Catholic School Elementary Basketball
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|Sun, 11-25-2012 - 3:45pm|
Both my boys are now playing basketball. Neither one enjoys it immensely, they just like being with their friends! Ian is JJV (which is 3rd and 4th grade) and they don't keep scores at games and they let a couple of the fouls go from time to time. The JJV kids are supposed to all have equal court time to the best of the coaches ability. Our JJV boys team has only 8 kids. And they have a good husband/wife team for their main coach. It's just the coaches from the home team who play referees- and they do on the court teaching to all the kids. The quarters are 8 minutes each and they don't stop for time outs and stuff, so they are done in under an hour.
Sean is JV (5th and 6th grade) and they do keep score, count fouls and try to win. But they are supposed to try to get everyone into the games for the mostpart. We have 17 kids on our JV team, so it's kinda hard- particularly since they want to try to win- so we have a good number of non-section games scheduled so all the boys will see enough court time. I am really pleased with his coach this year. All coaches are volunteer parents. Anyway, their games are 6 minute quarters and they do have time-outs and play more of a real game with various plays and stuff I don't even understand! Some of these guys are fairly intimidating with how good they are!
Each sport or activity in a Catholic school around here is allowed to meet up to 3 times per week (so 3 practices, or 3 games, or a combination of up to 3). However, for tournaments, that rules is sometimes "modified" in that a practice later in the week will be turned into an "optional" practice. We started having practices the week after cross country ended. Since then, they have been practicing mostly 3 times per week unless some other school activity needed the gym that night (like our Middle States Evaluation week when we held some welcoming/talent show/ice cream social event). The first regular season games start next week! We have 6 other schools that we play in our section (with a home game and an away game at their school) for each one... so 12 regular season games. Plus a few tournaments (big fundraisers for the schools) including our 3rd and 4th grade tournament in usually held in early March and scores are kept plus trophies, concession stands, 50/50 raffles, and raffle baskets. Plus we will schedule a couple games with the local public school kids who don't see much court time (unless they are the best of the best there).
So- basketball it is until March!