Some of Dubbo's youngest basketball prospects have received a crash course in how the game is played from some of the Dubbo Rams' own line-up.
The skills program, which is being hosted across the school holidays by the Rams' star imports Charles Baines and Fatimah A had it's most recent day on Monday July 15 at Dubbo Christian School and has been getting rave reviews from the participants.
"It was really good," One youngster said, while others were stunned by Baines' skills on the court.
"The early you can teach the kids the better," Baines said.
"If you can get them learning the fundamentals at an earlier age, it becomes so easy. If you learn later in life, it's going to be much harder to master those fundamental skills you need, because you have to spend so much time, hours and hours, just to learn the basics, doing lay-ups, dribbling, things of that nature."
During the two week training camp, the children learnt about passing, dribbling, moving and working as a team, shooting and other necessary skills for basketball.
Baines says the training camp is mostly focused on being fun and engaging, however.
"For them it's all about fun, if you can't make it fun, they don't want to do it, so you have to make it so they're learning, but also having fun at the same time, so you mix in a little bit of skill work and drilling with the games."
Baines also welcomed the chance to get to show off the sport he loves to a new generation of athletes.
"Oh, man, I love it, I really enjoy it," Baines said.
"It's way bigger than me, some of these kids they look up at me and they think I'm like Michael Jordan. I had people I looked up to, but now they look up at me and y'know, you always want to give back to the people, because you never know who they could grow up to be."
"You have to help them believe that anything is possible."