& general public!!
How did Short Shots start?
The Short Shot basketball program was created when parents of children in first through fourth grades asked for an activity outside normal school hours that young children could join. It seemed like ‘big brother and big sister’ got to have all the fun, and you didn’t become important until you reached fifth grade.
How does it work?
Children are divided into two groups: first and second grades, and third and fourth grades. Parents and/or other adults are invited to coach the teams. No team consists of more than ten players or has more than three coaches.
Sessions are held for one and a half hours, the first hour of which is used for learning new skills and basketball vocabulary. The last half hour is used to play a simulated game.
How is the game played?
Play begins with one team inbounding the ball. Play continues until either offense scores or defense takes possession of the ball by rebound, stolen pass, or recovery of a loose ball. No stealing of a dribble is allowed. Defensive players are not allowed to come out past the free throw line. No double-teaming is allowed. Any rough play or unsportsmanlike conduct results in a player being removed from the game.
Volunteers are used to officiate the games. They stop play when necessary and explain to all players why the whistle was blown. There are no free throws; play resumes at the point of infraction. Coaches substitute players often, so everyone gets a chance to play. There is no scorekeeping.
What makes Short Shots a success?
Short Shot Basketball is an opportunity for young children to interact with other students and their parents, develop muscles and coordination, and learn the importance of teamwork and following rules. Coaches provide constant, positive feedback to all players.
Parents get the opportunity to meet their children’s classmates and other adults in the congregation. It also provides a setting where they can have a positive impact on our youth; by getting involved, they show children they care.
Questions, comments, suggestions?
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