By: Curtis Morton
The summer Cricket clinic for 2014, hosted by the Department of Youth and Sports, came to an end on Friday 18th July.
Despite the absence of the regular coaches who were all overseas on official duty, the clinic proceeded nonetheless.
Coach at the Sports Department, Vijay Harinarine, led out in the endeavour. He noted that the children were taught the basics in the game of cricket which included catching, fielding, batting and bowling.
Harinarine stated that quite some time was spent on ensuring that the bowlers, bowled and not throw the ball and that the batsmen concentrated on playing the ball in the ‘V’.
On the final day, they engaged in a match simulation exercise during which all of the participants were able to bowl and bat. Some of them also had the opportunity to serve as captains at various points in the game.
Harinarine indicated that the various captains were chosen because of the leadership qualities that they demonstrated.
In terms of continuity, he expects that the young cricketers will now gravitate towards the grass roots programs which are being held throughout the various communities on the island.
Summer Basketball Clinic Concludes
Meanwhile, the 2014 edition of the Basketball clinic hosted by the Youth and Sports Department came to an end on Friday 18th July.
The sessions were held at the Grell Hull-Stevens Netball Complex under the close supervision of Basketball coach at the Department, Jeffrey Lewis, ably assisted by Track and field Coach, Shermon Caines who indicated that he also used the opportunity to learn a lot more about the game.
There were less than ten boys in attendance over the one week period but they were all enthusiastic as they expressed their joy at being a part of the clinic.
Caines explained that they learnt about the makeup of the basketball court and the significance of the various lines. They also learnt the basics of the game which included dribbling, ball control, passing and shooting and among others.
They also enjoyed friendly rivalry among themselves as they engaged in simulation matches and one on one competition.
Caines is confident that the clinic can only improve next year and he expects a lot more children to participate.
The children for their part, all indicated that they had learnt a lot and vowed to represent the CSS Basketball team in the not too distant future.