Youth Basketball League
Sign your child up for basketball at the Victory Christian Center! All children (boys and girls) ages 5-10 as of August 31, 2020 are eligible. Games will be on weeknights at the Victory Christian Center in Ellijay.
Time & Location
Oct 26, 2020, 6:00 PM – Jan 15, 2021, 10:00 PM
Victory Christian Center, 208 Victory Cir, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA
About the Event
This league is different. It is not for everyone. Here’s who should sign 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 you’re 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-two, playing against a box-and-one, you can focus on the FUNDAMENTALS (dribbling, passing, and shooting). Youth coaches 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 the 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 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 actually 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.
Little Dipper League: 5-6 years old as of August 31, 2020
Big Dipper League: 7-8 years old as of August 31, 2020
Rising Star League: 9-10 years old as of August 31, 2020
Sept 1: Signups begin
Oct 26-30: Skills Evaluation/Draft/Parents Meeting
Nov 2-13: Practice Weeks
Nov 16-20: Week 1 Games
Nov 23-27: Thanksgiving (no activities)
Nov 30-Dec 4: Week 2 Games
Dec 7-11: Week 3 Games
Dec 14-18: Week 4 Games
Dec 21-Jan 1: Christmas Break (no activities)
Jan 4-8: Week 5 Games
Jan 11-15: Championship Tournament