Lower Mac Basketball

1ST-12TH Grades

WHAT:  Basketball!!!!

WHO: Boys and Girls in Grades 1st through 12th grade at all experience and ability levels.

WHEN: Fall Skills & Drills, Winter Intramural & Travel, Summer Intramural & Travel

WHERE: East Penn School District Facilities, Lower Macungie Township Community Center, Participating League Locations

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Basketball, Sneakers, Uniform (provided), Water Bottle

DESCRIPTION: Players will learn the fundamentals of basketball in a safe, fun, and appropriately competitive environment.


QUESTIONS/CONCERNS? Email Matthew Blye (Lower Mac Basketball Coordinator) at





I pledge to COMPETE with CLASS and HONOR THE GAME…

  • I will honor the history of basketball and commit to maintaining the core values of the game's culture.
  • I will recognize the value of safe and fair play by teaching, enforcing and playing by the letter and spirit of the game.
  • I will practice and encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other basketball event.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of our players ahead of any personal desire to win.
  • I will support coaches and officials working with players in order to encourage a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will do my very best to make the sport fun for everyone who participates.
  • I will ask all family members and fans to be tolerant and inclusive by treating other players, coaches, fans and officials with high regard and respect.



  • To expose kids to the game of basketball in a very positive way!
  • To teach the fundamental skills (dribbling, shooting, passing, defense) of basketball.
  • To help each and every player achieve his/her personal best in the game of basketball!



  • Offer each player an equal opportunity to be successful
  • Treat each player with respect
  • Coach with positive words
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to players and parents
  • Coach within LMYA guidelines on skill progression, stay updated
  • Provide an appropriate coach to player ratio



  • Arrive on time - 10 minutes early to practices, and at pre-determined time for games
  • Be POSITIVE with yourself, your coaches, and your team-mates
  • "Leave it all on the court":  While at practice, focus ON BASKETBALL and work hard!
  • No cliques... we are all one team
  • Attitude and effort will impact playing time more than anything else
  • Playing time philosophy:  everyone plays, all skill levels will progress



  • Offer as much notice as possible if a player is missing a practice or game
  • Please do not coach from the sidelines.  Positive reinforcement is encouraged! Players do not need conflicting direction; they need to be allowed to make their own choices on the field in order to develop
  • Please do not yell at the refs or question calls
  • If you have an issue or concern, solve it with the coaches rather than spreading it along the sideline, or to your player.  Negativity is contagious.
  • If there are questions or concerns, please e-mail Tessa Hullfish at



Intramural Basketball –

  • Early Registration (guarantees team placement) opens September 1st and closes October 1st with a registration fee of $105.
  • Provisional Registration (conditional upon enough coaches and spots available) opens October 2nd and closes November 1st with a registration fee of $125.
  • Sections Include:
    • 1st/2nd Grade Boys
    • 1st/2nd Grade Girls
    • 3rd/4th Grade Boys
    • 3rd/4th Grade Girls
    • 5th/6th Grade Boys
    • 5th/6th Grade Girls
    • 7th/8th Grade Boys
    • 7th/8th Grade Girls
    • 9th/10th Grade Boys
    • 11th/12th Grade Boys
    • 9-12th Grade Girls

Travel Basketball –

  • Registration opens September 1st and closes October 1st with a registration fee of $180. A $75 refund will be issued if a player does not make a travel team and they will be rostered on an intramural team unless otherwise notified. Sections Include:
    • 3rd/4th Grade Boys
    • 3rd/4th Grade Girls
    • 5th/6th Grade Boys
    • 5th/6th Grade Girls
    • 7th/8th Grade Boys
    • 7th/8th Grade Girls
  • Travel Tryouts will take place in October at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center. Players MUST attend at least 1 of the 2 assigned tryout times in order to be considered for a travel team.

Fall Skills and Drills –

  • Registration opens in late summer with a fee of $80.
  • Registration is limited to the first 30 participants at each level.
  • Sections include:
    • 1st/2nd Grade Co-Ed
    • 3rd/4th Grade Co-Ed
    • 5th/6th Grade Co-Ed

Summer Basketball -

  • Registration opens in late spring with a registration fee of $65.
  • Sections include:
    • 3rd/4th Grade Boys Intramurals
    • 3rd/4th Grade Girls Intramurals
    • 5th/6th Grade Boys Intramurals
    • 5th/6th Grade Girls Intramurals
    • 7th/8th Grade Boys Intramurals
    • 7th/8th Grade Girls Intramurals
    • 3rd Grade Boys Travel
    • 4th Grade Boys Travel
    • 3/4 Grade Girls Travel
    • 5/6 Grade Boys Travel
    • 5/6 Grade Girls Travel
    • 7/8 Grade Boys Travel

Summer Skills Week -

  • Registration opens in early-mid summer with a fee of $80.
  • Registration is limited to the first 30 participants at each level.
  • This program runs for an entire week with a different professional basketball trainer each day for the following sections:
    • 3rd/4th Grade Co-Ed
    • 5th/6th Grade Co-Ed
    • 7th/8th/9th Grade Co-Ed

Court Locations

LMYA Basketball Venues:

Township Center
Lower Macungie Township Community Center - same building as the Library, up on the hill to the right after entering township complex.

Directions to Lower Mac Township Center

Middle Schools
Eyer Middle School - shares campus with Shoemaker/Macungie, at corner of Brookside Road and Buckeye Drive.

Directions to Eyer MS

Lower Macungie Middle School - on Lower Macungie Road, just west of Krock's Road.

Directions to Lower Macungie MS

Elementary Schools
Macungie Elementary - accessible from Brookside Road, just south of Buckeye Drive
Shoemaker Elementary - accessible from Rt. 100 in Macungie, if coming South on Rt. 100, make left onto Fairview.
- both schools are on the same campus as Eyer Middle School

Directions to Shoemaker and Macungie

Wescosville Elementary - off Brookside Road just south of Hamilton Blvd (Wa-Wa). If coming south on Brookside, make right onto Liberty Lane (School Entry).

Directions to Wescosville

Jefferson Elementary

Directions to Jefferson

Lincoln Elementary

Directions to Lincoln

Alburtis Elementary

Directions to Alburtis

Willow Lane Elementary

Directions to Willow Lane

Other Sites

AFC at Bethany Church

Directions to AFC

Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church

Direction to CC Bible Fellowship



Drill Suggestions for Coaches, Parents, & Players

Dribbling Drill Suggestions

1. Dribbling Lines
2. Dribble, Pass, & Catch
3. In & Out with Crossover
4. Push-Pull
5. Blindfold or Goggles
6. Two Ball Dribbling
7. Dribble Takeaway
8. Simon Says
9. Maravich Drills
10. Collision Dribbling
11. Scarecrow Tiggy
12. Sharks and Minnows
13. Dribble Relays
14. Dribble Tag
15. Mirror Dribbling
16. F-A-S-T
17. Snake Dribbling
18. Hula Hoop Drill
19. Cone Tip-Over Drill
20. Dribble Layup Drag Race

Shooting Fundamentals

Balance: Player should be straight with no lean, weight evenly distributed, should jump forward no more than approximately 6 inches on jump shot.
Elbow: At a 90 degree angle and pointed straight toward basket.
Eyes: Always look at the back of the rim and keep your eyes on the target when 
shooting, find the bulls-eye.
Follow-through: Player should hold high (60 degrees or higher) one-second follow- 
through with wrist making a parachute (or reaching into cookie jar or waving good- bye to ball).

Range: Player should know their range and not shoot outside it.
Open: Player should be open to shoot, this means no hand in the face.
Balance: Player should be in balance and under control.
One Count Shot: Catch and shot, no extra movement, economy of motion.
Team Shot: Player should look to shoot their best shot from their best location and 
players should try to help them get that shot.

Shooting Drill Suggestions

1. Alphabet Writing
2. Groove Your Shot
3. Partner Shooting
4. Knockout
5. Half Moon
6. Floor Shooting
7. Speed Layups
8. Pull Up Jumpers
9. Pass, Cut, Shoot
10. Fast Break Shooting
11. Rapid Fire
12. Spot Shooting
13. Free Throws
14. Right and Left Handed Layups
15. Cone Shooting
16. Around the World
17. Advanced Cone Shooting
18. Validation
19. Baseball
20. Partner Shooting Game

Passing Drill Suggestions

1. Partner Passing Drill
2. Partner Pass with 1 Defender
3. Machine Gun Passing
4. 4 Corners Passing
5. Full Court Passing
6. Full Court Partner Passing with Layup
7. Taking Infield
8. Partner Passing with 2 Balls
9. Triangle Passing
10. Bad Pass Reaction
11. Back to the Passer Drill
12. Stationary Keepings Off
13. 3 Man Weave
14. Crocodile Passing Drill
15. Category Passing
16. Target Practice
17. Passing Into the Low Post
18. 50 Passes
19. The Chair Game
20. Pass to Shoot Drill

Here are 10 Keys to a Great Defensive Stance:

  1. Fronts of the Feet - A little more than half of your weight should be distributed to the fronts or balls of your feet. Heel should still be in contact with the ground.
  2. Stable Base & Feet Straight Ahead - Your feet should be pointing straight ahead. This creates an angle that allows you to provide more force against the ground. Your feet should also be slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
  3. Hips Back & Knees Bent - Butt should be behind the heels and your knees should be pointing forward.
  4. Knees Inside of Feet - This helps create alignment with your lower body which enables you to explode more efficiently in any direction.
  5. Butt Down - Staying in a stable position with your butt down enables you to stay balanced and engage the glutes which is the most powerful muscle in the lower body.
  6. Shoulders Over Knees - Your shoulders should be over your knees with your chest out and back straight. You don't want to be leaning too far forward or backwards.
  7. If you have a tendency to lean forward too much - bring your hands above your head as this will bring your torso more upright.
  8. If you have a tendency to be too upright with your butt tucked under and knees stick too far forward, keep your hands straight in front of you as this will force you to push your butt back into a better position.
  9. Hands up - Depending on the tactic (Hands out or hands up to defend shot/dribble).
  10. Eyes focused on the player's waist or chest.

Defensive Drill Suggestions

1. War
2. Circle Challenge Drill
3. Musical Slide
4. Agility Course
5. Lane Slides
6. Fresno Drill
7. Recovery Drill
8. Forward Denial
9. Complete Man to Man
10. Team Transition D
11. One-on-One Transition D
12. Double Trouble
13. Denfending the Pick and Roll
14. Flash Pass
15. 1-on-1 Rebounding
16. The Rebound Game
17. Line Jumps
18. Rebound, Pivot, Pass
19. Golden Egg
20. Medicine Ball Weight Slide




Date Elected

Basketball Coordinator Matthew Blye Aug-22
Gym Coordinator Matthew Blye Aug-22
Travel Coordinator Jessica Lamparella May-22
Intramural Coordinator Lucas Haughney Aug-21

1st and 2nd Grade Boys -
1st and 2nd Grade Girls -
3rd and 4th Grade Boys -
3rd and 4th Grade Girls -
5th and 6th Grade Boys -
5th and 6th Grade Girls -
7th and 8th Grade Boys -
7th through 12th Grade Girls -

9th through 12th Grade Boys -


We are 100% run by volunteers and could use your help in the following areas:

Volunteer Positions NEEDED

  • Head Coaches - IN NEED AT ALL LEVELS
  • Assistant Coaches - IN NEED AT ALL LEVELS
  • Grade Level Coordinator - IN NEED AT ALL LEVELS
  • Equipment Coordinator
  • Picture Coordinator