Updated Wednesday October 19, 2016 by FHB Board of Directors .
Founded by Jonathan Young and Valerie Salgado in 2003, Foothill Hoops is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit youth basketball organization. Foothill Hoops is dedicated to fun, learning, confidence building, and character enhancement and has a policy of never turning players away due to financial limitations. Over the course of a year, we are proud to serve over 1000 athletes from La Canada, La Crescenta, Glendale, Altadena, Pasadena, Tujunga, Sunland, Los Angeles, and San Marino.
What Do We Offer?
Foothill Hoops provides year-around youth basketball programming:
Foothill Hoops provides well-organized and high-quality youth basketball programs emphasizing fun, learning, confidence building, and character enhancement to families of all income levels within a safe and friendly environment.
In our athletes, we hope to cultivate a love for the game of basketball and a positive association with physical activity that will lead to a lifelong relationship with fitness. Through our programs we seek to build positive self-worth and self-efficacy for each athlete. We do this through a child-centered framework, where the needs of the players are placed before the needs and desires of the adults.
We believe this experience should be available to children from families of all income levels. Foothill Hoops has a policy of never turning anyone away due to financial limitations. Over the course of a year, we offer dozens of full scholarships based on academic and citizenship accomplishmmets.
Where do you play?
Practices and games for our Winter, Spring, and Summer Recreational Leagues are held in La Crescenta and La Canada. We also utilize gyms in Glendale, Altadena, and Pasadena. To learn more about gym locations, click here.
Our Travel Teams practice in La Canada, La Crescenta, Glendale, and Pasadena and we often attend tournaments in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Marino, Monrovia, and other surronding areas.
Our Summer Camps are held at John Muir High School in Pasadena. Muir, the alma mater of Jackie Robinson, offers us access to two gymnasiums so that we can provide a tailored experience for athletes ages 6-9 in one gym and a more advanced experience appropriate for players ages 10-15 in another.
Foothill Hoops is grateful to the community volunteers who coach in our Winter, Spring, and Summer Leagues. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, and older siblings are all welcome and may volunteer as either a head-coach or as an assistat for teams of players ages 6-14. Anyone who coaches will undergo a background check and a coaches’ training. FHB staff assistance and support will be provided throughout the season.
Foothill Hoops staff coaches all Rookies (age 3), Dribblers (ages 4-5), Ballers (age 5) and High School (ages 15-17) teams.
To register as a coach, complete your child's online registration and then enter your own information. If you do not have a player in a league and would like to get involved, please submit a Volunteer Application by email accessed here.
Our Travel Team, Sunday Skils Clinic, and Summer Camp staff consists of professional club, high school, and college level coaches from across Southern California. Please click on the Staff link for more on our talented and eclectic coaching staff.
Are there try-outs for your programs?
There are no try-outs in the traditional sense for the recreational leagues, clincs, or camps as everyone is guaranteed to make a team. There will be mandatory Player Assessment Days for each recreational league season. These assessments are necessary to create balanced teams within each division.
We do hold try-outs every three months for our Travel Team Program. Try-out information will be posted online. You can learn more about the Travel Team Program here.
How are the recreational league teams made?
Our neutral Foothill Hoops staff does all of the evaluating at the Player Assessment Days. We do not have parent volunteers evaluate, nor do they draft the teams. Instead, our League Directors create the teams as evenly as possible from the Player Assessment Days.
Foothill Hoops: A Progressing System for Developing Players
We are mindful of various changes that players go through as they develop, and we recognize that these changes are not only physical, but also cognitive and emotional. We know that as your player progresses through Foothill Hoops, he or she will experience something new each season. The basketball experiences have been tailored to ensure your player is building on their foundational athletic skills while acquiring new skills. While confidence is high, your player will feel safer taking risks and growing their skillset.
What sets Foothill Hoops apart from other youth basketball organizations:
- Players in all divisions in our rec leagues are guaranteed to play at least half of every game.
- We do not keep score for athletes ages 3-7 and we gradually introduce score-keeping for athletes ages 8-9.
- Playoffs and other "high pressure" games do not start in our rec leagues until the age of 12.
- All players ages 3-11 receive an end of the season award to remove the external motivation of playing for a trophy. Instead, we frame the end of the season awards in the spirit of hard work, risk taking, and the skills developed throughout the season.
- Our camps staff multiple professional coaches and provide an unmatched 7 to 1 camper to coach ratio. Players ages 12 and up work exclusivly with high school and colleges coaches.
- Even at our highest levels (with our Travel Program) we are mindful of the healthy development of young athletes and take mandatory recovery periods between seasons and encourage participation in other sports.
Programs for Players Ages 3-5:
In the Winter and Summer Leagues, we offer divisions for players ages 3, 4, and 5. Our goal in these divisions is to provide a low-stress, non-competitive environment where children can expect to be active and have a great time. We hope that players will exit our program with a fun and educational basketball experience, newly acquired agility, and the foundation of healthy habits that will remain with them for a lifetime. Our ages 3-5 curriculum is based on research of age-appropriate learning styles. As the experience of players at this age is so sensitive, we do not have parent volunteers coach for these ages. Instead we employ trained and experienced staff to coach these teams.
The research on the matter suggests that this early entry into sports can be highly beneficial to children IF the correct developmentally appropriate tasks are emphasized, and stress and competition levels remain low. The Rookies and Dribblers strive to do just that. We begin each season by teaching and practicing the various locomotive, axial, and coordination skills that serve as a base for all related basketball skills. Cooperation and teamwork skills are also a main focus. As the season continues, sessions will gradually resemble less of a movement education class, and more like a basketball practice.
Our philosophy for these ages: sweat and smiles!
Between the ages of 6-11, players are growing both physically and emotionally, and our divisions reflect this. Athletes will play on smaller courts, at lower basket heights, and with smaller basketballs. This helps keep confidence levels high, and protects young players from forming bad mechanical habits. As the players age, our ball sizes, basket heights, score keeping, and rule implentation progresses right along with them. All players are guaranteed to play half of every game.
Starting at age 10, players begin to work with our professional high school and college camp coaches. Also at this age, players are ellgible to try-out for our Travel Team program. Although our travel teams offer a higher level of competition and demand a higher commitment, our overall philosophy and emphasis on fun, learning, confidence building, and character enhancement does not change.
Our goal in our rec leagues at these ages is to do our best to replicate a true high school game experience, while still adhering to our overall mission of emphasizing fun, learning, confidence building, and character enhancement. We maintain our guarantee of all players playing at least half of the game, no matter the level and importance of the game. High levels of competition are becoming increasingly important to the developing player, and we will always strive to keep the importance of winning in proper perspective. Games are all played on high school regulation courts with regulation ball sizes and officiated by certified referees with high school experience. Standings are kept for each division, and an exciting playoff tournament will culminate each season. Many of our middle and high school aged players credit their time with Foothill Hoops with their eventual success in local high school programs.
In the Spring League, we offer a division for boys ages 15-17 and employ local high school coaches to offer the athletes an authentic high school experience.
At our Summer Camps, players ages 12-15 work exclusively with high school and college coaches to provide a rich, rigorous, and high-quality experience.
We recognize that some players may mature later than others, and this is why we are open to accepting new players into our Travel Team program all the way through age 14.
Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors meets annually the first week of June, and other times based on organizational needs. The members of the Board are: Mera Boulus, Arya Khosravi PhD, Saam Khosravi, Jaimie Krause PhD (Chair), and Jonathan Young (CEO/CFO). If you have an issue or proposal for the Board, please email Dr. Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org.