Basketball for Young Children

Basketball is an easily relatable sport for young kids as they naturally love to run and jump, and then just add dribble and shoot.  Layups.com shares some skills to work on with younger children:

  • Balance is a great place to start.  Show them how to spread their feet apart, flex the legs on their knees, maintain their upper body in an upright position, with head facing in front and parallel to the ground, and flex their arms on their sides.
  • Dribbling is always fun and encourage them to learn to dribble with both their dominant and non-dominant hand.  Practice is important and being able to dribble well with both hands is key.
  • Share proper shooting techniques and ask them to observe the right form and style.  Then encourage them to shoot balls into the hoop without jumping (set shot) or while jumping (jump shot).
  • Learning to pass is important and should be encouraged.  Show them how to pass the ball and teach them to assess who they should pass to.
  • Footwork plays an important role as they start to play games.  Teach them the right way to coordinate dribbling with their footwork to avoid violations such as travelling.

Basketball can be played anywhere there is a hoop, dribbling and running can be done on most hard surfaces, play with your child and slowly introduce the skills to match their abilities.  Mostly, just have fun!


For full article:  Basketball Skills to teach young Children

For more information about the Basketball Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Basketball Camp page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps



A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Future Stars Camper Aidan, who was at Basketball camp, and he’s having a great time!

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars Camps?

Aidan: This year, this is my first year.

Farah:  What camp are you in this week? 

Aidan:  Basketball, I’ve been here for 6 weeks and all at basketball camp. 

Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Aidan:  I’ve been working on passing, my rebounds, and being a better teammate.

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this week?

Aidan:  When the slip and slide opens back up.


Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor and why?

Aidan:  Max. He’s like my brother, we’re really close. He’s a good basketball coach and he has great drills. He’s also my pool counselor and when the slip and slide is open we go on together and just have a blast!

Farah:  Is there someone you look up to in sports or entertainment?

Aidan:  D’Angelo Russell because he’s a good teammate, a good shooter, and a good team leader.

Farah: What are your hobbies?

Aidan:  I’m making a huge rubber band ball right now and I like to play video games with my friends. I also get big lego sets for Christmas so I build those.

Farah:  Whats the best part of being a kid?

Aidan:  Being a kid! I really don’t know because I’m not an adult.

Farah:  What grade you going into?

Aidan:  7th grade.

Farah:  What do you most enjoy about school?

Aidan:  Being with my friends and learning something new everyday.

Farah:  Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

Aidan:  I don’t know yet but maybe a sports broadcaster, or an analyst. or work for an agency.

Aidan:  Well, its my last week so just hanging out with my friends and saying my goodbyes.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Aidan:  Hanging out with my friends and winning the championships on Fridays.



For more information about the Basketball Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Basketball Camp page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps


Teaching Tips for Basketball Enthused Parents

So, you are a very enthusiastic basketball parent, perhaps you played on your high school or your college team and basketball memories are paramount to you.  You want to share that passion with your child.  Here are some fun ways that Breakthrough Basketball suggests that you introduce the “game of your life” to your children:

  • Have imaginative contests like … Who can dribble standing on one foot?  Who can dribble with just one eye open?
  • Play “Simon Says” and include a hand signal.  Call out “Simon Says” commands and use hand signals to indicate movement to either the left or right. Looking at your hand signal will teach them to keep their heads up while dribbling.
  • Add a 20-30 puzzle game to the fun.  Use a puzzle piece as a prize for things like a layup, etc.  Put the puzzle together when done.
  • Play knockout.
  • Play dribble knockout.
  • Play horse

Enjoy this playtime with your child.  Give your child a chance to catch their passion for the sport in their own space and time.


For full article:  7 FUN Ways for Parents to Practice and “Sneak In” Basketball Skills with their Kids

For more information about the Basketball Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Basketball Camp page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps


Mo’ne Davis

In 2014, Mo’ne Davis was named Sports Illustrated Kids’, “Sports Kid of the Year”. The then 13-year-old was already a Little League star when she was awarded this major honor. Born on June 24, 2001, Mo’ne’s known for the game of baseball. She’s one of the most well-known Little League pitchers, and the first African-American girl to ever play in the Little League World Series.

An Athlete From the Start

Mo’ne grew up with her mother and stepfather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even though she’s well-known as a baseball player, her pitching arm was first noticed when she was playing football! While playing football with her brother, and a few other family members, program director of the Marion Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia, Steve Bandura, caught sight of the her amazing ability to throw a ball.

But, don’t think that Mo’ne went straight from tossing around the football to pitching in the Little League World Series. Before becoming a child baseball star, Mo’ne tried basketball out. As a point guard, Mo’ne quickly became the best player on the team. Oh, and she was the only girl on the team too!

Becoming a Baseball Superstar

Along with basketball, Mo’ne also began playing several other sports. She played soccer and (obviously) baseball. As a pitcher, the then 13-year-old could throw a fastball at seventy miles per hour. Wow! Not only did she excel at baseball, but she was also an honor role student at school.

When her team, the Taney Dragons, made it to the Little League World Series, Mo’ne helped lead them to a 4-0 victory. This put her in the public eye, and showed the world that baseball is not just a boy’s sport. She became an instant celebrity, inspiring children, and adults alike.

Hoop Dreams

Even though Mo’ne is known for her pitching skills, baseball isn’t her only focus. She’s putting basketball in the number one sporting spot. As a high school student, the baseball champ is looking forward to a future as a WNBA star! But, don’t think that this amazing athlete is relying on her big baseball win for anything.

Instead of playing for her school’s team, Mo’ne is concentrating her basketball efforts on the AAU Philly Triple Threat team. She realizes that there are lots of girls playing AAU basketball who are better than her – and, that’s why she works so hard. Yes, she might have won fame for her fast-pitch. But, Mo’ne doesn’t have plans to return to the game. That doesn’t mean she’ll never pick up a baseball again. Instead, her plans seem to focus more on basketball than anything else. Before heading to the WNBA, Mo’ne has dreams to attend college. Her top pick is the University of Connecticut, where she wants to play for the UConn Huskies.

Future Forward

As a pioneer in women’s sports (or rather, sports in general), Mo’ne Davis is one to watch. Since her Little League win she’s gone on a press tour, signed more autographs than you can probably imagine, met some serious sports royalty (basketball star Stephen Curry, football star Russell Wilson and tennis legend Billie Jean King) and even met President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Mo’ne might just be doing what she enjoys, but she is also a major inspiration for a lot of people. She’s showing girls that they can do whatever they want and be whoever they are. In a boy-dominated league (Little League), she’s one girl who truly broke down barriers.

Mo’ne Davis might still be a teenager, but she’s already released a memoir (2015’s “Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name”), and launched a shoe collection. Partnering with M4D3 (Make A Difference Everyday), the basketball player helped to create a line of sneakers for kids and women. The proceeds of the sneaker sales are set to go to Plan International USA’s, Because I Am A Girl initiative.

Baseball star, basketball player, celebrity and inspiration. Mo’ne Davis is a young woman who we’ll be seeing much, much more of!

Photo Credit:  Disney | ABC Television Group (CC BY-ND 2.0)


Player Profile: Sue Bird


Sue Bird is arguably one of the best basketball players in the US right now. She is often considered one of the best point guards ever.  After 14 years of playing professional basketball, Bird continues to perform well for her team. Bird is set to represent Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This will be her opportunity to earn a fourth consecutive gold medal in basketball.


She is 36 years old and 5 ft. 9in, and was born in Syosset, New York. She has been shooting hoops ever since she was a five-year-old spectator watching her big sister play in basketball games. Bird now wears a number 10 shirt to honor her sister’s birthday which is in October, the tenth month of the year. She credits her sister, Jennifer, for being the reason she plays basketball today.


Sure has been playing professional basketball for 14 years. She played basketball throughout high school and won a number of awards for the sport. While in college, Bird competed in a game against Notre Dame that has been dubbed ‘the best women’s basketball game ever played’.


She won gold medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and is hoping to go on to do the same later this year in Rio. She plays for the Seattle Storm and represents her country at national events.


Speaking of why she started playing basketball, Bird told FIBA: “You just played because it was fun. You played because your friends rang your doorbell and said ‘hey, let’s go’ and you just went, you know. And from there, I started to join teams.” Bird is the most decorated athlete in FIBA history to play in world championships.


Diana Taurasi, author of her biography writes in Bird’s official website, “Even with all her remarkable accolades, Bird is still the kind, sweet, and thoughtful person we all know and love. She’s everybody’s favorite teammate, maintains a high appreciation for her fans and habitually gives back to the community from an authentic desire to make the world better. There’s something unmistakably genuine, honest, interesting and all-around fun about Bird.”


When asked by KidzWorld whether she had any tips for kids hoping to make a career out of playing basketball, Bird had the following words of wisdom to share: “If that’s your dream you have to really work hard for it, but always make sure you’re having fun. If it’s not fun, then you really have to re-think what you want to do. You always want to be able to smile at the end of the day and have fun out there. I guarantee that if you have fun while you’re playing, you’ll keep getting better.”



March Madness Tidbits

For those that cannot get enough of the NCAA basketball tournament, we have compiled a few “interesting” tidbits for you this week.


Information about picking your brackets that will not help you

  • According to DePaul University math professor Jeff Bergen, your chances of getting every single pick correct are roughly one in 9.2 quintillion.
  • Put another way, your chances of getting every game right is 1 in 9,223,322,036,854,775,808.
  • Only once have all #1 seeds made the final four (2008)
  • Only once in the past 16 years have all 4 of the #2 seeds survived the first weekend  (2009)
  • At least one #4 seed has lost a first round game each of the last 5 years
  • While #6 and #8 seeds have won the title in the 1980s, a #5 seed has never won the title. The #7 seeds have never reached the finals, reaching the final four only once
  • A #16 seed has NEVER upset a #1 seed
  • Only once have the numbers 13, 14, and 15 seeds won a round of 64 games in the same tournament, which was in 1991, according to ESPN
  • According to ESPN, 27.3 percent of tournament games have been decided by three points or fewer (or went to OT), in the past three years.

Does DNA Help?

  • Shane Larkin, Miami’s leading scorer and a John Wooden Award candidate for national player of the year, is the son of 1995 NL MVP and baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
  • Gonzaga Junior guard David Stockton  is the son of Gonzaga’s most famous basketball alum, John Stockton — but John never reached the NCAA postseason.
  • Southern Senior 6-9 center Madut Bol, son of the late Manute Bol is a role player for the Jaguars.
  • Notre Dame Junior G Jerian Grant is the older brother of Syracuse freshman Jerami. The two are sons of former NBAer Harvey Grant.
  • Michigan junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr and freshman forward Glenn Robinson III’s are sons of former NBA All-Stars with same names. And sophomore forward Jon Horford is son of former NBAer Tito Horford and brother of Atlanta Hawk Al.

NCAA Student-Athletes

Kansas State’s media notes call it “a tremendous semester in the classroom” — the Wildcats’ cumulative 2.839 GPA during the 2012 fall semester was the team’s highest in 12 years.

Harvard’s trip to the NCAAs may be more gratifying to Amaker and the Crimson after a major academic scandal involving cheating forced this season’s senior co-captains to withdraw from the school.


Wichita State nickname – Shockers

Feel free to post any of your own useful or useless facts about the tournament.