Parents, if you have been following the website, you know that this is our last week of clinic basketball!!!!! We would like to thank all of the coaches for doing an excellent job of teaching the players, and getting them ready for next year as the 2nd graders will move up to the rec program and participate in real games.
Thank you again, and please thank your coaches for a GREAT job in teaching your children.
Championship Saturday and Skills Competition 2014
March 5, 2014
Saturday March 15th, 2014
North Haledon / Hawthorne Rec Basketball League
Skills are open to all kids in basketball programs grades 3 - 8
Our Basketball Partners from the Boys & Girls Club of Hawthorne are holding their First Annual Beef Steak Dinner on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Gene Meyers Club House, 150 Maitland Avenue, Hawthorne. Some of us utilize their After School Program, others their Family Fun Nights and even more their Summer Camp.
The proceeds will allow the Club to expand youth programs for their Special Needs Children.
The evening will begin with wine & cheese at 6:00 PM followed by a Brownstone Beef Steak Dinner at 6:30 PM. There will be Tricky Tray and 50/50 raffle prizes.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 Time: Wine & Cheese, 6:00 PM, Beef Steak Dinner 6:30 PM Place: The Boys & Girls Club of Hawthorne, 150 Maitland Ave, Hawthorne Donation: $50.00
Softball - Pitchers & Catchers
March 3, 2014 – 09:00 PM
Softball Pitchers & Catchers - UPDATED
Eventhough there is snow on the ground, in the forecast and the kids are on their winter break , its time to think - SOFTBALL!!!
Manchester Regional High School has been kind enough to allow us the use of their gym for NH Softball's version of "Pitchers & Catchers" for an hour on Sunday mornings, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM through March 30.
All potential softball coaches and anyone in grades 2-9 interested in pitching are invited to join our Sunday morning "Spring Training". We will be there both weekends of the break for everyone interested.
If you have any questions please contact - Scott Wozney - Yosh00@aol.com
3rd & 4th Grade Division rules to begin being enforced
January 27, 2014
Attention everyone in the 3rd & 4th Grade Division:
Beginning Monday, February 3, the referees will begin enforcing the rules in the 3rd & 4th grade division. What this means is that when your player creates a turnover by traveling or double dribbling, etc., the ball will be awarded to the other team. We've spent half the season instructing the players of the rules, now we will begin enforcing them.
Please tell all your players of the rule enforcement.
Our Behavior in the NH Schools
January 16, 2014
It has been brought to my attention that some children while attending our Rec basketball games or waiting to play their games are not behaving in an appropriate manner. Myself or Scott Wozney cannot be at every game, every night in 2 gyms. We are volunteers just as the coaches are. We cannot police what is going on. We are guests in the schools and must act accordingly or we may lose the use of the gyms at High Mountain and Memorial Schools. The North Haledon Recreation Commission and the NH Board of Education are separate entities trying to help each other give our children a chance to enjoy the sport of basketball.
These are the guidelines that must be followed while you and your child or any other child are attending a basketball game in a North Haledon school.
1) STAY IN THE GYM. DO NOT ROAM THE HALLWAYS
2) IN MEMORIAL SCHOOL - STAY OFF THE STAGE
3) DO NOT BRING ANY BASKETBALLS INTO THE GYM. THE COACHES THAT HAVE GAMES WILL HAVE BASKETBALLS.
4) NO BASKETBALLS ARE TO BOUNCED IN ANY OF THE HALLS.
5) STAY OFF THE PULL UP BARS IN BOTH GYMS
6) DO NOT GO ONTO THE COURT DURING A TIME OUT, HALF TIME, BETWEEN GAMES OR AFTER THE LAST GAME. STAY OFF THE COURT. AFTER THE LAST GAME, COACHES CLEAN UP AND EVERYONE ELSE GOES HOME.
7) AT MEMORIAL SCHOOL - NEVER ENTER OR EXIT THRU GYM DOORS INTO THE PARKING LOT, SALT AND WATER FROM OUTSIDE WILL DAMAGE THE GYM FLOOR
8) CHEER FOR YOUR TEAM. KEEP ALL NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO YOURSELF
9) PLAYERS - TRY TO BRING WATER ONLY. STAY AWAY FROM GATORADE AND OTHER SPORTS DRINKS. WHEN YOU SPILL THEM THE FLOOR BECOMES STICKY.
If anyone has any problem with any of these guidelines, please let me know.
January 10, 2014
The North Haledon Clinic Basketball Program begins Saturday, January 11, 2014
Kindergarten - 2nd grade - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at High Mountain School
Kindergarten - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Memorial School
1st Grade - 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM at Memorial School
2nd Grade - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Memorial School
Please arrive at the appropriate school at the corresponding time and let's play some basketball!
If your child would like to participate in the Clinic Program, but you have not yet registered please do so using our Online Registration.
Every coach is responsible for reporting their game score. I would rather have two scores reported than zero. We are missing 13 different game scores. Please check your team's schedule on this website and if you are missing a game score, please shoot me an email with the score. If you are unsure of the actual score, just give me the winner and we'll list it as 1-0 game. All that matters is the winner, not the actual score.
Thank you for your cooperation,
NH Clinic Basketball Program Basics - UPDATED *****
January 12, 2013
North Haledon Clinic Basketball Program
Kindergarten – 2nd grade
Clinic Program begins January 12, 2013 and runs until March 9 on Saturday mornings.
Here is this year’s schedule:
Boys Kindergarten – 9:00AM – 10:00AM at Memorial School
Boys 1st Grade – 10:00AM – 11:00AM at Memorial School
Boys 2nd Grade – 11:00 – 12:30PM at Memorial School
Due to a previously unnoticed scheduling conflict, we need to change the time of the GIRLS CLINIC. It remains on Saturdays, but will change to 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Please note the change.
(Old schedule - Girls Kindergarten – 2nd grade – 9:00AM – 10:30 AM at High Mountain School)
This year the number of girls registered is the lowest they’ve been on a long time. Due to the low numbers we will combine all girls grades together, until we get increased numbers. We believe part of the problem was the way the girls Clinic was run last year at Midland Park. We have addressed that issue and have made 2 changes. 1). We will run both our Clinic Programs (girls and boys) ourselves. We are putting people in place to make this year a more organized and FUN program for all the children. 2). We are no longer in a league with Midland Park. We have joined with Hawthorne this year and are looking forward to working with them to build a Rec basketball league that will help our children get the most of their basketball experience. We are encouraged with our meetings with Hawthorne and are happy to say we are all on the same page in that we believe our league should encourage good sportsmanship and that the children have fun above all else. Winning will take care of itself, but it is not first and foremost. Our travel program, which starts at grade 5 for girls and boys, is for the more competitive athlete, where winning and competition become a higher priorities.
This is a clinic program, where we teach the children the skills that they will need to move up and play in the Rec program and competitive games. The second graders will scrimmage with each other during the season, as will the younger grades as soon as the coaches feel they are ready. They will get the chance to run up and down the court to get the feel of a real game. There are no formal teams in the Clinic program. All the participants will be taught the basics, how to dribble, how to pass, how to catch, how to shoot and the basics of defense.
The parents are the ones that run the program, with help from a leader who helps coordinate the drills, so please get involved. Our children grow up so fast, and this represents a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your child and their friends. You will need to be certified. If you are not already, we can arrange a training session for this. Once you are certified, you are good to coach any sport in North Haledon under our insurance umbrella.
We are keeping the registration open for the Clinic Program through January. So please spread the word that we have addressed any issues from last year and will keep improving the program so our children will have the benefit of physical activities while enjoying the sport of basketball.
This year we have 2 new Co-Directors of basketball:
The New Updated Rules for the 2012-2013 North Haledon / Hawthorne Rec Basketball League. Click to download.
October 1, 2012
Since The Hawthorne Press published this information last week, we might as well post the facts here.
North Haledon and the Hawthorne Boys & Girls Club are working out the details to form a NEW REC Basketball league for this coming basketball season. Everything looks great. The rules and ideals of both programs are nearly identical. We are discussing any minor differences and we will make the necessary changes to move forward with this exciting new opportunity.
Hawthorne is not only closer geographically, but they also have 2 gyms available for games, which hopefully will give us a little more flexibility with our scheduling. We are excited about the opportunities this league will offer to our basketball programs.
As more information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Midland Park and North Haledon have mutually agreed to move in different directions.
Equal Playing Time Rule Reminder - Updated
March 5, 2011
Below is a recap of our Equal Playing Time Rule. The playoffs are right around the corner and we’d like to remind all coaches of the Equal Playing Time Rule.
As per the rules of our North Haledon / Hawthorne Recreation Basketball League: Each player must have equal playing time. No one player should be playing the whole half or game, even if you only have 6-9 players. This is REC, and we want each player to have the opportunity to play in pressure situations.
There will be people monitoring the remainder of the games to help coaches understand this rule.
We understand how easy it is to get caught up in a game and forget to make substitutions, which is why we started the 5 minute substitution rule. This rule is to remind coaches to make substitutions. Please make it a priority to give all your players EQUAL playing time.
This does not mean every player has to play at least 50% and some players can play the whole game.
It means that every player should play an EQUAL amount of time.
If you have 10 players, every player would play 20 minutes.
Unless you have only 5 players, every player should sit the bench an equal amount of time.
We do not want any team to be forced to sit a player because a coach did not understand the rule.
If you have any questions at all about this or any rule, please ask them now.
Please use the final week and a half of games to make sure you understand and follow this rule.
Under Handouts in the left Menu is an accident report. If any of your players are injured during a practice or game please complete a report ASAP and forward it to Mike Oliver, Basketball Commissioner. The report has to be filed with the town for insurance purposes.
Thank you for your full cooperation.
Memorial School Gym opens at 6:00PM
February 14, 2012
The Memorial School Gym is not available to our program until 6:00PM during the week. Therefore all 6:00PM games will now start at 6:10PM.
There is an issue with the safety of the children in their aftercare program. The school was allowing us in the gym earlier requesting that we NOT prop the door open, permitting free entry and exit from the school. The aftercare program has protocol in place for children to leave the school. With the door propped open that was negated. Since that request was not followed the door will be kept locked and we are NOT permitted in the gym before 6:00PM. Please do not attempt to enter the school before 6:00PM, we cannot put any child's safety at risk.
Thank you for your full and immediate cooperation.
Parking & Children roaming
February 7, 2012
We have received notices from the NH schools and the town asking us to bring two issues to light and one we need to remind everyone about.
1). Please DO NOT park in the church parking lot on the opposite side of the street from Memorial School. There is plenty of parking in the lower Memorial School parking lot. Please use the lower lot and walk around the school to the Gym entrance in the back.
2). Please DO NOT allow children to roam the halls of either school, including on the stage and behind the curtains at Memorial School. The school allows us to use the facility and we do not want to jeopardize that privilege. Young children are very inquisitive and they like to explore. However every school has equipment and other gear the children find fascinating which could be damaged or cause injury. Please do not leave your children unattended. Also, please do not allow children to climb under or on top of the bleachers in either gym These are not children safe areas. There are gears and other moving parts as well as sharp corners that could cause injury. Most nights the bleachers in High Mountain School are not pulled fully out for our games and children love to climb to the top to sit. Parents need to supervise their children on the bleachers.
3). No balls, except those brought in by the coach, are permitted in NH gyms. Non-Players and Children are not permitted on the court at any point during the game. They are not permitted to shoot baskets during timeouts, halftime or after the game. The players and coaches need to prepare for the game and go over game plans and discuss their next game, so please show them that respect.
I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and immediate cooperation.
January 26, 2012
Please remember this is a Recreational Basketball league. Our goal is to give every child in the program the opportunity to play basketball. Some are more interested than others. All deserve an equal chance. Its easy to coach the player that works hard every practice. The challenge of every coach and teacher is the player that doesn't. We have to pass along the positive virtues we have learned from sports; good sportsmanship, being part of a team, and teams win games not individuals.
Most will not play high school basketball, so we have to make sure they enjoy and learn from their experiences in our program.
Some games will be one-sided. As coaches, we have to be aware of that fact and do what we can to limit the embarrassment of either team.
Here are a few rules to follow if you are in that situation: Once a team has a 15 point lead: 1. Ask the score keeper to stop putting scores on the board. Keep the differential at no more than 15 2. Ask your better shooters to stop shooting and to pass the ball to your other players a. Give players that normally don’t score a chance to score 3. No defense outside the 3-pt arc a. Let the opposing team bring the ball across half court and set up an offense b. NO more fast break lay-ups i. If you steal the ball, cross half court then set up your offense c. If that still does not work, instruct your defense to stay only in the paint and give up the outside jump shot 4. Encourage both teams to continue to play basketball. Use the game to give the lesser players a chance to have a bigger role a. Playing keep away, passing the ball around the perimeter may cause the girls to get frustrated and create other problems
If we are aware of this now, we can make this season more enjoyable for all.
If you have any questions, please email your program director: North Haledon - Joe Lozito (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mike Kurzynski (email@example.com) or Scott Wozney - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers not Jeers - UPDATED
January 25, 2012
Attention all Rec and Travel Fans & COACHES (this messages applies to the coaches as well):
After watching a few games this season I would like to remind ALL fans to remember why you are in the gym. We are there to cheer on our children as they learn how to be part of a team and that teams win games, not individuals. We need to encourage their achievements and downplay their mistakes.
Please refrain from negative comments in the stands for these two reasons:
1.) Yelling at a 10 year child in front of their friends in public has no positive effect.
2.) You never know who is sitting in the stands next to you.
Remember, these children are not paid professionals. They are our children trying to learn to play the game and more importantly to BE part of a TEAM, trying to accomplish their goal of winning a basketball game. They will make mistakes, we all do. However, if we use encouragement rather than negative comments, they will be able to learn from their mistakes, instead of fearing what they will hear if they do. EVERY child on that court WILL make a mistake. Let me repeat that - EVERY child on that court WILL make a mistake. The successful ones will learn from their mistakes. The ones afraid to make the mistake often give up on the game. Please don’t make our children afraid to make mistakes. As one very successful person put it – "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
Thanks for listening,
Coach Scott Wozney
Amazing Video with young basketball whiz
June 16, 2011
If you like basketball and would like to see some amazing skills follow this link and let 12 year old Jordan McCabe amaze you.
We have not raised our registration fees in over 7 years. We understand today's financial situation and are doing our best to keep our program affordable for our children. We want the children to be able to enjoy the sport of basketball.
These are 2 good questions:
1 - Why are the fees so “high”?
2 - Why are the fees different for Clinic and grades 3-8?
These are good questions and here are the explanations:
First, we are doing all we can to keep the registration fees as low as possible. We have not raised the registration fees: Clinic - $50 and upper levels $75.00, for a few years now.
We have compared our fees to other local communities and have found that we are the lowest or near the lowest in our surroundng area.
A few years back, due to the comments of many parents, we did away with all fund raisers. The only one we have for the entire sports program is the annual beef steak usually at the end of January. When we did away with the fund raising for each sport, it was agreed that the registration fee would have to be increased to make up for the lost revenue. Most parents were in agreement with that.
Next, why clinic and the upper levels have different costs?
The Clinic division has no referees and only takes place one day a week.
Grades 3-8 play games, usually 10-15, which require 1-2 referees depending on the level. Also these upper levels will have a playoff tournament, all teams make the playoffs. This means each team will play at least one more game. The first and second place team members, at each division, receive a trophy.
Also we sponsor a “Skills Competition”, free throw and 3-point shooting competition for each division (3/4 grade, 5/6 grade, 7/8 grade) before the championship game and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each skill get a trophy.
The Clinic divisions get to keep their “uniforms”, a T-Shirt, and then enjoy a “pizza party” at the conclusion of the season.
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October 14, 2010
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Basketball General Information - Updated for 2013
November 7, 2012
• We have separate boys and girls basketball teams.
• We are partnered with Hawthorne and play each other in our own league. Games can be in either town’s gym.
• If the schools are closed there is no basketball on snow days, vacations, holidays and early dismissal etc.
• Grade K, 1 & 2 participate in our Clinic program with each grade having its own division.
• Clinic normally begins after the Christmas/Winter break in early January and concludes around Mid-March.
• Clinic will usually meet once a week to practice and play games. We have had tremendous success with our clinic program as is evident with our growing numbers.
• Grade 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 are grouped together, respectively.
• Grades K – 2 play at an 8’ to 8.5’ high rim, grades 3 & 4 at 9', higher grades play at regulation 10’ rim.
• Grades K – 4’s foul line is 2-3’ closer than the regulation 15’ used by higher grades.
• Grades 3 – 8 will start practicing in early December with games normally beginning after the Christmas/Winter break. The season usually ends in early March with playoffs (every team makes the playoffs) beginning immediately after.
• Team practices are usually one week day and one time slot on Saturday.
• Once games start, for Grades 3 – 8, there are only games. We have many teams and limited gym space, even with the new gym.
• Once games start, they can be any day of the week. The weekday games will be, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Only the older children will play the late games. On Saturday games should run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Game start times are every hour on the hour.
• Travel – we normally offer a Travel team for each the 5/6 grades and 7/8 grades. Travel is for the more advanced and competitively minded and skilled athlete. Participation is subject to organization’s discretion. Watch website for tryout time and date.
• Clinic (K, 1 & 2 grade) - $50.00
• Grades 3-8 Grade - $75.00
• Make checks payable to North Haledon Recreation or NH Rec