Hoopskills Basketball matches up with Devon Rotary Knights

Joe Meade, the Northeast Regional College Scout for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, has announced that Hoopskills Basketball will be working with the Devon Rotary Knights Basketball League to offer preseason skills clinics.

There will be two 90-minute sessions on Friday nights from 5:30-7 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 and 11, at the Parsons Gym in Milford.

Parents can get a Hoopskills brochure on the DRKB website drkb.org.

The clinics are open to boys and girls age 10-16.  articipants can sign up for either two or four sessions on separate dates.

The cost is $35 for two sessions and $60 for all four. The clinics will be limited to 60 players per session, first come, first served. Meade can be contacted at jmeade2873@aol.com.

The Devon Rotary Knights Basketball League is run by Keith Rice, who has directed it for the past 15 years. Rice has seen the program grow from just a few players to over 500 kids and over 50 teams.

The coaches are all volunteers from the community, made up primarily of moms and dads who give their time.

The addition of travel teams over the past couple of years has increased the popularity of the program and the competition as well

“We’re really trying to take the next step and improve the quality of every one’s experience,” Rice said. “Coach Meade brings a lifetime of experience to our programs. This partnership makes perfect sense and we are excited to have Joe work with our players and coaches.”

Parents can sign up their children for the DRKB League at the Milford Recreation Department, located at 70 West River Street, Milford.

Returning players who have participated in the past can register and pay online at drkb.org. The cost is $110 for the season. The deadline is Sept. 27.

All new players must apply in person at the Milford Recreation Department. The league is open only to Milford residents. Bring proof of residence and your child’s birth certificate.

Hoopskills Basketball Instruction is directed by  Meade. The focus of the program is to provide skill development through repetition and muscle memory techniques using fun drills that build strength and improved skills.

Before joining the Utah Jazz in 2012, he was a New York City high school and college basketball coach with over 25 years of coaching and teaching experience.

Meade is also a professor in the Sport Management Department at Post University in Waterbury, where he teaches classes in Sports Administration and Sports Facility and Event Management.

In addition to the skills clinics, the DRKB program will be conducting preseason coaching clinics in October to address current issues in youth sports, practice planning and age appropriate drills and concepts.

Anyone interested in volunteering to coach a team is asked to contact Keith Rice at keith@drkb.org.