In-House Basketball (K-8th Grade Boys & Girls)


Click here for details on our Mission Team Basketball.

2016-2017 Schedule 

  • Registration:  Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - Wednesday, November 9, 2016
  • All Player Evaluations: Monday, November 7, 2016 - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm (1st thru 8th graders must attend one evaluation. Kindergarten players are NOT required to attend. All evaluations in WRS are an open-house format and take approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the number of people there at that time. Registering online ahead of time will reduce your wait time.)
  • Coaches' Clinic 1: Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 8-10am
  • Coaches' Clinic 2: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 6-8pm
  • Coaches' Clinic 3: Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 5-7pm
    All coaches MUST attend one of these clinics. 
  • Parent Meeting / Team Meet & Greet: Saturday, November 19, 2016 | WRCC Worship Center

                    K-3rd grade boys and girls | 9am
4th-8th grade boys and girls | 10:30am 

  • First Practice: Week of November 28, 2016 (times TBA)
  • NO PRACTICE DURING CHRISTMAS BREAK: (December 23, 2016 - January 8, 2017)
  • Practice Resumes: Week of January 9, 2017
  • Referee Clinic: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
  • First Games: Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, 2017 (times TBA)
  • Picture Day: Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 2017 (times TBA)
  • Service Project: Saturday, February 4 and 11, 2017
  • Final Games/Tournament Begins: February 27 - March 4, 2017

More About WRS Youth Basketball

What is the difference between in-house basketball and Mission team basketball?
Mission team basketball provides a more intense level of basketball and spiritual experience. The goal of the Mission teams is to go out in the mission field (the community and specifically the basketball gyms) and set an example of Christ-like behavior for other players and coaches. The Mission team players, coaches, and parents are held to a higher standard because they are representing White River Christian Church, White River Sports, and most importantly, God and his son, Jesus Christ. From a basketball standpoint, the games are at various locations around Hamilton County and north Indianapolis and also at a few tournaments around the state. For more information about the Mission Team program, please see our Mission Team page.

When is the season?
Late November through the beginning of March (pending any rescheduling due to weather)

How long is the season?
12 weeks (11 or 12 practices and a minimum of 8 games)

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?
For in-house, no, there are no tryouts as all kids who sign up to play in the in-house league will be placed on a team; however, all 1st thru 8th graders must attend one evaluation. Kindergarten players are NOT required to attend evaluations. All evaluations in WRS are an open-house format and take approximately 30-60 minutes. The evaluations will take place Monday, November 7-Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm. The purpose of the evaluation is to try and field as evenly matched teams as possible.

What is the duration and frequency of practices?
Practices are once a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Practice times are either 5:30-6:30, 6:3--7:30 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 put them on the same team (if in the appropriate age bracket) or do our best to have them practice on the same night, however, due to the size of the league and the way individuals are placed on teams so that they are evenly matched, we DO NOT accept practice night requests. We will allow you to choose one night per week to NOT have practice, buy cannot accept specific 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 practice night requests for our volunteer coaches.

When and how do we register?
Registration is highly recommended to be done online and prior to evaluations. Registration begins in mid August, and ends on November 9, 2016.  If you would rather register manually, please contact Michelle Barnett, Outreach Administrative Assistant, at 317-773-2233 ext 118. Please note that we will NOT accept registrations after November 9, 2016.

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 eighth grade for both boys and girls. The exception to this guideline is if your child is 5 at the time of evaluations, but not in kindergarten, he or she may participate in the kindergarten league.

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. For example, at the younger ages kids cannot steal off of the dribble or block shots to allow for the development of proper fundamentals. Full detail of rules by grade will be available at the start of practice in November.

Are the teams co-ed?
No, we will have four girls only divisions (likely K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th) and five boys only divisions (K, 1st-2nd, 3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th). If we are in a position of having extremely low registration numbers in the younger age groups, we may combine to form co-ed teams, but that would only be in the extreme.

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 for 3rd grade boys and 4th-8th grade boys and girls. 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. To fill the role of head coach, it is mandatory that you are a baptized believer and are actively involved in a local church.