LAGOS – A Lagos-based basketball consultant, Patrick Omo-Osagie, on Wednesday advocated for frequent coaching clinics as a way of developing the sport at the grassroots level.
Omo-Osagie made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at the just concluded 15th Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Summer, held at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Lagos.
He said that budding talents were in abundance at the grassroots but needed coaches who were conversant with the rules of the sport to train them.
Omo-Osagie also said that there was need for the coaches to always keep abreast with constant change in the rules of the game.
“The constant change and review in the rules could only be taught at coaching clinics and in turn imparted to the athletes at the grassroots programmes,’’ he said. [eap_ad_2] Omo-Osagie said that coaches should be meticulous when teaching the young ones the rudiments of the game.
“Teaching correctly the rudiment of the games is important factor while coaching young players.
“Lack of patience on the part of the coaches was a major factor militating against the sport’s development.
“People are clamouring that the grassroots is the answer to sports development, but fail to acknowledge the fact that many of the coaches are not knowledgeable enough to impart the rudiments of the game to younger ones.
“Except there are frequent coaching clinics, we may not get the answers to the problems of the declining fortunes of basketball in the country,’’ he said.
Omo-Osagie told NAN that 150 participants took part in the 6th edition of the clinic.
He lauded the U.S. Consulate for sponsoring the programme.
Omo-Osagie also urged the basketball coaches and Games Masters to apply what they learned in the clinic to develop the game in states and schools. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]