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Welcome to the Hobart Blaze's page. This is more than just basketball. We try to keep up with the other activities the Blaze kids are into.

Friday, January 9
Welcome Hobart Blaze

Welcome to the Hobart Blaze!!!  This is your web page!  We will try to keep it up to date with what is going on with the Blaze.  If you have any suggestions let me know.  Not all the articles are about basketball here on our page.  When ever I hear something interesting about a Blaze player I like to post it here, It could be about school, football, basketball or just about anything you guys are into. 

Friday, August 24
4th Grade Blaze!!!

Announcing the 4th Grade

Hobart Blaze!!          

 Ryan Ellis, Gavin Gallagler, Chase Hadu, Cameron Kennedy, Zack King, Tyler Kunkle, Kylle Neloff, Hunter Sowles 


Congratulations guys for making the team!



Tuesday, November 13
Games & Practice

click here for the Courts

The 4th grade Blaze has a game Monday (1/14/13)  6:30 at the Courts.  

Practice Wednesday  (1/16/13) 7:30 to 9:00 at Joan Martin School!

Practice Friday (1/18/13) 5:00 to 7:00 at Ridge View  School!

Practice Saturday (1/19/13) Old middle School.

Game Monday 1/21/13)  Time ???? at the Courts

Click on Sparkey to go to the Courts web page.  They try to put up the game times on Fridays for the following Mondays.

Wednesday, December 15
Hobart Blaze 2012-2013

 The 7th grade Blaze will not play untill after 7th grade school ball is over.  Also there is talk that the High school coaches my do something with the players after school ball so we will have to wait and see.  Good luck to all the Blaze players at basketball tryouts.  I told you at the very first Blaze practice that my goal was to get you on the the 7th grade team if you tried out.   Make sure you get out and shoot some baskets before tryouts.  Don't go into this cold.  Remember you have to prove yourself all over with these coaches.  Can't wait to come to a game and see you play!

Tuesday, January 8
Hobart 29 Kouts 26

Hobart Blaze 4th Grade wins their first game.  Good shooting by the whole team and very good team basketball helped the Blaze win.  And who would of thought it would be our foul shots that would make the difference. Gavin hitting big from the foul line with less than a minute to secure our win.  And Cameron listened to coach at half time when coach said that our big men down could be more aggressive.  Cameron fouled out of the game and that was OK with Coach.  That just meant Cameron was fighting for the ball.  Kyle and Tyler handled the ball well against the pressure and Ryan hit some nice outside shots.  Chase played tuff defense down low and Hunter and Zack both had some nice put backs for some points.  The team played well together.  It was a nice first win! Lets do it again!

Tuesday, November 17
Congratulations !!!!

Congratulations to Ryan A., Brock, Eli, Berto. Sam E., Jake, and Tommy, for going out and making the Hobart Middle School 7th grade team.Also to Timmy for making Valpo’s 7th grade team. Way to go guys!  Very proud off all of you!


Wednesday, December 8
Whats My Number

The Point Guard is 1 - The Shooting Guard is 2 - the Small Forward is 3 - The Power Forward is 4 and the Center is 5.  

Wednesday, December 23


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We are insured up to 7-31-2013


Click on Sparky to go to Chappell for more info.

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Monday, October 18

"Attitude is contagious is yours worth catching?" 

Tuesday, December 29
Muscle Memory

Muscle memory is created over time through repeating a given motor skill (such as the proper way to shoot) and the ability through brain and instill it so that it becomes automatic. Huh?  Other words guys, The more you shoot, the more it will become automatic.  That’s why it is important to shoot the ball the correct way.   How do I train Muscle Memory?  The best way is to start out  close to the basket and make 20 baskets from 5 feet out.  Check your form, are you shooting the ball correctly? You got to think now, you can’t just toss the ball at the basket.  Think about what you are doing! Now move out slowly, make another 20 from inside the lane.  If time permits take 10 from the free throw  line.  Hey practice is just starting and you have already made 50 baskets.  What a great way to start practice! And you will find your shot will be better during practice.

Tuesday, January 19


This is Sparky!  He is the Hobart Blaze mascot  You will see him all over the web page and on most letters we send home.  Allot of the time if you click on him he will take you somewhere.


Saturday, January 16
The Babe

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club wont be worth a dime.
-Babe ruth

Monday, December 7

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it. Knute Rockne



  If you curser down you can see some pictures of what your uniforms will look like.They will be reversible with the Blaze logo on the front and players number on the back.

Wednesday, December 23
Send me your pictures

I need pictures and stories of what you guys are doing besides basketball.  Send me your pictures and stories and I will put it on our Life after Basketball section.

Tuesday, December 15
Half Time Fun

Here are some of the pictures from the Blaze playing at halftime At the High school games.  The top picture is Tom, Eli, Timmy & hidden behind Timmy is Jeremy going for the rebound.  Glad to see our big guys fighting for the rebound. To the left is the Blaze just after a shot was taken.  Bottom picture of an inbound play.  Hey the new uniforms look sharp!  And all the guys did an excellent job.

Wednesday, December 16
More Halftime Fun

Here we got down court so fast we left the ref's in our dust. Good job getting down court both offense and defense.

Monday, October 26
Hobart Blaze 10,000 Shot shirt and Short Shot shirt

Here is the shirts the players are eligible to get when they reach the goal of 2,500 shots or 10,000 shots made.  Oh by the way parents you get to pay for it. 


Wednesday, November 18
Played for the Blaze

Below is a list of all the players who played for the Hobart Blaze



Coaches Ron Kaiser, Stu Schultz, Scott Galligan, Mike Kenny, Greg Brown,

Ron Kaiser, Pat Wynn,

Ron Kaiser, Dave Cooper, Rich Erhlich Greg Brown

 Ron Kaiser,  

  1st Hobart Blaze 2000-2005

2nd Hobart Blaze 2006-2009

3rd Hobart Blaze 2005-Now

4th Hobart Blaze  2012 - ????


100 Point Game

The first team to score 100 points in a game, I haven't found exact data, but my guess would be Buffalo Germans. They played from 1895-1925 against the best pro and amateur teams in the world and won with relative ease. And get this around 1910, they beat Hobart College 134-0. No I don't think it's the same Hobart. And remember this was long before the shot clock. When the shot clock was instituted the average game score went up because teams were forced to shoot more.

Monday, November 2
Raise Your Game Everyday!







The above sign is posted in the Varsity locker room.  The players are told to RAISE their game everyday.

Respect yourself, your teammates and others.

Attitude  Come to all games & practices with a good attitude.

Integrity Act in a way that make others look up to you.

Selflessness What can you do for the team, not what the team can do for you.

Effort 110% every day, every game, every practice. 

Most Points in a NBA Game

Wilt Chamberlain, On March 2, 1962, set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
Yes, 100 points. He made 36 out of 63 attempts which is about 57% on field goals and, incredibly made 28 out of 32 free throws. His free throw percentage that night was 88%. That season he AVERAGED 50.4 points a game.
Wilt Chamberlain also holds the record for the most consecutive field goals were in a single game, on March 19, 1967 against Baltimore he score 18 consecutive field goals. He also holds the record for most consecutive field goals in a season with 35 from February 17-February 28, 1967.

Tuesday, November 17
The First 3 Point Shot

On October 12, 1979, Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics scored the first three-point basket in NBA history with 3:48 left in the first quarter of a 114-106 victory over Houston at Boston Garden. This game also marked the debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird.

10,000 Shot Club

Here is our Hobart Blaze totals for the 10,000 Shot Club.

Justin 10000 Shots Made!
Patrick 10000 Shots Made!
Jerrett 10000 Shots Made!
Coach Kaiser 10000 Shots Made!

Ok 4th Grade Blaze now it’s your turn.  Let Coach Kaiser know how many shots you made and I will keep it listed here on your web page.   We want all the players to be a member of the Short Shot Club by the start of basketball next year.


Competitive Greatness

What is competitive greatness? It is being at your best when your best is needed. It is enjoying the challenge when things become difficult, even when it becomes very difficult. True competitors find it exhilarating to be involved in something very difficult. They don't fear it. They seek it. They set goals to beat the difficulty. They don't make excuses, they don't blame others. When their team is down and the clock is running down, they are the ones who want the ball. They are the ones who never give up. Many things are simple, things anyone can do. The real satisfaction comes when you are challenged. Challenge your mind, your body , and your spirit.   


The Backboard is a chat room with a drawing board. You can meet your friends and chat with each other, plus draw pictures. It's great for talking about new plays! Or just having fun. Remember NEVER give out your address or phone number over the Internet. No foul words, and do not draw over or erase someone's work. Now to get to the Backboard just click on Sparky!

10,000 Shot Club.

To become a member of the 10,000 shot club you must keep track of how many baskets you MAKE on your score sheet. On the score sheet you must keep track of when you shoot the baskets, and how many you make. Then both you and your parent must sign that you made the baskets. We put you on the honor system.    Once you become a 10,000 shot club member you can get the 10,000 shot club shirt.

Monday, March 9
Score Sheet

You filled up your score sheet for the Short shot club and need a new one.  Just click on Sparky and he will take you to a new score sheet.

Who is James Naismith?

Back in 1891 in Springfield Massachusetts James Naismith was looking for some sort of sport his students could do between football and baseball. He had been encouraged by the Superintendent of Physical Education, a man by the name of Gulick. He wanted a game that took skill and not just strength. He had this idea that was born from a game he use to play outside his old one room school house. The Game was called Duck-on-a-rock. The object was to knock the "duck" off the large rock by throwing another rock at it. From that game James Naismith came up with the idea of tossing a ball at a target. Baskets were his target. And for that he used peach baskets, and for a ball they used a soccer ball. He devised a set of thirteen rules.
1. The ball may be thrown any direction with one or both hands.
2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but never with the fist.
3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man running at good speed.
4. The ball must be held in or between the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding.
5. No shouldering, holding, pushing. striking or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul; the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game. No substitution shall be allowed.
6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violations of Rules 3 and 4 and such as described in rule 5.
7. If either side make three consecutive fouls it shall count as a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).
8. Goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the ground into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edge and the opponents move the basket, it shall count as a goal.
9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field and played on by the first person touching it. In the case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.
10. The umpire shall be the judge of men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have the power to disqualify men according to rule 5.
11. The referee shall be the judge of the ball and decide when it is in play in bounds, to witch side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals with any other duties that re usually preformed by a referee.
12. The time shall be two 15-minute halfs with five minutes rest between.
13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner.

The first game was between the Springfield, MA. YMCA Training School and the Chicago YMCA training School. The score? 19 - 11 Springfield.

Things you do not learn in school.

This came from a speech Bill Gates gave at a high school.
1. Life is not fair - get use to it!
2. If you think your teacher is tuff, wait tell you get a boss.
3. If you mess up it's not your parents fault. Learn from your mistakes.
4. television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop an go to work.
5. Be nice to nerds! Someday you may work for one.

Chicago Packers???

In 1961 the Chicago Packers basketball team joined the NBA. In 1962 the Packers were renamed the Chicago Zephyrs. I guess even then they realized a team called the Packers would never be any good.

Lowest Score

The lowest score in a pro game was in 1950. The Fortwayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers with a score of 19 to 18. Of course this was before the shot clock was introduce to the game. The lowest score by a professional team after the shot clock was introduces is by the Chicago Bulls. In 1999 the Bulls played Miami and was only able to put 49 points on the board.

Thinking Cap

Two fathers and two sons went to the store and each bought a basketball. When they got home there was only three basketballs. Why?
The answer is on the bottom of Our News Page.

Off the Dribble Drill

You will need a partner to rebound for you. Start at the middle of the free throw line. Take two dribbles at a 45 degree angle to the basket. Plant your inside foot and square to the basket and shoot. Go back on top and do the same thing going the other direction. Plant the inside foot on the shot and square to the basket. Make sure you jump strait up on the shot. Do this ten times.

Time to Think!

According to Paul Harvey 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors. Lets see how you do on this riddle.

What is greater than God, More evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich want it, and if you eat it you will die?

The answer is on the bottom of the News page.

Did You Know?

How wide is a regulation back board??

Answer on the bottom of the news page.


The first time basketball was an Olympic sport was in the year 1936

Trash Drill

No this is not a drill on how to talk trash. This is a drill on shooting off the screen. Take a large trash can and set it on the court about 15 to 17 feet out. Stand next to the can facing the basket. Practice making a move around the can and taking the shot. Practice going both ways. Square to the basket and jump strait up. Remember to be good you have to practice!

Way to go Spalding!

In 1894, A.G. Spalding & Brothers in Chicopee, Massachusetts invented the first official basketball. The balls were made of panels of leather stitched together over a rubber bladder.

Go Ahead and Count

How many little bumps are on a regulation basketball?
Find the answer on the bottom of the news page.

Harlem Globetrotters

Abe Saperstein put together a team called the Savory Big Five. Named after famous Chicago Savory Ballroom. On January 7th, 1926 in Hinckley Illinois they played their first game in front of a crowd of 300 spectators. They wore uniforms with New York across the front giving the fans the impression that they came from New York. Saperstein later added his family name to the team and the became the Saperstein New York Globetrotters.
In 1940 The Globetrotters defeated George Halas's Chicago Bruins in overtime 31-29 for the World Basketball Championship. With such names as Geese Ausbie, Goose Tatum, Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon the Globetrotters have become ambassadors of basketball, Bringing their sportsmanship to millions. They have played over 20,000 games in more than 100 countries around the world. And of course whats the name of their them song? Sweet Georgia Brown.

Fill in the Blanks

In 1997 the Washington __________ changed their name to the Washington _____________.

Answer on the bottom of the news page

A Party with Einstein

Einstein arrives at a party and he asked a fellow what his IQ Is. The man says 240. Very good says Einstein, we can talk about the wonders of the universe. We will have much to talk about.
Einstein asked the second man his IQ. He says 135. Very good we will talk about politics. We will have much to talk about.
Einstein turns to the third man and again asks his IQ. The third man say 51. Einstein says How about those Packers?

Put on Your Thinking Cap.

What are the three teams in the NBA that their names do not end with the letter s?
The answer is on the bottom of the news page.

How true it is!

The psychology instructor asked his class. "How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming one minute, then sitting in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?"

A young man in the rear of the room raised his hand and answered, " A basketball coach?"

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