Well, football equipment is being stored, as are field hockey sticks and soccer goals. So it’s the holiday season and the tip off of CBAA Intramural and Travel Basketball. The travel season tipped off last week with many of our teams participating in tournaments. The Intramural season will start this weekend with teams holding practices and our Senior High School Basketball League actually playing games.
As we do each year, the CBAA Board would like to remind all coaches, players and parents/fans that the focus of our program is on fun, players playing (equal playing time at the intramural level) and everyone demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship and respect for players, coaches and referees. CBAA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to anyone not showing or demonstrating good sportsmanship.
So please cheer on your teams, support all of the players and please take the time to read the following article written a few years back by a ball player who has won a few NCAA and NBA Titles. And as far as our coaches, please remember that:
"Kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Unknown
The CBAA Basketball Board
Good sportsmanship is losing out to winning
By Bill Walton
Anyone who has ever played sports as a child will always remember that one mom, dad or coach who insisted on transforming an innocent little game into his or her own personal battlefield.
As a father of four sons who have all been heavily involved with athletics, I was very disturbed by a recent survey conducted by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, a national coalition of sports organizations that includes the NCAA and three of the four major professional leagues. The survey found that parents and coaches have lost sight of children's best interests and place excessive emphasis on winning instead of sportsmanship, character development and plain old fun.
With many winter youth basketball and sports leagues starting to gear up, this is a good time to reassess the value of sports for children.
During my playing days, when my children were around some of the greatest athletes in the world, my teammates and I always tried to keep things light. But it was inevitable that the children were going to witness some of the darker side of athletics: an argument between teammates, a tongue-lashing from a coach or even a minor scuffle.
And when they were old enough to start reading about their dad in the newspapers, they were crudely introduced to the really ugly side of sports, where fun and games take a back seat to money, politics and media-bashing.
This is why I always made an extra effort to teach them that sports at their age was not about winning but about sportsmanship, teamwork, attitude and respect. Children already have enough peer pressure and competition. For them to witness negativity or antagonism on a recreational level is unfair - and unhealthy.
For four years, I have been a part of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program that conveys on a global scale the values that I tried to impart to my sons. Young people need to be taught the fundamentals of the game, safety tips and the importance of qualities such as confidence, hustle and dedication. They also need to learn how to win and lose with class and dignity, plus how to compete like true sportsmen at every level of competition.
As a one-time player, now a parent, I'm well aware of how incidents such as last year's ugly brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons can significantly affect young people's behaviors and perceptions of adult role models. Commissioner David Stern and the NBA were right to come down hard on the Pacers' Ron Artest and the other players for their deplorable behavior. It was critical to show all fans, even more so highly impressionable youngsters, that such belligerent antics will never be tolerated, and that there will always be severe consequences if you let your emotions get the best of you.
The NBA has always been at the forefront of our society in dealing with life's biggest issues. The newly imposed dress code is another step in the league's efforts to present the most professional product possible. The sight of NBA players going to and from work in businesslike attire will regularly reinforce the notion of the responsibilities involved in being part of a team.
In our own family, our children were always competitive (just like their old man), and of course they had instances when they reacted foolishly to a bad call against them (just like their old man). Everyone likes to win in sports at every level, so things like that are going to happen. It's part of growing up. What's important is that they learn from their mistakes, specifically that such behavior ruins the experience for everyone else.
The effort of playing to win is important. But it is imperative to appreciate all that competitive athletics has to offer outside of the thrill of victory. Young people need to see the big picture, and I truly believe that's one of the things that will make them successful later in life not only as athletes - but more important, as people.
Bill Walton is a Hall of Fame basketball player and TV analyst.
CBAA Spirit Wear is now available at Sportswear Plus in Buckingham.
The CBAA Spirit Wear Store at Sportswear Plus is now open. All profits will be used by CBAA to provide open gym nights in the spring , allow us offer free clinics and camps to our members and help us to keep our fees low. You can shop online for this year’s merchandise or visit the store at 4210 Burnt House Hill Road, Doylestown, PA 18902 for special savings on last year’s shirts, hoodies and shorts.
The CBAA Basketball Board would like to thank Alvin Williams and all of the coaches from the Academy of Hoops for conducting a basketball clinic for our players in Grades 1st throgh 4th. The Academy of Hoops Staff is working with CBAA Basketball to plan summer clinics and camps at our outdoor courts at Herbst. As soon as the schedule is finalized we will communicate it to all of our members. We want to thank all of the boys and their families who attended.
CBAA is happy to announce that it will be holding clinics for Intramural Girls in its First/Second and Third/Fourth Grade Leagues. The clinics are only open to CBAA Registered Players and spots are limited to 60 players per league. All players should try and bring a basketball to the clinic.
The Girls 1st/2nd Grade League Clinic will be led by former St. Joe’s University star player and Coach Barb Black Poli. The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00-10:30am at Holicong MS.The Girls 3rd/4th Grade League Clinic will be also be led by Barb Black Poli on Saturday, November 23rd at Holicong, 11:00am-12:30pm.
The clinics are free but spots will be limited to the first 60 players in each league. Please sign up at the links below.
The CB East Girls Basketball Team is hosting a clinic on November 29th for girls in grades 3-8 looking to improve their games. Please see the flyer for additional information.
CBAA encourages our members to support the local high school teams at CB East, West, and South by attending their camps, clinics, games and fund raisers.
Below you will find the names of our 2013/14 CBAA Board. Please contact the appropriate board member with any question that you may have via our e-mail email@example.com. Thank you.
CBAA Basketball Board 2013/14
|Manny Garcia||League President|
|Robin Kardane||Registration / Database|
|Karen Dubin||Sponsorship / Uniforms|
|Mike Reilly||Community Events|
|Tony Badger||Web Manager|
|Mike LaBouliere||Schedules / Gym Coordination|
|Patrice Ockenhouse||Ref and PIAA Ref Coordinators|
|Glen Ockenhouse||CBAA Summer League Director|
|Gary Ockenhouse||Gym Security Coordinator|
|Pete DiGiovanni & Brian Lange||Boys Grades 1/2 League Directors|
|Amy Badger & Mike LaBouliere||Boys Grades 3/4 League Directors|
|Howard Vogel & Mike Burns||Boys Grades 5/6 League Director|
|Mike Paulosky & Gary Elias||Boys Middle School League Directors|
|Jared Gorlick & Karen Dubin||Boys High School League Director|
|Pete DiGiovanni||Girls Grades 1/2 League Director|
|Kerry Monk & Chris Young||Girls Grades 3/4 League Directors|
|Kim Hagerich & George Pla||Girls Grades 5/6 League Directors|
Girls Senior League Director
|8 Weeks to Wellness||Harte Group - 2 Teams|
|Anthony and Sylvan Pools||John Kennedy Ford|
|Armour Electric||LEAVER - CABLE|
|Black Dog Design||Mazaheri Law|
|Bucks County Animal Ophthalmology||Mazullo Murphy & Kelly - 2 teams|
|Bumpy Pools - 2 Teams||Mortgage Mobility.com|
|Central Bucks Urology||SportsWear Plus|
|Dicks Sporting Goods - Two Teams||TECH,TAG &LABEL|
|Dillon Plumbing Services||Travis Manion Foundation|
PLEASE REMEMBER WE HAVE A NO PETS POLICY AT HERBST SPORTS COMPLEX. This is for the safety and protection of everyone. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.