FILIPINO BASKETBALL coaches will get a rare opportunity to learn from some of the best international coaches in a three-day clinic to be held at the Marikina Sports Center from June 16 to 18, 2017. Entitled “World Hoops Clinic”, the event is organized by Ateneo de Manila University coach Tab Baldwin.
Coach Baldwin has assembled a formidable roster of guest lecturers who will delve into various topics complete with on-court demonstrations and applications. The list includes Nenad Vucinic, Pero Cameron and Natxo Lezcano as well as esteemed local coaches Alex Compton and Jimmy Alapag.
It can be seen from the combined resumes of all the speakers that they have coached in all continents except Antarctica. They are all unanimous in expressing their admiration for the passion exhibited by Filipinos for the game.
Coach Cameron first earned fame with the New Zealand national team as a hulking 6’6” center who could stand toe to toe with NBA seven-footers. He will give an interesting talk on rebounding and how to play undersized centers like himself, a topic that should be very appropriate for Filipinos.
Coach Vucinic from Serbia will discuss the pick and roll offense and how to execute combination defenses. He admitted that his love for the sport was kindled when he watched the 1978 FIBA World Championships held at the Araneta Coliseum on television back home wherein the former Yugoslavia defeated the then mighty Soviet Union in the final game.
Coach Lezcano is a former head coach of the Cote D’Ivoire national team and has extensive experience in his native Spain and other European countries. The free offense and ball screen defense will be tackled by him.
Of course, Coach Alapag of the Meralco Bolts and Coach Compton of the Alaska Aces are no strangers to Filipino fans. Coach Alapag will talk on defining and building leadership roles while Coach Compton will teach about pressure defense.
Coach Baldwin will also lecture and give presentations on player development and designing set plays. He assures participants that the curriculum for the entire clinic is tailored to suit all levels of basketball from elementary school to the professional leagues plus women’s basketball.
For years, Filipinos have been greatly influenced and have patterned their game based on the United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA). As Coach Alapag observed, the success of the Philippine national team in recent years introduced the local fans to how basketball is played internationally and it is a sign of how the game has progressed.
This time, Filipino coaches need not spend a small fortune to attend coaching clinics or do observation tours overseas. Coach Baldwin and his team will now share their trade secrets and tips in hopes of raising the level of the local coaching fraternity.
Participants may sign up through the World Hoops Clinic Facebook Page or contact telephone numbers (0917) 551-7275 or (0998) 997-7275 or send an email to Coach John Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee covers handouts and other materials plus a souvenir shirt.