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of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Your email address will not be published.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

Zimbabwe summons US envoy over George Floyd comments

first_imgZimbabwe summoned its US ambassador on Monday over remarks by a senior American official accusing the southern African country of stirring anti-racism protests over the death of George Floyd, the government said.In a Sunday interview with ABC news, US national security advisor Robert O’Brien referred to Zimbabwe and China as “foreign adversaries” using social media to stoke unrest and “sow discord”.The United States has been rocked by days of sometimes violent protests after Floyd, an African-American, died while a white police officer knelt on his neck, ignoring complaints he could not breathe. Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry spokesman James Manzou said US ambassador Brian Nichols had been called in to explain O’Brien’s remarks.”As I am speaking to you now he is in a meeting with my minister,” Manzou told AFP in the capital Harare on Monday.Government spokesman Nick Mangwana said Zimbabwe did not consider itself “America’s adversary”.”We prefer having friends and allies to having unhelpful adversity with any other nation including the USA,” Mangwana tweeted late Sunday. Zimbabwe-US relations have been tense since the Washington imposed sanctions against former president Robert Mugabe and members of his inner circle in 2002 over rights abuses.Those sanctions were extended in March of this year, with Washington citing President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s failure to implement reforms as well as his violent crackdowns on opposition since he took power in 2017.A senior Zimbabwean official quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper denied O’Brien’s accusations.”Anyone who has seen the genesis of recent events, from the tragic death of Mr Floyd to the subsequent protests, will realise that any accusations of Zimbabwean involvement at any stage is farcical,” the unnamed official said.Topics :last_img read more

Lydia Beard

first_imgLydia Mae Beard, 88, of Georgetown, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at her home with family by her side.  Lydia was born Saturday, December 19, 1931 in Diablock, Kentucky near Hazard, Kentucky, the daughter of the late John and Lydia (Fields) Flannery.  She married William Beard on July 10, 1954 and he preceded her in death in 2005.  She was a member of the Dillsboro Trinity Lutheran Church and she retired from Star One real estate.  She participated in Trinity’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and their BINGO activities at The Waters in Dillsboro.  She also provided food and service at funeral dinners.  She attended Bible Class/Topic Studies and served as a Sunday morning Greeter.  Lydia volunteered and supported the efforts of the Dillsboro Community Food Pantry.  She loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed visiting the oceans and beaches, especially Cocoa Beach, Florida.Lydia is survived by her son Jonathan (Melissa) Beard of Shanghai, China and daughter Lisa (Greg) Sizemore of Butterfly, Kentucky; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Theresa Campbell-Couch, three brothers and a sister.To adhere to the Governor’s Covid-19 mandate, a private visitation will be held for Lydia Beard’s family.  A public graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM Monday, May 4, 2020 at Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, with Rev. Richard Kolaskey officiating.  Memorials may be given in honor of Lydia to Trinity Lutheran Church or Oakdale Cemetery.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480.  Please reach out to the family through our website at www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or memory.last_img read more