Don’t tell Allen Iverson, but now you don’t even have to go to the gym to practice.
At least that’s the strategy being used by some coaches in the snowbound mid-Atlantic, where Virginia schools are awaiting rescheduled playoff match ups. In the meantime, with schools still closed, inventive coaches are resorting to rather unique methods of getting their players to practice in similar ways, with a focus on their next game.
Take Warwick girls basketball coach Vanessa Starks, for example. Without the ability to get her kids in a gym, she’s connecting with all of her players en masse via FaceTime and Skype, organizing a “cyber practice”. According to the Daily Press, Starks had her players complete 15 minutes of stretching, two 20 minute indoor sessions and floor-bound shooting exercises.
Not ideal, but better than nothing, and a cohesive way for her team to remain linked in some way, shape or fashion as everyone waits for the winter weather to subside so the region can regain a sense of normalcy.
“We have to think of things to keep them active.”
Cyber practice will certainly accomplish that. Whether it proves successful in the forthcoming state playoffs remains to be seen.