Programs at a Glance - updated info for summer 2020

Hello High Altitude Basketball Community!

We hope you have been healthy, staying safe and finding opportunities to keep active and enjoy life. Athletics play a big role not only in your child's physical activity but also in their health and well being. We are disheartened to know that we are not able to provide programming for you at this time. Amidst the restrictions by which we are all abiding by for the safety of ourselves and others, we know there is light at the end of the tunnel and we plan to be ready to proceed once allowed to do so.

The Director of Administration, the Recreational Program Coordinator and the Board of Directors have been working hard to figure out when and how to proceed so we can still fulfill our mission to provide basketball opportunities for all. Undoubtedly, the coronavirus pandemic will influence how we carry out our mission going forward but we want to let you know that we are doing all that we can to stay up to date and are prepared to make all the necessary changes.

We are still awaiting further guidance from the state and county, and unfortunately we are in a 'wait and see' position. We have been regularly checking the CDPHE website and making sure we are abiding by the Steamboat Springs County Restrictions with our plans to move forward. Under the state educational restrictions, all school gymnasiums are closed and there are to be no athletic or in-person co-curricular or extracurricular activities until the moratorium expires.

Our summer camps, that were scheduled to begin in just a few short weeks, have been cancelled. However, we are actively working on possible programs later on in the summer that we will be able to host while still complying with whatever restrictions come our way. Be on the lookout for updated information on potential summer programs!

Until we are able to get back into the gyms, you can find several at home workouts on Youtube provided by our partner, 970 Hoops. This week is expected to have fantastic spring weather and if your child has a basketball he/she can work on skills right outside the house! Check out the videos online HERE or you can go to the 970 Hoops website for more information about virtual training.

We are here for you amidst the changing lifestyles we are all facing and we look forward to seeing you out on the court soon.

Competitive Programs

Competitive programs are available for boys and girls 6th - 12th grades, with opportunities for travel. Please contact our Competitive Coordinator for more information.

Intro to Competitive Basketball 6th grade

  • Registration opens Jan. 6 for boys and girls
  • Boys and girls in 6th grade, from February to April. Tryouts required.
  • Click HERE for more information on girls Intro to Competitive Basketball.
  • Click HERE for more information on boys Intro to Competitive Basketball.

HAB Select Teams 7th - 8th grade

  • Registration opens Dec. 9 for boys and Jan. 6 for girls
  • Boys and girls in 7th-8th grades. Tryouts required.
  • Click HERE for more information on girls Select Team. Held February to April
  • Click HERE for more information on boys Select Team. Held January to March.

HAB High School Select Teams

  • Click HERE for more information on our High School Select teams.

970 Hoops is a PARTNERSHIP with Coach Vandahl and included in the cost of all competitve programs. New to HAB this year, we are excited to work with Coach Vandahl on a more consistent basis. 970 Hoops focuses on individual skill development, club/organization/school partnerships with 970 Hoops coaching, basketball camps, and creation of basketball events across the Western Slope of Colorado.

"Through the 970 Hoops Club Partnership program, I plan to offer my coaching knowledge and connections to High Altitude Basketball's Competitive Program participants and coaches.

I am thrilled to be partnering with High Altitude Basketball to continue advancing the game of basketball in the Yampa Valley." Coach Vandahl

Through the 970 Elite Club Team Partnership program, competitive club basketball program(s) can benefit from the basketball knowledge of 970 Elite coaching and guidance. 970 Hoops aims to support the growth and development of youth basketball across the western slope of Colorado.

Skill Development Practice Session

Each competitive team will receive one 970 Elite skill development practice, run by 970 Elite coaches, per week throughout the duration of the season. The practice will be on a week night and will last two hours. A two-month season would consist of eight practice sessions.

The development of basketball skills is essential for developing elite basketball players.

Practice sessions will focus primarily on the following areas:

  • Shooting
  • Passing
  • Dribbling
  • Live ball moves (perimeter and post)
  • Live game situational breakdown (perimeter and post)
    • Pick and Roll, draw and kick, post to perimeter, etc.
  • Defensive Principles

Team coaches can guide the 970 Elite Coaches on what skills and areas of development they would like to see focused on based on the teams overall strengths and weaknesses.

Pre-Season Skills Combine

970 Elite will host a pre-season combine event for the boys and girls team(s).

Combine events are designed to take all players through dynamic skill work. They will be modeled after camps in a condensed version, essentially a "mini camp." The combine event will offer an introduction to the skill development that will be focused on throughout the season. All boys teams in their current season will attend the combine event together. All girls teams in their current season will attend the combine event together.

Each combine event will last two to three hours.

Strength/Speed Training

Competitive team participants get one Strength/Speed Training (Pio Utu) Session per week during the season.

Time/Length: One to 1.5 hours.

X's and O's Guidance for Club Team Coaches

970 Elite coaches will be available to offer guidance on any "X's and O's" questions Club Team coaches have.

For example, if a team coach has a question on zone offensive principles a 970 Elite coach will offer guidance.

Team Culture/Mentality Training

Mentality Training

- Each team gets one "Mentality Training" Session during the season

- Team Goal, Mission, Vision, Principles Session

- Individual Goal Setting and Training

970 Elite believes in developing well-rounded players on and off the court. The mental side of the game is as important, if not more important, than the physical.

About the Competitive Program

The High Altitude Basketball Competitive Program is a branch of the greater non-profit organization (High Altitude Basketball, Inc.), which is comprised of volunteers dedicated to assisting boys and girls in the Yampa Valley and Western Slope region of Colorado. The Competitive Program has three areas of focus:

1. Improve basketball (boys and girls) in the Yampa Valley Region, Northwest Colorado, and the entire Western Slope region of Colorado.

2. Provide the youth of the Western Slope region of Colorado the opportunity to play competitive basketball for a program born and raised on the Western Slope of Colorado.

3. Provide the youth of the Western Slope regions of Colorado the opportunity to gain exposure and competitive basketball experience at all levels.

The Competitive Program has options for all serious basketball players. We offer programs for girls from 7th through 12th grades.

Participants will develop knowledge, skills and love of the game of basketball while simultaneously emphasizing respect, accountability, and perseverance. Our approach is to teach in a consistent and best of class manner and to serve as a support system for all middle and high school programs within the western slope region. The High Altitude Basketball Competitive Program embraces HAB's five core values: family, community, academics, teamwork, and sportsmanship.