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Welcome to Haley Smith Basketball!

We will be conducting a modified house basketball winter season from January-March 2021. There will be two 5-week sessions providing skills and conditioning clinics, practice sessions, and a limited number of team scrimmages.

Please be advised we will have a reduced capacity to accommodate players constrained by the number of volunteer coaches who register. In addition, stringent COVID-19 health and safety protocols will need to be followed to participate (access our COVID-19 protocols under "Forms and Documents").

By the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be sending an email out to our Haley Smith Basketball families describing the winter program in more detail and opening registration for the first 5-week session.

In the meantime, if you need more information on our basketball programs, read the "What is Haley Smith Basketball?" news article below or submit your question via the "Contact Us" menu option.

What is Haley Smith Basketball?

Buddy Basketball Players and their Buddies

 

Haley Smith Basketball, also called Herndon Optimist Youth House Basketball (HOYHB), is one of the sports sponsored by the Herndon Optimist Club. Our mission is to provide youth of all skill levels an opportunity to enjoy a positive basketball experience, learn good sportsmanship and teamwork, and learn or improve their basketball skills. 

Our developmental recreational house league is open to girls and boys in 1st through 12th grade who are residents of Fairfax or Loudoun Counties. We offer: 

  • Girls teams for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 (our girls teams play games with teams from neighboring community youth sports leagues) 
  • Boys teams for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 (our boys teams play games with teams in our own league)
  • An adapted basketball program called "Buddy Basketball" for youth in grades 1-8 who have disabilities and high school students and adults who want to help them learn to play basketball
  • Training programs for new and returning referees and scorekeepers, which are paid positions open to both youth and adults.

Our season schedule:

  • Pre-season meeting of coaches and parents is held in early October to plan the season
  • Player skills evaluations are held by gender and grade division; grades 1-8 are held in mid-October and grades 9-12 in mid-November
  • Practices begin the week before Thanksgiving and are held one night a week for 1.5 hours in a local school gym
  • Games begin in early December (elementary and middle school grade division games are held on Saturdays between 8am-8pm; high school grade division games are held on Sundays between 1-8pm)
  • We take a break during the school winter break period, then resume games in early January
  • Buddy Basketball combined practices/games start in early January, end in late February, and are held for 1.5 hours on Saturdays
  • Skills Challenge and All Star Games are held in early February 
  • Playoff and championship games start mid-late February and go through early March.

We offer scholarships to cover the registration fees of children receiving free/reduced lunch or Medicaid, and a registration fee waiver for one child of the team's Head Coach.

Additional information about our league can be found under "Forms and Documents". If you have more questions or need assistance, please use the "Contact Us" option on the left side menu and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to having your family as part of our Haley Smith Basketball community!


James Passmore,
Commissioner


by posted 10/14/2018
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