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Otter basketball comes to Linn State

On Thursday, August 12, over 80 participants from Missouri and Kansas attended Jason Otter’s School of Basketball one-day camp at Linn State Technical College.

Developed by pro trainer Jason Otter, players train at a level outside of their comfort.  The Otterbasketball system is considered one of the most intense and detail oriented camps in the country.

“I had heard great things about Jason’s camp before his arrival, but as I observed the camp throughout the day, I was amazed by Jason and his staff’s ability to do various drills with jump ropes and basketballs,” said Aaron Grefrath, LSTC Activity Center Director.

According to Lyndsi Vaughan, 12, the jump roping drill was the toughest drill.  “We did that for an hour,” she said.  “I was worn out.”

Nolan Atnip, 9, agreed with Vaughn about the jump roping drill being the toughest.  “The best drills were the dribbling,” commented Atnip.  

The one-day camp was seven hours in duration and open to boys and girls.  There is no team scrimmaging or one-on-one competition.  “He treated everyone equally and as one large team,” remarked Grefrath.  “I really liked his teaching style.”

Otter, who teaches and leads all demonstrations at his camps, is also committed to talking to participants about respect, honesty, integrity and other important values as players and as individuals outside the game of basketball.  

As a father of a participant, Grefrath appreciated Otter taking the time to talk about those values.  “No matter how often I tell my daughter about those values, sometimes for her to hear those words from another person, like Jason, really magnifies the importance of what I as a parent and coach, try to teach her.

Although participants were very exhausted at the end of camp, Grefrath believes everyone was pleased with the outcome.   According to Grefrath, parents were excited the camp was offered in a central location in the state and hoped LSTC would offer more of Jason’s camps in the future, as some participants travel outside of the state for the camps.

Grefrath anticipates bringing Otter back for future camps.  “We will be looking into which of Otter’s camps will be best suited for our area in the future.”

Although the camp was tough, Vaughan said she enjoyed every part of the camp and thought Jason Otter was awesome.   “I would do it again,” she said.  “All of it will make me a better ball player and that’s what matters.”

Atnip was also in favor of participating in the camp again.   “I’d go again, but not for a good year,” said Atnip speaking from exhaustion.

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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