Fall Elementary basketball league fun for kids

Lake City Basketball's Fall Elementary League proves to be fun.

William Reid goes to the outside on defender Kelan Sawyer during action in the elementary basketball league Sunday at Uplands Elementary School.

Forty-two kids showed off their skills in the final day of the Lake City Basketball Elementary Fall League.

They had been working hard to get better as players for the last seven weeks. Coach Russ Reid said they had shooting, dribbling and 3-on-2 competitions. The afternoon ended with 4-on-4 games.

“The athletes had a ton of fun – it was also great to see so many parents out to watch their athlete,” said Reid, who with other coaches worked with the kids every Sunday.

Reid has seen the young kids have a solid understanding of the basic skills and rules of basketball.

“We think our overall approach, to make the game fun, made an impact on the kids trying skills that may have been above them or new to them,” he said. “We believe that playing a sport should be first and foremost fun for the athlete — especially at the introductory level. If kids are excited about a sport it, makes the learning process that much smoother.”

A highlight for Reid was the players’ excitement. He said when they managed to understand and complete a skill, their smiles were pure joy and excitement. The game was new to many and the kids grew leaps and bounds.  Reid also enjoyed working with Brian Hurst and the volunteers, who he thanked. He also said it was great to see high school students give back.

The program earned a lot of positive feedback and Reid had people asking when the next session would be. It is something Lake City Basketball will do again.

“Parents were excited to expose their athletes to the sport,” he said. “We think programs like the Lake City Youth Basketball as well as the Lake City youth camps (run by Dustin Hyde) will strengthen the skills and understanding of the game for the middle and high school programs.

Reid said there is a group that will discuss options and they are considering another skills session, a 3-on-3 league as well as a few other ideas.


Just Posted

Recovery centre operator said neighbours bought property ‘in haste’

Penticton addiction recovery centre plan halted by neighbours

Attempted carjacking at Penticton mall

A 24-year-old man is in custody, while a 37-year-old woman was uninjured by the incident

Fundraising effort for man assaulted at Penticton nightclub

A GoFundMe account was created to assist the Penticton man that was assaulted

Osoyoos looking at two more councillors

The increase would take council from five to seven members, on par with their neighbours in Oliver

Forgoing Christmas gifts to help the Salvation Army

Penticton group gives to Salvation Army

Sagmoen case adjourned, again

Small, yet mighty, rally again on Vernon courthouse steps

Performance embodies true meaning of Christmas

Caravan Farm Theatre presents O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi by Maristella Roca until Dec. 31

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Lawsuit seeks financial compensation from Kenneth Jacob Fenton

SPCA seizes 74 animals from Barriere property

Constables removed sheep, piglets, chickens and more

Victoria gets approval for supervised consumption site

It is scheduled to open in the spring/summer of 2018 and will be the first permanent facility on Vancouver Island

Bear spray used in tenant dispute

Salmon Arm RCMP responding to Tappen home invasion find occupants sprayed in repllent

Home services, rental rates top concerns: B.C. seniors’ watchdog

Premier John Horgan pledges action on rental housing in 2018

‘Game-changing’ B.C.-born technology tests brain vital signs

B.C. neuroscientist describes the tech as ‘the world’s first objective physiological yard stick for brain function’

5-year anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

When just saying ‘I’m from Newtown’ can be a cross to bear

Most Read