Youth Basketball

by ACTIVE Network

2014-2015 Schedule 

  • Registration:  Friday, September 5, 2014 - November 12, 2014
  • Mission Team Evaluations Night 1: September 21,2014 | 4th grade, 5-6:30pm | 5th/6th grade, 6:45-8:15pm (This will be a skills/drills based evaluation and is required.)
  • Mission Team Evaluations Night 2: September 28,2014 | 4th grade, 5-6pm | 5th/6th grade, 6:30-7:30pm (This will be a scrimmage and is required.)
  • Mission Team Practice Opens: October 6, 2014
  • All Player Evaluations: Monday, November 10 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm (All players must attend an evaluation. All evaluations in WRS are an open-house format, and take approximately 45 minutes.)
  • Coaches' Clinic: Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 9am-12pm
  • Coaches' Clinic II: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 6:30-9pm
  • Parent Meeting / Team Meet & Greet: Saturday, November 22nd | Times TBD
  • First Practice: Week of December 1, 2014
  • NO PRACTICE DURING CHRISTMAS BREAK: (December 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015)
  • Practice Resumes: Week of January 5, 2015
  • Referee Clinic: Tuesday, January 6, 6:30-8pm
  • First Games: Friday, January 9, 2015 & Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Picture Day: Friday, January 16, 2015 & Saturday, January 17, 2014
  • Service Project: January 26 - February 7, 2015
  • Final Games/Tournament Begins: February 23 - 28, 2015

More About Youth Basketball

When is the season?

Mid-November through beginning of March

How long is the season?

Nine to 10 weeks

How many games and how long are they?

Currently, our season is eight games long and each game takes approximately one hour to play.

Are there tryouts?

Players will be evaluated during two evaluation sessions. The first session will require the kids to go through a series of drills and the second session will be in a scrimmage or game format. The evaluations will be conducted by a group of volunteers including the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade coaches. Each player will be assigned a number and will be referred to by that number. Parents will be required to attend a parent meeting during the evaluation process.

What is the duration and frequency of practices?

Practices are once a week on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Practice times are either 5:30-6:15, 6:15-7:15 or 7:15-8:15 PM.

Can I request a practice night or coach?

You may let us know if you have more than one child participating in the program and we will do our best to put them on the same team (if in the appropriate age bracket) or have them practice on the same night, however, due to the size of the league and the way individuals are placed on teams so the are evenly matched, we DO NOT accept practice night requests.  We will not move a player from one team to another due to practice night conflicts. We also do not honor coaching requests unless the coach is a parent or guardian. We DO honor pratice night requests for our volunteer coaches.

When and how do we register?

Registration is preferred to be done online and begins in September, ending in mid-November.  If you would rather register manually, please contact Michelle Barnett, Outreach Administrative Assistant, at 317-773-2233 ext 118.

How old does my child have to be to participate?

WRS is a grade-based program, not an age-based program. We offer leagues from kindergarten through eigth grade for both boys and girls. Operating off of our fiscal calendar which runs from August - July, a boy/girl must be in Kindergarten during the season in which they are playing to participate.

What is the registration cost? What does it include? What do I need to buy?

Your registration fee of $80, includes a team jersey, practice t-shirt, drawstring bag and water bottle. All team equipment for practice and games in regard to balls, wrist-bands (for defensive guarding purposes), cones, practice jerseys (pennies), etc., is provided by the league. Players will need to have their own athletic shoes, though basketball-specific shoes are recommended, not required.

What are the game rules?

For the most part, the game rules are the same as high school basketball, but are tailored to be age and skill level appropriate.

Do we have to be members of the church?

Participants in the league are not required to be members of White River Christian Church or of any church. The league is designed as a community league open to anyone, regardless of church affiliation.

Do you keep standings?

While standings are not kept, we do offer a season ending Tournament in the 4th-8th grade divisions. The league is designed to teach and emphasize fundamentally sound basketball and provide players the opportunity to compete.

Can I coach in the league?

Anyone is eligible to apply to coach in the league, however, we do complete background checks on all coaching applicants and reserve the right to accept or decline coaches on the basis of our discretion.

Youth Basketball

Player Development Academy

Tuesday,  April 1, 2014 | 5:45 - 7:00 pm | K - 3rd grade

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:15 pm | 4th - 8th grade