About 100 children attended the Wollongong Hawks’ school holidays coaching clinic last week at the Snakepit.
Young hoopsters were put through their paces by Hawks players and assistant coach Matt Flinn.
‘‘When I was a kid, whenever I got to be around professional players in a camp like this, I was like a kid in a candy store,’’ Hawks forward Tim Coenraad said.
‘‘I wanted to impress everyone and be the best in all the shooting drills.
‘‘It’s extremely important, especially for the kids who really want to play basketball and who are passionate about it. You can tell who the kids are who really want to be there and you especially want to spend a lot of time with them.’’
Meanwhile, referees of Illawarra Basketball Association competitions have been told to lift their game.
IBA management has urged referees to ‘‘read the rule book and apply the rules’’.
On a positive note, the IBA has started teaming inexperienced referees with senior referees to ensure stronger development for youngsters and a better understanding of the rules.