Damascus Hoopsters Basketball
Players: Boys & Girls Co-Ed Teams
Grades: Kindergarten-3rd Grade
Winter Season: Late November-Early March
The Damascus Hoopsters Basketball League is the starting point for all our Cougar basketball players. It is structured to provide a base of fundamentals while using modified game play to introduce players to the competitive aspects of basketball. Our goal is to provide an environment for players of all skill levels the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game and be involved in the game play on Sundays.
Hoopsters K-1 Instructional Division
Players in the K-1 division practice once a week for one hour and play a game every Sunday vs. another K-1 team. All games are held at Clearspring Elementary School, and normally start around 1:30pm. The games last 45-60 mins. They are played on the side to side full court, two games at a time. The basket is set to 8 feet for all Hoopsters K-1 division games. Our coaches serve as referees for the games, while providing instruction during the game play. No score is kept in the K-1 division, and all players will play an equal amount of time during games. Game play rules are modified, with infractions such as double dribbling and traveling not being enforced as turnovers. As the season goes on coaches are instructed to teach players the game rules and work in practice to eliminate excessive infractions in game play.
Hoopsters 2-3 Developmental Division
Players in the 2-3 division practice once a week for one hour and play a game every Sunday vs. another 2-3 division team. All games are held at Clearspring Elementary School. Games normally start around 2:30pm and last about an hour. Games are played on the full, center court on the 10-foot baskets. Score is kept by volunteers at the scorer’s table. The 2-3 division has a certified, paid referee for all games. Players will all play an equal amount of time during games. Quarter length and amount of substitutions are determined after teams are formed. Gameplay rules are modified, with infractions such as double dribbling and traveling enforced as turnovers. There is no stealing the ball from offensive players, and no blocking shots. Defenders are allowed to steal passes and have their hands straight up to contest shots. Coaches are instructed to continue to teach the fundamentals of the game and are not allowed to use the modified rules to gain an advantage during game play. All players will be given a chance to be involved in game play, this is done by rotating the players who bring the ball up court, and by matching up players based on size and skill level before each quarter. There is no zone defense and players must remain within a short distance of their man when they do not have the ball. The final gameday of the season will be a “playoff” type structure, with teams playing in a one-day, single elimination bracket style tournament.
All players will be required to attend the Hoopsters Skill Evaluation Day. This typically takes place in late November. The purpose of this is to allow coaches to evaluate each player's skill level. Coaches will then use this information to assist with team formation. The goal of Hoopsters basketball is to make each team as evenly matched as possible in terms of player skill level. This allows each coach to have a variety of skill levels to create even match ups during game play, making game day more fun for the players. This can make it difficult to honor all requests for players to be placed with a certain coach, practice on a certain day or be included on a team with other players. We will however, do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible.