Shane Carpenter knows the importance of fundamentals to the game of basketball.
“It’s everything,” said the Shasta School coach.
He’s been involved in the sport for 16 years, working the high school summer leagues, the old Acorn League and now MUST.
MUST is the Manteca Unified Student Trust. At Tuesday’s practice inside the new Pinto / Mello Multi-Purpose Building otherwise known as the Hornets’ Nest, Carpenter had his seventh-and eighth- grade team go through the various drills in preparation for the upcoming season.
Along the way, he looked for crisp passes, proper footwork, and shooting technique in his young players.
Those fundamentals of the game will be taught and even emphasized at the MUST Team Basketball Clinic scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 23, at Manteca High’s Winter Gymnasium.
Cost is $10 (cash only) per player and is open to interested sixth-, seventh-, and eighth- grade students.
A minimum of five players per team is recommended, according to Kathy Ruble, who is helping to organize the MUST function.
“But any student can come (to the Team Basketball Clinic),” she said.
Included are those not playing in the MUST league this year.
A strength and agility coach from Bethany University in Santa Cruz will instruct the hoop clinic.
MUST coaches are encouraged to attend.
The clinic will focus on the girls from 9 to 11 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30) and the boys from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (registration begins at noon).
MHS athletic boosters will be providing the snack bar.
Those planning to attend should RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 8.
For more information, call Ruble at (209) 858-7338.