My girls like to play basketball....and other sports in the Spring. We have played AAU basketball for years and every year we ask ourselves; how can we emphasize better skill development without exhausting our weekends (and our kids) traveling to basketball tournaments around our lacrosse and soccer schedules? Hopefully we have an answer that resonates with enough of you to make the program outlined below a reality.
We need a minimum of 6 girls from each combined 5/6th and 7/8th grade program to make this happen. The dates and times for the program outlined below were set to try and compliment the lacrosse practice schedule but please let me know if you are interested yet conflicted as we may have some flexibility if we get enough players.
Please email me with indications of interest and feedback at
New Canaan Program
Bobby Spezzano of High Rise Basketball is excited to now be offering training for girls in New Canaan! Starting in 3/31, we will be offering 10 weekly 1-hour skill development sessions at St. Luke's School.
Since 2011, High Rise has been responsible for training hundreds of players ranging from 5 years old to college & professional players. We have worked with some of the top high school players in the state of Connecticut and we have also trained local travel and high school teams. Since 2013, we were hired to train each and every one of the Darien YMCA's travel teams (Boys & Girls 5-8th Grade). We separate ourselves by taking pride in breaking down skill development and focusing on details often overlooked by your average trainer or coach. We make understanding what to do, how to do it, and also when to do it easy for young players.
These training sessions will focus on developing the fundamental skill sets needed to play at a competitive level. In today's fast paced sport to sport world these kids live in, we often skip over valuable learning steps and get directly into playing the game. While we will use controlled scrimmaging to test new skills, we will focus more on drills to make these skills second nature to the girls. We will cover everything including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, moving without the ball, etc. Team concepts will also be covered. We teach through positive reinforcement, encouragement, and positive coaching. We are excited to bring the High Rise brand to New Canaan and we look forward to seeing you all in the gym!
Coach Kim Palmer named FCIAC coach of the year for girls hoops
The NCBA sends a big congratulations to Head Coach Kim Palmer, 2014-15 FCIAC coach of the year for girls basketball! Her varsity team more than doubled their victory total from a year ago to 9 wins and qualified for the State tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Join us in wishing them good luck as they play their first round game this Monday vs the Bacon Academy Bobcats.
From July 26-30, Coach Evans will be taking a delegation of NCBA and NCHS basketball players to the Pocono Mountains for a high-level, sleepaway basketball camp! The camp is for boys entering4th grade and up.
Run by The Hoop Group (http://hoopgroup.com/), The Pocono Skills Camps are among the best instructional camps in the United States. Coach Evans attended their camps as a player, and has worked their camps annually for over a decade. For the five days, the boys will stay together in a cabin, and will play basketball from morning until night. There's only ONE TELEVISION on the campus - it's a basketball heaven!
If your son is available and interested in going, SEND AN EMAIL TO COACH EVANS immediately (
). The camp's Director, Chris Zupko, will give us a group discount based on the number of kids that are coming. Once Coach Evans has an idea of the number of attendants, he'll send out another email about registration, etc.
Let's keep building New Canaan Hoops one year at a time!!!
NCHS Varsity Coach Mike Evans is hosting the annual Free Throws for Full Court Peace competition on April 18that NCHS from 4pm-8pm for boys and girls in grades 4-8.
Full Court Peace, a nonprofit organization founded by Coach Evans, uses basketball to unify diverse communities around the world, including here in Fairfield County, CT. Please see the flier titled Free Throws for Full Court Peace in our document menu on the left side of the NCBA home page for important information, and visit www.fullcourtpeace.org. All money raised will go to the refurbishment of outdoor basketball courts in Bridgeport, and to the tuition for basketball camps for local youth.