Former WNBA and US Olympic Basketball Player, now COACH of one of the top youth training organizations in Houston, Texas. Originally from California, attended University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)-- making 3 Final Four appearances; and gaining 3 Atlantic Coach Conference Titles. Played professionally overseas for 7 seasons, and 2.5 in the WNBA (America). Was coached by some of the finest people on this planet, and now apply that influence to encourage and instruct youth, ages 6-14 years old in the great game of Basketball. Has a staff of 10+ coaches in order to accomplish FUNdamental Skills practices in small group formation; and run a 3-on-3 League in both Fall and Spring. In Summer, we put on favored week-long, half-day camps- filled with energy, games, and fun Crazy Hair and Sock days. Partners with churches in West Houston, to "inspire kids to 'become the best they are capable of becoming' to the glory of God on and off the court." We Reach, Teach, Coach and Change lives of the many who attend our classes through our value-based curriculum that aims to build up kids!
Skills Class is a beginner and intermediate-level comprehensive introduction to the core fundamentals of basketball including shooting technique, ball handling, passing, rebounding, and defense AND offense (both individually and as a team). All coaching is done in a Christ-centered environment, and teaches the importance of hard work, sportsmanship, discipline, and honesty. To assure individualized attention, each class has a ratio of no more than 7 kids to 1 coach.
Heidi Burge Horton, former professional women’s basketball player overseas and in the WNBA, has coached children for 35 years and has two children of her own. She played for the LA Sparks, and was a first round, first pick for the Washington Mystics. Prior to that, Heidi, who speaks six languages, played 7 seasons in Europe. She also is a motivational speaker. The 2002 Disney movie Double Teamed is based on the lives of Heidi and her identical twin sister. Heidi has run Hoops School here in Houston, TX since 2001.
**This league is NOT not for beginners. Players are required to know the basics of the game and be able play fundamental basketball (know the essentials of offense, defense, shooting, passing, etc).
All kids register online individually. If you know your “teammate requests,” simply indicate on the REGISTRATION FORM (per your respective division). Teams are suggested to have a total of up to 4 players. Referees coach/ref each night (they instruct while refereeing). Kids are guaranteed a minimum of 6 half-court games nightly. No coaches are provided on the court besides Ref/Coaches. Kids name their own team and set their own plays. Games played in one gym, at 4 separate baskets. Round Robbin point totals determines “seed”/pool for Championship play-off. “Championship Day” is the last night of class for all Divisions.
Medals are awarded to Gold, Silver and Bronze champions.
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Our Next “Get Ready “Coach/Player Clinics are in December. Details below…
Coach clinicsare for parent/volunteer coaches who want to receive strategies to properly and effectively coach their youth basketball teams. Volunteer Coaches come and receive instruction how to successfully-approach their basketball season, whether they have coached before or not. Coaches receive a handout, complete with a “tool box” of drills and appropriate goals and methods to coach their respective age groups, from Kinder-9th Grade kids. Coach Heidi (35 years experience) does all instruction live (in-person); and she gives helpful websites where coaches can harvest plays, drills, defensive sets and other extremely useful information.
Player Clinics are for beginner or intermediate skill-level players to “Get Ready” for the season. Players work on correct forms of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense and “live game situations.” This is a great way to transition from fall sports into basketball season! **Unfortunately, no Player “Get Ready” Clinics will be put on this December due to COVID-19.
Coach Clinic for WHCSA (West Houston Christian Sports Association):
All Camps are Co-Ed. Mixed skill levels. Kids grouped at baskets with friends (specified on Registration form) according to grade, gender AND skill level. No experience necessary. Kids bring water bottle and snack (popsicles also given during Daily Devotionals). Kids work skills for half of time, and play Games for the other half. Coaches encourage, mentor and teach all fundamentals of the game, from the “ground, up.” Each day, kids learn “Basketball I.Q.” They practice ball-handling, shooting, passing, rebounding, offense, defense; and work collaboratively on both individual and team concepts. We ensure each child apprehends techniques and skills by our ratio of no more than 7 kids to 1 coach.
9:00-3:30: entering 3rd-8th Grade (Full day Campers bring lunch/ stay and play). Learn both curricula.
9:00-11:30 am: entering 1st-8th Grade Morning Camps work on “Essentials” (all skills of the game): Ball-Handling, Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Rebounding, Individual and Team Offense AND Defense. Kids play 3/4 court (almost full-court) Games Daily!
1:00-3:30 pm: entering 3rd-8th Grade Afternoon Camps differ per week. Two varied curricula this Summer are: Shooting Camp and Counter-Attack, Decision-Making. See specifics below…
Each kid is GUARANTEED 1,000 shots per week/ or 200 per day Varied types of shooting: lay-ups, close-range and long-range jump shots, “shot-fakes,” free throws, and more. Mini-games played at each basket and Full Court games for the last hour of each day.
Kids are instructed in the details of “reading the Defense.” They gain more detailed knowledge (Basketball I.Q.) during this week, which is filled with new ways to beat an opponent. They learn to react to what the defense “allows” or “gives up,” as they learn to use strategy and skill to make higher-level moves to the basket (to score or pass off to open team player). As always, games will be played for last hour of each day.