My son's recreational middle school basketball team won their league championship yesterday afternoon. The guys went 8-0 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. The championship game was broadcast on Framingham Cable TV. After the game came the league banquet. The guys chowed down a bunch of pizzas and collected their hardware. Great job Leprechauns!
We're at it again. For the past several years I've coached my son's and daughter's basketball teams. It's always a great experience. This year we have three teams.
At one end of the development spectrum is my daughter's 4th and 5th grade girls' rec team. This team I co-coach with one of the moms. We emphasize fundamentals and fun. A few of these kids are quite athletic and have played before. Some of the others are developmental and new to the sport. All of them have great energy and enjoy being part of a team.
The Flaming Red Platipi are currently 3-3 and are looking to finish the season strong.
Next up is my son's middle school rec team. This league includes 3 grade levels and the range of size, strength and talent is broad. The boys are far more competitive and aggressive than the girls. It's a challenge balancing their drive to win and developing new skills.
Third is my son's 8th grade CYO team. This league is more competitive. Most of these guys played on my 7th grade team and have been playing for a while. We have skilled guards, strong forwards and guys who can score. These guys want to win above all else, but they also need to work on fundamentals.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein. The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
I targeted this race a while back as an incentive to run regularly. I figured that if I paid the registration fee and put the race on my calendar, then I'd need to get in shape. It didn't really matter which race I chose. There are a whole bunch of great half marathons in New England in the fall. I picked this one because it was scheduled the latest of them all and I needed that extra time to get in shape. I liked that it benefits a good cause. Plus it's close to home. Also I like chili.
It wasn't until later that I found out it's called 'Chilly' for the weather not 'Chili' for the delicious food. Hah. I've also learned that the course is described as 'challenging' .. that's code for hilly. Yikes. Oh well. For me the race has already served it's purpose. I'm not concerned with my time or my pace. The main thing is that I'm running again. And enjoying it.
Race Report. Well organized race. 1200 runners. Started and ended at Newton South HS. 40 and drizzling at start. Cleared and warmed after. Run through suburban streets. Lots of turns, small hills and street crossings (police blocked traffic). Little level ground. Killer uphills at miles 6 and 7. Long downhill around 9. This was a difficult run for me. Overweight and not properly trained. I worked hard to finish with a poor time. Ran the first 5 in 45. Endured the hills. Ran hard down Heartbreak (fun to run DOWN Heartbreak Hill for a change!). Lost my legs around 10. Staggered home. Happy to have completed my fifth half marathon.
There are 4 Winter Basketball Leagues in Framingham. Combined they serve over 1,000 players. All 4 leagues are private, non-denominational and receive no funding through the town. Each depends on volunteer coaches, organizers and sponsors.
Temple Beth Am (TBA) and YMCA are recreational leagues.Between the two, they offer organized
basketball for boys from kindergarten to grade 12, and for girls from
kindergarten to grade 8.Over 800 kids
play in the 2 rec leagues.
CYO programs from Marian/St Stephens and St Tarcisius
offer semi-competitive basketball in the Wellesley-Framingham CYO league for boys
and girls grades 4-9.Metrowest Travel
offers competitive basketball for boys and girls grades 4-8.Over 200 Framingham kids play in these
leagues.There are also AAU teams in the
area and there are boys & girls middle school travel teams.
Framingham Basketballattempts to serve as an
umbrella for the various leagues in town.Thus far it helps announce league registrations, tryout dates, area
clinics and events.As yet there is no
coordination of the various leagues.
1. TBA – Recreational, Non-denominational, No Travel, 5
Divisions, Boys Grades 4-12, Girls Grades 4-8
Boys Division C Grades 4-5
Boys Division B Grades 6-8
Boys Division A Grades 9-12
Girls Division C Grades 4-5
Girls Division B Grades 6-8
Grades 4-8 - One Tuesday practice + One Sunday game per week
Grades 9-12 One Sunday game per week, no practice.
1st Child $170, Each Additional Child $140, Late Fee $15
Registration Deadline Nov 4
Player Evaluations Dec 8, Player Draft Dec 15
Season runs late December through early March
Championship and Banquet Mar 9
Facilities used include Fay School in Southboro, Keefe Tech, Framingham State University
Middle School Travel– There is one 8th grade middle school travel team for boys and another for girls. Players are selected after tryouts and minumum grades need to be maintained. The teams practice after school with shuttles between the schools and buses to games provided. The teams practice three times a week and play games twice a week. Participation is free. Contacts: Boys Varsity Coach Adam Cluff Girls Varsity Coach Dee King
All information collected by Chris Kelley for 2013-2014 winter basketball season.
Framingham Rebels Tournament Schedule Game 1.Sat
Oct 12 2:35pmLaurel #28 Framingham Rebels v Needham Mavericks Game 2.Sat
Oct 12 7:00pmHS #15 Framingham
Rebels v Cambridge FC Game 3.Sun
Oct 13 9:05pm Elm #22 Framingham Rebels v Natick Titans