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PBHC Youth Program Philosophy

Portage Boys Hoops Club

Youth Basketball Program Philosophy & Guidelines

 

OVERALL PHILOSOPHY

  • Provide a positive environment for individual skill development

  • Foster team growth through competitive play

  • Encourage the development Fundamentals, Teamwork, Communication, Commitment, and Sportsmanship

 

GRADE SPECIFIC PHILOSOPHY

 

3rd GRADE LEVEL

 

Emphasis:

  • Introduce to the game, and to promote a love for the game

  • Skill introduction and building

Teams:

  • Keep kids together

Practice/Games:

  • Will practice 1x per week, as scheduled on either Saturday’s or Sunday’s

  • Depending upon ability progression and the number of participants, this grade level may play a scheduled game or two at the end of the season

 

4th GRADE LEVEL

 

Emphasis:

  • Promote a love for the game

  • Skill development through the practice environment

  • Introduction to competitive team play

Teams:

  • Split kids into 2 teams (Black/White), depending upon number of participants

  • Teams will be divided equally based upon ability and the selection process

  • A travel team (Orange) will be selected at the end of the season and play in 1 to 2 tournaments (at an additional cost per player)

Practice/Games:

  • Will practice up to 2x per week, as scheduled

  • Games will be played in the Badger Development League, or other league or tournaments, playing up to 6 weekends

 

5th / 6th GRADE LEVEL

 

Emphasis:

  • Promote a love for the game

  • Individual and team skill development, while incorporating a competitive environment

Teams:

  • Split kids into 2 teams (Black/Orange), based upon ability level through the selection process

    • Black Team

      • “Beginning” and “Developing” level players

      • Kids rated “developing will have the opportunity to play with the Orange Team when needed.  Players/families will be notified 1-2 weeks in advance, when possible

    • Orange Team

      • “Developing” and “Advanced” level players

      • Kids rated “advanced” will play on this team the entire season

      • Kids rated “developing” will play on the Black Team, when needed

Practice/Games:

  • Black and Orange teams will practice together when possible, with each team practicing up to 2x per week, as scheduled

    • Black Team

      • Games will be played in the Badger Development League, “Bucky Division” (Recreational League), playing up to 6 weekends

      • May play up to 4 tournaments (including PBHC tournament)

    • Orange Team

      • Games will be played in the Badger Development League, “Badger Division” (Competitive League), playing up to 6 weekends

      • May play up to 4 tournaments (including PBHC tournament)

 

7th / 8th GRADE LEVEL

 

Emphasis:

  • Promote a love for the game

  • Individual and team skill development in a competitive environment, where players will be challenged to learn and grow

Teams:

  • Split kids into 2 teams (Black/Orange), based upon ability level through the selection process

    • Black Team

      • “Developing” level players

    • Orange Team

      • “Advanced” level players

Practice/Games:

  • Black and Orange teams will practice together when possible, with each team practicing up to 2x per week, as scheduled

    • Black Team

      • Games will be played in the Badger Development League, “Bucky Division” (Recreational League), playing up to 6 weekends

      • May play up to 4 tournaments (including PBHC tournament)

    • Orange Team

      • Games will be played in the Badger Development League, “Badger Division” (Competitive League), playing up to 6 weekends

      • May play up to 4 tournaments (including PBHC tournament)

      • If eligible, play in Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament

 

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

 

Team Selection Process:

  • TBD

  • The PBHC Team Selection Committee will conduct the tryout, evaluate each grade level, rank each player, and determine the appropriate team level

  • Note:  There is no tryout process for grades 3 and 4.

 

Team Selection Committee:

  • Appointed by the Portage Boys Hoops Club board, which includes:

    • Youth Coaches

    • High School Coaches

    • PBHC Youth Basketball Committee

  • The purpose of the committee is to evaluate players in an unbiased setting, and form necessary grade level teams

Coaches:

  • One head coach per team

  • One authorized assistant coach is allowed on the bench during games

  • All coaches are appointed by the PBHC and are volunteers, based upon:

    • Background check

    • Coaching experience

    • Basketball knowledge for the grade level

    • Previous coaching evaluations

  • Appointed coaches will:

    • Agree to the “Coach Code of Conduct”

    • Attend the Portage Boys Basketball Youth Coaches Clinic

    • Attend a scheduled varsity basketball practice

    • Be evaluated at the end of the season

  • Head coaches are responsible for the assigned equipment and other needs related to the team, that they are coaching

 

Coordinators:

  • Tournament Coordinator(s)

    • Organizes the PBHC hosted tournaments

    • Up to 2 parents from each grade level

  • Instructional Coordinator

    • Leads special practice skill sessions

    • Assists youth coaches with aspects of the game when necessary

    • Actively participates in all youth grade practices

    • Ensures that basketball fundamentals and scheme are being taught correctly and consistently in all grade levels, per the Portage Boys Basketball program

    • Instructional Coordinator may also be a head coach

PBHC Youth Basketball Committee:

  • Approved by PBHC board, for 2 year terms

  • Oversee operation of the PBHC Youth Basketball program

  • Work with Parent Liaisons and coaches to assure a positive and efficient youth basketball program

  • Youth Basketball Committee “Supporting” Members:

    • Justin Ostrowski, Jeff Krocker, Ron Olson

  • 1 parent from each grade level, 3rd thru 8th grade, will be members of the committee

  • Up to 2 PBHC Board representatives will be a member of the committee

  • 1 community member, with no youth in the program, may also be on the committee

  • Proposed changes by the PBHC Youth Basketball Committee must be approved by the PBHC Board

PBHC Youth Basketball Parent Liaisons:

  • Assist the communication process between parents and coaches, and between the coaches and the Youth Basketball Committee

  • Note:  Parents should address all concerns with the grade level Parent Liaison, first

 

Additional Guidelines & Notes:

  1. League and tournament schedule may require grade levels to play more than 2 weekends in a row.  The BDL determines the schedule, thus games may be played on a Saturday or a Sunday.  When scheduling tournaments, coaches should refrain from scheduling consecutive weekend tournaments, when possible.

  2. Teams may begin scheduled practices in November, with games not beginning until the second weekend in December.  This year, the 7th & 8th grade teams may experience a slight overlap with the “school season” due to the timing of the Badger Development League (BDL) schedule.

  3. The PBHC Youth Basketball Season will be completed by the end of March, with the exception given to the 7th & 8th grade levels participation in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament.

  4. Grade level game/tournament guidelines include a PBHC hosted tournament.

  5. Playing time may not be equal at some grade levels.

  6. The 2019-20 Parent Meeting date is Wednesday, October 9th.  More information will be communicated before the event.  Attendance by all parents is mandatory.  Online registration is strongly encouraged for proper paperwork processing this year, but parents may still sign-up their children for the PBHC Youth Boys Basketball program at this meeting.

  7. Parents and Players will be required to pay all fees, complete proper registration materials, and complete the “Parent Code of Conduct” & “Player Code of Conduct”, all by the registration deadline:  Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.

  8. The 2019-20 PBHC Youth Basketball Program Fee Structure is:

 

3rd Grade:

Registration Fee:  $40

*Uniform Fee:  $40 Youth Jersey + $10 Youth Shorts, or

  $42 Adult Jersey + $10 Adult Shorts

Volunteer Fee:  None

 

4th Grade:

Registration Fee:  $100

*Uniform Fee:  $40 Youth Jersey + $10 Youth Shorts, or

  $42 Adult Jersey + $10 Adult Shorts

Volunteer Fee:  $100

 

5th & 6th Grade:

Registration Fee:  $115

*Uniform Fee:  $40 Youth Jersey + $10 Youth Shorts, or

  $42 Adult Jersey + $10 Adult Shorts

Volunteer Fee:  $100

 

7th & 8th Grade:

Registration Fee:  $115

*Uniform Fee:  $40 Youth Jersey + $10 Youth Shorts, or

  $42 Adult Jersey + $10 Adult Shorts

Volunteer Fee:  $100

 

*Same uniform may be used for multiple grade levels, as noted.  However, if a replacement uniform is needed for any reason, the individual will be responsible for purchasing a new uniform.

 

Volunteer Fee Note:

To assist the PBHC in sponsoring successful basketball tournaments, a family member for each registered player will be responsible for on average, a 4 hour volunteer work commitment.  The $100 deposit check will be returned if the volunteer hours have been completed.  Upon failure to complete the volunteer hours, the $100 fee will be deposited into the PBHC account.  Players whose family members are Head Coaches, Coordinators, or Committee members, are exempt from the volunteer fee.

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