Getting ready for playing in a team

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Getting ready to play in a basketball competition

For any child of any age starting to play sport in a competitive environment can be quite threatening. Whether or not you are  under 8 or under 12 the first session is always the hardest.

Making the first shot or having the  confidence to compete is what most children fear.  Happy Hoops have found that by working with children “one on one” we can evaluate their skill level but most importantly give them the confidence to not only play competitively but very successfully.

We have had many children go through our programs and proceed to  play at a number of levels in Domestic basketball competitions

Dribbling Drills

The various skills that Happy Hoops focus on in the initial assessment are as follows

  • Hand to eye coordination
  • dribbling
  • passing
  • court awareness
  • dribbling under pressure
  • shooting
  • Self  Confidence

Personal Basketball Coaching

Happy Hoops coaches are specialized in one on one coaching. This involves a detailed analysis of the skill levels of the player and then establish the level required  to compete confidently.

We get to know the player as a person and all their ideas and fears about playing competitively. Our aim is to make them ready for their first game and work with them until they are confident to compete and excel in their team.

Coaching the basketball coaches

Coaching the basketball coaches

Teach the coach

One of the most difficult things facing domestic basketball clubs is getting coaches.

Most coaches come from parents or players who want to learn to coach. Who coaches them?  One option is,  do a certificate course in coaching but most parents just want to coach their kids. Its hard enough giving up time for training and games without committing to ongoing education.

The result is that many young players are not getting the basics. This is because they are not being coached properly. Resulting in  when they get to the senior levels the bad habits or technique are set in stone.

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Whats the answer?

Happy Hoops coaches have been coaching for many years and have  hd a lot of experience at many age levels and experience levels. this insight has meant that a new course being offered by Happy Hoops is the Coach teh Coach.

We train the beginners coaches in;

  • Recognizing the skill level of your team
  • Conduct a basic skills test
  • Write a training plan
  • Basic  training drills
  • Keep it simple
  • During the game
  • What to teach.

What does the Happy Hoops “coach the coach” program consist of?

Getting involved with the new coach and their team is  the most important element to coaching the coach. This way we can evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and put together a personalized training program for the coach.

Simplicity is critical.

The first stage is to work with the coach on the first training night. The next stage is to come and work with them at the game. It is very important that any observations are made after the game. It is important to give the coaches the confidence and the tools in communicating and encouraging their players.

If you are a club president or coaches supervisor then Happy Hoops Basketball are more than happy to come and meet with some of your new coaches.

Book a meeting by emailing Happy Hoops at or our head coach on 0425 0425 198 773

One on One Basketball coaching

One on One Coaching

Fast track improvement

Improve your Goal shooting in Basketball

One on one coaching is probably one of the best way for children to improve their basketball skills. This could be that they lack the confidence to play in a team or they need extra help in some skill of their game.

Happy Hoops Basketball run a number of One on One skill sessions either in a 4 week block . This is to improve the child’s skill or ongoing to help build their confidence.  Happy Hoops basketball has run one on one coaching for all ages from 5 year old through to 16 years of age. Each child is treated  as  an individual and the training is tailored to the child’s needs and the agreed goals.

Some of the benefits of one on one are coaching time are:

  1. Social development.
  2. Skill development.
  3. Self confidence.
  4. Improved flexibility and coordination.
  5. Focused goal setting.


One on One skill development

Some children find that joining  a team can be a real challenge. This  can be a source of fear and affect their confidence. By having your child doing one on one coaching they will gain increased confidence.  When they join the team they will have the skills and also the self belief that they can  compete. This is why the personal and tailored approach of Happy Hoops is so successful.  It is important the children are treated as individuals with unique skills and needs.  Happy Hoops is about building their confidence and social skills .

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Just getting started

A lot of children who are interested in a sport but may just lack that self confidence. These children can significantly benefit from one on one coaching. Children benefit because the coach does a full assessment of their current skill and ability. Therefore they set achievable goals that are  measured and rewarded with a positive feedback.
One of the other areas that children can benefit from one on one coaching is  skill improvement. this can be  improvement in one particular area of the game eg. shooting. Establishing a proper technique is critical for success but also self confidence.  It is important the child will not be intimidated by children with better skills. Happy Hoops basketball continually measure the child’s development and adjust the program to suit. One thing that sets Happy Hoops aside  is getting to know the children personally. This is by interacting with the child on a very personal basis.  This is very important in gaining their participation and building a relationship with the coach.

To book a one on one training session please send an email to or  call our coach on 0425 198 773

Sport for Home Schooling

Basketball for Home Schooling families

Home schooling is a  very important part of the education community in Victoria and sport should be an integral part of a child’s education. One of the difficulties that some Home schooling families face is the fact that they are isolated and even though they may be part of a Home schooling network, it is not always possible to integrate sport into the curriculum.

Happy Hoops basketball offer a tailored made program for Home schooling families which involves getting a number of local based families together  at a local stadium and running basketball clinics and coaching. This can be  as general training for fitness and movement or  more specific skills based  training.

If you have a network of families and would like to have coach speak to you about the possibility of  running a few training sessions please email us at


Health Benefits of Basketball to Children

The following article is a really guide to how children can benefit from playing basketball. Enjoy reading it.
6 Health Benefits of Basketball for Children
March 1, 2014/0 Comments/in Exercise, Games, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Physical Therapy, Sports, Winter /by Judy Wang, PT, DPT
Ever wonder which team sport keeps boys and girls busy no matter their age, skill level, or the season? I recently had the opportunity to watch one of my clients play basketball with his middle school team, and it was so rewarding to see him transfer skills we worked on during physical therapy to the court. Basketball is a high-intensity, high-agility activity that teaches children coordination, concentration, and cooperation.

6 Health Benefits of Basketball:
Endurance: As with any high intensity sport, there are many cardiovascular benefits of basketball. Between bouts of running, jumping, dribbling, and bouts of rests, kids are participating in total body interval training without even realizing it. Interval training boosts aerobic capacity, energy levels, and metabolism, which in turn helps kids concentrate more in school.
Motor Control: The ability to control our limbs in space may come naturally, but being able to pass and shoot with precision during a basketball game takes special training and repetitive practice. Performing drills on and off the court with a basketball enables children to grade their muscle forces, control the position of their bodies in response to an opponent or a pass, and plan out successful movement sequences.
Ankle Stability: All the agility training, cutting back and forth, multidirectional running, pivoting, and turning within a basketball game are great ways to challenge our lower body muscles and joints, especially the structures surrounding our ankles. Organized basketball teaches kids safe and successful ways to block, pass, steal, jump, and run without hurting themselves or others. Ball sports such as basketball are great for reinforcing kids’ balance reactions and balance strategies and prevent future injury.
Balance/Coordination: As with most team sports, basketball requires upper body coordination, total body coordination, and hand-eye coordination. Dribbling, catching, passing, and making baskets require planning, precision, and quick reactions. Walking backwards, turning, or running while dribbling a ball and at the same time paying attention to other players is a challenging but interesting exercise for coordination and body awareness.
Agility: Basketball is a fast paced sport where athletes have to think fast on their feet and respond quickly to plays that could change momentum and direction at any minute. Young athletes are working on mental drills in addition to physical techniques. Basketball enhances children’s agility due to the swiftness needed to dodge other players and make aggressive plays.
Social Skills: The great thing about team sports is the level of discipline and communication needed for success at the games. Young athletes learn from an early age how to work in a team atmosphere, pay attention to others, and respond accordingly. An athlete needs discipline to attend practices and pay attention to the rules of any game. Team sports prepare children for necessary social interactions later in life. Through these sports, children understand shared responsibility, team work, how to deal with triumph and defeat, all of which are applicable throughout life.

Kids having fun and being encouraged

The main coaching philosophy of Happy Hoops Basketball is that children learn in a positive and encouraging environment. Everything we do is about offering positive reinforcement to the children, using positive actions and language.
Having children feeling good about themselves as well as supporting others is a powerful demonstration of a supporting environment can impact the lives of children as well as families.
The below video is one that we believe that all parents should watch as it is insightful and Happy Hoops support the Play by the Rules Sport initiative.

Basketball Health Benefits

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Basketball can have many benefits  for ones health, from just training in the park to getting regular exercise. This article Health Benefits of Basketball produced by the Victorian State Government, Better Health Channel covers the flowing areas

  • Health Benefits of Basketball
  • Getting started with basketball
  • basketball and children
  • where to get help

Happy Hoops Basketball is committed to developing the health and well being of children by engaging them in basketball to improve, Motor skills, movement, hand to eye coordination, self confidence and team building.

Another great article is this one produced by Style Craze which lists the 10 benefits of playing basketball 10 Amazing health benefits of playing basketball

For further information on how Happy Hoops basketball can assist in improving your childrens health please fill in our inquiry form or call us on  0447-332-227 or email us on


School Holiday Basketball Clinics Diamond Creek

School Holiday Basketball Clinics

Happy Hoops Basketball School Holiday Clinics 22nd September 2016 Community Bank Centre Diamond Creek For children of ages from 7-12 we have an exciting new option for school children during the school holidays. That is Basketball based on skill but most importantly fun. The Happy Hoops Basketball difference is that we encourage a positive supportive environment where children will receive basketball skills but most importantly will experience friendship, teamwork, exercise and the opportunity to take part in team sports.
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22nd September Starting 10 am Registration from 9.30


Community Bank Centre Diamond Creek Main Hurstbridge Road Diamond Creek


Boys and Girls aged from 7-12 any skill level

How to book

Fill in inquiry form or book by sending inquiry to
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Children of all ages

Basketball promotes teamwork

Happy HoopsBasketball promotes teamwork through participation

While recently running a series of coaching sessions at a primary school in Melbourne we were really encouraged at the way that the kids started to support each other. An example was some grade 3 and 4 girls at first thought it was not cool to  participate but after two sessions they would come back and then help the little kids.

All skills levels welcome

One of the most challenging things when running a clinic with children of different abilities is that the children who can play start to dominate. The net result of this initially was that younger less skilled children felt threatened or that they could not do it. Our senior coach Laura ran several drills  and games that involved Custom designed trainingall the children, these games meant that all the kids could participate and encourage each other. After a few  weeks we observed that the experienced children improved in their skill but also were able to be more cooperative with those of lesser experience, this produced a real environment of encouragement.  For the children who were new to basketball it gave them the confidence of seeing that they can all work together and showed them that all children can play no matter their level of experience. One of the cornerstones of Happy Hoops Basketball that that Basketball promotes teamwork and this underwrites all of our clinics or programs.

Getting us involved

If you are involved in Primary school teaching or sporting activities and would like to see how Basketball promotes teamwork, please send us an email at or fill in our inquiry form.

Our Senior Coach Laura can come along to your school and do a quick introduction of the benefits of  Basketball the Happy Hoops way.

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After School Basketball clinics

Happy Hoops Basketball Introduce – After School Basketball clinics

A new look at after school care

Happy Hoops Basketball are happy to announce the new after school program. This involves running basketball clinics and coaching for a variety of primary age groups. This can be run as a stand alone program or as a part of your existing After School care program.
We find that by getting children involved in sporting activity that is inclusive and they can participate no matter what their skill level or ability is.

The Happy Hoops program is about getting children active and moving, giving the activities that will help their hand to eye coordination as well as giving some basic basket ball skills. Basketball  is a sport that all kids need is a ball and they can start practicing and playing.

If you would like to talk to us about getting Happy Hoops basketball in as part of your existing program please contact us via our inquiry form or you can call Laura on 0447 332 227.

Happy Hoops can come along to your school or company to discuss how we can partner with you in getting more sport into your after school program, using after school basketball clinics