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Barr basketball lessons May 28-30

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Basketball coach Tom Barr will once again be offering area round-ballers an opportunity to improve their skills. Like last year he will be teaming up with Van Far’s Kasey Gatson to offer basketball lessons. Lessons will be held at Van- Far High School May 28, 29, and 30 for ages 5 through High School. Exceptional basketball training for basketball players at every level are taught in a structured environment in order for each player to increase their skill level.  Players will build confidence in order for competitive game situations to come naturally.
The three one-hour lessons will focus on the fundamentals: ball handling, passing, shooting, and defensive skills. Coach Barr’s Basketball Lessons are unique and are designed to help all levels of players learn, improve, and fulfill their highest potential.
Each intense one-hour session is structured to improve and build upon your current level of play.
Coach Barr has 36 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level. He began coaching at the high school level at his alma mater, Wellsville-Middletown (Missouri) High School.
After two years at Wellsville-Middletown, he moved to Bowling Green, Missouri, where he was assistant coach for two years and head coach for his last five years there.  During the last three years at Bowling Green, Coach Barr led his team to the state playoffs three consecutive years with a record of 75-9 during those three years. Next, Rolla High School hired Barr to rebuild their program.  In one year, he completely turned the program around, going from five wins to 17 wins and a second-place finish in the tough Ozark Conference.  Coach Barr was an assistant coach at Three Rivers Community College for nine years during which time the Raiders were the NJCAA national champions.  He went to West Plains in 1993 to start the basketball program at Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains.  Coach Barr coached the SMSU-WP Grizzlies for 11 years and led the Grizzlies to consecutive Region 16 Championships in 1997/1998 and 1998/1999 when he was also named Region 16 Coach of the Year.  Coach Barr’s overall record in his 11 years as Grizzlies head coach is 256-94 with the Grizzlies averaging 23 wins per season.  Under his coaching, nine players were selected as All-Americans.
Since “retiring” Coach Barr has brought his “soft pressure” approach into the arena of basketball lessons. Coach Barr has proven expertise in motivating youth to achieve goals, while also prioritizing the individual.  He interacts with the students with the greatest degree of professionalism and personal integrity.  He is in his fifth year of giving basketball lessons and has taught over 1,000 players from kindergarten to high school age how to improve their game and become better all-around players.
“The advantage of our basketball lessons as opposed to a camp is the individualized instruction players receive,” said Coach Barr on why ball players should take lessons. “With small groups there is no wasted time waiting in line; our time is spent teaching and reinforcing individual basketball skills.”
Assisting Coach Barr will be Kasey Gatson. She is a 2012 graduate of Van Far where she was All-District her junior and senior years and second team on the KHQA Duerr/Die team as a senior. She currently plays for the Westminster College Bluejays and serves as team captain.
Players will be grouped into sessions of no more than 12 athletes based on age and skill level.
These workouts with Coach Barr allow you to receive personalized instruction that caters to specific athletic strengths and weaknesses. By training with a small group of athletes you have an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills with and against other players of comparable skill levels.
Registration forms can be obtained by emailing or calling 573-721-6481. Register by May 21 to reserve your spot.