DSA Hoopsters Basketball is a co-ed instructional basketball league for ages Kindergarden-3rd grade. The league runs from December to March and consists of two age divisions. Teams practice once a week and games are played on Sunday afternoons at Clearspring Elementary School. Our focus is to teach young players the fundamentals of the game while providing a unique blend of instruction and competition.


K/1 Division:

Players are introduced to the game of basketball, with our coaches main focus on teaching the basic fundamentals of the game. Ball handling, passing, shooting and defense are the main skills taught in practice. Teams will practice once a week for one hour at a Damascus area school. Games are played full court (side to side, two games at a time) on 8 foot rims using a 27.5 size ball. Coaches will use games to teach players the structure and funtion of a competitive game. K/1 division games are not scored and coaches serve as referees on the court. Modified rules govern gameplay, things like double dribbling and traveling are introduced and taught at practice but are not called as infractions during the game play. Players that are of above average size or skill level are able to move up and play in the upper division if requested. These request will be handled on a case by case basis.

2/3 Division:

Players are introduced to the competitive aspects of basketball. Games are played on a regualtion hoop with a 27.5 size ball. Games are scored and a certified referee is in charge of game play. Modified rules are in effect to help keep game play smooth. There is no stealing from the dribbler or blocking shots. Traveling, double dribbles, fouls and other normal rules are enforced. The goal of the 2/3 division is to allow the players to experiance competitive gameplay while still using modified rules to allow each play a chance to be involved in the game. Coaches are expected to teach players the rules of the games, while making sure each player is developing their fundmental skills that are introduced in the K/1 division. More advanced skills, such as pivoting, moving without the ball and setting screens are also introduced. The last game day for 2/3 is a "playoff" format with a champion being crowned at the end of the day's games.



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