Northland Vipers: My Site News

Tuesday, October 13
The Home for Vipers' News
This page will contain information about upcoming games, practices and more.  It is THE PLACE for news about the Northland Vipers.  So, don't forget to check back early and often.

Wednesday, February 17
Vipers Take Second from Gators

The Northland Vipers took the season series from the Treece Gators on Wednesday, February 10 in a physical game at Plaza Middle School.  The Vipers played some great defense and did an exceptional job of scoring against a strong zone defense.  Here are some highlights from the game. - Vipers vs Gators 2 Roman Steal David Score - Vipers vs Gators 2 David And 1 - Vipers vs Gators 2 David Shot - Vipers vs Gators 2 Dyl Behind Back Shot - Vipers vs Gators 2 Dylan 3Ptr - Vipers vs Gators 2 Dylan Good D - Vipers vs Gators 2 Hunter Score And 1 - Vipers vs Gators 2 Justin Score - Vipers vs Gators 2 Roman Steal Score - Vipers vs Gators Steal David Score And 1 - Vipers vs Gators Ryan FTs - Vipers vs Gators Dylan Coast to Coast Score - Vipers vs Gators 2 Sean Drive Score - Vipers vs Gators 2 Sam Score Rattler

Monday, February 8
Vipers vs Gator Wednesday, February 10 at Plaza Middle School

Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the The Treece Gators Wednesday evening (February 10) in our 8th SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Treece Gators

 - Where: Plaza Middle School 

 - When:  Be at the school at 8:00 P.M. Game starts at 8:30 P.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.

Friday, February 5
Vipers vs Panthers - Saturday, February 6
Black Panther
You know what they say about panthers - "Tastes like chicken."

Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the The Cunningham Panthers tomorrow morning (Saturday, February 6) in our seventh SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Cunningham Panthers

 - Where: Lakeview Middle School (going north on I-29, take the 64th Street Exit {exit #5}.  Turn left onto 64th Street. 
               Lakeview is approximately 1 mile on the right.)
 - When:  Be at the school at 9:00 A.M. Game starts at 9:30 A.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.

Tuesday, February 2
Vipers vs Celtics at Plaza Middle School on Wednesday, February 3
Celtics Logo
Luckily we don't play these Celtics

Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the The Welty Celtics on Wednesday evening (February 3, 2010) in our sixth SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Welty Celtics
- Where: Plaza Middle School (just off 72nd Street - the same place we usually practice)
 - When:  Be at the school at 8:00 P.M.  Game starts at 8:30 P.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.
See you there.

Sunday, January 31
Vipers Take Second from Beast
Take 2
Yes, we do have the second win on tape.

The Northland Vipers closed out the season series over the Moss Beast with a 24-19 win in an exciting basketball game this past Saturday, January 30.   The game played out basically the same as the week before where the Vipers finally built a small lead, let the Beast back in it toward the end, missed a bunch of free throws, but held on to get the win.  Here are the highlights. – Dylan vs Beast 2 Drive Score – Justin vs Beast 2 Rebound Score – David vs Beast 2 Rebound Score – Dylan vs Beast 2 Set Shot – Roman vs Beast 2 Score – Ryan vs Beast 2 Score – Sean vs Beast 2 And 1 Score – Sean vs Beast 2 Cobra Score – Sean vs Beast 2 Inbounds


And, without a doubt, this is probably the worst call I've ever seen in any basketball game at any level: – 2010 Sean vs Beast 2 Phantom Charge

Friday, January 29
Vipers vs Beast on Saturday, January 30th
Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the The Moss Beast tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 30) in our fifth SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Moss Beast
 - Where: Lakeview Middle School (going north on I-29, take the 64th Street Exit {exit #5}.  Turn left onto 64th Street. 
               Lakeview is approximately 1 mile on the right.)
 - When:  Be at the school at 9:00 A.M. Game starts at 9:30 A.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.
See you there.

Tuesday, January 26
Vipers Tame Beast
The Beast
The Beast post player gets his hands up in the paint.

I should have known that we were in trouble when the other team started to arrive.   When our Vipers saw those other boys - almost all who are sixth graders - I could actually see their eyes light up and can almost hear what they are thinking – “Wow, I think we are actually as big or bigger than most of these guys.” “Man, they are small. We are going to kill them.” “Oh boy, I wonder how many points I will score?”

Have you ever heard the statement – it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog? That's pretty much the story with the Moss Beast. Those guys can play. They dribble well, move the ball around, move without the ball, set picks/screens, etc. In other words, they are an actual basketball team. We didn't do ourselves any favors as we played absolutely no help defense. Instead, our Vipers just ran around, following the guy they were “defending,” no matter where he went. The middle was wide open because our guy who was supposed to supply backside help was in the far side corner with his back to the ball. And the press breakers that we worked so hard to perfect? We couldn’t even get in the right formation. The first four times they pressed us, we couldn't even get in the rights spot before we had to inbound.

When we called our first time out, I think we were down something like 10-4.  For everyone that was over in the stands who couldn't hear what was said, basically we brought them all over to the side and we patted them on the head, and told them to keep their chins up, and that it would all be okay. Then, we told them that after the game that we’d go get ice cre… oh, wait a minute. That’s actually what happened in a Disney movie I saw last year. What really happened was I called them all to the side and proceeded to yell at them for the entire 60 seconds of the timeout. Basically, we gave them a choice – get out on the floor and get after it or come sit on the bench next to the coaches.

Thankfully, it worked. The other team only scored three points the rest of the half and we went into halftime only down 13-12. In the second half we continued to play much better, and came away with a 28-25 win. It would not have even been that close, but the Beast did cause some turnovers because of their press that they scored on, and because we shot an abysmal 5 of 23 from thefree throw line. That’s right; we were 5 of 23 from the free throw line.

We play the Beast again this weekend.  I hope that we've all learned that size doesn't matter and that you have to be ready to play hard in each and  every game.  Here are the highlights. – David vs Beast Coast to Coast – David vs Beast Jump Shot – David vs Beast Own Follow – Hunter vs Beast Inbounds And 1 – Hunter vs Beast Steal Assist – Justin vs Beast Rebound Score – Roman vs Beast Rebound assist – Roman vs Beast Rebound Score – Roman vs Beast Smart Play – Sam vs Beast Steal – Sean vs Beast 3 Pointer


Disney Logo
If you believe that story about the ice cream, the rat has a bridge he'd like to

Friday, January 22
Basketball Game - January 23, 2010

Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the The Moss Beast tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 23) in our fourth SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Moss Beast
 - Where: Lakeview Middle School (going north on I-29, take the 64th Street Exit {exit #5}.  Turn left onto 64th Street. 
               Lakeview is approximately 1 mile on the right.)
 - When:  Be at the school at 9:00 A.M. Game starts at 9:30 A.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.

PS - I will also need two volunteers - one to film the game and one to work the scoring table.  Thanks in advance for the help.

Friday, January 15
Saturday Practice (1/16/10) at Park Hill High School

There will be a Northland Vipers practice from 9:00 until 11:00 A.M. at Park Hill High School this Saturday, 1/16/10.  Enter the lot via the Barry Road entrance.  You will need to enter the school through a metal door on the left hand side of the school (when looking at the school from the parking lot) that will be propped open.  Please call my cell phone if you are having any problems.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, January 11
Practice Tonight (1/11/10) and Wednesday Night (1/13/10)
Practice Makes Perfect

Just a quick reminder that we will have practice tonight and Wednesday night.

 - Monday Night (1/11/10): 6 - 7 PM, Plaza Boys' Gym

 - Wednesday night (1/13/10): 6-8 PM, Plaza Girls Gym

I hope everyone can make it.  No game this weekend, so we will have the chance to get in a couple of practices before we play next.

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Friday, January 8
Practice Cancelled Again (1/8/10)
Practice is cancelled tonight as the Park Hill School District has cancelled classes for the day.  We can only utilize district gyms when the schools are in operation.
Everybody have a good weekend and we'll try again next week.

Wednesday, January 6
Practice Cancelled Tonight (1/6/10)
Practice is cancelled tonight as the Park Hill School District has cancelled classes for the day.  We can only utilize district gyms when the schools are in operation.
Hopefully, we'll get the chance to practice on Friday night at Chinn Elementary (7100 North Chatham Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri) from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  In the meantime, try and get your player to a gym somewhere to shoot and get some layups in.
Hopefully we'll see everyone on Friday.

Sunday, December 20
Raptors Roar Back in Second Half
Raptor w Basketball

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Not to go all Dickensian on everyone, but that sentence pretty much sums up the Vipers' 34-18 loss to the Robaska Raptors on Saturday, December 19th.

In the first half, the Vipers looked like a basketball team.  A good basketball team, in fact.  The boys played exceptional man-to-man defense, moved the ball around against a strong zone defense, took open shots when they were available and generally did everything right to lead at the half 11-7 against a very strong team.

Unfortunately, we played two halves and the second generally didn't look anything like the first.  In actuality, we started out the second fairly strong.  The Raptors started to press more and for the first 15 minutes we handled it okay.  With about 5 minutes left on the clock, the Raptors only held a 20-18 edge.  But then, the wheels came tumbling off.  We couldn't break their press and when we did, we would fumble it away on the other end with a walk, bad pass or other manner of turnover (part of the 26 we had during the game) and never give ourselves a shot at the basket.  Their last ten points came off steals or off passes to their guys who were completely left uncovered by our defense.

All that said, this was by far the best game that we have played this year.  While I don't discount our win, the Raptors are a much, much higher caliber opponent than the Gators we beat last week.  The boys have been working hard, listening to their coaches in practice and games, and continue to get better each week.  We have a break from both practice and games and plan on hitting the gym hard again immediately following the holiday break.

Until then, everyone have a safe and Happy Holidays and we'll see you again in the New Year.  Here's some video highlights of the game: – 2010 David vs Raptors score off long rebound – 2010 Dyl vs Raptors 3 pts – 2010 Dyl vs Raptors  Score – 2010 Hunter vs Raptors Zone Offense Score – 2010 Roman vs Raptors zone Offense Score – 2010 David vs Raptors Inbound Score

Friday, December 18
Bulldogs vs Tigers - January 2, 2010
UGA Basketball

The UGA Bulldogs face off against the Mizzou Tigers in an SEC/Big 12 basketball challenge on Saturday, January 2 in Coumbia, MO.  As huge UGA fans, Dylan and I plan on heading up to Columbia to see the Dawgs play and would like to invite our Viper teammates and their fathers to check out the game with us.

The game starts promptly at 3 PM CST on the Mizzou Arena hardcourt and tickets run between $14 to $18, according to where we sit.  We plan to drive up on Saturday morning, have lunch in Columbia, and spend a little time exploring the Mizzou campus prior to the game.  After the game, it's straight back to Kansas City.

If anyone is interested, please let me know in the next couple of days. 

Mizzou Tigers

Wednesday, December 16
Practice Tonight - 12/16/09

Just a quick reminder that the Northland Vipers will be practicing tonight, Wednesday, December 16 from 8:00 - 9:30 PM at Plaza Middle School (girls gym).  Please have your player there on time and ready to go as this will be our last practice before the holidays.

Also, please remember that we will be playing our next game this Saturday, December 19 at 9:30 AM.  Please make sure your player is there by 9:00 A.M.

If you have any questions, I can be reached via my cell.  Thanks.

Saturday, December 12
Vipers Sink Gators for First Win
Snake Eats Gators
Unlike the Vipers, this snake bit off more than it could chew.

The Northland Vipers got their first win of the season 29-11 on Saturday, December 12 against the Treece Gators.  The win brings the Vipers to 1-1 on the season.

I have to admit that I was a bit worried when I first saw their team.  To say that they were a little taller than our boys is a bit of an understatement.  I thought that perhaps you were only allowed so much total heighth, and while we spread ours out over nine kids, they decided to use theirs up on the first four.  Whatever the case, it was evident after the first few minutes that they were no match for our speed or athleticism.  We were able to force a whopping 30+ turnovers - including 21 steals - which lead to a number of our scores.  Additionally, we put up exactly twice as many shots as we did last week.  And though we hit basically the same percentage as previously, our final tally was obviously much higher.

The boys played some pretty good defense and are coming along with our offense. The have a very good grasp of our zone offense, but we have a long way to go on our M2M offense. 

Whatever the case, it was a great first win for the team.  We'll get right back at it with practice on Monday night at Plaza Middle School.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Here are a few highlights from the game: – 2010 Dyl vs Gators Inbound score – 2010 Hunter vs Gators Run M2M Offense Score – 2010 Dyl vs Gators Steal Score – 2010 Ryan vs Gators Run M2M Score – 2010 Sean vs Gators Good Move Score – 2010 Dyl vs Gators Steal – 2010 Roman vs Gators Follow Score – 2010 Dyl vs Gators Steal score 2 – 2010 Hunter vs Gators 3 pts – 2010 Justin vs Gators Rebound Score – 2010 Sean and Justin vs Gators Transition Score

Friday, December 11
Second Vipers' Basketball Game Tomorrow
Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the Treece Gators tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 12th) in our second SPCAA Basketball game
Here are the details as I know them:
 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. Team Treece
 - Where: Lakeview Middle School (going north on I-29, take the 64th Street Exit {exit #5}.  Turn left onto 64th Street. 
               Lakeview is approximately 1 mile on the right.)
 - When:  Be at the school at 9:00 A.M. Game starts at 9:30 A.M.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell phone.
PS - I would appreciate it if someone from the Wooten family could work the scorekeeper's desk tomorrow.

Thanks everyone.  I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Sunday, December 6
Trojans Vanquish Vipers
Trojan Head

The Northland Vipers fell 32-20 in their 2010 season opener to the Parkville Trojans on Saturday, December 5th.  It was a mistake laden affair for the Vipers, especially the first half where there were more walks than at a Royals baseball game.  Without a doubt, the boys showed some first game jitters.  Hopefully, we’ve got those out of the way and we can start out a little stronger the next game.  Here are just a few thoughts about the game.


The Bad

-         I do think that first game jitters accounted for a big part of this, but we turned the ball over a whopping 24 times versus our opponents’ 10.  In addition to the jitters, the Trojans pressed about half the time and dropped into a 1-3-1 trapping zone the majority of the rest of the time.  Those defenses are designed specifically to panic ballhandlers and cause turnovers.  We fell prey to both.

-         Our next problem is that we just didn’t shoot enough.  Through forty minutes of basketball we shot 26 times versus the Trojan’s 42.  While shots taken aren’t always a good indicator of what you score, it is impossible to score when you don’t shoot.  The boys did a pretty good job of passing the ball around and getting open shots.  Hopefully next week we’ll start to take them.

-         We were outrebounded 25 to 17.  That’s actually not that bad, especially considering their size advantage.  We’ve still got to do a better job of blocking out.


The Good

-         The boys ran our Rattler zone offense very well yesterday.  Although they didn’t always take the shot, they did set themselves’ up with open looks at the basket. 

-         We played man-to-man defense the entire game and gave up 32 points to a pretty good team.  I can tell you right now that at this age, playing man to man defense is much harder than pressing and playing a zone defense.  I don’t know how many of these guys want to play basketball for their school, but being able to play strong M2M will go a long way toward them making the team.

-         We broke their press a number of times.  We didn’t always get the basket at the other end, but that will hopefully come in the next few games.

-         The boys didn’t quit, even when they were behind.  They continued to play hard and seemed to be having fun while they were doing it.


Though it’s not exactly what we were hoping for, overall it’s not a bad start to the Viper season.  We’ll keep working and will hopefully improve going forward.


PS, I have updated the stats based on everything that I could see from the video that was made.  While I try to be as accurate as possible, there is no doubt that I have made some mistakes.  If you note any glaring ones, just e-mail me and I’ll fix it.  Finally, don’t let your player get caught up in the stats.  They don’t capture anywhere near the entire picture of everything that happens on a basketball court.  Just because you don’t score a lot of points doesn’t mean that you had a bad game.


Here are a few highlights from the game: – 2010 Dyl vs Trojans Takes Charge #1 - David vs Trojans Fade Away – 2010 Dyl vs Trojans Takes Charge #2 – 2010 Sean vs Trojans Hustle – 2010 Dyl vs Trojans 3 Pointer – 2010 David vs Trojans Break Press Score – 2010 Dyl vs Trojans Drive – 2010 Sam vs Trojans Break Press and score

Friday, December 4
The 1st Game Is Finally Here!
Mechanical BB Game
The Vipers' play is somewhat mechanical in the first quarter of their first game

Just a quick reminder that your very own Northland Vipers will be playing the Parkville Trojans tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 5th) in the SPCAA Basketball Season Kickoff.

Here's the details as I know them:

 - Who: The Northland Vipers vs. The Parkville Trojans

 - Where: Lakeview Middle School (going north on I-29, take the 64th Street Exit {exit #5}.  Turn left onto 64th Street.  Lakeview is approximately 1 mile on the right.)

 - When:  Be at the school at 9:00 A.M. Game starts at 9:30 A.M.

During the course of the season, I will be asking for volunteers each game day for a couple of things.

1) The SPCAA requires us to provide on adult scorekeeper or clockkeeper.  I will put a schedule together for the rest of the season, but I'd appreciate it if someone would volunteer for tomorrow. 

2) Cinematographer.  I like to keep stats and track a number of different things.  To do so, I try and get someone to film all the games so that I can sit down at my leisure and break down the game/stats.  While my lovely wife, Holly, normally runs the camera, I'm guessing she might enjoy just sitting back and watching at least a couple of times this season.  So, I may ask for a video volunteer from time to time.  If anyone wants a digital copy of any of the games, just let me know.

That's it for now.  Make sure your player gets plenty of rest tonight and we'll see everyone in the morning.

Monday, November 30
Vipers' Practice Wenesday, December 2

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time with your friends and family.  Hopefully everyone is rested and ready to go, because basketball season is upon us! 

I didn't originally have a practice scheduled for the week because we didn't have a gym.  Luckily, Jack Taylor was able to procure some time at Park Hill High School for us to practice a bit on Wednesday night.  Here's the details:

 - What: Vipers basketball practice

 - When: Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

 - Where: Park Hill High School (meet in the back of the school which is going to be the parking lot on the west side of the school off of Barry Rd)

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Tuesday, November 17
Just A Couple of Viper Notes
Red Viper logo

I just wanted to update everyone on a couple of things Viper related:


-         This Wednesday, November 18, we will have our regular practice at Plaza gym starting at 6 PM.  We’ll practice until approximately 7:30, and then we’ll scrimmage another 7th grade team after that.  The scrimmage should last until approximately 8:30 or so.  Just like all our other practices, parents are welcome to attend.  It should be a fun time for the boys and will show us a lot of what we need to work on.

-         The season schedule is now posted.  The majority of our games are at 9:30 AM on Saturdays with a couple on Wednesday nights in February.

-         Our last practice at Gashland Church will be this Sunday, November 22.  They are raising their prices to $55 per hour, and that’s just a bit too rich for our blood.   

-         The practice schedule has also been updated for December.  It’s a little skimpy for now, so we are looking to augment it a bit, especially the week before our first game.  Just keep a watch on the website for any changes.

-         Please let us know your holiday schedule for Thanksgiving/Christmas.  We probably won’t do much over the holidays, but may try to get at least one practice in during that time so we don’t get too rusty. 

-         I would like for us to play in at least one tournament if possible.  I’m still looking and will let everyone know if I can find one that meets our skills level.


Finally, the boys have been doing a great job.  The kids listen well, play hard, and hopefully are enjoying their time with the Vipers.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call.




Friday, November 13
SPCAA Schedule Is Posted

I just got the SPCAA schedule and it is now posted to the site.  It looks like we got all morning games (9:30 AM) on most Saturdays with a couple of Wednesday games in February.  I hope this works out well as everyone can come watch some basketball in the morning and then go enjoy the rest of the weekend.  As soon as I get the team names/mascots, I'll update the site to include those rather than just the coaches. 

The basketball season really is JUST AROUND the CORNER!   We only have 5 more practices until our first game.


Monday, November 9
First Scrimmage Delayed One week

Due to some scheduling conflicts with our opposition, our first scrimmage has been delayed one week until Wednesday, November 18.  We we still have practice this Wednesday (November 11), but instead of a scrimmage we're going to focus on some of the things that we have been working on these past few weeks.

The boys are continuing to make tremendous strides, but we still have a long way to go.  The problem with any new team is that you have nothing to build on from the previous year.  Instead, you have to spend a lot of time in your early practices laying that foundation for every aspect of your program - offense, defense, fast breaks, press breakers, BLOB plays, etc.  We'll just keep focusing there and hopefully we'll be able to start putting in some metaphorical walls, doors and windows here in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, October 13
The Daily Dozen
Dribbling Cartoon

Although our official practice hasn't quite arrived, it's never too early to get a little practice in on your own.  Use these twelve drills to get those basketball muscles moving again and get you set up for success when we hit the court down the road. 


Due to our time constraints, we will have to use a good bit of our practice time working on team concepts like our offense and defense.  While we will certainly spend a lot of time on the fundamentals, we just won't have all the time we need with them.  So, it's up to our players to practice on their own - shooting, dribbling, layups, etc.  The Daily Dozen is a good start and should only take about 10 to 15 minutes a day.


The Daily Dozen

1.      HIGH/LOWS - Feet shoulder width apart and knees bent, start dribbling the ball and gradually dribble it higher and higher while keeping your hand on top of the ball. Then slowly dribble it back down to as low as you can dribble it. Then go back up again.

2.      HIGH/LOW - Use opposite hand

3.      PUSH & PULL- With feet about shoulder width apart and knees bent, dribble the ball beside one leg (ball bounces beside foot). "Push" the ball backwards, quickly turn hand around, and "pull" it forward.

4.      PUSH & PULL - Use opposite hand

5.      CROSSOVER - Dribble the ball back and forth between your right and left hands making a V shape, have your hands close together then spread them out as far as you can, then back close again.

6.      V - DRIBBLE- Feet spread fairly wide again, ball bounces directly in front of body. This is a cross-over dribble in front of body, but using just one hand to take it back and forth.

7.      V - DRIBBLE - Use opposite hand

8.      RACE TRACK - Stand fairly wide apart and dribble the ball around one leg in a circle.

9.      RACE TRACK- Use opposite leg

10.  AROUND THE WORLD - Stand with legs close together and dribble in a circle around both legs, then switch directions.

11.  FIGURE 8 - Again, with feet spread wide, dribble ball in figure 8 pattern around feet, then switch directions.

12.  TOSS UP - Stand with your knees shoulder width apart and bent. Throw the ball up in the air over your head. Jump up and catch the ball on it's way back down. Grab it with both hands and tuck it under your chin with your elbows out and knees bent.

Tuesday, October 13
2009/'10 Northland Vipers Get Started
Viper V Logo

After spending Sunday afternoon coaching back-to-back 13u baseball games in absolutely frigid conditions, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to getting off the ball field…and into the gym. That's right, it's time for a little basketball with the Northland Vipers. While everything isn’t entirely finalized, I am pretty  close to dotting all the Is and crossing all the Ts prior to the season.  

 - We will be playing in the SPCAA league in the Parkville area.  I have seen the level of competition in this league over the past couple of years and think that it will give us the best opportunity to learn, grow and compete.  I’ll be signing up this week and will have some forms that will need to be completed at our first practice. (Please do not sign up with the SPCAA as individuals.  I will sign your player up as part of our team.)  Games will begin in December and will then pick back up in January after the holiday break.

- Up front costs will be approximately $155 per player and will be due at our first practice.  I’ve itemized the primary costs below, just to give you an idea of where the money is going:

  •  SPCAA Fees: $950 Total/8 players = $118.75 (if we add players, this will decrease)
  •  Uniform: $35 each (best deal I can find so far)
  •  Cost per player: $155

   - We will be assigned practice time through the SPCAA and we hope to get some gym time at Park Hill high school.  However, we may need to supplement that by finding some outside gyms to practice at.  If you have access to any gym we can use on occasion, I’d appreciate you letting me know. 

-   Once we get going, I hope to have two practices per week.  Once we get into the season, we’ll probably drop that down to once per week.

- We will have our first practice the week of October 19.  More specifically, I am trying to schedule something for Sunday, October 25th, late in the afternoon.  Something will be decided this week.

-    Obviously, if you are reading this here, you've found our website.   I started this website last year and I think it helped tremendously in making sure we were all on the same page.  You’ll need an eteamz account to view a lot of the pages, so sign up now (it only takes a couple of minutes, or you can e-mail me for a user name/password). I don’t have everything updated for our season yet, but you can take a look at what to expect and follow see how the Vipers fared last year (keeping in mind that last years’ team played in the ultra-competitive Liberty League).

-   I'm starting to put together a roster/phone list/etc., so I'd appreciate it if everyone could e-mail me all their contact information.  Basically, I'd just need your phone numbers (home/Mom and Dad cell/etc.), e-mail addresses (any e-mails that should be copied when I send out updates), your player’s birthday, school he attends and anything else you think pertinent.

-  Finally, we currently have 8 kids on the team - Dylan, David, Joseph, Sean, Hunter, Justin, Roman, and Sam – with varying levels of experience and ability.  It’s going to be a lot of fun learning to work together and grow as a team.   

Have a great week and feel free to call with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Friday, October 16
First Practice Scheduled
The Northland Vipers will kick off the season with their first practice on Sunday, October 18 at 6 PM at the Gashland Presbyterian Church.  There will be a short parents meeting just prior to the practice starting at 5:45 PM.  Please call if you somehow can't make it.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Tuesday, October 27
Vipers Get First Practice under Their Belt

Well, it may have been a week late, but the Northland Vipers finally took to the hardwood and completed their first practice of the season.  Overall, the boys looked good with lots of enthusiasm, energy and a willingness to listen and learn.  I think we have an outstanding group and should have a fun and successful basketball season.


With that said, we have a long way to go and a whole lot of work ahead of us to get where we want to go.  A couple of things that I noticed we need to work on starting now:

  - Ball handling – we have to protect the ball; utilize the drills in the Daily Dozen below.

  - Layups – we can’t miss layups and expect to win.

  - Conditioning – there were some very tired kids after a fairly easy practice.  A huge part of success on the court is because of conditioning.  Don’t wait until practice to work on getting in shape.


Work on your game every day!

Friday, October 30
More Practices and Our First Scrimmage
Practice Makes Perfect

I attended the SPCAA Coach's Meeeting last night and was able to get the run-down on our league.  We have a total of five teams in our division - three of which have played together in some form or another for the past three years.  I've saw a couple of them play last year and we will have some very strong competition.

One of the key things I got from the meeting was our SPCAA practice calendar.  So, we now have four practices scheduled at Plaza Middle School during the month of November - three on Wednesday and one on the Monday just prior to Thanksgiving.  Even better, the practice on November 11th will actually be a scrimmage against one of our league teams. We're still going to do some Sunday nights at Gashland as we really need the work to get the team focused and on the same page. 

So, when you get a free minute, take a look at the calendar to get the full idea of what we have going on for the month of November.  You can also find directions to Plaza under the "Locations" tab on the left.

 Enjoy your weekend and we'll see everyone on Sunday night at Gashland.