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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To use the basketball experience to create a postive and productive environment where local youth can gain the skills and knowledge to be successful on and off the court.

Geographic areas served: Puget Sound

Programs: Creation of programs by which the use of basketball experience by local youth will introduce the practical skills and knowledge needed to become a valued member of the community.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is new to the program, having started this past fall. He is also fairly new to basketball, having a short experience with Boys and Girls club last year and this fall with his 7th grade team. I can say that the experience for Nick has been the best experience that he has had from all his sports or extracurricular activities. These include essentially professionally coached teams or pay-for extra coaching/training in several sports. What is obvious to me is that the coaching staff clearly knows very well where each boy is in his development. Even in the larger groups of team practice they are able to teach very effectively. In the smaller group training sessions they are able to do even more. All the while they make the experience fun for all the kids. It is remarkable how each kid, regardless of current ability is brought into the fold and made effective on the court. This must be very uplifting to all the kids. What I value most in the organization and the coaching staff, above their practice plans, is their respect for the kids and promotion of proper etiquette in practices and games. In the large group of league players (I think 40 kids on 4 teams) there is obviously some kids who have much more experience than others. However, what impresses me is that there is no hot-shotting or posturing going on at all in practices or games. Clearly the staff is having a very positive effect on the kids life skills. I had a friend recommend Home Court, stating that he felt that my son would get more out of doing this than playing on a select team. I can see why that is the case.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not long after Home Court opened we enrolled our son in one of their programs. Since that time our family has had a very positive experience with the programs that they develop, with the quality of the facility and the exceptional staff. I have great admiration for Rob, Pat, Danny and others at Home Court to take a simple yet excellent idea and to develop it into a first class program. I highly recommend Home Court NW for the following reasons: 1) Staff - any organization can only be as good as the people running it. Pat and Danny are clearly committed to putting a first rate program out to our community. 2) Facility - any non-profit athletic organization would be blessed to have such a high quality facility. 3) Balance - there exists a fine line between a comfortable learning environment for all kids and the ability to develop and compete at a high level. Home Court has achieved the balance and is consistently trying to improve upon it. 4) Player Development - the Home Court staff clearly wants to see the kids grow as proficient basketball players and also to development into positive and confident young men and women. 5) Program Development - they want feedback. Home Court staff recognizes that this is a growing and fluid organization that relies on constructive participant and player feedback to be successful. There is a willingness to adapt to the needs of the community. Give them a call and let them know your needs. 6) Expectations - this is one of the things that I love the most about Home Court. The staff expects the participants to give their best but they also expect them to be highly respectful of the program, the facility, the other players and the coaches.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been active in Home Court programs for several years. We love the Home Court approach to the game--always positive, always fun, always upbeat, always inclusive of all ability levels, genders, and ages. We feel extremely fortunate to live so close to a program such as this, which, to our knowledge, does not exist elsewhere. The emphasis is never on competition, but on skill improvement and sportsmanship. We also love the fact that some of their "customers" have been able to join them as volunteers, learning coaching and leadership skills, in addition to game skills. The smiles on the faces of the directors, the respectful atmosphere ... EVERYTHING about this place is top notch, and absolutely the best sports and/or youth program that we've been acquainted with in over ten years of all kinds of sports and rec. programs. Thank you, HOME COURT !!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am very pleased with the quality of coaching and the value of this program. Our son has been involved in several programs over the years and has always had a good time. I like that they take the time to stress the importance of sportsmanship and fair play as well as skills. I would recommend this program without hesitation for anyone looking for a well rounded basketball experience for their child.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Home Court NW does a fantastic job of teaching the basic fundamentals of basketball, while keeping it fun for the kid's. The best part is the kid's are always moving & participating, as opposed to standing around.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been taking our daughter and son to Homecourt for the past 5 years. It is a great program that not only teaches basketball fundamental but also teamwork and good sportmanship. It is a great facility and the staff is great!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children have been to Home Court and loved it. The coaching staff are so positive the the kids that, while learning to play the game, they are also learning to love the game.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to Home Court NW for a number of years and has always had a great time. The coaching staff are very supportive, make basketball fun and the kids learn a lot.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Court is absolutely the best! Our 3 children have participated in almost every kind of opportunity at HC and we have never been disappointed. While learning the game of basketball, they also learn life skills too. The friendly, knowledgeable staff teach children in a productive, positive, and encouraging environment. The absence of negative, competitive pressure allows the children to love the game and learn at their optimal capacity. I wish more organizations took the same approach and had such a well-rounded view.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my son and daughter have participated in Home Court sessions, from Fun Dees to the Tip Off sessions. As both a coach and parent, I have been extremely impressed at every session. The (full time) staff is amzaingly friendly, upbeat, and terrific with young players. They provide thoughtful and productive leadership so that everyone has a positive and fun time. I've never seen discipline be an issue - maybe becuase they manage the groups of (40) 6+ year olds from the moment they come to the gym. The fulltime directors lead the sessions, emphasiziing focus, hustle, and teamwork throughout every sessions. And they stress it for both basketball skills, as well as everyday life. The (assistant) coaches manage the breakout drills and scrimmages. They dress uniformly, all the way down to their practice plans; are prepared with drills they are going to run and how to run them; and do a great job with the keeping the activities fun and moving. Program is a bit spending, but worth the money. And they listen to feedback about the program value, duration, schedule, etc. The December 09 holiday break programs were modified up to the last minute to accomoadate the requests of their customers. Homecourt is easily one of the best run, most prepared and organized programs. These guys are pros!

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

Both my son and daughter have benefited tremendously from Home Court's programs. Their approach to teaching basketball emphasizes strong fundamentals and team play. At the more advanced levels they teach a pass-oriented motion or "Princeton" style of offense that gets all players involved in handling the ball, passing, and shooting. My son in particular benefited from both the Traveling League Development Program and pre-tryout clinics. After missing the cut in previous years this year he made both a select (AAU) and his school JV team. I also like HC's emphasis on team-oriented (instead of individual) play and respect. This is the stuff that will prepare boys and girls for much more than basketball. My only possible complaint is that a lot of their teaching is more guard-oriented and they don't really teach much particular to post-play - in a motion offense pretty much everyone plays every position as the offense moves. Fine for my kids because they are both guards. If you think your son/daughter is a future NBA/WNBA star, this probably isn't the place for them - check out programs like Emerald City or the Seattle Pirates. Otherwise, highly recommended.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Court has been an outstanding experience. The program offers everything that youth coaching should have; positive coaches, solid fundamental values, advanced skills and strong desire to improve individuals both as players and people. You don't have to worry about getting a bad coach, wrong techniques or favoritism because all players are taught from multiple well-trained coaches in a pro-style environment. Highly recommend.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended Home Court for almost 9 years and has always enjoyed himself. It's a great opportunity for boys to keep their skills up to speed in the off season and it really helps to prepare them for upcoming tryouts. He made many new friends and now that he is in high school he sees kids from Home Court that are on other teams. It's fun for him to know boys from other schools then play against them at the high school level. Home Court has been a blessing to our family and helped my son to become a better basketball player for sure!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place for youngsters to learn solid basketball skills. The coaching is terrific. My 10-yo dtr has been to several clinics here, and her b-ball skills have really improved. Great place for her to play/learn with her teammates as well as make new friends in a safe, supervised environment.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Court provides positive basketball instruction and teaches participants life skills all within an atmosphere that is consistent and extremely positive. This has been true in every camp and other program that my kids have attended.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The message at Home Court is simple and unparalleled: work hard, have fun, and demonstrate good sportsmanship. My daughter Alex has been involved with Home Court for nearly a year and will continue to be involved with the program for many years to come. Thank you Home Court for providing my daughter and many others with a basketball environment that is both safe and enjoyable and for providing such wonderful coaches that all young players can look up to.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

The complete Home Court experience for my son has far exceeded expectations each time he has participated in a clinic or program. The staff is top notch. They are knowledgable, attentive, good role models who always send a positive message to the players, and the coach to player ratio is better than our son has had at any other basketball clinic or program. My wife and I highly recommend Home Court NW to anyone who is looking to improve their son's basketball IQ as well as giving him a positive environment to learn and grow in the game itself.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a youth girls basketball coach, I have sent well over a dozen players through a variety of the Home Court camps and programs over the past seven years. The skill instructions are solid and the coaches keep the camps fun and exciting. Home Court teaches kids to "love the game" whether they are on path to be an elite athlete or a recreational player. My greatest enjoyment has come from watching a couple of my former players graduate to the role of Coach at Home Court and give back their passion for the game by passing it along to the next generation. That's the full cycle that Home Court is all about!!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has participated in a couple 3-on-3 tournaments and is currently involved in the winter league. It has been a great experience for him. We were frustrated with the NYBA the last couple years and he's not interested in select basketball, but he loves the game. The facilities are oustanding. The coaches are all very good and best of all consistent from the way they handle the kids to the things they teach. On top of all this, the price is reasonable.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son did 2 camps with Home Court and both times, he had a wonderful experience. I was very pleased to see how the coaches were keeping the kids busy and interested the whole time and commanded respect. My son gained confidence and definitely improved his game after each camp. After his ball handling camp, his coach for his local team made him point guard because he really noticed that he was now the best at it!