Sunday, December 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013-2014 Parent Meeting

RFYBB Parents-

The RFYBB annual parents meeting is set for this coming Monday (11/25) from 6:30 to 7:00 at the MMS auditorium.  We will be going over what to expect at the different age levels.  We'll also be available to answer any questions you might have.

NOTE:  Immediately following the parents meeting, we'll be handing out uniforms to the 5th and 6th grade players.  New this year, is the required $50.00 deposit for uniforms.  Please be prepared to have this deposit.  No uniforms will be handed out without a deposit.

Finally, we've started our open gyms again at the Academy (Montessori).  These are held every Sunday (unless otherwise noted on this website) from 12:00 to 3:00.  Please consider this an unsupervised session.  If you don't feel comfortable leaving your son alone, plan on staying.

Rick Flood
RFYBB President

Be a better ball handler!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Basketball shoe drive...

The RFYBB will again be collecting and offering free used shoes!

We will be at the Academy Upper Gym from 12:00 to 3:00 the next 2 Sundays.  Please drop off your gently used basketball shoes or come and see if there are a pair that fits your son.

Update:  You may also drop of your used shoes at the MMS office or at River Falls City Hall during normal business hours.

NOTE:  When donating shoes, please make sure they are basketball shoes that have not been worn outside.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013-2014 Basketball Apparel

The 2013-2014 Wildcat basketball apparel is now available online.  Please click the picture below and help support basketball in River Falls!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mini-NBA registration...

I wanted to remind everyone that the registration deadline for the mini-NBA program (3rd & 4th graders) is on October 15th.  Practices will start on November 4ththis year.  Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions about any part or River Falls Youth Boys Basketball.  The link below will start you on your way towards registration.  4th graders will have an opportunity to play in a tournament in River Falls in February that is free.  This is a good opportunity to see how tournaments work as these kids will play a full traveling schedule in 5th grade.

RFYBB does have a financial assistance program for those families in financial need.

Looks like a good read...

Judging by the reviews and sample chapters, this book is spot on!  I love this quote:

"Full court press in youth basketball is like smoking in elementary school and should be banned forever!"

Monday, October 7, 2013

Some new ways to look at shooting...

3 new documents added...

Check out 3 new documents in the Drills folder of the Library.

Coaches and Players, please take advantage of the RFYBB library.  This a great resource for practice or off-season material

New Richmond Fall Skills camp...

Check out a great tuneup camp in New Richmond

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

10,000 Shot Club wrap-up...

The 2013 10,000 & 5,000 Shot Club wrap-up meeting is set for this Sunday at the MMS gym at 5:00pm.  Please use the south entrance and remember to bring the shot tracking forms.

MMS principal and youth coach, Mark Chapin will be present to discuss goal setting and team improvement through individual off season gains.

T-shirts and sweatshirts will be ordered this week and the athletes should have them by the beginning of the basketball season.

NOTE:  Those athletes that have successfully completed and tracked their 5k or 10k shots this summer will be eligible to be the "Junior Wildcat" for a home game.  This includes sitting on the Wildcat bench and getting introduced as part of the lineup.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Hudson 3 on 3 League

HBA will be hosting a Midwest 3 on 3 fall session in Hudson! This is a great basketball opportunity in our own backyard. The league will run for 5 weeks on Sunday's between 3-9PM starting on September 15th. Get your team signed up today and pass the word!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Traveling registration deadline is this Friday!

2013-2014 Key Registration Dates:

5th - 8th grade traveling registration deadline is August 2nd.
3rd & 4th grade Mini-NBA registration deadline is October 18th.
1st & 2nd grade skills registration deadline is November 15th.

NOTE:  The reason for the early deadline for 5th through 8th grade is because the GNBL (Great Northwest Basketball League) requires all teams to submit team information starting in August.  The GNBL needs to know how many teams each community will have and how many tournaments each team would like to play in.  If you sign your son up after deadline, there's a chance the teams may be full.

The preferred method of registration will be completed online through the River Falls Park and Rec.  The link for this is HERE.  You may also fill out a registration form and pay at the River Falls Park and Rec. building.

Contact Paula Flood ( with question or concerns regarding registration.

The RFYBB does have "Scholarship" programs for those families in financial need.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Register for Traveling Basketball now!

Just a reminder, the 5th grade through 8th grade traveling basketball registration deadline is August 2nd.  Please help spread the word!

You can register online at the River Falls Park andn Rec. website or stop down at the Park and Rec. building to register in person.

Monday, July 1, 2013

3rd annual RFYBB golf outing

Thanks to all the people and businesses that helped make the 3rd annual RFYBB golf outing a huge success.

We were able to raise about $7,000.00 this year.  This will allow us to continue to help the HS program with camps and summer tournaments, provide needed equipment for the HS and youth programs and most importantly, keep the registration fees low.

Finally, it was nice to see some of the parents of current RFYBB players able to support the program.  These families will receive $20.00 off of this years registration fee(s).  In addition, along with the players that complete the 10K shot club program, the players who's families attended the golf outing or dinner will be eligible to have an opportunity to be "team manager" during one of the Wildcat Varsity home games.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Coach Campbell's first River Falls camp...

The RFYBB is excited about the direction coach Campbell will take the program!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

10K/5K Shot Club

The RFYBB will be running the 10K/5K Shot Club program again this summer.  The kick-off meeting for this is Sunday June 9th at the MMS gym from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  You can enter the school using the south entrance.

You can find more details online @

Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Greg Gaulke steps down as River Falls HS coach

The RFYBB would like to thank Coach Gaulke for his time and effort towards basketball in River Falls.  400+ wins is an awesome accomplishment.

Read the article in the RF Journal HERE.

Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 Golf Outing - June 24th

The RFYBB annual golf outing is right around the corner.  Click the below link for more details.  We hope to see you there!

2013 RFYBB Golf Outing

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another RFYBB season in the books!

To all-

Thank you for another successful season!  Enjoy your spring (if it ever gets here) and summer!

We will be running our 10,000 Shot Club again and will send out more information in May.

NOTE:  This Saturday we will be collecting uniforms from the traveling players and coaching bags from coaches from 1:00-3:00 at the AC upper gym.  If you can't make it on Saturday, please contact your sons coach or a RFYBB board member.

Rick Flood

Friday, March 1, 2013

Website updates!!!

With the season coming to an end, it's time to think about summer camps and clinics.  We've added a section (right side of the screen) that lists all the local camps and clinics.

We've also added 4 new documents to the library that focus on individual workouts and summer drills.

Sunday open gym is closed for the season...

Open gym on Sundays at the Academy School is now done for the season.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Basic basketball skills and drills

I found this 30 minute video online that shows some basic basketball drills.  I've seen many of the coaches in River Falls use some of these drills.  This is a great video for a new coach.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Youth Night in the Cats Den

Mini-NBA Tournament Schedule

The mini-NBA tournament is set for this Saturday 2/9/13.  All games are at the RF Academy and the action starts at 8am.  All teams will be playing 3 games.  There will be a full bracket at the Academy on Saturday.  Here are the first round games with times for the second round games:


Timberwolves vs Lakers at 8am Upper Gym (win or lose both teams play their next game at 10am)

Heat vs Thunder at 8am Lower Gym (win or lose both teams play their next game at 10am)

Spurs vs Magic at 9am Lower Gym (win or lose both teams play their next game at 11am)

Bucks vs Celtics at 9am Upper Gym (win or lose both teams play their next game at 11am)


Food will be available for purchase during the tournament.


See you on Saturday!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Youth night this Tuesday!


The Wildcat Pep Club would like to announce that since the
January 22nd basketball game was cancelled, the previously
planned “Wildcat Youth Night” event has been rescheduled
for Tuesday, February 5th when the boy’s basketball team
faces #1 ranked Onalaska. Any youth wearing Wildcat apparel
will get into the game FREE of charge and be able to sit in the
“Cats Den” to cheer along with the Wildcat Student Section.
Wildcat Pep Club members will mix in among the youth to help
lead them in cheers.

The Wildcat Pep Club appreciates your support in helping make
RFHS the best home crowd around!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Keys to player development

Here are seven keys to effective player development:
Build your game brick by brick. Every rep of every set of every practice is important. How you do anything is how you do everything. You build a house one brick at time. You build your game one drill at a time.
Leave your comfort zone. Once a player has the movement, skill or footwork down, they need to push harder than game speed. The harder you practice, the easier things become during games.
Be innovative. Casual spot shooting and stationary ball handling are more boring than yesterday's newspaper. Plus one can argue how transferable those drills really are. Drills need to be innovative, yet purposeful. They need to be designed to improve game performance...not look cool for a YouTube video. Be innovative to improve effectiveness, not to look cool.
Know the "why". Every drill must have perceived relevance. That means the player clearly understands how this particular skill or drill will improve their game performance. Will dribbling three basketballs reduce turnovers when the lights come on and the cheerleaders start dancing on Friday nights? Doubtful. Therefore it has minimal perceived relevance.
Use visualization. Great players like Kevin Durant and Chris Paul don't just do a drill; they compete in that drill with the same focus and effort as if they were in the waning seconds of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. They imagine they are being guarded by an elite defender; not just "going around a cone."
Avoid fatigue and boredom. These are two of the biggest killers of player development. You can combat this by being in excellent basketball shape and using innovative, purposeful drills (No. 2 above). When your body gets tired, your mind quickly follows. No one can get better at a skill when his or her mind and body are exhausted.
Do everything with precision. Details matter! Perfect form and footwork are imperative. If you want to build a beautiful brick house (No. 1), you have to lay every single brick with care and precision. Once you start sloppily laying bricks...the house suffers (both in appearance and structural integrity).
Also make sure you understand and remember that skill improvement is a process of 2's:
  • It takes 2 minutes to learn a new move or new skill.
  • It takes 2 weeks to work on it daily until you develop confidence in it.
  • It takes 2 months of constant work to be competent enough to use it in a game.

Friday, January 25, 2013

UWRF Youth 3 on 3 League

Check out the link below for information on the new UWRF 3 on 3 youth league.

2013 UWRF 3 on 3

Sharp shooters in RF


3 cues for better shooting

If you're a good basketball shooter, the coach will find a spot for you on the floor, especially at the high school level. Thus, it becomes extremely important to learn the correct basketball shooting technique, and to practice various shooting drills over and over and over again. Larry Bird didn't become one of the greatest shooters of all-time just because he had a pretty shot. He practiced relentlessly too.
It's amazing how many kids don't know how to shoot a basketball correctly. They can't even explain the correct shooting technique, let alone demonstrate it. So we use a couple of cues to correct even the most horrid shooter's shots.
Once again, we use the Wooden approach to improving a basketball player's shot: quick, short cues not long explanations, as well as showing the player how to do it correctly, showing them how they are doing it, and then showing them how to do it correctly one more time.
Here are three cues for better basketball shooting:

Start Small End Tall

We actually stole this one from Ganon Baker. Very few kids actually explode into their shot. They start way too tall and never get their legs involved. They may shoot fine 8-10 feet from the basket in stationary drills, but once we move them to the 3-point line or it comes to the 4th quarter, every shot becomes short. And if it isn't short, it's on a line drive with little hope of going in. Plus, a tall shooter coming off the screen is a slow, poor shooter.
So we use the cue "start small, end tall." Originally, we would use cues like "bend the knees", "push the hips back", "sit back", or "hip hinge." We like "start small, end tall" better because it not only reminds the shooter to explode into their shot by pushing their hips back, but it also reminds them to end in an extended position with a great follow-through. Essentially, it gives us the best bang for our buck in the fewest words possible. We quickly found out that the fewer words we use, the more likely the athletes will remember it.

Snap the Elbow

This is one of the biggest basketball shooting mistakes we see with female players: not extending their follow through. They will continually short-arm their shot. That almost always results in a line drive.
Once again, we used to use "snap the wrist", "hand in the rim", "up and out", and "shoot out of the telephone booth." However, we like "snap the elbow" better because it solves multiple problems with one cue. It reminds the athlete to extend the follow through. It also reminds them to shoot up and then out as it's almost impossible to really snap your elbow without extending your arm up first. And it indirectly reminds the athlete to snap their wrist on the follow through because once you snap your elbow, your wrist will automatically snap.
The result: a beautiful arching shot that touches nothing but the net.

Middle to Middle

This is another wrist/elbow problem we see often with basketball shooters. Either the shooter will snap their wrist to the inside/outside of the rim, or they will have their elbow sticking out and not lined up towards the basket. Although the shooter can make adjustments for these and still be a good shooter, she will never be a great shooter without thousands of hours of practice to compensate for the error in technique.
We used to use cues like "center of the rim", "back of the room", or "grab the rim", but we like "Middle to the Middle" better. Once again, it attacks two problems with as few words as possible. Players are reminded to take their middle finger to the middle of the rim (where the middle finger goes, the hand will follow), as we as line up the middle of their elbow to the middle of the rim. Thus, their accuracy should be improved tremendously. If they miss shots, they should always be missing long or short, never right or left.
All three of these cues are absolutely useless unless you explain the meanings behind them. You always have to speak the same language as the athlete. What you say may not always be what they hear. Thus, we usually make the athletes repeat it back to us in their own words just to see if they are hearing what we're saying. Plus, it also gives us the opportunity to find a cue that may be a better fit. Once we're both on the same page as far as cues are concerned, shooting drills become a lot more efficient and effective with as a little talking as possible.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Playing time video...

5th and 6th grade tournament this weekend!

The RFYBB is holding it's annual 5th & 6th grade tournament this weekend at the high school.  Please stop out on Saturday between 9:00am and 5:00pm to check out the action.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

7th & 8th Grade tournament this weekend!

The RFYBB will be hosting our annual 7th & 8th grade tournament this weekend at the River Falls High School.  Games kickoff at 9:00am and the championship game is scheduled for 5:10pm.

Please consider stopping out and supporting the future of River Falls basketball.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Energy Giver or Energy Taker

Which one are you?

Every time you interact with another human being… you either give them energy (‘fill their bucket’) or you take their energy (‘drain their bucket.’).  In every instance you are either an energy giver or an energy taker.

If you want to be successful in life, you need to not only be an energy giver… you need to surround yourself with energy givers.

Energy givers make those around them better.  9 out of 10 people adamantly admit they are more productive when they are around positive people (aka ‘energy givers’).

It’s pretty simple… if every member of your program (coaches and players) is an energy giver during a workout… the workout becomes more intense and more productive by default.  Nothing else is possible!  Obviously, if you have productive workouts on a consistent basis, you will make progress.

Not everyone can be 7 feet tall. Not everyone can jump out of the gym.  But everyone can be an energy giver.  Being an energy giver is a conscious choice.  It is an attitude.

Energy givers raise the confidence of everyone they come in contact with.  Energy givers improve morale, chemistry, and performance.  Coaches and teammates covet players who are energy givers.

Are you an energy giver?

During your off-season workouts, do you give energy by listening and being coachable? By being a supportive teammate? By being enthusiastic? By working as hard as you possibly can?

Or do you drain energy by loafing, arguing, and complaining?

If you want to stand out at your summer league games, AAU games, and camps… and really have coaches take notice… then you need to be an energy giver!

Energy givers thank their teammates for a good pass.

Energy givers help their teammates up after they take a charge or dive for a loose ball.

Energy givers cheer their teammates on when they are not in the game.

Energy givers listen to their coach with their ears and their eyes.

Energy givers communicate on defense.

Energy givers show up early and are prepared to workout, practice or play.

Energy givers always give that little extra.  And it goes a long way.

Make a conscious effort to be an energy giver… it will pay off… trust me.

2013 - 5th grade - Elk Mound