How to Set a Screen… and Roll

We’ll be using a lot of ball-screens (those are called “picks,” too) this year due to some strength.   We’ll do lots of instruction and practice on this during the week ahead, but a successful screen & roll is composed of 3 parts:

  1. Guard/player with ball reading and leading defender into it (set her up).
  2. A properly set screen (arms back/up, chest out, and still as a statue).
  3. The screener rolling off and looking for a pass while blocking the defender out.

Here are two videos illustrating it.  The first is steps 1 and 2 mentioned above:

The second is part 3.  If the post/tall defender stops the guard/girl with the ball, simply pass it to the open man (whomever she WAS guarding):

Bonus Video: the Bulls’ Aaron Gray (yes, actually playing) blowing somebody up with a totally legal screen… then ROLLING to the basket for an easy lay-up.

(I have to admit – I did love doing that when I played ball : )  Beautiful stuff!)

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Power of Children, Cont.

children water hose

We discuss this every year: what role should children play in our society?  Should they just have fun, enjoy themselves, and “be a kid?”  Or should they be active and involved, using their idealism and yet-to-be-stomped-on-by-adulthood enthusiasm to do good.  Should they have a purpose?  A cause?

The idealist in me screams – “Yes!!! Do SOMETHING!!”  But the guardian also wants kids to enjoy themselves and not take life too seriously.  Can we do both?

Regardless, we used an example from the spring of 1963 as an example.  During the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King visited the famed 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  He asked for people to stand up to segregation and the racism that was permitted (and unprosecuted) by marching.  This would result in going to jail, and Dr. King believed that filling and overwhelming the jails in peaceful protest could send a powerful message.

Adults had grown tired of fighting.  Their efforts had brought little change, and it typically resulted in more violence and maltreatment.  The only people to stand up were children.  Kids from as young as 8 up to their mid-teens.  Our students ages.  The result is a moving story of how kids organized, motivated one another, took a stand, and persevered though some  awful treatment.children march

We watched a 40-minute video and conducted some great discussions this week.  You can find info about the video here, which is available to educators for free.  If you are one, or know one, it’s a MUST HAVE for a short or “odd” week like we had this past.  Might even make a great gift for the teacher in the family this holiday season!

And it’s certainly “blood-stirring…” ; )

Playbooks!

Today we gave the JV girls their “playbooks…” minus the plays.  Inside the books are some vital information: Do’s and Don’ts, Terminology that we use, and what Positions are.  For girls just beginning basketball, this can be overwhelming, so we’ll give it out over the weekend before practice begins so they can soak it all in.  We won’t quiz kids (or will we? ;), but we will ask them what they learned from the playbook.

Once we get going next week, we’ll add plays and other information.

We literally can’t wait to start on Monday.  This is going to be a fun group of girls.

Congrats: 2009 JV Basketball Team

The following is our roster for the 2009 JV (6th/7th Grade) Basketball Team:

  1. Rebecca A
  2. Tiffany B
  3. Megan S
  4. Sydney D
  5. Jacky J
  6. Jill K
  7. Jeannie L
  8. Antionette Z
  9. Rebekah O
  10. Taylor J
  11. Miyax L
  12. Dana K
  13. Ava P

This was the hardest tryout we’ve ever conducted.  Girls who do not make the team should have some comfort in that.  They’re good players, good athletes, and have lots of potential.  We look forward to seeing them after the season during intramurals, summer leagues, open gyms, camps, etc.  Thank you for your time and effort this week, not to mention  your patience the last 24 hours.

To the JV team: practice begins Monday at 3:00.  See you then!

~Mr. Little & Ms. Nyhlen

3-on-3 Tournament (11/14)

3 on 3 Palatine

I just wanted to pass on information regarding a pretty cool tournament.  Students can make their own teams of 4 (only 3 play at a time; 1 is a sub) and play tournament-style to win it all!  You can print and mail/fax the registration here.

We have nothing to do with this tournament, but still wanted to pass it along.  Hopefully our girls can have a little fun with their friends on their own.