Catholic School Elementary Basketball

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Catholic School Elementary Basketball
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!


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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 3:21pm

wow that sounds busy, especially with 2 of them!  Is it coordinated or are you running in opposite directions at times?

We are in the middle of h/s varsity play offs.  We won the 3rd round bracket this past Saturday and are onto round 4.  There are 5 rounds of playoffs and state championships are Dec. 22.  My ODD is a cheerleader, she's a semior and this is the last year of the combined varsity team before they split our district into 2 high schools, so there are 56 seniors on our team.  She loves that they are making a run for it their senior year, but she is getting tired of it and was hoping to be able to work a few Friday evenings at her job before starting full into basketball season to cheer in January.

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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 5:23pm
That sure seems like a long season, but with good coaches and friends on the teams it will fly by for the boys :) D didn't play basketball. I'mpersonally happy about it. 3rd grade is the year that it starts having weeknight practices around here. Because so many boys play the competition is fierce. J's school announced the basketball teams the week before Thanksgiving. Quite a few boys had to be cut. It makes me sad when kids are left out. Wrestling season has been going on, too. D and J both have good buddies who are in training / conditioning and have been attending tournements for practice. I can't get over how many families have their kids training year round.
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Wed, 11-28-2012 - 8:20am

Thats a busy scheduled, but I like long seasons. Seems like you get what you pay for. My boys do hockey, its in house so its at tops 2 days a week (6am sunday games didn't set well with DH so they stop after cross ice which is fine by me) its techinacally 2 sessions but it runs oct to march and even by session its longer then most sports. Although I will say I am HOPING they don't want to both do session 2. 2 hours at a rink can be brutal!!

We did a basketball thing last fall at my old high school (we live in a neigboring town) It seemed like a great thing they do practice warm up then a game. Depending on the number of kids they have 4 to 6 teams. Its split up by grade. Its run by the high school basketball coach and OMG he was WAY too competetive. I'm not a fan of no score and everyone gets a trophy just for showing up (yah for 4-5 year olds even 6 but at my oldest age they need to learn to win and loss gracefully) but this guy was all win or go home which freaked DS out. I'm going to be real honest he won't be winning any athletic scholarships; we have him in sports because I think its good for kids but I don't expect him to be the best. He has other obsticles and sports are good for them but he felt overwhelmed with pressure to be good. Plus some of the kids and parents were way too competetive. They would do sprints in warm up and the parents are in the stands acting like there kids are at track meet. It got to the point he wanted to quit.

Now I signed him up for that because my town didn't have basketball for his age but last winter they started one but he had such a bad experience with the first he doesn't want to do it but he loves playing at camp. I'm going to see if any of his school friends are doing it and maybe then he might change his mind. And I don't think its as competitive. We have a new recreation program in our town to get kids and adults active and its part of that.

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Sat, 12-01-2012 - 9:59am

My guys are in hockey, too...  And the season is LONG--practices start in late Sept., with games starting in Oct., going through March.  Plus, DS15 played on a pre-season HS development team that started in Aug. and ended the 1st week in Nov. (they may also play a tournament in March after the HS season).  For the regular season, both boys play "House" hockey, but other parts of the country would call it "limited travel" since they play other hockey organizations within a ~45 min drive from our rink.  They each practice ~twice a week, and have 1-2 games on the weekends, plus a few weekend tournaments throughout the season.  DS13 is a 1st year "Bantam" and DH is his head coach.  DS15 is a 1st year "Midget" and DH is also an assistant coach for his team.  Then to add to the craziness, DS15 is a goalie, and was asked to try out for another school's JV HS team.  Our school doesn't have hockey, and JV hockey is a "Club" sport--there are weird eligibility rules revolving around goalies, so teams can take an out of district goalie if they don't have enough goalies in their school and the other goalie's school doesn't have a hockey team.  So, he made the JV team, too, and is technically on 3 teams now, counting his pre-season team.  We think we've worked out all the schedule conflicts, but still are negotiating with coaches about a couple of dates...

It seems that my winter social life revolves around hockey, though.  It's a good thing I have a lot of hockey parent friends, so that makes the winter go by fast. 

Good luck to all in their winter sports!

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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 11:57am

We have our first home game in basketball this week.  They do streamline the games as best as they can so parents aren't running in multiple directions.  So, at 5:00pm the JJV (3rd and 4th grade) boys from the other school and ours will show up and their game is from 5:30-6:30.  The JV (5th and 6th grade) players from both schools must arrive by 6:00 and their game is from 6:30-7:30.  Then the Varsity (7th and 8th) boys from both teams show up by 7:00 and their game is from 7:30-8:30.  So, if you have multiple boys, you just stay.  The home school always runs a concession stand (so you can get things like pizza, hot dogs, chicken fingers, or walking tacos for dinner as well as candy, chips, and drinks).  The girls teams run their games the same way.  And our school tries to not schedule girls games and boys games on the same night (whether or not they are home games) so the parents can watch the games.  But once or twice a year, there's a flurry of parents asking for rides for kids to other games because they can't be in two places at once.  One school in our group holds it's home games on a Saturday afternoon and runs straight through all 6 games of boys and girls JJV, JV, and Varisty.

As far as not keeping score for the JJV- I think it's fine because that is the first exposure to basketball that the kids have in this area and many cannot even hit the basket when they shoot.  And it's more of a teaching as they play thing, but made more real by playing another team.  These younger kids to have the opportunity to play with keeping score too- at tournaments and at some scrimmage games (boys vs. girls) and among themselves.  At the end of the year, we always do a parents vs. kids game that's tons of fun too!