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Friday, October 28, 2011

Basketball League for Ages 8-10

The Haverford Township Recreation offers a Basketball League for children ages 8-10.  The league focuses on teaching children the game in a fun and age appropriate format.  Over the first few weeks of the program the children will meet for practice.  Each child will be taught the positions, and what their role is in each position.  It gives children who are unfamiliar a chance to learn everything they need to know to be successful once games start.  When the games begin the rules are modified to ensure the game allows every child a chance to be successful, while ensuring that the games give children a chance to learn the game of basketball.   Some of the modified rules are as follows:

Basketball League Modified Rules

No stealing the ball
while a player is dribbling
Prevents the game from turning into everyone ball hawking.  Allows kids to receive the ball and dribble and make basketball decisions
Defense must be behind three point line
Ensures kids will have a chance to get the ball down the floor and pass to get other teammates involved, as opposed to everyone losing the ball at half court
Offense must complete three passes before they can shoot
Ensures each team has to move the ball before shooting, making sure each child gets to touch the ball and preventing one child from doing everything
Point Guard must bring ball up floor
One of the biggest things that prevents children from learning the game in other leagues is that whoever gets the rebound puts their head down and dribbles full speed at the rim.  This rule ensures that teams can get set in positions and the game doesn’t turn into kids aimlessly running back and forth.

Andrew Brady who ran the league last year had this to say "Of all of the Recreation Department Programs I am involved in the Basketball League is one of my favorite.  The growth the children go through from the beginning of the league towards the end is alot of fun to see.  It's also fun to see the volunteer coaches who put alot of time and effort into the league have fun teaching their players the game on a weekly basis."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monster Bash and Haunted Trail Walk

The Haverford Township Recreation Department has two different Halloween Offerings on 10/29 from 6-8pm.  Both events will take place at the Haverford Reserve

Monster Bash Participants listen to the
"Scary not so scary story"
Monster Bash
Monster Bash is a family oriented Halloween Event that will cost $30 per family or $8 per person.  Monster Bash will include games on the turf, pumpking painting, and smores by a campfire. Pre-Registration is required.

Haunted Trail Walk
The Haunted Trail Walk will take place on the South Brook Trail at the Haverford Reserve.  Come get scared by the old ghosts that still haunt the Haverford State Hospital grounds.  $8 per person for the trail walk, walks will begin at 6 and leave every 15 minutes until 7:30.  Pre-registration is not required.  Check in at the Dog Park Parking Lot.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Brochure is Coming!

Picture of the Fall 2011 Brochure Cover

The Brochure is being mailed out to all of the Haverford Township residents as we speak!  The brochure should arrive in the next 5-10 days (depending upon the postal service).  We will also put a copy of the brochure online on 9/23 and registration will begin on 9/23.  The brochure contains information on all of our Fall offerings as well as information on Haverford Township Day.   

Monday, August 22, 2011

Program Spotlight: Fall Field Hockey League

In a few weeks our Fall Field Hockey League for Girls ages 8-11 will begin.  The league is perfect for people new to the sport or for experienced players.  The focus on the league is to teach kids the fundamentals of the game while allowing them to enjoy themselves.  The League games are played as small sided games (7v7) which allow kids more of an opportunity to be involved and work on skills like passing and stick handling.  The league had over 45 registrants last year and got rave reviews from the participants involved. 

If you have any interest in registering for the Fall Field Hockey League or would like more information feel free to follow the link below to get yourself registered.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Haverford Township Recreation Fall Offerings

The Haverford Township Recreation Department is happy to be able to offer several exciting programs this fall.  The programs begin in a few weeks so get yourself registered now! Included are the following:

Fall Soccer- The clinic, located at Community Park at Haverford Reserve, offers a great way for a beginner to learn and have fun with soccer. This clinic is offered for 5 and 6 year olds and lasts 5 Saturdays from September 10th through October 29th . The sessions take place from 10-10:50 each week and the fee for the clinic totals 56 dollars.

Small Fry Soccer- Held at Community Park at The Haverford Reserve, Small Fry Soccer is a special opportunity for parents and their little players to learn the game together. This program, which is for children aged 3-4 and their Parents, runs on Saturdays from September 10th to October 29th. There are two time slots available with the first running from 12-12:45, and the second from 1-1:30. The cost of five weeks of Small Fry Soccer is 56 dollars.

Fall Field Hockey- Combines skills and intramural league play for both beginners and experienced field hockey players. The clinic is for girls aged 8-11 and runs for seven weeks starting on September 7th and ending October 22nd. The Clinic will be held on Wednesdays from 6-7:15pm and on Sundays from 2:30-4pm. The clinic will be held at Community Park at the Haverford Reserve and has a cost of 85 dollars.

Swimming & Gymnastics at the YMCA-The Recreation Department will be offering both swimming and gymnastics lessons at the YMCA in Ardmore this fall. Registering for these classes for the YMCA through the township saves you the membership cost.

If you have any questions about the programs feel free to give us a call at the office 610-446-9397.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Program Spotlight: Small Fry Soccer

One of the most in demand programs for the Haverford Township Recreation Department is Small Fry Soccer.  Small Fry Soccer is a great program for Parents that are looking for organized activities to engage in with their child.  Parents and Children get a chance to partcipate in different games and activities related to soccer.  The goal of the program is not to make children a soccer star, but instead introduce them to a sport and allow them to have fun while doing different activities with a soccer.  Parent participation is crucial to the program, because it allows children at that age to overcome any shyness or anxiety they may have and just enjoy playing the different games with their mom or dad (or grandparent).

John Turner is currently running the Summer Session of Small Fry.  John is a Kindergarten teacher in a local school district and has been involved in the Recreation Departments Soccer Programs for the past few years.  John has also worked numerous other programs for the Recreation Department and is a Site Leader for our Playground Program at Paddock Park.  When asked about why he enjoys coordinating Small Fry John responded with "Watching the parents play and have as much fun as the kids makes the program extremely rewarding."

If you are interested in registering for the Fall Session of Small Fry follow the link below to register.