Hoops Hurray to Brandon Kamga!

This month we are excited to tip our hat to Hoops alumnus, Brandon Kamga, who plays men’s basketball for Cal State Fullerton.

Brandon was named Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after two great games where he scored over 20 points and helped lead the Titans to victory! Check out the full article here. We love following Brandon and seeing his success, on and off the court!

We are so proud of you, Brandon — keep up the good work!

Love of Basketball Clinic

It’s that time of year again!

Don’t worry — there’s still time to be a part of one of our favorite basketball clinics of the year. This month we host the Love of Basketball Clinic and you don’t want to miss it!

We’ll spend our time working on skills to make us better, sharper and a more consistent shooter. Make sure you register now and save your spot.

Love of Basketball Clinic 

Date: February 17, 2020

Cost: $50

Time: 9:00 am – noon

Ages: 9-14 years old, coed

Why Play on a Team?

Most kids want to play on a sports team at some point in their lives — and as parents, we want that for them. There are lots of advantages being a part of a team and it’s a good reminder when we get a little weary from all the back and forth drives to practices and games!

Think Achievements

Playing on a sports team is all about goals and wanting to achieve the best; whether that’s winning games, becoming the MVP, having the most assists, or just being proud of your team. When a kid sets their own goals and is motivated towards achieving his or her goals and feeling the immense satisfaction of having worked hard to achieve them, that is itself a win.

Accountability

Being on a team means working together for a common goal. Team players can quickly learn that when one is not putting in as much effort as others, the momentum and success rapidly fades. Putting in the work ahead of time, no matter what the outcome is, will result in being proud of what was done.

W-O-R-K

Playing in a league or tournament is a challenge, especially with other talented and hard-working students. Losing is hard too and can be discouraging. However, knowing that life is hard and you can’t always win, will keep them motivated. Losing a game doesn’t mean you quit and give up working hard.

Perseverance

With dedication and a lot of inner motivation, kids who want to succeed learn how to persevere. Becoming a great basketball player takes hard work, time, sweat, and effort. Most people have heard the saying, “nothing worth doing comes easy.” The same is true with any team sport. Through intense workouts, challenging drills, possible injuries, basketball players learn how to work hard and persevere in order to achieve a final goal. The best players won’t let losing a game or missing a shot stop them from shooting for their dreams.

Hoops’ Clinics

Monday is an exciting day at Hoops — it’s our January Shooting Clinic and we are pumped!

Don’t worry — you haven’t missed it YET…. so register now and get in on all the action here at Hoops! And head’s up — there’s another Hoops clinic headed our way next month. Our Love of Basketball Clinic is on February 17 and you don’t want to be left out of this one either. You can get in on both clinics by registering now!

Hoops’ clinics cover it all — from offensive moves and shooting to overall ball handling. This time is specifically designed to give extra training and specialized time on these and more specific skills. We have these types of clinics throughout the year so make sure you check out our clinic page and stay in the know on all that’s coming up at Hoops!

January Shooting Clinic

We are so excited about our upcoming Shooting Clinic — just a few days away!

If your basketball player wants to work on their offensive moves, shooting and ball handling, then our clinics are exactly what you need! Our next clinic is our January Shooting Clinic and will focus on time and specialized training on how to make those shots — from near and far!

So, if you’re between the ages of 9-14 and want to improve your shooting, join us on Monday, January 20 from 9am to noon. Make sure you register here and we’ll take it from there.

See you then!

Common Injuries and Treatment

As we all know, basketball is a high-speed sport which always keeps us on our toes. Because of its high pace and high contact, injuries may occur. While most injuries are minor, here’s a list of the most frequent found in basketball, and helpful tips on how to treat them.

Ankle Sprains

The best treatment for an ankle sprain is RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Any ankle injury that persists should be evaluated by a doctor who can request an X-ray. Pain and swelling over the bone itself may need further evaluation. An injury to the ankle in a child who is still growing could represent a simple sprain or could be the result of an injury to the growth plates located around the ankle and should be evaluated by a physician.

Jammed Fingers

Jammed fingers occur when the ball contacts the end of the finger and causes significant swelling of a single joint. Application of ice and buddy taping the finger to the adjacent finger may provide some relief and allow the athlete to return to play. If pain and swelling persist, evaluation by a physician or athletic trainer is recommended and an x-ray of the finger may be needed.

Knee Injuries

Basketball involves a lot of stop and go and cutting maneuvers which can put the ligaments and menisci of the knee at risk. Injury to the medial collateral ligament is most common following a blow to the outside of the knee and can be often be treated with ice, bracing and a slow return to activity.

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament is more serious and can occur with an abrupt change in direction and landing for the jump. Although this ligament tear is most commonly a season-ending injury that requires corrective surgery, current techniques used to repair the ACL ligament generally allow the player to return to play the following season.

Deep Thigh Bruising

Treatment includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Commercially available girdles with thigh pads are available for protection.

Facial Cuts

Depending on the depth of the injury, the cut may require stitches or a “butterfly” sterile tape. Ice may provide pain relief and decrease swelling. Players can return to play after all blood is removed and the wound is dressed.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures can occur from a rapid increase in activity level or training or from overtraining. Stress fractures in basketball most commonly occur in the foot and lower leg (tibia). Once diagnosed, a period of immobilization and non-weight bearing is recommended. Return to play is permitted once the fracture has completely healed and the athlete is pain free.