Junior Division

News & Announcements

The Player's Point: My First Season!
December 7, 2006
By Eric Gasperium, Junior Division Grizzlies

My first season as a YMCA league basketball player was a fun experience. I am very glad that I played and I am looking forward to playing in future seasons to come. This league taught me a lot of different things like sportsmanship, teamwork and basketball fundamentals. It is also fun to play in this league because in the end everybody won something and no player was left out. I think that if somebody wants to learn about basketball this league is a good start. I just finished my first season and I can’t wait for next season to start!
The Player's Point: Everyone that tries their hardest is still a winner..
May 15, 2006
By Anthony Chan, Jr. Div., Mavericks player

YMCA basketball is fundamental. Its not about winning, its about having fun. I play basketball just about everyday. I like basketball because I get to have fun with my teammates. My teammates and I play hoops and shoot around. I think my team is really doing better as the season goes on. My team tries really hard in practice and in games and they make sure they pass the ball to the younger players, like me, too. Even though not everyone can be an MVP award winner, everyone that tries their hardest is still a winner. I hope to be an MVP award winner soon!
Coaches' Corner: More Than Just a Game...
January 15, 2006
By Rich Noel, Junior Div., Heat Coach

I ’m the old man of the bunch and feel like I’ve been here forever. I’ve been part of the YMCA Basketball program for close to 10 years. My children have aged out of the program (one for many years) and yet I’m still here. I truly thought that last spring would be my last season. I gave it much thought this past summer and pretty much decided that I’d call it quits.
One day back this past September, while on my way home from work, I decided I’d stop by the YMCA and break the news to Fred Braun, the program director.
When I entered the gym, on my way to see Fred, there were kids practicing basketball. I noticed they were all current players of mine and what a special feeling it was to see their smiling faces and them practicing together as a group. They all came over to say hi and asked if I’d be returning for the fall season. I found it very difficult to say that I decided I would not return. I went on to tell them that my son was now playing Lacrosse and that there’d be conflicts with game times. I thought that I could somehow convince myself that I could move on but then realized it would be real difficult to not be involved with a great bunch of kids. I felt like I was letting them down.
It’s more than just a game. It’s the bond and friendships that develop and that’s when you realize you’ve been involved with something more than just a basketball game. It’s the caring and respect that you give and earn as a coach and leader that’s returned.
It’s not winning every game that counts. I believe that if you can contribute in a positive way to the development of a future adult then you’ve won at a much larger game called life.

 

Junior Division MVPs

Spring 2009
Nysia Ruiz
Mavericks
Kareem Davis, Jr.
Jazz
Tinotenda Utah
Heat
Matthew Trani
Magic
Matt Souza
Pistons

 

Current Schedule

January 5, 2008
12:30pm
Magic vs. Jazz
Gym
1:30pm
Heat vs. Pistons
Gym
2:30pm
Warriors vs. Bucks
Gym
January 12, 2008
12:30pm
Jazz vs. Warriors
Gym
1:30pm
Pistons vs. Bucks
Gym
2:30pm
Heat vs. Magic
Gym
January 19, 2008
12:30pm
Heat vs. Warriors
Gym
1:30pm
Bucks vs. Jazz
Gym
2:30pm
Magic vs. Pistons
Gym
January 26, 2008
12:30am
Magic vs. Warriors
Gym
1:30pm
Bucks vs. Heat
Gym
2:30pm
Jazz vs. Pistons
Gym
February 1, 2008
All Games TBD
7:30pm
Tournament
Gym
February 2, 2008
12:30pm
Tournament week
Gym
1:30pm
All Games TBD
Gym
February 9, 2008
12:30pm
Jazz vs. Heat
Gym
1:30pm
Bucks vs. Magic
Gym
2:30pm
Warriors vs. Pistons
Gym
February 16, 2008
12:30pm
Warriors vs. Bucks
Gym
1:30pm
Magic vs. Jazz
Gym
2:30pm
Heat vs. Pistons
Gym
February 23, 2008
All Final Week Games TBD
Last week of Basketball!

Division Coaches

Coach's Name
Team
Color
Practice Times
E-mail
Jason Levene
Magic
Black
Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm
jasonlevene@gmail.com
Kareem Davis
Jazz
Gray
Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm
kareemdavis20@hotmail.com
Melissa Heroux
Bucks
Green
Wednesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm
cressida@aol.com
Scott Cramer
Pistons
Red
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
cramer@crouton.com

 

Division Rules/Guidelines
1)
Equal playing time for every child.
2)
Good sportsmanship and fun is the objective; shake hands after each game.
3)
Obey referee's decisions: Even if it's a bad call, nobody's perfect.
4)
Coaches, Players, and Parents must act in accordance with YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
5)
We want every child to learn, have fun, make friends, and get a good workout. Our ultimate goal is for every child to be a winner.
6)
Our referees do not make every call due to the fact that it would impede the play of the game; Our goal is for children to learn at their own pace.
7)
Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated! If poor conduct is displayed the player will be immediately pulled from the game and the coach will speak with the player on how to improve his/her behavior.
Examples of Poor Sportsmanship include:
- Trashtalk
- Disobeying coaches and game officials
- Unnecessary roughness
- Disrespecting referees
- Any other action seen by officials, coaches, or parents that is in bad taste or danger to other players.
8)
Game length will be a 40 minute clock; Four 10 minute quarters. Subs every 5 minutes.
9)
Each team gets two (2) timeouts per half.
10)
Due to our 'everybody plays, everybody wins' philosophy, overtime is not needed. It's always a tie at the Y!
11)
Clapping AFTER each basket helps the momentum of the game and also builds self-esteem in our children.
12)
For safety concerns, jewlery is not permitted during games and practices.
13)
There will be a jump ball at the beginning of each game, as well as after halftime. Tie ups also result in jump ball.
14)
All shots are 2 points (except foul shots).
15)
Half court press (behind the opposing black line). Three-Quarters press during 2nd quarter (own black line).
16)
Fast breaks are allowed. However, full-court passes are not allowed.
17)
No flagrant offensive 3 second violation.
18)
Air ball on a missed free throw is a violation.
19)
All players must wear game shirts.
20)
Each team is allowed 7 team fouls per half before entering bonus. Each foul in bonus equals two foul shots.

 

Tournament Rules
1)
Game clock is 30 minutes; Two 15 minute halves.
2)
Coaches will stress equal playing time between team members.
3)
Subs are every 5 minutes. With one extra sub at 12:30 in both halves. (Total 8).
4)
Each team gets 2 time outs per half.
5)
Each team is only allowed 7 fouls per half.
6)
Each bonus after 7 fouls will automatically draw 2 foul shots.
7)
No 3/4 court press. All defense is played behind defenders' black line.
8)
Overtime is ONLY used for 1st and 2nd round games. Overtime will consist of four minutes with one sub at 2 minutes. One time out per team.
9)
No overtime in final game.