Registration for the 2015-2016 basketball season is now open!
Follow the link on the registration page. Traveling Registration will close on September 1st, 2015 and In-House will close October 6th, 2015.
4th-8th grade traveling players will want to register EARLY! Those that register by July 31st will get to participate for FREE in the Fall Skills Clinics! Details will be coming soon for the Fall Skills Clinic!
Please read this section as it has important information for our upcoming 4th-8th grade players and families (some review, some new).
Evaluations will be held on September 20th and 27th at Liberty Elementary School, schedule TBD
Volunteer checks ($100, not cashed if hours are completed as agreed upon registration) are REQUIRED this year BEFORE players are allowed to participate in evaluations.
****New this year: In order to help our coaches with the tournament registration process, we are requiring a $100 tournament deposit (per player),that is due by the first evaluation (Checks will not be cashed until October 1st). This $100 will NOT cover ALL tournaments, most teams will have additional expenses for each player. (tournament fees are determined based on the number of tournaments entered and the cost of each tournament, divided by the number of players on a team) In the past, teams have had to chase tournament fees all season. Our goal is to make this process easy on everyone.
-There will be traveling basketball meeting in September, to help everyone understand traveling team expectations, evaluations, tournament fees, volunteer hours and more!
Be involved, serve on the BLYBA Board!
Current Volunteer Positions Needed
We are in need of a Practice Scheduler for the season. This person will work with community ed on gym availability. Teams and Gym openings are added onto a spreadsheet and uploaded to our website. This is a volunteer position (fulfills volunteer requirements), but is not a board position. This person needs to be a friendly and detail orientated, with computer knowledge and access. We want to maintain our positive relationship with Community Education and this role is a key to that.
We also are looking for a parent to be at our two picture nights, to help organize the teams and make sure they are ready for the photographers. This is a two night commitment and will fulfill the volunteer hours for the person that steps up to help.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can commit to one of the above volunteer spots.
Sign up early!
Big Lake Youth Basketball Association is an organization operated by voluneers. As you have kids participate in basketball, you hear about volunteer time and volunteer checks...sometimes people wonder about this, but never ask questions. We want to provide answers for questions you might not ask!
Volunteers are needed in many areas of the Association. There are Board of Directors positions, coaches, parent liaisons, and picture coordinator to list a few. We also have many needs to staff our tournaments...at the concession stand and ticket desk. These tournaments are a big deal and volunteer participation is vital.
Why are the tournaments so important? Tournaments are exciting and it's nice to have some in town, close to home. They are also a big fundraiser for the Association. Funds raised by these tournaments are used to lower costs for the families participating in BLYBA, reducing uniform fees, paying for equipment, as well as offering additional basketball opportunities. Without these tournaments, we would all pay more. By having all of us volunteer, it saves everyone money and provides more chances for kids in our community to play basketball!
Who needs to provide a volunteer check and why? The volunteer check ($100) is required for every family that has one or more players participating in basketball in 2nd-8th grades (Kindergarten and first grade are excluded). This volunteer check is held by the treasurer and will only be cashed if the 6 hour volunteer requirement is not fulfilled. Upon completion of the volunteer time, your check is destroyed. Volunteer checks are required for every family, including the Board of Directors, coaches and liaisons. Unfortunately collecting checks is necessary (for almost any sports organization) to ensure volunteer time is spread around and not dependent on only a few.
How do you sign up? Sign up is handled here on our webpage, at the DIBS tab at the top right. Click on that tab and sign up for time slots. **You need to be working during your shift. Please try to sign up for a time that your team will not be playing. For example, if you have a 4th grade boy playing in our tournament on Sunday, please sign up to fulfill your time on the Saturday of that weekend or sign up to work the girls tournament. 6 hours is a minimum, you can always sign up for more :)
Please review the documents below prior to Registration.
BLYBA policies are available on under the Policies tab on the left.
The Big Lake Youth Basketball Association (BLYBA) is an independent non-profit organization and is not part of the Big Lake School District programs.
We are a community group of volunteers interested in the promotion of basketball in the Big Lake attendance area and the development of a competitive basketball program. Participation will focus on camaraderie, sportsmanship and the intense instruction of basketball fundamentals and having fun while traveling to other communities.