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Southern Labrador
Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program in Southern Labrador
Basketball Coaching Course with NLBA representative Judy Byrne
Technical Director for NLBA Judy Byrne facilitated an athlete development session and the basketball coaching course in Port Hope Simpson on May 17th and 18th 2011. Judy has an extensive coaching background that includes assistant coach of the Memorial University Sea Hawks in St. John's.

On Tuesday night Judy had the opportunity to coach a practice style session for the boys and girls high school basketball teams of DC Young. The participants learned new warm up techniques that incorporated basketball skills. The players also participated in skill development drills. Judy was very helpful in pointing out key details that would improve their overall skill sets. The session concluded with a scrimmage and a prize give away.

On Wednesday Judy facilitated a community coach workshop. This workshop was designed to certify these coaches and give them the tools needed to coach the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program. The SNYB program is designed to teach basketball fundamentals and further expose children to physical activity in a fun and positive environment. A special thanks to Judy Byrne and NLBA for bringing this workshop to the South Coast of Labrador.
 
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Coach Alexander at D.C Young School in Port Hope Simpson (larger version)
Provicial Badminton coach visit to Southern Labrador
Mike Alexander, the provincial badminton Coach came to the southeast region of Labrador to hold development sessions on January 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2011. The sessions were of an introduction nature and children from all over the coast participated.
Mike held 3 different sessions in the Charlottetown Recreation Center on Wednesday night. Children attended from grades 4 through to grade 12.

Mike went on the road and taught some badminton skills during a physical education Class for grades 9, 10 and 11 students at DC young. From there he drove to St. Lewis where he taught a session during a physical education class at St. Lewis Academy for grade 7 to 9 students. He finished Thursday off by holding a session with students of St. Mary's All Grade at the community center in Mary's Harbour. All of these sessions taught students the fundamentals of the sport and also some fun ways to enjoy a badminton practice. Mike then went to Cartwright for another development clinic. The session took place at the Cartwright Rec. Center where the students of Henry Gordon Academy took part in a fun filled session that also allowed some adults to get involved. A special thanks to the teachers and staff of these schools for making their time and facilities available.

On the third day of Mike's visit he instructed a full coaching clinic to participants from St. Lewis, Charlottetown and Port Hope Simpson. The coaching clinic was a great way for all the participants who are or will be involved in coaching to gain knowledge on the sport and how to teach this knowledge to children. Mike Alexander said he will schedule a return trip to the coast in order to do a coaching certification course.
 
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