Huddle Up

Youth basketball kicks off season at Park High practice
By: 
Liz George --
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Enterprise photos by Nate Howard

Youth basketball boys, led by Park High Basketball head coach Layne Glaus, huddle up before hitting the court to practice with the Park High varsity and junior varsity Rangers.

Livingston Recreation Center Youth Basketball League kicked off its season Monday night by participating in a Ranger basketball practice at Park High School.

“I’m really excited to play,” said Camden Fenton, age 11.

More than 40 youth league boys and girls attended the practice. The youth boys joined the Rangers while the youth girls practiced with the Lady Rangers.

Park High Ranger Head Coach Layne Glaus sent all youth, JV, and varsity players and coaches to the baseline to start.

“The most important part of the program are the values we have and who you become through the game,” explained Glaus.

After a brief introduction, Glaus had the high school and youth boys split into two groups. One group ran a defensive stance drill while the other practiced ball handling.

Coach Glaus asked the players before and after each drill, “Why is this important?”

At the end of the practice, Coach Glaus called for one last huddle.

Glaus offered the players some advice.

“Have a good attitude, work hard, and talk all the time,” he said.

On the girls’ side, they started with ball handing drills as well.

After ball handling, the girls went into a “jump-stop” drill. The youth girls listened carefully as Lady Ranger head coach Megan Burns demonstrated how to keep the ball on your hip and then pivot.

The girls focused hard on the drill after Burns blew the whistle to start.

Toward the end of practice, the girls worked on shooting. Assistant coach Charles Vondra instructed the girls on how to get proper rotation on the ball using the threads and a flick of the wrist.

Lady Ranger Danielle Babcox said the practice was a lot of fun. Babcox recalled helping out youth league basketball last year and was excited to see some familiar faces.

“A former Lady Ranger and I went and helped with a team of the same age girls and it was so much fun,” said Babcox, adding, “Some of those same girls came last night and to see them and to see their faces light up to play basketball was the highlight of my week.”

For Babcox, it’s about seeing what the future of Park basketball holds.

“It’s exciting to see how excited the 5/6th grade girls are to become future Lady Rangers!”