Perfect time to practice

BORED youngsters are being encouraged by Sale Amateur Basketball Association to head for their driveways and hone their basketball skills.

Association vice president Mel Johnston said there were many easy-to-find ball handling drills, which didn’t even require a basketball ring.

“A quick search on Facebook or Twitter will show many different ball handling skills sessions and coaches across a variety of age groups using videos to teach fundamental skills,” she said.

“We may not be able to play our regular season, but this time creates a unique opportunity to work on individual weaknesses, particularly things like left hand passing and shooting.”

Johnston said the Homecourt app was proving particularly popular in the local basketball community and was also being used by NBA and NBL players.

Homecourt provides fitness and skills workouts free of charge during the Coronavirus lock down period.

Sale Sonics representative coaches are also sending out targeted ball handling and shooting sessions.

The Sale Sonics 12.1 boys made a video for social media, where the players appear to pass the ball to each other after dribbling through their legs.

“It doesn’t matter what drills players choose, if they make their own videos or whether they just get out in the driveway and play with a basketball,” Johnston said

“We’d love to see all of our players outside, in the fresh air, being active and enjoying the challenge to improve.”

Sale Sonics 12.1 boys made a novel team video to stay connected, which featured former Sonics player, now Collingwood captain, Scott Pendlebury.

These screen shots show Pendlebury, Charlie Kelly, Cooper Hole, Hunter Wynd, Banjo Berry, Pax Fulford, Owen Centra and Archer Gerrand appearing to pass the ball to each other for a “virtual” training session.