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UM Hoops Offers Free Youth Skills Sessions

Starting next week, free boys and girls practice sessions with UM Hoops volunteer basketball coaches will take place.

For 20 years, UM Hoops has helped the youth of Upper Moreland get out and hit the basketball courts.

Each year, the nonprofit organizes three levels of league play, catering to specific age and skill groups.

Youth ages 6 and 7, play in an instructional league, where the fundamentals of basketball are taught. For youth ages 8 to 18, an in-house league is available, where intermural-type teams and tournaments are set.

Um Hoops also has a travel league, where UM Hoops players have the opportunity to represent Upper Moreland in the Inter-County Basketball Association.

Aside from the cut-off age of 18, the only other requirement to participate in UM Hoops is that the youth is an Upper Moreland resident.

“It’s to provide recreational activity for the youth of Upper Moreland Township,” Jeff Herb, newly elected UM Hoops president, said. “Basketball is a great way to provide exercise and social activities.”

In addition to being an youth outlet for exercise and social opportunities, UM Hoops also has an official mission statement, which is to help promote a sense of fair play and sportsmanship, while building self esteem and self confidence through organized basketball.

The UM Hoops leagues are set to begin by the middle of this month.

While the early registration for this year’s league play is closed, currently, the league is accepting late registration.

The number of teams for the leagues will depend on how many youth sign up. The late registration will end on Oct. 19.

Registration for the leagues cost $130, and a birth certificate is required of new players.

During the interim of late registration, for the first time, UM Hoops will host free youth basketball practice sessions for boys and girls:

 

For Girls age 10-18

Date: Monday, Oct. 10

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Middle School

 

For Boys age 14-18

Date: Thursday Oct. 13

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: To be determined

 

For Boys and Girls age 6-9

Date: Monday, Oct. 17

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Middle School

 

For Boys age 10-13

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Middle School

 

According to Herb, the free practice sessions will be a good way for potential league players and parents to see how UM Hoops operates. Fundamentals of the game will be presented during the practice sessions, including dribbling, passing, rebounding and defense.

For more information, and to pre-register for the free practice sessions or register for league play, e-mail umhoops1@gmail.com or contact the UM Hoops Hotline at 215-657-6969.

Walk-in registration for the practice sessions are also welcomed.

For more information, visit the UM Hoops website.

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