Youth Basketball Programs — Positive, Competitive, Fun


August 21st, 2017 by admin

What is Cupertino Hoops?

Cupertino Hoops is an all-volunteer, basketball league with the primary goal of creating a positive culture for youth basketball and where kids learn to love to play the game. The league is a long-time member of the Stanford Positive Coaching Alliance whose founder, Jim Thompson, is also one of the founders of Cupertino Hoops. Cupertino Hoops had its first season in 1989-90.

What are the Goals of Cupertino Hoops?

Cupertino Hoops has set the following goals:

  • Respect the Game
  • Redefine Winning
  • Use Positive Motivation

How are these goals met?

By developing positive coaches

All Cupertino Hoops coaches must be certified as “Positive Coaches”. This requires participation in a training session conducted by the Stanford Positive Coaching Alliance. The goals of a positive coach are to always:

  • Put players first
  • Develop character and skills
  • Foster internal motivation
  • Refuse to use fear, intimidation or shame
  • Create a partnership with players
  • Honor the game

By ensuring quality officiating

Quality, paid officiating is vital to player development. Players learn more when officials are knowledgeable and make consistent decisions.

By requiring that parents “Honor the Game” both in words and actions

Parents must sign and agree to the following:

  • I understand that the top three reasons kids play sports are to have fun, make new friends, and learn new skills. I understand that the game is for the kids and that I pledge to focus my energy on my child having fun and in keeping basketball in its proper perspective.
  • I pledge to “Honor the Game.” I understand the importance of being a good example of sportsmanship to my children and all associated with the game. No matter what others may do, I will show respect for all involved in the game including coaches, players, opponents, opposing fans and officials. I understand that officials, coaches, and players make mistakes. If the official makes a “bad” call against my team, I will Honor the Game and be silent!
  • I agree to honor the Cupertino Hoops Parent Pledge in my words and actions.

Can I become a Cupertino Hoops player?

Players must be at least 9yrs old by Sept 1st and may play in one of the following divisions:

  • 4th / 5th Grade Girls
  • Mostly 6th Grade Girls
  • 6th / 7th / 8th Grade Girls
  • 6th / 7th / 8th Grade Girls Competitive
  • 4th / 5th Grade Boys
  • 6th / 7th / 8th Grade Boys
  • 6th / 7th / 8th Grade Boys Competitive

(1) Evaluation required during mid Oct for all 6th / 7th / 8th Graders

(2) Experience in an organized league (YMCA, SYBL, Community Center, NJB, Camps, …) is recommended

(3) Sub-divisions are typically created for divisions with 8 or more teams

(4) There are limits on the number of players that can be placed within each division. This is dependent on the availability of gym time and coaches. Priority is given to returning families and coaches’ children.

When and where are practices and games?

Teams will typically have 2 one hour practices per week (week nites; 6pm and later) at Sunnyvale, Cupertino, West San Jose and Campbell middle/high schools and community centers. Games are typically held on Saturday at Fremont High School and Sunday at Cupertino High School, with some mid-week games. Practices start in late Oct/early Nov. Games start in early Dec, with a end of year tournament in mid Feb/early Mar.

What is the cost for the 2017-18 season?

The registration fee for the season is $240, which includes a uniform and a basic photo package. If reusing your uniform from the previous yr, the fee is $200.

How do I register?

Follow the instructions on the RegistrationInstructions page.