The Rec League picture day has been set for grades First though Fourth. New this year is ordering in advance. You can do so by clicking on the picture below from Bishop Photo and using the code: SpringFordBKB18
Only Team supplied basketballs are allowed in the schools at all times. Please do not bring outside basketballs into any gyms
No bouncing balls in the hallways.
No food or drink can be brought into the schools. Players can bring in in water
Only park in designated areas. At the 7th grade center, there is a large parking lot behind the school with access to the gyms
If asked by someone to remove a drink or basketball because you accidentally brought it in, please do so willingly.
Remember - School rules still apply
‘Twas the Night before Rec League (2017-18)
‘Twas the night before Rec League, exciting indeed,
Yet not a baller was ballin’, not even Embiid.
The balls were a’pumped and sittin’ 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,
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 Sixers’ gear and talkin’ trash to Lebron,
I knew in a moment, it’s our Rec Director Christopher Yohn!
“Chris, what are you doing? Why are you in my driveway?”
“Just finished the last draft, but 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!”
We are about to kick off a wonderful time of the year – the start to our Rec League season. For you first time Rec Leaguers, we’ve got some information here you will need and for you veterans, let’s review:
Some quick data points:
We have 900+ games scheduled and 1600+ practices on behalf of 144 teams and 1400+ players. Oh yeah – that’s ~500 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.
No doors should EVER be propped open.
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:
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.If the kids do those three things, they will have fun.You can’t ask for more.
Our hope is that there are a ton of crazy, close games and everyone gets a shot to win their share and the kids are enjoying themselves along the way.
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.
Scheduling (as of now):
All 10 games for grades for 1 through 4 are up on the league website
For the older teams, games are listed through the weekend of 12/10.We can’t confirm remaining schedules here any earlier until we have confirmation on gym availabilities.
Make no mistake – we are the BIGGEST and the BEST league far and wide. I want to thank our, aforementioned, Rec League Director Chris Yohn working in conjunction with our Registrar Cindy Dengler, our VP Jeff Flynn and our Master Scheduler Megan Wescott 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.
Follow us on Twitter @SFYBHOOPS and the Boys Senior Rec League @SFRecBall.
And, like our Man said, “Happy Rec League to all and to all a goodnight!”
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