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For the 2016-2017 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.

 


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‘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 Opening soon!

 

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

 

 


 

 

 

2016-17 TRAVEL TEAMS

- Tryouts will be soon

 

 


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.