But the Cedar Bluff Tiger basketball teams have been using part of their summer working to get better on the court.
Head coach Joe Carpenter, along with assistant coaches Johnny Amison and Torrey McDaniel, helped the Tigers utilize their time the past couple of weeks with several different team exercises and camps.
Both teams had a three-hour workshop on championship culture on June 13, then had Sam Allen from Blue Collar Basketball in Atlanta come in for a nine-hour fundamentals clinic on June 14. Allen helped the Tigers fine-tune their offensive and defensive schemes.
“Our players really seemed to respond to their staff and the attention to details,” Carpenter said.
Following a play date with Collinsville on June 15, the Lady Tigers took a trip to Georgia State University in Atlanta for a team bonding exercise and camp on June 16-17. The Lady Tigers returned stateside for another camp at Jacksonville State on June 18.
The Tiger boys had play dates at Sand Rock on June 22 and at Tuscaloosa County on June 24 before taking part in a team camp at the University of Alabama on June 25-26.
Crimson Tide head coach and former NBA player Avery Johnson, along with former Tide player and assistant coach Antoine Pettway, welcomed the Tigers to Coleman Coliseum. Pettway spoke to the team on the importance of hard work and what it takes to get to the next level.
“I was extremely proud of the strides we made the past two weeks,” Carpenter said. “The teams bonded well, and as coaches, we took advantage of the quality time we got to spend with them.”
Carpenter thanked Amison and McDaniel for investing their time and efforts with the Tigers to help make their trips an educational, yet enjoyable experience.
“Our players were trying their best to do what we asked of them, and I feel like they had a blast being together on and off the court,” Carpenter said. “Our whole theme for this summer was to get better with the attention to details and thrive in our culture at Cedar Bluff. I came away feeling very good about our teams and I’m very excited to see them on the court next season.”
The Tigers’ respective 2016-17 basketball seasons begin in late November.