Loogootee Basketball Club
Below is a copy of a letter sento home to all boys in grades 2-8. I'm posting this in case your letter didn't make it home.
Loogootee Basketball Club
August 27, 2015
I am excited to announce the formation of the Loogootee Basketball Club. This organization is designed to provide opportunities for Loogootee boys in grades 2-8 to learn and grow in the game of basketball. We will be forming teams at each grade level that will participate in Fall, Winter, and Spring leagues and tournaments. The purpose of forming these teams is to provide additional opportunities for our players outside the regularly scheduled school sponsored season.
While the teams in the LBC will be organized and run by the Loogootee basketball program, the LBC is a self sufficient entity. We will be responsible for all of our own uniforms, tournament/league fees, and transportation. In most cases, when there is a school sponsored team at a particular grade level, the coach of that team will also coach the LBC team. Skills, as well as offensive and defensive concepts taught in the LBC will be same things taught within the Loogootee basketball program.
There are no tryouts for the LBC. Any boy who wants play is welcome to participate. But, it is important to note that the purpose of the LBC is to supplement the playing experiences offered during the school sponsored season. A child who wants to play on the school team does not have to play on a LBC team, but a child who wants to play on a LBC team must play on the school team when one is available at his grade level. When the number of participants is large enough, we field more than one team at a particular grade level. The cost to participate in the LBC is $50.
There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 3rd at 7pm in the cafeteria. I will be available to explain the LBC in more detail as well as to answer any questions that you might have. I have attached a registration form. If your son would like to play, please fill it out and turn it into the middle school or elementary office by Friday September 4th. Registrations will also be collected at the informational meeting on September 3rd.
Boys Basketball Coach
Loogootee High School
Loogootee Basketball Club
Name _____________________________________________________ Grade ___________
Cell Number __________________________________________________________________
Jersey Size (Circle One):
YS (6-8) YM (10-12) YL (14-16) Adult Small Adult Medium Adult Large Adult XL
Y or N I am interested in helping coach a Loogootee Basketball Club team
If “Yes” please leave your name, contact information, and best time to reach you below.
2015 Lion Backers Golf Scramble
I want to make sure that you get September 12th on your calendar. We are hosting the 2015 Lion Backers Golf Scramble at Crane Eagle View golf course that day. I expect it to be a great time for the supporters of Loogootee Basketball, and one that I'm sure that you won't want to miss. I want to give a special thank you to Eric Ackerman, Wayne Flick, and Susan Jacobs for taking the lead on this. Without their efforts we wouldn't be able to pull this off.
I have listed all the information necessary for entering a team or purchasing a hole sponsorship below. If you don't have a team, you can register as an individual and we will find you a team. If you don't have a business to advertise, feel free to sponsor a hole individually. You can also choose to honor a loved one or former player/team.
Fee: $45/ player or $180/ team. Golf, cart, drinks, and prizes are included. Registrations must be turned in by Wednesday, September 9th. If you can't find a team, we can put you on a team.
Time: Shotgun start is at 9:00 am. Please arrive early for registration.
Spikes: Crane Eagle View golf course is a non-metal spike facility. Soft spikes are available for a fee in the golf shop.
Dress: Crane Eagle View golf course has a courtesy dress code policy states that tank tops, sleeveless shirts, half shirts, athletic and gym shorts are not permitted. Halters and brief shorts are not acceptable for the ladies.
Hole Sponsorships: If you wish to be a hole sponsor, a $50 donation will ensure that you or your company will be represented with a sign. We can put your name, company name, company logo, or the name of the person or event that you would like to honor on your sign.
For registrations or hole sponsorships please contact:
Eric Ackerman- (812) 486-8786 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Flick- (317) 752-3048 or email@example.com
Susan Jacobs- (812) 295-6199
Who Needs A Gym When You Have An Outdoor Court?
This past week the volleyball team hosted a camp in JBA. We weren't going to be able to get in the gym in the morning like usual, so I decided to move our workouts outdoors. This was something new for our guys, and quite honestly, I don't think they were looking forward to it in the beginning. As it turned out, I think they really enjoyed the change, and I expect that we will probably start seeing more pick-up games outdoors in the future.
Generally speaking, kids don't play outside much anymore, and that's too bad. I think there is a lot to be learned from playing games on the outdoor courts. Back in the day (yeah, I know that makes me sound old) I used to drive into Frankfort and play at Dorner's Park. I knew that Dorner's had the best games, and I couldn't wait until I was old enough to play there. I can still remember my Dad dropping me off at the court for the first time. There were about 20 guys there already, and they were choosing teams. D-1 players like Rick Fields (ISU) and Tom Miller (Rice) were there. Gary Goode was an Indiana all star, and Tim Roth who starred at Bellarmine were high school players at the time, but they were on the court. Needless to say, I didn't get picked up that first game. In fact, I didn't get picked up most of the afternoon.
Games were tough at Dorner's. Sometimes as many as 40 guys showed up to play. Winners kept the court, and if you lost, you might have an hour wait before you got back in a game. I remember watching those guys go at it that first afternoon. I realized that there was a pecking order. The best players took the most shots, and if you weren't one of the best players and you took a bad shot, you would definitely hear about it from your teammates. The games were as fierce as any I had ever seen. Guys played defense as if their life depended on it. They made the extra pass, they set tough screens, they rebounded like there was no tomorrow, and there was absolutely no "cherry picking."
As the day went on, I took my ball out on the court to shoot around between games. I was hoping to knock down a couple of shots and catch somebody's eye, but still nobody picked me up! I was devastated, but undetoured. I was just a young county kid who was fresh out of the 8th grade. I hadn't had a chance to establish a reputation yet, so the chances that I was going to get in an early game were slim. I figured that I would hang around until the crowd thinned out a little and eventually I might sneak into a game. Then all of a sudden I hear deep voice from across the court, "Chezem! Are you going to play today, or did you just come to watch?" It was Ron Best. He was a big man and slightly intimidating to a 14 year old Dorner's rookie. He was a businessman in town, but he was a heck of player back in the day. I noticed throughout the afternoon that Ron kind of ran things at Dorners. He wasn't the best player out there, but he still had some gas left in the tank, and he definitely had earned his stripes at Dorners. I nervously said, "Yeah, I'll play." I jogged out onto the concrete and Ron gave me my instructions. "Cheese, here is how this works. I'm not running up and down the court all afternoon to watch you guards shoot it everytime. I get the ball inside at least every other time down the court. You got it?" I nodded.
Well the first game for me was pretty uneventful. No great plays by me, but no embarassing mistakes either. I was certainly going to make sure Ron got his touches, and I was darn sure that I wasn't going to take any bad shots, or turn it over! I do remember that we ended up winning that game, and I remember how cool it was to get to claim the court for the next game. I immediately understood that WINNING was EVERYTHING at Dorners.
Those pick up games at Dorner's made me tough. The older guys pushed me around, knocked me down, and blocked my shot. But I kept coming back for more! Although I only got to play in few games that first day, I was hooked. I made my Dad drive me into town every Sunday afternoon to play at Dorners. Playing against the best competition had a positive impact on my game. I improved by leaps and bounds, and by the time I got my driver's license I had moved up the ranks to where I was getting chosen to play in the first game. Not too long after that I rose to "Captain Status."
Today we live in an era of air conditioned gyms and AAU basketball. It seems like the only time players play is when a game or practice is organized for them. I think it is making kids soft. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate air conditioned gyms, and I think there are definitely some positives to playing travel basketball. I just think that kids are missing out on a great and unique opportunity to learn the game when they don't play on the outdoor courts. Hopefully we will start hearing the balls bouncing more frequenly at the outdoor court at LHS.
Wittmer Gives Back
Most of you that live in Loogootee have known Conner Wittmer a lot longer than I have. Basketball stars like Conner become household names at a young age in small towns like Loogootee. Although I met Conner for the first time just a little over a month ago, I had the opportunity to watch him play in high school on several occasions. Obviously the most memorable time was vs Rockville in the 2012 state championship. Upon meeting Conner for the first time I quickly realized that he loves the game of basketball, he loves Loogootee, and he loves working with kids.
It's funny how some things just seem to work out. My son and I had just moved to town, it was two days before summer basketball started, and I was still in need of a coach who could help me throughout the summer. I called Conner about his availability and gave him my best sales pitch. I was fully prepared to make a home visit and twist his arm if necessary, but lucky for me I didn't have to go to that extent. Conner is WAY too big for me to twist his arm! Conner called me back the next day and told me that he was in!
Since then, Coach Wittmer has been a huge asset for our program. He has been a "hands on coach" at all of our high school workouts, he has helped run our summer camps, and he took our 7th and 8th grade teams to a couple of shootouts. His experience as a high school and college player has been a valuable resource for our kids. He certainly has great knowledge of the game at young age. Conner has told me that when his playing days are over, he wants to get into to college coaching. After working with him this summer, I think that is a perfect fit for him. We have been lucky to have him this summer and someday he will be a huge asset to a college coaching staff.
We still have a couple of weeks left of our strength and conditioning program, as well as open gym. Conner is going to help us for the next two weeks, then he will start preparing to head back to school this fall. He just finshed up this past year at Olney Central and will be attending school and playing basketball at Missouri Baptist this year.
The varsity finished the day 3-1 at the Wabash Shootout this past weekend. After a lack luster effort in our first game vs Culver, I thought we played some pretty good basketball the rest of the day. We beat a solid Whitko team who had two talented guards, then we beat South Vermillion, and Muncie Burris to finish the day. The JV finished their day at 2-2. Coach Wade reports that they played well most of the day. Their 2 losses were by by narrow margins. In one of those losses they fell behind by as much as 17 points before forcing the game to go into double overtime.
It has been an extremely busy June for the Lions. We have traveled over 1000 miles round trip to play in 5 different tournaments. Besides that, our kids were in the weight room, on the practice floor, and helped out with our summer camps for our youth program. Our players' work ethic has been very good and our attendance has been exemplary. I am excited about the direction that our baskeball program is heading.
With that being said, we need to understand that one month of hard work does not turn around a basketball program. This is will be an ongoing process for us. While we have made a major move forward, we still have a long way to go before we can compete for championships. I love the attitude of our players, and I have been blown away by the support of our community. It's obvious that we all want to see this thing get turned around, and if we can sustain the effort we demonstrated in June, I think we can.
I want to take a second to talk about my high school staff. I have been fortunate over the years to have been blessed with great assistant coaches. After one month at Loogootee it is easy to see that I have another great group of coaches to work with. Mike Wininger (varsity assistant), Bruce Wade (JV), and Noah Callahan (9th grade) have been a big part of what we have been able to accomplish in June. These guys are hard working men of character who want to see Loogootee Basketball be great again. They have already proven to be positive role models who expect excellence from our players. I love the fact that they are Loogootee guys, and that they wear the pride that they have for their school and basketball program on their sleeve. They are the perfect mix of "new blood" and "old school Loogootee Basketball." I've been very impressed with their knowledge, passion, and coaching ability. I think that I've hit a home run in hiring these guys.
I will be taking some time off from my daily tweets and weekly blog posts. We are on moratorium for the next two weeks. I am going to spend some time on vacation and moving the rest of my stuff out of my house in Covington. We are fortunate to have accepted an offer on our house this past weekend, so hopefully everthing is full go on that front, and we can start looking for a permanent residence in Loogootee.
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