A Step Ahead of The Game of Basketball

first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Cover Story A Step Ahead of The Game of Basketball A Step Ahead Learning Center gives young kids the opportunity to learn basketball the proper way to give them the A Step Ahead” in Life. Through the HotShots Sports Leagues By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 4:42 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Basketball is a sport that requires teamwork and fundamentals. HotShots teaches these skills at a very young age. In the Hotshots league children learn sharing and the basic fundamentals of basketball. The skills are taught to kids as early as 18 months old.Some people ask if 18 months is too young, Jacques Bolton, founder of HotShot Sports, explains that our experience shows that these children are not too young to participate.HotShots is one of the first organizations in the nation to create a team sports league for children 18 month – 5 years. As parents came out to watch our 3-5 year old league, the younger children would accompany them. The younger children would begin to pick up the balls, run and pretend like they were dribbling. We noticed that they were very coordinated. So we successfully designed a creative program which gave these 18 months – 2 year old children an opportunity to enjoy fitness and the basics of basketball.Positive reinforcement is an important tool in the HotShots league. One week, we teach our kids a basketball fundamental. The following week, we reward them for their progress and then we encourage them to learn the next skill Bolton explains. Parents are also encouraged to applaud and cheer while their kids attempt to master a skill. This makes it fun for the children to learn the skill and it gives them confidence.Games are played every Saturday. The 18 month old [kids], start with fitness, drills and then they progress to playing games. The 3-5 year olds start learning the fundamentals of basketball and then play games. It is a fun experience for children and parents. Kids also learn how to share and participate with their team, building a team concept.”Getting these players to do drills, especially the 18 months to 2-year olds, may seem difficult, but Bolton tells us that these kids go through “drills that mimic their natural physical movements. Their natural walking, sitting and standing, and they don’t know they’re actually doing sit-ups, push-ups and other fitness techniques..Parental involvement and participation is extremely important to the success of the program. Fortunately, parents participate all the time and they really encourage and motivate the kids. Parental involvement is one of the reasons that we are one of the first organizations in the nation to run a successful team sports program for 18 months to 5 year old children. The coach to player ratio in the toddler league is 1:6, says Bolton, however because all parents are present it makes the adult child ratio 13:6 Which is enough to provide a safe playing environment. Each year we average 200 children in our programs. Starting your kids young at HotShots Basketball will teach them the basics of basketball, team concepts, fundamentals, and discipline. Skills that can be used in sports and life as well.A Step Ahead Learning Center is located at 789 Altadena Drive, Altadena. To find out more what sports programs the are offered, visit http://www.astepaheadweb.org or you can call (626) 786-0548 for more information. 80 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a commentlast_img read more

Violent Chicago weekend leaves 10 dead, at least 35 wounded

first_imgkali9/iStock(CHICAGO) — At least 10 people were killed and 35 others were wounded in a tragic outburst of Chicago gun violence over the weekend, according to police. Officers with the Chicago Police Department attributed the shootings to a rash of gang-related incidents. More than half of the shootings occurred between 6 p.m. and early Saturday morning, police said.One incident left four people wounded near Northwestern University’s Chicago campus early Saturday morning, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.A 28-year-old man and 26-year-old man said they were standing outside a red van at around 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots and realized they’d been shot, WLS reported. Two other men, ages 28 and 25, were shot in the head around the same area early Saturday, WLS said.Witnesses said they saw several vehicles drive away from the scene.A Chicago police spokesperson told ABC News that 19 people had been arrested on gun-related charges between Friday and Sunday evening.“In response to several gang related incidents since Friday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson has ordered targeted patrols on areas with suspected retaliation,” Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Sunday. “Several people of interest are also being questioned in relation to some of our incidents and detectives have good video leads in others.”The violent outburst came just hours after the department announced a sharp decrease in crime on Friday.Data collected by the Chicago Police Department showed a 13 percent decrease in shootings and a 7 percent decrease in murders, year-over-year, during the first five months of this year.“Chicago residents and visitors can be confident that CPD works day and night to keep them safe,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. “Of course we can always do better, but I believe that our officers work diligently to provide consistent and fair policing in all of our neighborhoods, and our efforts are paying dividends.”Police said 41 people were shot and seven were killed in the city during the previous weekend, according to the Sun-Times.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu leaves game early with an injury and Joe Kelly coughs up another lead

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousDodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, covers home plate as the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt slides home to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a pop fly against the St. Louis Cardinals third inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong gestures toward the dugout after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals first inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to first base after a hit during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits an RBI-double during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna follows through on a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna points skyward as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pauses at the back of the mound during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits an RBI-single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats in a run against the St. Louis Cardinals first inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals third inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro (51) pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) makes a catch for an out while teammate Jose Martinez, right, looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI double against the St. Louis Cardinals first inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez hits an RBI-single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez reacts after hitting an RBI-single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander (75) pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin (55) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores the game winning run on a wild pitch bu Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sixth inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt (46) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks reacts after pitching during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (49) pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 8: Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals turns a double play over Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers eighth inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, left, center fielder Harrison Bader (48) and right fielder Tyler O’Neill (41) celebrate after the Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 8, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, covers home plate as the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt slides home to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)NextShow Caption1 of 30Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, covers home plate as the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt slides home to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ExpandST. LOUIS — Both pains were all too familiar.With two starting pitchers already on the injured list, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is headed there too after he left Monday’s game in the second inning with a strained left groin muscle. Ryu tore the same muscle last May and was sidelined for three months.With Ryu out of the game after recording just four outs, the Dodgers’ overworked bullpen was asked to cover for another short start. For the most part, it did – but Joe Kelly let a one-run lead get away in the sixth inning and the Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Monday night.Signed in the offseason to prevent these kinds of things from happening, Kelly has blown leads in each of the Dodgers’ only three losses this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryu insisted after the game that he left the game “as a precautionary measure” after feeling some discomfort in the groin muscle. But it wasn’t as bad as last year’s injury.“I feel like there’s a big difference,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “Last year, I knew from the get-go that it was a pretty severe injury. This year, like I said, it was more of a precautionary measure. I just wanted to be cautious.“It just feels different and I know for a fact it’s not much of a concern compared to the one I had last year.”The bullpen qualifies as a concern on a team off to an 8-3 start. Dodgers relievers have pitched 47-1/3 innings in their first 11 games with the starters barely averaging five innings per outing. That workload, as much as the severity of Ryu’s injury (yet to be determined), made the Dodgers’ choice an easy one – he will go on the injured list and a reliever will be promoted to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said consideration was given to activating Clayton Kershaw and putting him in the rotation rather than make a second rehab start. The Dodgers won’t need a starter until Ryu’s spot comes up again on Saturday, so Kershaw will go ahead with his scheduled start Tuesday with Double-A Tulsa. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img “Obviously you look at the stuff and the stuff is really good,” Roberts said Monday – as he has after each of Kelly’s unsuccessful outings. “Right now, some pitches are just finding the outfield grass. He’s just not making pitches he will make. But Joe’s going to keep fighting. I believe in him. I know it’s going to turn.”The Dodgers’ offense certainly took a turn.After hitting like a beer-league softball team at Coors Field, they sobered up at Busch Stadium. They scored twice in the first, their 12th multi-run inning in a 30-inning stretch. But they were held to a season-low five hits (only three after that first inning), didn’t hit a home run (ending their franchise-record season-opening streak at 10) and were held to three runs or fewer for only the second time this season.The Dodgers’ explosive offense never ignited, wasting one scoring opportunity in the sixth inning when Kiké Hernandez was doubled off second (with another runner at third) on Russell Martin’s shallow fly out to center field.They didn’t get another runner past first base. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Obviously it’s an IL situation. But for how long, that’s to be determined,” Roberts said of Ryu.“I just don’t think with where we’re at with the ’pen right now, we just don’t have that luxury to carry … a guy that’s not going to pitch for another four days. Something needs to happen.”The same could be said about Kelly.After pitching in two of the three games in Colorado including a 27-pitch effort for 1-2/3 innings Sunday night, Roberts said he wanted to “stay away” from Kelly on Monday. But Kelly recognized Ryu’s early exit made it an all-hands-on-deck situation and Roberts said Kelly called the dugout from the bullpen to say he could give him an inning.“He calls and you’re looking at the length and what we need to cover and you have a guy call down and say, ‘My arm feels good. I can give you an inning,’ ” Roberts said. “That was the spot right there.”That spot was the sixth inning with one out, a man on first and the Dodgers holding a 3-2 lead.Three of the first four batters Kelly faced reached base. He walked Paul Goldschmidt and gave up a game-tying RBI single to Jose Martinez. After a double play moved Martinez to third base, Kelly spiked a breaking ball in the dirt several feet in front of home plate. Goldschmidt scored the go-ahead run when the wild pitch went to the backstop.After another hit, Kelly got Yadier Molina to line out to shortstop to end the inning.In his first five games with the Dodgers, Kelly has faced 31 hitters. Fourteen of them have reached base – eight singles, two doubles, two home runs and two walks. Nine of them have scored, leaving Kelly with an unsightly 13.50 ERA as a Dodger.Related Articleslast_img read more