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Basketball General Information - Updated for 2013

Memorial School is not available Wed (12/17) & Thu (12/18)

December 16, 2014

Coaches / Parents and the Basketball Program:

Memorial School is putting a lot of effort in decorating the gym and stage for their annual Holiday Show, on Friday, December 19.  Therefore, Memorial School's gym in NOT available to the basketball program.  

I am told we will be able to use it Friday night and Saturday.  Due to this change, we need to look at the schedule and make some changes.  Coaches, please watch for an email with the new practice schedule.



Mandatory Basketball Coaches meeting

December 11, 2014

We will be holding our mandatory coaches meeting Monday, December 15, 7:00 PM in the High Mountain School gym.

We will be going over the rules, discussing the upcoming season and any other issues that have been brought to our attention. 

There will be no practices scheduled for that time, so please make every effort to be there.

Please pass this along to your assistant coaches.  It would be best for every coach to be involved in this discussion, rather than to hear it second hand.

NH Clinic Basketball Program

December 11, 2014

Our Clinic Basketball Program is scheduled to start Saturday, January 10.

Here is the schedule:

Boys @ North Haledon, Memorial School (possibly subject to change, check back for updates)

9:00AM – 10:00AM – Kindergarten

10:00AM – 11:00AM – 1st grade

11:00AM – 12:30PM – 2nd Grade


Girls @ North Haledon, High Mountain School (possibly subject to change, check back for updates)

9:00AM – 10:30AM – Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade 


Due to the limited number of girls registered, we will combine the girls 3 grades together.  If registration increases we will consider splitting up the grades.


Our Clinic Program stresses learning the basics of basketball, dribbling, passing, shooting and defense,  The goal is to teach the children these basics in a fun, competitive way so they have fun doing drills.  The coaches are always coming up with new "drills/competitions" to teach the children the basics.  Once they begin to learn the basics, they will begin using those skills in "games".  

If you'd like to get involved in the program, please contact Joe Lozito (

2015 Rec Basketball League Rules

December 10, 2014

The 2015 Rec Basketball League Rules are now available for download.  Click here or Click Handouts on left menu.

Next Rutger's Coach's Certification Class

December 8, 2014

Attention NH Coaches:

The next Rutgers Coach's Certification class will be December 11, Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Haledon REC building, 83 Roe Street, Haledon.  Cost is  $15.00 please bring check made out to North Haledon Recreation

Please register by emailing Ed Furst at 



3rd & 4th Grade Girls Needed!!

November 25, 2014

Wanted - 3rd & 4th Grade Girls Basketball Players. We need another 4-6 girls to register at the 3rd & 4th grade level to form another team and give the girls a true basketball experience.  If you are interested please email Scott Wozney ( or Joe Lozito (

Online Registration

September 12, 2014

NH has a new online registration process.  Now you can register online and pay at the same time.  Visit our new website for details....

NH Rec


Our NH League Lineup website will remain active for our schedules, standings and contact information.

2014 Championship Saturday

March 17, 2014

Congratulations Everyone!!

Our Championship Saturday / Skills Competition

was a tremendous success!!!

North Haledon / Hawthorne Rec Basketball League


2014 Rec Basketball League Champions

Girls' 3rd & 4th grade Champions – Team Cornett

Boys' 3rd & 4th grade Champions – Team DeVries

Girls' 5th & 6th Grades Champions – Team Wilkinson

Boys' 5th & 6th Grade Champions – Team Puglisi

Girls' 7th & 8th Grades Champions – Team Wozney

Boys' 7th & 8th Grades Champions – Team Lalley


2014 Rec Basketball League Skills Competition

Girls’ Grades 3rd & 4th Skills

3 point Shot Winner: Bella D

3 point Shot Runner-up: Anjeli

Free Throws: Winner: Claudia  P

Free Throw Runner-up: Bella D


Boys' 3rd & 4th grade Skills  

3 point Shot Winner: Jason D

3 point Shot Runner-up: Jason M

Free Throws: Winner: Joseph C

Free Throw Runner-up: Nick G


Girls' 5th & 6th Grades Skills

3 point Shot Winner: Maria C

3 point Shot Runner-up: Giuliana L

Free Throws: Winner: Maria C

Free Throw Runner-up: MacKenzie S


Boys' 5th & 6th Grades Skills

3 point Shot Winner: Hunter M

3 point Shot Runner-up:  Mikhael K

Free Throws: Winner: Brandon T

Free Throw Runner-up: Alex H


Girls' 7th & 8th Grades Skills

3 point Shot Winner:  Megan P

3 point Shot Runner-up:  Kiana S

Free Throws: Winner:  Alexa S

Free Throw Runner-up: Kelsi T


Boys' 7th & 8th Grades Skills

3 point Shot Winner: Anthony C

3 point Shot Runner-up:  Mark F

Free Throws: Winner:  Martin L

 Free Throw Runner-up:  Jeff B

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.   



















If anyone has any problem with any of these guidelines, please let me know.


Thank You, 

Joe Lozito 




Good video regarding the spirit of Rec Sports

February 14, 2013



I'd like to suggest every parent and young athlete watch this video.  It may not be based on basketball, but the coach's message is applicable to all Rec sports.


Here is the link -

Reporting of Game Scores

February 6, 2013


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 Gyms Set-up and Clean-up

January 10, 2013



The first game coaches at either NH gym are responisble to set-up for the game and the last NH coaches are responsible to clean-up after the game.

High Mountain School - Set-up:

  • Take out the benches - stored in boys locker room
  • Take out Scorers table - in room between gym and boys locker room
  • The score keeper will set up scoreboard

Memorial School Set-up:

  • Put out 12 green chairs for each team from the stacks near the stage
  • Take out Scorers Table - in storage closet on the right near the gym emergency exit to parking lot
  • The score keeper will set up scoreboard


When your game concludes, please gather all your stuff, balls, clothing, garbage and move your team away from the bench so the next team can get ready for their game


Clean-up - Both gyms:

  • Put chairs or benches back where they belong
  • Put Scorers table back where it belongs
  • Clean-up all garbage around benches and bleachers
  • ** at High Mountain School baskets must be raised back up to 10'

Breaking News

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.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Accident Report

February 13, 2012
NH Accident Report

NH Coaches,

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.

Run-a-way Games

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 ( and Mike Kurzynski ( or Scott Wozney -

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.

Jordan McCabe on You Tube

And this one on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Jordan McCabe on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Join Our Email List

October 14, 2010
Join our eMail list and get emails regarding your team's practices and games as well as other information regarding our basketball program.

See link on left below the email "mailbox" link.

Basketball General Information - Updated for 2013

November 7, 2012
General Info
• 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.

Grades 3-8
• 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

Upcoming Games/Practices

Wednesday,  Dec 17
Boys Recreation 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE NH78B3 Puglisi Cancelled Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78B4 Tolerico Cancelled Memorial School
Boys Travel 78 Grade
North Haledon 78 Boys Travel @ Ramsey 8:00pm Ramsey - Dater School
Girls Recreation 3/4 Grade
PRACTICE NH34G1 Conklin 6:00pm High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH34G2 Conklin 6:00pm High Mountain School
Girls Recreation 5/6 Grade
NH56G2 Duval PRACTICE 7:00pm High Mountain School
Girls Recreation 7/8 Grade
NH78G1 DeVries PRACTICE 8:00pm High Mountain School
Thursday,  Dec 18
Boys Recreation 3/4 Grade
PRACTICE NH34B2 Ajami 6:00pm High Mountain School
Boys Recreation 5/6 Grade
PRACTICE NH56B1 Dockray Cancelled Memorial School
PRACTICE NH56B3 Winkler 7:00pm High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH56B2 Venezia 8:00pm High Mountain School
Boys Travel 78 Grade
Wyckoff @ North Haledon 78 Boys Travel 7:30pm E.C. High School
Girls Recreation 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE NH78G3 Wozney Cancelled Memorial School
Girls Travel 5/6 Grade
North Haledon 5/6 Travel @ Oakland 5/6 T 7:45pm Oakland Valley Middle School
Friday,  Dec 19
Boys Recreation 3/4 Grade
PRACTICE NH34B3 Faasse 6:00pm Memorial School
Boys Travel 5/6 Travel
NH Boys Travel B6 @ Wayne PAL 7:15pm Wayne PAL
Girls Travel 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE North Haledon 7/8 8:00pm Memorial School
Saturday,  Dec 20
Boys Recreation 3/4 Grade
PRACTICE NH34B2 Ajami 9:00am High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH34B1 Aloutto 3:00pm High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH34B3 Faasse 3:00pm High Mountain School
Boys Recreation 5/6 Grade
PRACTICE NH56B2 Venezia 2:00pm Memorial School
PRACTICE NH56B3 Winkler 2:00pm Memorial School
PRACTICE NH56B1 Dockray 3:00pm Memorial School
Boys Recreation 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE NH78B1 DeVries 9:00am Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78B3 Puglisi 9:00am Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78B3 Puglisi 9:00am Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78B2 Foster 12:00pm High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH78B4 Tolerico 1:00pm Memorial School
Girls Recreation 3/4 Grade
PRACTICE NH34G1 Conklin 2:00pm High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH34G2 Conklin 2:00pm High Mountain School
Girls Recreation 5/6 Grade
PRACTICE NH56G1 Cangelosi 11:00am High Mountain School
PRACTICE NH56G2 Duval 1:00pm High Mountain School
Girls Recreation 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE NH78G1 DeVries 11:00am Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78G3 Wozney 11:00am Memorial School
PRACTICE NH78G2 Kurzynski 12:00pm Memorial School
Girls Travel 5/6 Grade
PRACTICE North Haledon 5/6 Travel 10:00am High Mountain School
North Haledon 5/6 Travel @ West Milford 3:30pm West Milford PAL
Girls Travel 7/8 Grade
PRACTICE North Haledon 7/8 10:00am Memorial School
Monday,  Dec 22
Girls Travel 5/6 Grade
Oakland 5/6 T @ North Haledon 5/6 Travel 6:30pm Memorial School
Girls Travel 7/8 Grade
Mahwah @ North Haledon 7/8 7:45pm Memorial School
Saturday,  Jan 3
Girls Travel 7/8 Grade
North Haledon 7/8 @ West Milford 3:30pm West Milford PAL
Monday,  Jan 5
Boys Travel 5/6 Travel
Pequannock @ NH Boys Travel B6 7:30pm E.C. High School
Boys Travel 7 Grade
Ridgewood National @ NH Boys Travel 7th grade 8:30pm E.C. High School
Girls Travel 5/6 Grade
Glen Rock 5/6 T @ North Haledon 5/6 Travel 6:30pm Memorial School
Girls Travel 7/8 Grade
Clifton @ North Haledon 7/8 7:45pm Memorial School
Wednesday,  Jan 7
Boys Travel 78 Grade
Lincoln Park @ North Haledon 78 Boys Travel 7:30pm E.C. High School
Thursday,  Jan 8
Girls Travel 5/6 Grade
North Haledon 5/6 Travel @ Waldwick 5/6 T 8:15pm Waldwick Middle School
Friday,  Jan 9
Boys Travel 5/6 Travel
NH Boys Travel B6 @ West Milford 6:00pm West Milford PAL
Boys Travel 7 Grade
NH Boys Travel 7th grade @ Saddle Brook 6:30pm Saddle Brook High School

For a complete schedule listing, click here!

North Haledon Basketball

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