Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Mary Wolf was concerned some parents might believe the upcoming Fundamentals Basketball Academy had been canceled because it did not appear of the town’s registration Web site a short while due to an issue with the availability of Wilson Dome.
But Wolf assures all that the academy will be held as originally scheduled — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 in Wilson Dome and is open to boys and girls in the third through eighth grades. The fee is $35.
Former Paradise Valley High School boys basketball coach Bill Farrell will head the academy with assistance from some PHS varsity players.
Farrell is a highly respected retired coach who says he hosts the camps, “to get my basketball fix.”
Which means that although he’s turned over the coaching reins to others, he still loves the game and gets a thrill out of teaching it.
He was the state’s boys basketball coach of the year in 1995 and 1997 and has won numerous regional coach of the year honors.
At Paradise Valley High School, Farrell’s teams won two titles in three seasons in 4A, taking the 1995 and 1997 championships. The 1997 team finished 29-2 while the 1995 team went 29-4.
During his prep career, he coached three high school All-Americans and a state player of the year.
On Dec. 2, 2005, the Paradise Valley High School gymnasium was renamed in honor of Farrell.
Most importantly about Farrell is that he obviously is an “old school” coach who stresses fundamentals and discipline much like some of the other Arizona coaching legends including Sammy Duane, Royce Youree, Tom Bennett and Jerry Conner.
Parents who enroll their children in the upcoming camp can rest assured that Farrell and his staff will preach the fundamentals of footwork, ball handling, passing and catching, dribbling and dribble moves, shooting, rebounding and defense.
The curriculum will also likely include the mental aspects of the game including attitudes or “The Right Stuff” — making the good player great and the role players who come off the bench to become tremendous assets to their team.
Other facets of the game he could include are academics and the student-athlete, conditioning, nutrition and having an individual practice plan.
Anyone who talks to Farrell at any length realizes he is also a huge proponent of using the sport to build character in boys and young men.
Those who know Farrell well say his underlying commitment to the sport is to teach the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Register online at www.paysonparks .com or call (928) 474-5242, ext 7.