Youth Division

News & Announcements

What is Basketball?
January 13, 2007
By Fred Braun, Youth Director
Basketball is a very popular sport all around the world, particularly in the United States. There are ten to twelve players on each basketball team and maximum five of the players are on the court at the same time.
The object of the game is to score the most points by throwing the basketball through the hoop, also called a basket, scoring two points for each basket shot from the field. Boys and girls of all ages and levels play the sport. Some levels where basketball is played may include YMCAs, schools, colleges, professional and other groups.
Basketball is a ball game between two teams of five players, played on both indoor and outdoor courts. Players move the ball by passing it or by dribbling it (bouncing it on the floor) while running.
In the US the standard court is 94-ft long and 54-ft wide, with a backboard at the center of each end of the court, with a metal hoop 10-ft from the floor attached to each backboard.
The Player's Point: Don't get mad, practice makes perfect!"
May 15, 2006
By Jeremy Vieira, Youth Div., Lakers player

Here is a lot of ways you could have fun in basketball. When you lose a game, you don’t have to get mad about it. The most important thing is that you have fun with your team. You have practices once a week and the coaches teach you what you need to know. They teach us so at the games, we can do all the stuff they teach us in practice. In practices you will do a lot of magnificent things like shooting from the free throw line, lay ups, and dribbling around the orange cones. You will be running all the time in practices and basketball games. When the basketball game starts one of the kids on your team will do the tip off. If he/she doesn’t win the tip off and the other team does, don’t get mad. You will have games every Saturday. If you don’t get a point in a basketball game, don’t worry because there is a lot more basketball games and probably you might get a basket. When the other team dribbles the ball past the yellow line play good defense.
Proud Coach and Father
May 15, 2006
By Todd Schecter, Coach of DA Bulls, Youth Div.

Hello fellow YMCA’ers my name is Todd Schecter, Coach of the Bulls. This is my fourth season with the Bulls and I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed watching my Kids group into a talented group. When I first started coaching I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially because I had never coached this age level before. I love it!!! The parents are great, and the kids LOVE to come to the practice and games. The best feeling that I have is when towards the end of the season you see the kids improve. You actually see them learning how to crossover, or how to shoot the ball properly, or how to play defense. One of the hardest tasks that I have is to be able to give individual attention to some of the kids that are not at the same skill level as all the other kids. Because the Y teams are all about equal playing time and about learning and not winning, I feel that I am able to mix kids up in the line up and not work about winning or having parents get upset. It is a great environment, and kids pick up on that.
I remember when my daughter first started and she begged me to coach. She was four at the time and her first practice I could not make it. She was nervous because the group and the time were mostly boys and she never played before. She left the gym in tears and told me that I had to go to all the games because I was the coach. I honestly feel that I get more out of coaching than the kids do playing. I hope to be apart of the Y team for a long time and I look forward to seeing my kids become great basketball players. I will not be able to coach my daughter through her whole career; there will be a time where I will have to watch from the sidelines. But when that time comes I can look back at all the practices and drills I did with her to make her better, and when she smiles at me when she wins a big game, I will just smile back at her as her proud father and her coach.

 

Current Schedule

January 12, 2008
11:30am
Cavaliers vs. Nuggets
Gym 1
11:30am
Celtics vs. Raptors
Gym 2
January 19, 2008
11:30am
Raptors vs. Nuggets
Gym 1
11:30am
Celtics vs. Cavaliers
Gym 2
January 26, 2008
11:30am
Celtics vs. Nuggets
Gym 1
11:30am
Cavaliers vs. Raptors
Gym 2
February 2, 2008
11:30am
Celtics vs. Raptors
Gym 1
11:30am
Cavaliers vs. Nuggets
Gym 2
February 9, 2008
11:30am
Celtics vs. Cavaliers
Gym 1
11:30am
Raptors vs. Nuggets
Gym 2
February 16, 2008
11:30am
Celtics vs. Nuggets
Gym 1
11:30am
Cavaliers vs. Raptors
Gym 2
February 23, 2008
11:30am
Celtics vs. Raptors
Gym 1
11:30am
Cavaliers vs. Nuggets
Gym 2

Division Coaches

Coach's Name
Team
Color
Practice Times
E-mail
Brad Brothers
Cavaliers
Blue
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
brad.brothers@hotmail.com
Joey Dellucci
Nuggets
Gold
Wedesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
delluccifootball@yahoo.com
Joey Dellucci
Nuggets
Gold
Wedesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
delluccifootball@yahoo.com
Mary Cole
Raptors
Red
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
none available
Young Lee
Celtics
Green
Wedesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
yreddragon@yahoo.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 gameand 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 running clock; Two 20 minute halves.
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 black line).
16)
Fast breaks are only permitted on steals.