Summer Camps in Full Swing

It’s officially summertime – and that means Summer Camps! 

We know, you’ve been waiting for it all year and it’s finally here! Our Summer Camps are absolutely the best and we want to make sure you get to be a part of it.

Each camp is designed just for your athlete’s age group and basketball level. These 4 days promise to be the best of the summer, so get registered today!

JUNE camps for 10 – 15 year olds: 
June 27 – July 1, 9 am – 3 pm 

JULY camps for 9 – 12 year olds:
July 11 – 15, 9 am – 3 pm

JULYcamps for 10 – 15 year olds:
July 25 – 29, 9 am – 3 pm

AUGUST camps for 10 – 15 year olds: 
August 1 – 5, 9 am – 3 pm

AUGUST camp for 9 – 15 year olds: 
August 8 – 12, 9 am – 3 pm

 

 

Hoops’ Senior Spotlight – Kush

Kush Singhai (#23, pictured above) is one of Hoops’ seniors this year and we are so excited to tell you all about him!

Kush is currently a senior at Briar Woods High School and Academies of Loudoun and has plans to attend the University of Virginia, College of Engineering next fall.

Kush started training with Hoops at the age of 12 and played for the development team. He was one of the leaders and top performers in many AAU tournaments and went on to play high school ball. During his freshman and sophomore years, Kush was the captain of the team. Unfortunately, he suffered ankle and shoulder injuries at the beginning of the season of his senior year and wasn’t able to play up to his full potential.

Kush is a vegetarian and enjoys going to the gym. He’s also trained as a 3rd degree black belt in tae-kwon-do and plays the saxophone. Kush is on the honor roll at school, has been a CISCO intern, a leader in PASTA club and the vice president in the National Honors Club.

Way to go, Kush, we can’t wait to see what you do next! 

 

Stay Hydrated!

Stay hydrated in these warmer months!

Summer is a fun time of year but we gotta make sure we’re staying hydrated! Anytime children or teens play sports or get physically active in hot weather, they’re at risk of heat-related illnesses. It’s important to understand how heat-related problems happen and what steps you can take to prevent them.

Risk factors for dehydration

Your child might be vulnerable to dehydration and other heat-related illnesses in a hot or humid environment if he or she:

  • Wears clothing or protective gear that contributes to excessive heat retention
  • Rarely exercises
  • Is overweight or obese
  • Is sick or had a recent illness, especially involving diarrhea, vomiting or a fever
  • Is taking certain supplements or medications, such as cold medicine
  • Has a chronic condition, such as diabetes
  • Isn’t well-rested
Acclimating to the heat

The risk of heat-related problems is greater within the first few days of activity in a hot environment. That’s why it’s best to take it easy at first, gradually increasing the amount of activity — and the amount of protective equipment — as the days pass. Young athletes might need up to two weeks to safely acclimate to the heat.

During hot and humid conditions, coaches are encouraged to:

  • Require young athletes to drink plenty of fluids before practice and during regular beverage breaks — even if they aren’t thirsty
  • Make sure clothing is light colored, lightweight and loose-fitting, or exposes as much of the skin as possible
  • Limit activity at midday, when the temperature is hottest
  • Decrease or stop practices or competitions if necessary, or move them indoors or to a shady area
  • Ensure that fluid is available at all times
Spotting dehydration and other heat-related problems

Even mild dehydration can affect your child’s athletic performance and make him or her lethargic and irritable. Left untreated, dehydration increases the risk of other heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Encourage your child to pay attention to early signs and symptoms of dehydration, including:

  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Thirst
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Disinterest in the game
  • Inability to run as fast or play as well as usual

Remind your child that he or she should report signs and symptoms to the coach right away. Don’t let embarrassment keep your child on the field or court.

If dehydration is detected early, fluids and rest might be all that’s needed. If your child seems confused or loses consciousness, seek emergency care.

Prevention is key

If your child plays sports in hot weather, encourage him or her to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practices and games. Teach your child the signs and symptoms of dehydration, as well as the importance of speaking up if they occur.

Involve your child’s coach, too. Talk to the coach about adjusting the intensity of practice depending on the temperature and humidity on the field — and support the coach’s decision to cancel games and practices when it’s dangerously hot outside.

Stay safe this summer! 

Who Loves Hoops? We do!

We love our peeps – and they love us too! 

You are our biggest advertiser! When our players and parents are happy with what we’re doing here at Hoops, it makes all the difference in the world. Thanks to all of you who take the time to let us know why Hoops is the best basketball around! Here’s a recent shout out that just made us feel all gooey inside:

“Thomas is really having fun and improving same time. On top of that, he is learning more than basketball itself. He says how he loves Coach Ken and how you push the kids to get better, how you’re funny but tough comments makes him to work harder and get better. When he gets praise from you, he feels really good and it means a lot to him. He says again and again that Hoops is much better than the others.”

Hoops thanks you! 

Summer Lovin’

 

Isn’t it true? Everything feels a little different in the summer, even basketball! Don’t miss out on our Summer Basketball Camps, heading your way soon. We’ll have 4-day camps for different age groups in June, July and August!

Summer ball is our best of the year. Make sure you get registered now for as many weeks as you can stand. We’ll save a spot for you!

Spring Break Camp was great!

Our Spring Break Camp is in the books and we’re still smiling from all the fun we had! These kids were an absolute blast and had a great time together, while working on solid skills, making them even better players. We’re already looking forward to the next one!