This league is different. It is not for everyone. Here’s who should consider signing their child up for this league:
Parents who want their child to play in a competitive yet encouraging environment
Parents who prioritize the fundamentals of basketball more than their child's win/loss record
Parents who want their child to develop skills and knowledge that will help them beyond basketball
In short, we look beyond basketball to help children develop into the player and person that God wants them to be. We are unapologetically followers of Jesus Christ, and we believe that every person is equally valuable to God. This belief is the driving force behind this program.
“Better one handful with tranquility than two hands full with toil.” Ecclesiastes 4:6
We play 3-on-3 basketball for several reasons. The following points are adapted from an article by Joe Haefner, founder of Breatkthrough Basketball and trainer of several NBA draft picks who also played at NCAA Division 1 programs like Michigan State and Duke.*
Players touch the ball more often. In 5-on-5, two or three players can hog the ball the whole game. But in 3-on-3, it doesn’t matter if your child is the point guard or the post player, everyone will touch the ball more often.
Players have more room to move. Most young children don’t have the strength or skill to maneuver well on a court with 9 other kids running around and adults screaming at them. 3-on-3 gives plenty of room for players to practice their skills in a less chaotic environment.
Players learn the game better! When there are only six players on the court, players are more inclined to run picks and screens without a coach even telling them to do so, because there are fewer options out there. After a while, they start to figure things out for themselves which is exactly what you want the players to do. With fewer players on the court, it gives them a split second longer to recognize a situation.
It facilitates the fundamentals. You have to learn to add and subtract before you can learn calculus! Instead of spending time on breaking full-court pressure, breaking half-court pressure, playing against a 1-3-1, playing against 3-2, playing against a 2-3, playing against a triangle-and-2, playing against a box-and-1, you can focus on the FUNDAMENTALS (dribbling, passing, and shooting). Youth coaches can waste so much precious time working on things that kids aren’t ready for.
3-on-3 is on the rise. It is now an official Olympic sport and has the full support of USA Basketball and Jr. NBA.
“God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Our teams are co-ed for several reasons:
Before puberty, boys have no distinct advantage over girls in terms of athletic ability. In fact, girls may be more athletically advanced than boys until middle and high school. Boys and girls share the same classrooms at school because both genders possess equal cognitive ability to learn. The only reason men and women compete on different athletic fields and courts is because men eventually gain an athletic advantage that would make competition unfair for women (generally speaking, of course).
It can promote equality. Why not teach children that boys and girls can get along and work together to achieve a common goal? If we want women to be equally-valued members of our adult society, why not reinforce that value in our children through sports? This is not to say that there is no distinction between men and women. Even our kids can recognize the differences between boys and girls, men and women. But putting boys and girls on the same youth sports teams can provide a great social environment and help counter the notion that male is inherently better than female.
It increases access. Instead of needing 168 players to form a league full of boys teams and girls teams, we can play ball with fewer kids, which increases a child’s access to sports in smaller communities like ours.
We Keep Score
“In a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Although this verse is about living a life that is pleasing to God, its principle is rooted in the fact that competition is good; it makes us better. So, we do keep score. We will teach all players and coaches to display humility in victory and graciousness in defeat, knowing that our ultimate goal is to run a race that is pleasing to God.
We Compete with Integrity
“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5
We abide by the rules of the game in letter and spirit. Coaches may NEVER command, encourage, or allow cheating of any kind. Coaches and players must also accept and respect the decisions and judgments of the officials, knowing that all of us make mistakes from time to time and there are worse things in life than losing a youth basketball game because of a bad call.
Children in Kindergarten-6th Grade are eligible to play.
What are the league divisions?
The final divisions will be based on registration numbers, but typically the youngest players (Kindergarten-1st Grades) play in the Little Dipper Division on half court, the mid-age players (2nd-3rd or 4th Grades) play in the Big Dipper Division on half court, and the oldest players (5th and 6th Grades) play in the Rising Star Division on full court. All divisions are 3-on-3.
What days are games and practices?
We make every effort to avoid Wednesday evenings and weekends, freeing up valuable time for families. We will never play games on Sundays. In the event of inclement weather make up games or other unforeseen circumstances, we may have to utilize an occasional Wednesday evening or Saturday.
What does my child need to play?
Your child needs shoes and plain black shorts. We will provide jerseys and fun!
How much does it cost?
Thanks to a generous donor, registration is only $75/player until October 23, 2022. After that, registration will increase to $95/player.
when is the deadline to register?
November 6, 2022 is the last day to register.
Nov 6 - Registration deadline
Week of Nov 14 - Skills Camp and Evaluations (exact date TBD)
Week of Nov 21 - No activities due to Thanksgiving Holiday
Week of Nov 28 - Team practices
Week of Dec 5 - Team practices
Week of Dec 12 - Christmas Tip-Off Tournament
Week of Dec 19 - No activities due to Christmas Holiday
Week of Dec 26 - No activities due to New Year Holiday
Week of Jan 2 - Week 1 regular season games
Week of Jan 9 - Week 2 regular season games
Week of Jan 17 - Week 3 regular season games
Week of Jan 23 - Week 4 regular season games
Week of Jan 30 - Week 5 regular season games
Week of Feb 6 - February Frenzy Championship Tournament