Participants in Coach Ron’s Sports Speed Development Camp, Basketball 101 Camp conducted June 17-20 at Jonesboro are featured in the pictures above. In the top picture are the 4th and 5th grade student athletes. In the middle picture are the 6th, 7th and 8th grade student athletes. In the bottom picture are the 2nd and 3rd grade student athletes. Photos by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.

Coach Ron's Sports Speed Development Camp, Basketball 101 Camp conducted

Coach Ron’s Basketball 101 and Sports Speed Development Camp was held June 17-20 at the Jonesboro Grade School gymnasium.

On June 17, more than 75 athletes met for a four-day camp on the fundamentals of speed development and basketball. 

The groups met in three sessions designed to meet the needs of the student athletes of various ages.

In session one the student athletes who were in the 2nd and 3rd grades met from 8:30 a.m. until to 10 a.m. 

Athletes in the 4th and 5th grades attended from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

Following a lunch break the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades met from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Each session had on a daily basis approximately 22 to 25 student athletes.

The drills that the student athletes practiced are as follows:


Passing, shooting, pivoting, Cowans drills, loose balls drills, ball tag, lay-up elimination, 12 second dribbling drills.

Speed Drills

Frisbees, Z-balls (insane or crazy balls), Frisbee elimination game, acceleration drills with Frisbees, z-balls and hand-balls. Color games with bean bags. Milk carton games with blue balls. Z-balls were used to help develop eye-hand coordination.

Cameron Wright Assists with Camp

Cameron Wright was welcomed for a second straight year to assist with camp. 

Cameron, an outstanding athlete from Anna-Jonesboro and Marion, was a five time All-American in high jump at Southern Illinois University. Cameron made the 1996 Olympic team in high jump. His jump of 7’ 6.5” is among the top jumps ever. 

“Cameron was one of the hardest working players that I ever coached. One could tell that his work ethic would take him to higher levels. He also did more than we asked of him,” Coach Ron said.

Cameron has conducted many camps in track and basketball over the past 10 years. 

They did several camps in Johnson County with Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls and the Johnson County coaches.

Cameron was head track coach at SIU in the 1990s. He is in the SIU Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Special Thank You’s

Coach Ron extended special Thank You’s to the high school student coaches who assisted with the camp, who were as follows: Kaya Coleman, Nate Belcher, Savana Rambeau.

The adult coaches were Britt Roberts, Cameron Wright.

Coach Ron gave “a special thank you to the staff that provided lunch each day for the coaching staff. Tia Roberts, Britt Roberts, Joey Hawkins, Cameron Wright and Paula Fulenwider.”

“Save-A-Lot provided bottled water each day for the campers. Thank you Sam, Zach,” Coach Ron.

Thank you to the wonderful parents and grandparents for your support in providing transportation for the children each day.

The Jonesboro Grade School custodial staff and administration again had the facility ready each day providing every need that we requested. Thank you very much from the players, and coaches.

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