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What is Lil’ Hoopers?
Lil’ Hoopers is an outstanding youth development basketball program offered exclusively at the Mill Works in Westford. Our balanced and creative approach to coaching creates unique basketball and youth development program for girls and boys ages 5-9.
In our 11-week program that will take place on Sundays from December through February, we will introduce a mixed bag of basketball, cognitive, social, and physical skill development.
What Does Lil’ Hoopers Consist Of?
Lil’ Hoopers focuses on more than just basketball. Each class is a 50 minute class that is broken into different segments. While our activities and games will change week to week, a big part of our programming will focus on:
-Promoting healthy bodies
Our warmup introduces and makes stretching, plyometrics, and cardiovascular activities fun!
Weekly games that will promote thinking on the fly, and coming up with their own independent solution
Weekly games that promote an understanding of how the body works, how defined space works, while promoting hand/eye coordination
Our games are fun and require our Lil’ Hoopers to interact with other Lil’ Hoopers. We mix athletics with social skills as these two go hand in hand
Last but not least, we teach your child the basics of basketball. We use age appropriate equipment, including 8 foot basketball hoops and smaller basketballs, that will translate to long term development. Players will develop the skills they need to play in a real game by the end of the 11-week program.
Levels of Program
Below is an example of what each age level learns in a typical 11-week program. While these programs are associated with ages, players can move up or down in a program based on their specific needs.
Level 1 – Introduction to Basketball and Athletics (Ages 5 and 6) Participants in this program are typically youths who have never played basketball before and are looking for a broad introduction to the sport. Development in this level focuses on 50% basketball, with the remaining 50% being cognitive, physical, and social learning. Players participate in games designed to develop their basic basketball skills (dribbling, passing, holding a basketball). A variety of games are played to develop team play and sportsmanship. This level does not include full court scrimmaging, but does offer modified games.
Level 2 – Integration of Basketball and Athletics (Ages 7-9) Participants in this program are typically youths who have played basketball before and are interested in a better understanding of how to play basketball. At this level we focus 50% on basketball, with the remaining 50% being cognitive, physical, and social learning. Players will learn dribbling, passing, shooting, and small-sided games at this level, which will culminate in an end of season 4 on 4 jamboree.
Level 3 – Games Based Development (Ages 8 & 9)
Participants in this program have a very good understanding of basketball, and are at the point where they are ready to learn games based training. This level focuses 75% on basketball skill development, with 25% being cognitive, physical, and social learning. Players in this level continue to learn dribbling, passing, and shooting, as well as more advanced game theory. This level culminates in an end of season 4 on 4 jamboree.
-Program runs on Sunday mornings from December 3rd through February 18th.
-Classes are either 9 am or 10 am
-11 classes at $15 per class ($165 for the winter season) -Early registration discount! Save $15 by registering before November 11th.
-No more than 16 kids in each class.
-Smaller basketballs and shorter hoops (down to 8 feet) for younger players
-50 minute classes
We are currently developing our Winter Instructional Programming including our shooting academy and information on how to rent our Dr. Dish machine. In the meantime, you can contact us below to get put on a waiting list to hear more information.