Report to camp
Editor's note: Scott Kreiger is blogging, now daily, about his experiences as the Indiana Girls All-Star coach.
Saturday was the official opening of the Indiana All-Star week and it was all that I hoped it would be. After watching nine of the All-Star girls play in the Hickory Reunion game at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown last night, I was excited to get started.
We had some bad news initially when Amanda Moore, a fine player from Seymour, was unable to attend due to illness. We are hopeful that she can recover and experience at least part of the week with us.
The other 12 girls were all here today at Marian University. Director Charlie Hall greeted all of the boys and girls all-stars shortly after noon and provided important information to the players and their parents about the expectations for the week and some of the very nice experiences that are planned.
After the parents departed, several tables were set up so the all-stars and their coaches could sign what seemed like a thousand posters for sponsors and other people important to the All-Star series.
Actually, I guess the number was just over 100, but it took quite awhile and it was a unique opportunity for many of us. Following the autograph session, all the players were subjected to a brief physical exam by our team doctors and, thankfully, everyone was given approval to participate.
We checked into our dorm rooms at Marian and it felt like college all over again. University Hall is very nice though and fairly new, so it will be more than good enough for the week we are here.
Charlie convened a coaches’ meeting to go through some of the details that will be important to us through the week, including transportation, proper attire, meals, and upholding the expectations of the All-Star experience.
We then headed to the gym for our first official workout with the team. We went for over two hours, working on many of the same exercises as we had at the mini-camp: the offensive sets, transition game, special plays, and just a general philosophy for what we needed to do to be successful this week.
We had a couple minor injuries, but it was a good workout. Unfortunately for us, Sunday we lose four players to commencement exercises, so what should have been a big day of preparation will be somewhat limited due to the unavoidable graduation ceremonies.
The dinner tonight, catered by the University Food Service, was Italian fare and no one walked away hungry. Several of the players and coaches are going gathered in a common room to watch the NBA Western Division game.
It will be a good opportunity to interact with both the boys and the girls in a setting that we all appreciate. Charlie put together a game with some prizes for who can come closest to the final score tonight, so I’m sure that will draw some friendly banter among the audience watching the game.
All things considered, it was a good first day.