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Lakeland Youth Athletic Association Basketball Clinics

October 19, 2012

LYAA Youth Basketball


Saturday, November 2

Saturday, November 16

Saturday, November 30

Saturday, December 7

Saturday, December 14


K-2 Boys and Girls --- 9:00-10:15 AM

Grade 3-4 Boys and Girls --- 10:15-11:45 AM

Grades 5-6 Boys and Girls --- Noon to 1:30 PM


Mark McLaughlin, Head Boys Basketball Coach

Steve Kuchta, Head Boys Baseball Coach

LHS Boys and Girls Basketball squads



  • Fundamental development in ball-handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defensive technique.
  • Basics of team play 2 on 2, to 3 on 3 (Grades K-4); 4 on 4 and 5 on 5 (Grades 5-6)
  • Development of player confidence in basic basketball skills.
  • Cross-age coaching from older to younger --- program building through “passing on legacy” of service and leadership to others.
  • Contests and play-time each Saturday --- Grades 5-6 slightly more “attuned” focus towards travel and tournament schedule.


  • Basketball or gym shoes
  • Shorts and tee shirts
  • Their own ball, with their name on it if they have it.
  • A great attitude … First, become capable, then become competitive

NOTE FROM COACH MCLAUGHLIN:  Basketball has changed my life --- I was fortunate to have great coaches all the way through my experience from the age of 10 who had faith in me and confidence in my ability to learn.  They were patient, repetitive and methodical in how they taught me the basics of the game.  I was fortunate to play on the first two state tournament squads in my school’s history for a Hall of Fame coach.


I’ve coached for 32-years at the varsity and high-octane exposure level, coached some fine college players and some very average high school and young players.  The  constant was that they all wanted to get better.  Through my basketball business, college coaching courses taught, and team-building exercises done in that time, I know that long term program success, regardless of talent level comes from “build-up” at this age level.


I encourage our grade level coaches and parents to come to these workouts and to be involved.  I will involve current high school athletes in the demonstration and coaching of the actual skills(the train pulled out on my body a few years ago), so the kids will see and then do the skills we choose.


LYAA is a critical “support system” to the LHS athletic program, and we support it whole-heartedly.  We ask for your support and participation in this program, and plant the seeds of future championship-level basketball for four to 10 years to come.


I look forward to working with Coach Kuchta, Coach Johnson and Coach Cooper in making this a great experience for our kids.  Call me at 417-644-2223 with your questions, or email me at chmclaughlin@lakeland.k12.mo.us .



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