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For the 2015-2016 season there are approximately 1,350 girls and boys participating in our programs.  We pride ourselves on creating an enjoyable experience for all youths by developing sportsmanship, integrity, and a solid foundation on the rules of the basketball game.  This is all built on our motto of Together We are One.

 


2015-2016 ICBA Travel Champions

SFYB 4A Girls - Head Coach Joe Azzara

 


Big Finish to SFYB Rec League Season

 

In a game many are touting as an SFYB Instant Classic, the Grizzlies beat a gritty Hawks squad 45-42 in the Boys Rec League Pro Division Championship game on Monday night at the SF 9th GC.  With a large student section on-hand (harassing and cheering both squads equally), it was a steady and well-played affair for the first 20 minutes as the gold-clad Grizzlies worked to stay close to a Hawks team led by a red hot junior swing man Nick Brauer (21 points).  Brauer poured in 14 in the first half as the blue squad led 23-19 at the break.

Following the break, an ever increasing crowd settled in for what most expected to be an interesting 2nd half and they were not disappointed.   The Grizzlies chipped away at the Hawks until they finally, having trailed the entire game, tied the game at 31 midway through the final half.  Led by their own junior forward, Andrew Guldin (17 points, 4 for 4 from the line and a pair of 3s before fouling out), the Grizzlies overcame a relentless effort by the Hawks and a crazy flurry of 3s from both sides which saw the lead change hands a number of times in the last 10 minutes.  In the midst of it all, fan favorite and Pro Division Ambassador, Anthony Dabbundo, lost half tooth going for a loose ball.  He was cheered wildly when he re-entered the game moments later (his tooth chip was recovered and presumably it was sent to the SFYB Hall of Fame).

The game came down to a final possession for the Hawks which found a Grizzlies defense equal to the task.   While the Grizzlies walked off with the championship t-shirts, all who attended would agree that both sides left it all on the floor and the game was a great way to end a GREAT 2015-16 Rec League season!

 

 

 

LEAGUE

 

 

CHAMPION

 

 

HEAD COACH

 

B1

VERMONT

JEFF WICKERSHAM

B2

RIDER

PHIL HARMON

B3 

DAYTON 

BRAD GETZ

B4

NC STATE

FRANK MCVEY

B56 NIT

PENN STATE 

DAVE BRAUER

B56 NCAA

BAYLOR 

DAN THOMAS

B78 NIT

CLEMSON 

BRIAN SMITH

B78 NCAA

GEORGIA TECH

KEVIN KOVALESKI

BOYS SR

GRIZZLIES

HARRY EDWARDS

GIRLS 34 NIT

MARYLAND 

MARK KALBACH

GIRLS 34 NCAA

MICHIGAN 

GREG MACHITA

GIRLS 56

NAVY

FRANK MCVEY

GIRLS SR

FEVER

KEVIN CHRISTMAN

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


A Big Shout out to our Officials

 

 

 

Throughout the season there are many people who help make our league so special.  Let's not forget the officials.  From the Youth Refs to the PIAA Refs, they are all helping out.  If you get a chance, please thank them. 

 

 


 

Information on More Opportunities for Athletes with Coach Koch

 

One of the exciting developments this year for SFYB was Coach Bob Koch volunteering to conduct free team workouts during the season for our travel teams.  Coach Koch conducted some of these at the schools, while on many occasions hosted the teams at his one-of-a kind training facility in Sanatoga.

 

Over the course of the season, Coach Koch worked with nine of our travel teams, some over multiple training sessions.  The best thing about Coach Koch's training sessions is that the kids wanted to keep coming back.  More often than not, the brothers and sisters of the kids on the team participating in the training, asked if they could come to join in and get another session in with Coach. Many thanks to Coach Koch and his staff for donating their skills to help our kids become the best they can be.  If you are interested in learning more about Coach Koch, his personal work outs and camps, go to BobKochHoops.com.  

 

Master Coach Koch's Summer Academy
Held at Coach Koch's Facility
Cost $265.00 per week

June 20th-24th Ages 13 and up
July 11th-15th ages 9-12
July 25th-29th Ages 9-12
Aug 1st-5th Ages 9-12

Registration Forms found at: Bob Koch Hoops Summer Academy Registration Form.

 

 

Shooting Clinic
Directed by Master Coach Koch at The Hill School
Aug 8th, 9th & 10th

 

 

  • This program teaches and reinforces shooting mechanics.
  • Utilizes shooting basketballs and 2 shooting guns (NBA Equipment).
  • Instruction to reinforce ball handling, drills and application of Curry dribble moves.

 


Spring-Ford President's Day Tournament Champs Crowned

 

After four straight days of great basketball champions have been crowned.  Below are some of the champions.  We always welcome more pictures so please send them!

Spring-Ford 7th Grade Champs

 

 

 

5th Grade Champs - Blue Devils (Coach K of Duke

would be proud)

 

Spring-Ford 6th Grade Champs

 

Central York 6th Grade Champs

 

 

               Towamencin 4th Grade Champs

 

                  Spring-Ford 7th Grade Champs

 

Spring-Ford 4th Grade Champs

 


Spring-Ford President's Day Tournament Trophies Donated by Crown Trophy

 

The annual President's Day Tournament is fielding some really hot excitement even though there are record cold temperatures outside.  The games have been filled with some really sharp shooting, aggressive defense and great sportsmanship.

 

The tournament is also excited to have nationally known, Crown Trophy, with a location in Kimberton, PA donate the Championship Trophies.  The Spring-Ford youth basketball league has been using Crown Trophy as its awards supplier for years. 

 

Below is a picture of the owners at Crown Trophy.  They can be reached at http://www.crowntrophy.com/

 

Thank you Crown Trophy

 

 

   


 

 

Spring-Ford Youth Nights a Success

 

The Youth Nights were well attended by the League.  There were many great moments including participation by some of our teams in a friendly dribbling competition.  The action on the course was also great as the high school teams put on a great show for all.

 

Thank you Spring-Ford High School Coaches adn Players for having us!

 


 

 

‘Twas the Night before Rec League

 

‘Twas the night before Rec League, when all through the town

Not a baller was balling, not even Lebron.

The balls were a’pumped and sitting in a bin,

In hopes that tomorrow would bring us a win.

 

Most players were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of buzzer beaters danced in their heads.

And Mama in her SFYB sweatshirt and I in my SFYB hat, (SFYB Store is OPEN btw – click here)

Had just settled down for some basketball chat.

 

When out in the driveway there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.

My wife thought it funny, as I started to sneeze,

“Take it easy Honey.  The kids are outside hoisting up 3s!”

 

I ran out the doorway, I had to see it for myself,

What’s going on? What’s happening? Where’s the Elf on the Shelf?

Decked out in Steeler’s gear, so lively and thin,

I knew in a moment, it’s our Rec Director Kevin Christman!

 

“Kevin, what are you doing?  Why are you in my driveway?”

“No worries, my man, I’m not gonna stay!

I just came to play ball (is this hoop the right height?),

And wish Happy Rec League to all and to all a goodnight!”

 

 

Okay, so I’m no Clement Clarke Moore, but you get the picture.  We are about to kickoff a wonderful time of the year – the start to our Rec League season.  

 

Some quick data points: 

 

  • We have 800+ games scheduled and 1600+ practices on behalf of 127 teams and 1219 players.  Oh yeah – that’s ~440 basketballs in action across 9 facilities through February.

 

Important MUSTs to be aware of and comply with during our season:

 

  • Stay out of the schools until the designated times (no one gets in early – there are NO exceptions)

  • Please depart the schools promptly following the last games and last practices of the day/night.

  • Keep all the kids out of the hallways.  Keep EVERYONE in the gyms.

  • Except for player water bottles, no food or drink in the gyms.

 

If we have learned anything from sports psychology, it is that players (at all levels) respond better, play better and have more fun from POSITIVE cheering, comments and coaching.  So, as we attend games throughout the season, please remember the following:

 

  • Positive/supportive cheering

 

  • Don’t talk to the officials

 

  • Refrain from coaching from the sidelines: “Shoot!!!”, “Dribble!!”, “Pass!”, ”Help!”, “Take him/her!”

    • You may think it is helping the player, but it is not.  By the time you yell, the moment is already gone and all you are doing is contributing to the mayhem the player is trying to process.

 

  • More positive/supportive cheering

 

  • Look for the effort and not the result

    • Turnovers are going to happen and shots are going to get air-balled.   I know this because it happens every night on TV when I watch NBA games. 

    • Applaud the fact the kids are trying their hardest regardless of what may happen during the game or on the scoreboard.

 

  • “But Roland, we ARE keeping SCORE.  Winning DOES matter, doesn’t it?”

    • Believe me, I get it.  I’m very competitive.  I’ve learned, though, you cannot control the scoreboard, or who you play.  All you can focus on is whether your team is giving their best, learning to get better and learning from their mistakes.  If they are doing those things, then they will play better and that affects the results on the scoreboard positively.

  • “That’s it, Roland – play hard, play smart, play tough?”

    •  Those are the goals for every practice and game.   That’s what you should be encouraging of/cheering for our players.

    • Our hope is that there are a ton of crazy, close games and everyone gets a shot to win their share.

 

  • And, oh yeah, don’t talk to the officials:

    • They aren’t going to ref better as a result

    • They are likely making mistakes on both sides of the game.   Again, watch an NBA game, there are missed/bad calls all night long.  They need an entire video replay crew to get things right.  Consider that your expectations might be a bit high for a Rec League game.

    • You sound like a bitter (not better) person

    • It’s the coach’s job, not yours, to speak with the officials.  And they should be light on the chatter with the refs as well

 

  • Help out your coaches and commissioners:

    • Remind all kids, even if they aren’t yours, to stay out of the hallway.

    • Pick up a piece of trash here and there when you see it.  Yes, I know it wasn’t yours.  Please pick it up anyway.

    • Be IN and OUT of the gyms on time!

 

Please consider taking the Positive Coaching Alliance Second Goal Parent course being offered at our negotiated discounted rate of $15.   It will help you be a better sports parent if you want to be.  Here’s the code:  SpringFordBball3    Click here to take it.

 

Make no mistake – we are the BIGGEST and the BEST league far and wide.  I want to thank our, aforementioned, Rec League Director Kevin Christman working in conjunction with our Registrar Cindy Dengler, our VP Jeff Flynn and our Master Scheduler Bob Wilding and their respective volunteer teams for getting us to this point.   They make it look easy, but without their very dedicated efforts and abilities, none of this would be possible.

 

And, like our Man said, “Happy Rec League to all and to all a goodnight!”

 

 

 


 

The Team Store is Open!

 

Click on the picture below to take you to a variety of items for purchase

 

 


 

 

 

2015-16 TRAVEL TEAMS ANNOUNCED

- See Team Information tab for Rosters

 

 


Dick's Sporting Goods Coupons

 

Dick's is a big supporter of our basketball league. 

 

Click on the picture below for coupons that you can download.