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BASKETBALL: Learn basketball, life skills

The court in Coach Scharboneau's backyard.

Woodhaven Coach Rodney Scharboneau has been coaching basketball for 15 years, but recently decided to bring something new to the area.

Last summer the now head coach of the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team started offering High Impact Basketball Skill Set Training right at home in his own backyard.

The camp focuses on building cardio, strength, skill sets and self esteem as a basketball player.

Scharboneau’s message to the players that he trains is simple; when you reach a new level of personal development, there is an excitement to be felt.

“We all can be so much more and so much better than we are right now,” Scharboneau said. “I try and help the kids push themselves into those areas that are uncomfortable at first.

Scharboneau likes to study great coaches and teachers and implements innovative techniques into his program to help the players grow.

“(Most) importantly, the kids gain self-esteem and confidence by accomplishing difficult tasks while being pushed past conceived limits, followed with constant reminders that we all need to say the right things to ourselves every day,” he said.

Outside basketball is important to Scharboneau because he believes the art has been lost throughout the years.

“We are in the gym for four months during the season, so being outside is great,” he said. “I am at home, literally when I am working as a basketball skill set trainer.

“It’s what I’m meant to be doing. I have unlimited energy when I am doing it.”

The court is right in Scharboneau’s backyard in Trenton and represents his coaching career.

The inside of the court is painted blue and yellow to reflect not only the city he lives in, but his early coaching days at Trenton. The perimeter of the court is lined in purple, representing Scharboneau’s current ties to the Woodhaven team.

The camp however, is not just for Scharboneau’s current Woodhaven high school players. Players of all schools, and all ages for that matter are welcome to participate.

There are currently players from five different school districts and they range from sixth grade all the way to the collegiate level.

Scharboneau says his neighbors are very understanding; his dad, Jerry is on one side of him and says he would not be able to do any of this without his wife.

“I am so grateful for my beautiful bride, Melanie,” he said. “Without her blessing, support and help, I would not be able to offer this service to the kids in the area.

“It has been a blessing to be able to serve the kids in the area in this way. I love it and times flies when I do it.”

The camp runs from mid July to mid September. The 50 minute training sessions are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 and Sundays from 9:00 to 12:00. All training sessions are very affordable to participants and Scharboneau says cost will not get in the way of anyone wanting to train.

All time slots are currently filled, but Scharboneau does keep a waiting list because there are cancelations.

Those interested in the camp should email rodneyscharboneau@yahoo.com.









Last Updated: 7/26/2013 11:18:58 AM EST

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