YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Elementary / Middle School

Our Program goals and core values remain the same for all age groups. 

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We look forward to providing coach's clinics, youth basketball clinics, mentoring opportunities, skill development "how-to" videos, etc. to help everyone involved with teaching and learning this great game.

2nd-3rd / 4th-5th Grade Program

2nd/3rd Grade:  Registration Deadline 9/7/22; Season:  9/19/22-10/19/22; Fee:  $60

4th/5th Grade:  Registration Deadline 10/14/22; Season:  10/24/22-12/8/22; Fee:  $75

*Registration is handled through the TCAPS - LEAP office.  You will be able to register online at www.tcaps.net/programs/leap or call the LEAP office at 231-933-6570 with any questions.  Please note:  you will be requested to create an Eleyo Account for registration purposes.  All transactions are performed safely and securely online.  

Our 2nd - 5th grade focus will be on teaching the fundamentals of basketball, utilizing USA Basketball Guidelines, and simply having fun.  The girls will be introduced to the competitive side of the game.  Please review the following links for rules and program focus for each grade level.  

 

2nd-3rd Grade Developmental Rules

4th Grade Developmental Rules

5th Grade Developmental Rules

 

In addition to having fun, there are basic fundamentals that all 2nd - 5th grade basketball athletes must be capable of doing in time for 6th grade. 

Have Fun and Experience Light Game Competition

Form Shooting

Defensive Stance

Drop Stop (formerly Jump Stop)

Pivots

Screen and Rolling

Change of Direction on Defense (drop steps)

Basket Cutting

Triple Threat

1 on 1 Perimeter Moves

Stationary Ball Handling/Dribbling

Read and React Layer 1 (pass/cut)

Basketball Court Terminology

How to be a GREAT teammate 

 

*MAKE SURE GIRLS ARE PLAYING POSITIONLESS BASKETBALL.  PLEASE DO NOT PIGEON HOLE A PLAYER BASED ON HER HEIGHT, WEIGHT OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTIC.  TEAMS SHOULD BE ORGANIZED SO THAT THE TALENT IS SIMILAR FOR EACH TEAM.

6th Grade Program

6th Grade:  Registration 10/17/22; Season:  1/3/22 - 3/4/22; Fee:  $145

*Registration is handled through the TCAPS - LEAP office.  You will be able to register online at  www.tcaps.net/programs/leap or call the LEAP office at 231-933-6570 with any questions.  Please note:  you will be requested to create an Eleyo Account for registration purposes.  All transactions are performed safely and securely online.  

Our 6th graders will continue to focus on skill development and having fun, but they will also be introduced to the MHSAA rules structure.  Games will be officiated by MHSAA officials.  The general offering will be 1-3 practices and 2 games (Monday/Wednesday) per week.  In addition to having fun, there are basic fundamentals that all 6th grade basketball athletes must be capable of doing in time for Middle School.

 

Have Fun and Experience Game Competition

Form Shooting

Defensive Stance

Drop Stop (formerly Jump Stop)

Pivots

Screen and Rolling

Change of Direction on Defense (drop steps)

Basket Cutting

Triple Threat

1 on 1 Perimeter Moves

Stationary Ball Handling/Dribbling

Basketball Court Terminology

1 on 1 Post Moves

Dribbling on the Move

3 on 2, 2 on 1 Advantage Drills

Stationary Passing and Receiving

Read and React Layer 1 (pass/cut)

Passing and Receiving on the Move

Read and React Layer 2 (post pass/cut)

Layups

Pack Line / Help Defense

 How to be a GREAT teammate

 

*MAKE SURE GIRLS ARE PLAYING POSITIONLESS BASKETBALL.  PLEASE DO NOT PIGEON HOLE A PLAYER BASED ON HER HEIGHT, WEIGHT OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTIC.

7th / 8th Grade Program

CALENDAR:  JANUARY - FEBRUARY

 

Our 7th and 8th graders will continue to focus on skill development and having fun, but they will also be introduced to travel and outside competition.  MHSAA rules apply and games are conducted by MHSAA officials.  The general offering will be 1-3 practices and 2 games per week.  In addition to having fun, there are basic fundamentals that all 7th/8th grade basketball athletes must be capable of doing in time for High School.

 

Have Fun and Experience Game Competition

Form Shooting

Defensive Stance

Drop Stop (formerly Jump Stop)

Pivots

Screen and Rolling

Change of Direction on Defense (drop steps)

Basket Cutting

Triple Threat

1 on 1 Perimeter Moves

Stationary Ball Handling/Dribbling

Basketball Court Terminology

1 on 1 Post Moves

Dribbling on the Move

3 on 2, 2 on 1 Advantage Drills

Stationary Passing and Receiving

Read and React Layer 1 (pass/cut)

Passing and Receiving on the Move

Read and React Layer 2 (post pass/cut)

Layups

Read and React Layer 3 (dribble at/back cut)

Read and React Layer 4 (circle movement)

Read and React Layer 5 (basic post slide)

Pack Line / Help Defense

How to be a GREAT teammate

 

*MAKE SURE GIRLS ARE PLAYING POSITIONLESS BASKETBALL.  PLEASE DO NOT PIGEON HOLE A PLAYER BASED ON HER HEIGHT, WEIGHT OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTIC.

 

Elementary / Middle School Director

To Be Determined

 

UPCOMING YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES
 

St. Francis Hosted
Youth Clinic Opportunities



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Summer Hoops Camp

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