CAVALRY 1ST/2ND/3RD GRADE ACADEMIES
The "big" kids are almost done -- and now its time for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders to break out their basketball skills. Cavalry Basketball will be offering a series of five skills "Academies" on Wednesday evenings in April. (Exact times will be determined based on registration numbers -- but all sessions will generally be between 6 and 9 pm). Boys and girls in grades 1,2,and 3 are eligible to participate. The cost is $25.
To register please click on the tab above.
"CAVALRY 75" NIGHTS - CHANGE OF TIMES
End-of-the-year Cavalry 75 testing will be performed on the following evenings:
Monday April 13 (***ALL GRADES 6:00-7:30) + uniform check-in 5:30-6:00
Friday April 17 (***ALL GRADES 6:00-7:30)
Monday April 20 (***ALL GRADES 6:00-7:30)
"CAVALRY IN THE COMMUNITY"
- MAKING GINGERBREAD HOUSES!
We will be getting in the Christmas spirit (and sharing some Christmas joy) by visiting the SMC care center
to build gingerbread houses with the residents. Players are invited to meet at SMC by 2:15 on Wednesday
December 27th. Gingerbread and frosting will be provided. Players are encouraged to bring some candy of
their choice to contribute to the decorating choices. If you are able to attend - please let Julie Simons know so
that she can provide a headcount to SMC
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST MEMBERS OF THE
2015 "CAVALRY 75" CLASS
ELI VEDRAL - 90
KOBEY SIMONS -88
KOLBE RADA - 87
TAYLEN POSPISIL -76
BRANDON BLUM - 75
A LETTER FROM OUR CAVALRY PRESIDENT
Dear Cavalry Family,
I’m writing you to emphatically invite you to the 2014-2015 Cavalry Campaign. This season will be our seventh. We are planning a whole lot more of the same when it comes to fundamentals. But I think you will also be happy with some of our additions to the campaign. The culture that we are building is definitely emerging. . . but it needs more to sustain it through the next 20-30 years. It will require constant and continuous innovation to ensure that we are one of the Premier Youth Basketball organizations around.
The organization was built on three foundational pillars: Faith, Family, and Fundamentals. We are making great strides in all three areas, but I would like to discuss the vision for Cavalry. With the help of so many coaches and advisors -- and the support of so many families -- Cavalry can be a positive force for years to come. I am committed to taking this organization to the next level with Faith, Family, and Fundamentals as our guiding principles. This is why I’m so excited to announce some of the new programs or pieces to each one of our foundational pillars.
Faith is the foundation for us as Catholics and Cavalry; it is our identity and driving force behind our program. If it wasn’t for our Faith this program would not exist as it does today. We will continue to offer an opportunity for prayer at every Cavalry sponsored practice and event. This has always been the expectation, but as we go forward it will be emphasized to a greater extent. As an organization, we will be participating in holy hours and hours of Adoration throughout the Lincoln Diocese. I would strongly encourage both parents and players to attend these Cavalry sponsored hours. The dates and times of these events will be on the Cavalry website Calendar. I will be appointing a Faith Coordinator to help with these events and to plan other events that will showcase our Catholic Faith. If you are interested in helping or being the Coordinator please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second pillar that I would like to discuss is Family. We have many components of family within our organization and I don’t plan on going into each one, but I would like to say this: we need to find a way to love each other more. As I tell the kids, if you are feeling down or bad the best way to remedy that is to do something nice for others. We have planned several events for Cavalry players outside of basketball. These include, Bingo with Care Center Residents, attending College Basketball games, and a babysitting night (to allow each of you as parents to enjoy a night with your spouse or friends on Cavalry). If you are still a doubter at this point, I would recommend that you read the Book titled The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. It was a truly life changing book for me as a coach and person. I hope you enjoy it and benefit from it as much as I.
Lastly, I would like to talk briefly about the last pillar, fundamentals. I spend countless hours going to clinics and watching videos to bring the lastest and greatest of basketball fundamentals to your kids. I would say without a doubt that we do more fundamentally for our kids than any organization. I spent this last weekend watching high level Division 1 coaches talk and teach the fundamentals that we are doing with every Cavalry academy and practice. We are going to insure that fundamentals remain the cornerstone of our program by having at least 30 mins of every practice spent on the fundamentals, footwork, ball-handling, passing, shooting. Fundamentals have always been the foundation of building solid basketball programs. Unfortunately, great fundamentals don't always lead to victories at grades four thorough eigh; but they do help build teams with State Championship potential in grade nine through twelve. We will still strive to be a very competitive program during the Cavalry years: but our intent is the help build great Catholics, who become great people, who just might someday have the chance to play for a State Championship for Bishop Neumann.
In closing, I really hope that all of you take the time to read what I’m saying because what I’m saying is exactly what I thinking, no hidden agendas, just the truth spoken directly from my heart. Cavalry basketball and the kids of Cavalry make me a better Catholic, a better person, and a better coach. I would like to invite all of you to experience what I experience from Cavalry it is truly awesome! I’m going to leave you with Jon Gordon’s 10 rules for the Ride of Your Life.
1. You’re the driver of your bus.
2. Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction.
3. Fuel your ride with positive energy.
4. Invite people of your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.
5. Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on the bus.
6. Post a sign that says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on your bus.
7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.
8. Love your passengers.
9. Drive with purpose.
10. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Yours in Faith, Family, and Fundamentals,
Jason J. Simons, President