“That’s a testament to the programs around here because there’s some talent.”
Instead of focusing on one thing Goodson incorporates different skills hoping to teach the athletes as much as possible throughout the four-day camp. He also told the players it isn’t all about them.
“I think my camps different from a lot of other camps because my focus is on the player getting better and also we did a big segment yesterday on making your teammates better,” he said. “When they go back to their team they’ve got to be able to add value. We talked about if you keep playing basketball long enough you’ll eventually be the worst player on the court, but when that happens you can still continue making other people better. You have those cheerleaders on every team that inspire everyone. It’s an important role.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.