Ever since MELODY was established in 2004, with the support of MELODY’s founder, every Sunday evening (6pm to 8pm) has become a happy time for MELODY members who are looking to play basketball full court. And the indoor basketball court on the fourth floor of Hunan Gym on 515 Fang Xie Road has since become MELODY’s first home court.
At that time this indoor session was just a voluntary basketball activity instead of the current fixed training session. During its peak period, we attracted over thirty members. For us female ballers to play this game, we need to overcome many more obstacles (family, personal, work, and other commitments) than our counterparts. These factors would affect the long term, stable commitment of female ballers to persist in participating in this team sport. And these factors have led to a difficult period for us, with only two members at one of the sessions.
MELODY management team would like to create an official team with a proper training setting where it can help our members to get better at this game and fully utilize the two hours we have every Sunday.
Through a series of survey taking, audition sessions, contacting professional coaches and other preparation work which lasted a full six months; we decided the team’s training time, venue, policies and invited a professional coach. In 2010 MELODY’s first official team, “MELODY Team” was formed. This team attracted over 40 members who applied to be part of the team. There were five audition sessions whereby we had more than 20 members attending each time. We invited a professional coach, Coach ZHANG Wei Zhen, to support in selecting the official members for this team based on the members’ playing attitude, skills, personality and commitment level.
MELODY’s first official team, “MELODY Team” was established in July the same year. We made a set of team policy and regulations, attracted a group of committed members, invited a professional coach to lead our training and games, and created a management team to manage the team. The team has members from cities all around China and other parts of the world. We organize friendly games on a regular basis over the past few years, and the team has become stronger since then.
Since 2014 MELODY Team has officially taken a new team name, called the MELODY Elves team. We have 20+ members in our team at the moment.
MELODY Elves members are mainly players with more than seven years amateur playing experience or with more than one year semi-professional or professional playing experience. We have a fixed set of playing uniform and have one to two friendly games with other teams every month. We mainly play against local schools’girls teams, international schools’ girls teams, or selected U18 boys teams.
训练信息 Training Information
训练地点：上海市黄浦区方斜路515号 沪南体育馆 4楼
Time: Every Sunday, 18:00-20:00 (Excluding national holidays)
Venue: 4F, 515 Fang Xie Road, Near Da Ji Road
训练内容 Training's Contents
打球内容：2小时全场训练 Two hours training
热身：20 分钟 Warm-up: 20 minutes
全场训练和打球：100分钟 Training and Playing time: 100 minutes
姓名Full Name： Jiayi Ya Qiong LU （加一）
打球位置Position：控球 Point Guard
I started playing basketball since grade six in elementary school. Teammates come and go in the past twenty years but I never give up playing as I always believe the smiles on court are the most real and sincere ones to wash away all the pains, stresses and confusions given by daily life. I joined MELODY in 2004. My enthusiasm for basketball has never been faded out no matter how many and how serious the unexpected injures happened on court. My journey in MELODY has turned to a new chapter in the year of 2013 as I became a member of the Elves Management Team. I will try my best and I hope my effort and contribution can help the team to get better and better in the future. I am working in CheXiang.com, which is a subsidiary of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (Group), responsible for e-commerce platform products. Thanks to MELODY for creating such a good environment and platform for women who love basketball. I hope MELODY will continue to develop with all of our efforts. Last but not the least, I hope each MELODY member enjoys every moment and happiness from basketball.
姓名Full Name：沈雯 Rain SHEN
打球位置Position：得分后卫/小前锋 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
篮球座右铭Basketball Motto：团队默契往往比个人技术来得（强大） Teamwork often is more powerful than the individual’s performance.
Rain started playing basketball when she was 10 years old in the local district team in Shanghai, and received training for around eight years there. She was then chosen to be part of the Shanghai professional shooting team in 1997. Rain retired as a professional sportsperson in 2004, and became a coach for the youth team since then. In one occasion she met her former team mate, Curara, who is a MELODY team member, and decided to join this big family. She hopes to contribute and help more people get the opportunities to play basketball while playing in MELODY. She also hopes that more female ballers will join us. Rain joined the MELODY Elves’ management team as the co-captain in December, 2014, and has been supporting the team since then.
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姓名Full Name: Cooper Jie ZHONG 钟婕 打球位置Position: 控球后卫 Point Guard身高Height: 160公分 160cm 比赛服号码Jersey No.: 11
篮球座右铭Basketball Motto: “I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.” by Michael Jordan
Cooper first got in touch with basketball in grade three in elementary school. At the beginning it was purely because the kids in the block were playing this sport. She did not expect to continue playing this sport today. She has good feelings about basketball due to her great memories and experiences related to basketball (including Michael Jordan, Slam Dunk, team mates she met and played basketball together with in school, basketball shoes, etc). In 2002 after leaving Chengdu to come to Shanghai for university, she experienced several nights of shooting hoops by herself on the court. Since joining MELODY in early 2005, she started a new basketball journey. She felt lucky to have the opportunity to join MELODY and met several friends who share the same interest. This is the main reason why she has been able to persist to playing this sport until now. In the ten years with MELODY, she has changed her status of being a university student to a working professional. Having left Shanghai in 2009 and returning to this city in 2013 made her realized that MELODY has become part of her life and growth. She is currently working as the Marketing Director in a Guang Dong based furniture company working between the two locations supporting the sales and management as well. With the unlimited business trips and stress from work, MELODY and the basketball court have become her “utopia”. No matter how old she gets, she feels thankful to still be able to have the passion and pure happiness from basketball. Whatever changes in her life and work, she believes basketball will always be an important part of her life.
姓名Full Name: Masami ZHANG
打球位置Position: 后卫、前锋 Guard / Forward
身高Height: 166公分 166cm
比赛服号码Jersey No.: 1
球队Team: 精灵队 Elves
篮球座右铭Basketball Motto: Love each training and game.
Masami started basketball when she was 10 years old, and has played various positions in Japan, the U.S., Canada and China. While working as an assistant coach at Xiamen International School, she met MELODY Elves who came to have a game with her school team. Upon relocating to Shanghai from Xiamen, she joined MELODY Elves as a player. She is a mom and temporarily resides in Shanghai with her family. Masami loves sports, traveling and writing. Basketball has helped her overcome challenges, make friends and maintain her physical strength. She is ready to see how far this sport of basketball can take her…
姓名Full Name: Yan HO
打球位置Position: 控球后卫、得分后卫 Point Guard / Shooting Guard
身高Height: 166公分 166cm
比赛服号码Jersey No.: 21 (以前的球队里穿过7, 8, 11)
球队Team: 精灵队 Elves
篮球座右铭Basketball Motto: 站在球场上就要对得起自己！拿出120%出来好好打！ Give my best shot of 120% when standing on the court!
我小学是训练乒乓球的，因为不喜欢单打独斗，看着篮球队里一帮人一条心的力量，初中跑了去打篮球。 后来香港回归，跟很多小朋友一样，移民了，搬了去热爱足球的大不列颠帝国，几经辛苦找到了我深爱的篮球梦！一个伦敦盛事Heathrow Youth Game，披上了格兰威治11号战衣，也开始了我在英国精彩的篮球之路。之后被不同的教练看上了，除了继续为格兰威治打球之外，先后加入South Thames Cougars, Lewisham Girls, 最后在18岁那年踏上了英国女篮最高的舞台，半职业联赛，加入了London Towers。那时候一星期4-5次的篮球训练是个非常疯狂但很美丽的回忆，拿着篮球流的每一滴汗也是幸福的！在大学第一年受伤了， 前后休息了一年，之后也没有再那么认真地打过球，直到我公司调派我来上海，遇上MELODY这帮疯狂爱着篮球的小伙伴。。。
I used to be trained in table tennis when young. I didn’t like fighting on my own, and having seen the power of team work in basketball, I switched to basketball at secondary school. Then the time came when Hong Kong returned to China, just like many other kids in Hong Kong, I migrated to Britain, the country with great love of football. With a lot of help, I found my basketball dream there too! In the London Heathrow youth game, wearing the number 11 jersey for Greenwich, it kicked off my exciting page of basketball in Britain. After that I was invited to join South Thames Cougars, Lewisham Girls, at the end stepped onto the highest stage of English women basketball, the semi-professional league, I joined London Towers. At that time 4-5 trainings per week was a very crazy tiring workout, but a wonderful memory. Every drop of sweat with basketball workout was always sweet. Unfortunately I was then injured in my first year of university, rested for a whole year, and from then on never really had been that serious about the game I always love, not until when my company relocated me to Shanghai, and when I met this bunch of MELODY girls, with such a crazy love on basketball…
姓名Full Name: Bony Hao Jing CHEN （陈浩璟）
打球位置Position: 中锋 / 大前锋 Center / Power Forward
身高Height: 175公分 175cm
比赛服号码Jersey No.: 17
篮球座右铭Basketball Motto: 篮板球！篮板球！还是篮板球！（Rebound! Rebound! Rebound!）
Since I was a kid, sport is the favorite thing I like to do during my spare time. My childhood years were filled with sports like football and athletics. As for basketball, it comes later when I played it for the first time in high school. I was a high school student back then and just started learning to do a lay-up shot. Same as many others at my generation, I was deeply influenced by the Japanese anime “Slam Dunk”. I became crazy about basketball and often played with friends when I was at college. Although we are not as professional as those big-name players, we still enjoy the pleasure of competition and teamwork before, during and after work. Upon graduation from college, other commitments such as work occupy my time for sports. I almost said goodbye to basketball. When I heard my friend Jiayi talking about her experiences playing basketball in MELODY, I felt envious and would like to join this great team. However, I had to give up this plan because my schedule back then did not match the training time. Ten years later, with the hard work of the management team, I finally have the opportunity to join this team. Though it is only a temporary, I will take it very seriously. I’ll start from the beginning and work hard to improve myself. There is a lot of work for me to work on, such as the basketball fundamentals and techniques. It is a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity, to play basketball with these great players from MELODY. Besides sports, my other hobby is baking. I like to learn baking and make different kinds of cookies. One of my dreams, apart from basketball, is to run a bakery, and share these delicious, self-made cookies with my family and friends.
Q: What are the requirements to join the Elves team?
A: One needs to become a club member first before one is eligible to apply to join the team. Experience: Seven years or more amateur playing experience, or a year or more semi-professional or professional playing experience; Attendance：Attend at least 60% of the training sessions/year (80% of this you must arrive on court on time); General Qualities: Adhere to the team's culture, abide by the team's policy.
Q: Can I still apply to the team if I am only in Shanghai for a short period of time?
A: To ensure the quality and stability of the team trainings, we require candidates to be based in Shanghai for at least one year. Those who can commit to the team trainings for at least a year will then be considered to join the team. However, you are invited to join our Say Go basketball pick up 5v5 sessions if you are in Shanghai for a shorter period of time or here for business/leisure.
Q: I reach the requirements to join the Elves team except for the Attendance requirement due to the nature of my job, will the Elves team still consider my application?
A: Normally we have preference over candidates who are able to reach the requirements to join the team, however as most of the players are working professionals; we welcome you to still apply even if you are unable to reach the Attendance requirement. However, we do expect you to work harder on the other areas as a player. The Elves and MELODY Management Team reserve the rights to decide whether a candidate's application is approved to join the team or not.
Q: I am currently a member/player of another women's club/team in Shanghai (or other cities); however, because I love playing basketball so much, I would like to find more opportunities to play. I would like to know if MELODY accepts candidates who are are members or players in other clubs/teams?
A: We welcome all female ballers to join our big family (despite the fact that you are also playing in other teams/clubs). However we do require you to adhere to our club and team's policies and playing culture once you decide to join us.
Q: What are the attire requirements for the training session?
A: Avoid wearing accessories (bracelets, watches, etc), and wear a gear suitable for basketball and basketball shoes.
Q: How often does the Elves play against other teams?
A: Usually we will play 2-3 games per season (3 months).
Q: How does the Elves arrange the name list for games against other teams?
A: For home games every Elves player gets to play, however, if the number of available players is more than 14; we will arrange based on the first letter of our players' names. The other players who are not in the list of 14 players will be arranged to support organizing the game (timer, photographer, etc). We will arrange all players to take turns supporting home games. You will find out when you join the team. For away games, we will arrange the name list based on attendance. (Minimum attendance to 4 training session that season).
Q: How does the Elves record attendance?
A: For our training sessions, we record 1 point for being on time (ready to train/do warm up exercises before 6pm), 0.6 point if you are late within 30 minutes, 0.5 point if you are late for more than 30 minutes, 0.1 point for absence with notice, and 0 point for absence without notice. If you have to miss a training, please inform management in advance.
Q: I heard that the Elves is full at the moment, when can I apply to join the Elves?
A: Due to the limited available slots in the team, we are unable to accept new members into the team until there is an open slot. However, interested candidates should still download our application and apply first. Once the slot is available, we will be in touch with you.
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