Hastings High youth basketball program off and running

Hastings High “Rise Hoops” program aiming to build culture from top to bottom
Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 9:06 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings High boys basketball coach Drew Danielson’s youth program is off and running. It began two weeks ago with the slogan, “Rise Hoops.” The meaning behind it is to rise over any challenges life throws at you.

Coach Danielson wanted to build up his youth program since he came to Hastings and for the last month he has coached fourth and fifth graders every Monday at Hastings High.

They have 65 kids playing in their basketball leagues, which has teams from grades 4-8 (two teams for 4th and 5th grade).

Coach Danielson said the goal is to build his culture from the top to the bottom.

“Teach the same offense that we taught our seventh and eighth graders is the exact same offense that we’re going to teach our high school guys, next week when practice opens up," Danielson said. "So, having that continuity all the way down through your program is going to be beneficial for us.”

For the younger kids, its helpful to receive guidance not only from their coaches but from players on the high school team.

“It’s helpful to watch older kids play basketball," fourth-grader Zach Schram said. "You get to figure out how to do some stuff that you don’t know how to do.”

Hastings is hosting “Rise Clinics” every Thursday. Danielson said they have 147 kids signed up.

The 4th and 5th grade basketball leagues run for four more weeks, with the middle school leagues starting at the end of November.

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