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Basketball Camp Coached Bobcat Player

July 21, 2015
“Love what you do and do what you love.” Byram Hills alumnus Jeff Lynch is doing just that this summer as he starts his second year of the Armonk Elite Youth Basketball Camp for boys and girls grades 3 through 8. The camp runs for two weeks only at the Church of St. Patrick’s gym on Cox Avenue, Armonk.

“It’s great that my job is playing basketball and working with kids,” said Lynch, who knows basketball and loves working with the kids. He is an accomplished Byram Hills basketball player who graduated in 2013, where he accumulated many awards, and holds the school record as top scorer.

St. Pat’s has the nicest gym in Westchester County. It’s where the Westchester Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) playoffs are held. The facility is fully air conditioned and is perfect for the camp that is held the weeks of August 17 and August 24, Monday through Friday. The day starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until noon.

“We usually start the day with drills and warm-ups,” said Lynch. “Then we go into individual skills and then transition into team skills of passing, defense, and scrimmaging, which kids love.” Last year there were about 30 kids registered in the camp.  

The campers work with Coach Marshall Reiff, who is a seven-time state championship coach. “Coach Reiff knows how to get the best out of you as a player, and he knows how to win,” said Lynch. Coach Reiff coached Mount Vernon and five NBA Basketball players. “He brings forty years of the best basketball experience that I’ve ever been around,” said Lynch who has traveled around the country playing Division 1 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball. “No one knows as much as Coach Marshall Reiff. In 2011, when Byram Hills won the sectional title, Reiff worked with the winning team since they were in fifth grade. Every year Reiff moved up with us,” said Lynch, “and that’s why we were so extraordinary that year.”
 
Other top-notch alumni Bobcat players who joined the camp coaching staff are Brian Skelly, who won the 2013 Byram Hills Sportsmanship Award, and Lucy Bancone, who is also one of the Byram Hills elite players as a 1,000-point scorer. Lynch said Bancone brings a lot of energy and is great with the girls and younger kids.

To keep everyone energized and to have fun, light music is played in the background. It’s one big family--the Bobcat family where everyone is on the court working together to get better. Everything is kept comfortable and light as they have three hours of fun on the basketball court.

The groups are determined by age and skills. Many of the drills work on skills where the kids compete for prizes and everyone is a winner. Every day they see vast improvement in the kids as they want to improve, impress the coaches, and each other. The coaches push the kids to work hard and they push one another. “The hard work that you put in now,” said Lynch, “leads to the extreme excitement of when you actually make it. There was no better feeling than hoisting that Gold Ball when we won.”

Lynch led the Byram Hills program to its first Gold Ball. The team reached the Sectional Championship in the 2010-11 season with a 18-6 record, Section 1 Class A title and regional championship. Lynch was awarded a slew of top prizes during his four years as a starter on the Byram Hills Varsity team. He was named All County/All Section/All Conference/All State three years in a row from 2010 to 2012. He won the team’s Most Valuable player three years in a row, sharing it with Ryan Golden in 2013. At Byram Hills Senior Night in 2013, Lynch joined a handful of Byram Hills 1000-point players. Lynch also finished his senior year as an MSG Varsity All-Hudson Valley 2nd Team selection.

Lynch works with the kids to become the best all-around player mentally, physically and skill- wise on and off the court. Learning to conduct yourself on the basketball court carries over to life skills, said Lynch. He expects his campers to display self control and discipline. “Going along with the referee will pay off more than actually losing your temper and yelling.” Lynch said that Byram Hills’ Coach Ted Repa was instrumental in teaching him the way to carry himself as a coach and player.

Repa is known as a top-notch offensive basketball coach. Lynch teaches what Repa taught him at the varsity high school level. He uses his offensive drills: offensive slides and where you go when another person drives. “We teach a lot of the same plays, inbound passes, where to rip the ball or how to dribble the ball; the little things that make you a better player.” So when the Elite campers get to the high school level, it’s easier for them to grasp the skills.  

Download the camp registration form here and send it as an attachment to Jeff Lynch at jxl1395@aol.com. Lynch also offer private basketball lessons.