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Ron Kaiser
147 South Ash St.
Hobart, Indiana
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How do you Grade Hobarts Youth Sports?

Setting a Pick
1.   Plant your feet about shoulder width apart.
2.   Keep your arms in front of you to protect yourself. If you stand with your elbows out to your sides, you're liable to have a foul called against you.
3.   Allow your teammate to lead the defender to you.
4.   Give the defender a chance to see you. At least one step from the blind side. Do not blindside her or him.
5.   Stand your ground without leaning into the defender or throwing a hip.

Remember it is the players job who you are setting the pick for to drive the defender into you.


Before starting the exercises, warm up. Stretch, loosen up and jog around for a few minutes.
Jumping rope definitely helps your conditioning. It is a very good exercise for basketball.
Climbing up and down stairs for a while is very useful as a warmup, or a full exercise. Don't do too much or else you may wear our your legs. Use it as a quick warmup, or a full exercise.


Deep Knee Bends --- In a standing position slowly bend at the knees while keeping your back straight. Slowly crouch down as low as possible (it shouldn't hurt) and slowly rise back up. Do this 15 times. Over time increase to 20, 30, etc.

Deep Knee Bend Jumps --- Be standing. Crouch down as described above but fairly quickly, almost touching your bottom to the ground, then explode upwards as high as you can. The moment you land, immediately crouch and launch back up again. Do this 15 times, and when you can, increase to 20, 30, etc.

Toe Raises --- Stand regularly, then raise up onto the tips of your toes. Lower back down. Don't just rock up and down, do it slowly (not too slowly) but steadily. Repeat 30-50 times.
After awhile you can do this with weights, 5 or 10 pounds.

Stomach Crunches --- While lying on your back, using your ab muscles and keeping your back straight, you rise up just enough to lift your shoulders off the ground, are better. Do them often - Try 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night.

Jumping Rope--- Jumping rope definitely helps your vertical leap. Jump rope while watching tv or something. Make sure you are jumping rope not skipping rope. Both feet should come off the ground at the same time.

Whats the big deal about attitude? I've seen a bad attitude of one player destroy a whole team. If a coach has to spend time because a player is causing trouble at practice it takes away from the whole team. A poor attitude by one player in a game can put the whole team in a tail spin. So what is a good attitude? A player who hustles and plays TEAM BALL. A desire to listen to the coaches. Never blaming others and takes responsibility for mistakes. Plays hard, is competitive. Works at practice like he would in a game. Always a good sport. Remember a good attitude will get you a long ways. People are more likely to want to work with you and help you if you have a good attitude.

Handle the Basketball
A good basketball player has to be able to dribble the basketball under pressure with his head up. A good player also needs to be able to dribble with both the right and left hand. To work at home on basketball handling, find a place where you can dibble. Now start walking and dribbling with your head up. Do not look at the ball! Now turn around and dribble back with your other hand. Keep the head up! As you get better pick up the speed. Don't get the ball to high on the dribble, waist high is about right. Don't go to fast, a ball player out of control is no help to their team. Try these drills! Every two dribbles switch hands or get two basketballs and try dribbling them both at the same time.

Color the Court
You can download a basketball court, print it, and color the different areas of the court. Show Jimmy how to run a V-cut. When your done give it to Coach Kaiser. He would love to see it. Just click on Sparky and he will take you to the handouts page.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Handout: Coloring the Court

Triple Threat Position
What is the triple threat position? When ever you receive the ball you should get in the triple threat position. The easiest of the way to get in the Triple threat positions to start in the hands position as if you are going to shoot the ball. Now pull you shooting hands elbow back bringing the ball into the pocket next to your side. Now square to the basket by pivoting. From this position you can shoot, pass, or dribble.

Click Here for the YMCA
The Hobart YMCA has a very nice gym with six baskets in it. They have allot of open gym time for you to go in and just shoot around or get in a pick up game. They also have an outstanding work out area. Mom and Dad can find just the right workout for their needs. Do you like to swim? The Hobart YMCA has a great pool. And if you want you can sign up for swimming lessons. Swimming is a great exercise. There is something for everyone in the family. Mom & Dad can go work out while you shoot baskets. Soon people working on the 10,000 shots will be able to have the the person at the front counter sign the score sheet for them when they shoot baskets at the YMCA. To check out the YMCA web page just lick on the basketball player.

Hobart Jr. Hoops
Hobart Jr. Hoops runs the Youth Basketball league in Hobart. They also run many tournaments and leagues for the traveling teams. To see what is going on at Hobart Jr. Hoops Just click above and check it out.

Do You Know?
1. What is the big rectangle on the floor under the basket called?
2. If you are standing next to the out of bounds line and you shoe lace falls on the line, can you be called for being out of bounds?
3. Who invented basketball?
4. What was used as the first basket?
5. What type of ball did they first use?
6. When the referee hands you the ball, you have how long to get the ball in bounds?
7. Is a charge a shooting foul?
8. Why did the basketball player give away his pet chicken?
. Answers 1. The lane    2. Yes    3. Dr, Naismith    4. A peach basket    5. A soccer ball    6. Five seconds    7. No, It is an offensive foul.   8. His coach told him he could have no more fouls.

Chicago Bulls
Do you like the Chicago Bulls? If so just click on the Bulls Logo and visit the Chicago Bulls web page!

Hobart Blaze
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Want to see the Hobart Blaze web page! Just click on Sparky and he will take you there.

Quote from Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards
"Everybody talks, But when a guy comes in and shows you he's committed by working hard and being the first one of the guys here, that's more important than any words somebody can say."

Whats the call?
Here are the signals the referee uses when he makes the call.



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