Basketball clinic at Bridgeport

Students and Elite Hoop Effects coach JD Taylor at the basketball clinic July 20 at Bridgeport Middle School. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Elite Hoop Effects coach J.D. Taylor explains to basketball clinic participants how to take directions, dribble and scan. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Elite Hoop Effects (EHE) held a youth basketball clinic at Bridgeport Middle School July 20-21.

EHE is a Wenatchee-based program, founded and operated by JD Taylor. EHE clinics are informative and fun with creative teachings, drills and games to reinforce skillsets and to raise players basketball IQ, according to its website.

Four sessions were offered over the two-day period. On July 20, kindergarten through third grade students participated in a session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There were approximately 25 students in this session. The next session followed from 4 to 7 p.m. for fourth through eighth grade students. On July 21, a session was held for kindergarten through twelfth grade students from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The last session was held for fourth through eighth grade students from noon to 3 p.m.

Over the course of the two days, EHE staff worked with players on basic basketball movements. The kids learned and practiced new basketball skills such as following directions, dribbling and scanning. The players worked hard to perfect their basketball moves and improve their game.

“I have 27 years of experience in basketball,” Taylor said. “The last five years we have been based out of Wenatchee, promoting Elite Hoop Effects basketball camps and clinics. We train all over the region. We also offer private and semi-private sessions, and small group team training.”

Player Jazmine Davenport said, “I like this basketball clinic because they are encouraging us, and they push us to limits to finish well. These camps give us the tools to be the best we can be.”

Parent Tamatra Davenport noted that he would much rather see his kids practicing basketball moves than watching TV. “It’s great to give our kids the opportunities such as camps like this,” he said. “The kids are engaged and learning and that’s important to me, and they’re having fun.”

Taylor gets his inspiration from the kids and watching them learn new basketball skills.

“I get a great feeling when I see the kids learn a new skill and apply it,” he said. “When the light goes on. That’s exciting. It is wonderful to instill confidence in young athletes, and I love what I do. I’m very proud of them.”

Taylor added, “We empower the kids through learning that it is okay to make mistakes. This is how we learn to do it better.”

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