Regitration is OPEN for the upcoming basketball season! NOW is the time to register! Registration deadline is September 2, 2014. Please go to the registration page, linked below, to get started today. Here is the information for this season, including evaluation dates:
Registration is open from now until September 2nd, 2014
Evaluations for boys and girls will fall on September 21st and 28th, times TBD. Players should plan to attend both days of evaluations.
Please see the registration tab to the left for additional information.
Austin Poe, Big Lake Basketball, class of 2014
BLYBA is proud to announce that Austin Poe has been selected as one of 41 players from around the state of Minnesota, to compete in the All Star Basketball Series! This is the 32nd Annual All Star Series, put on by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association. Everyone is invited to attend the games on March 28th (St. Cloud) and March 29th (St. Paul). If you're planning on going, wear your Big Lake gear and make lots of noise! Austin is playing on the Green team. Times, locations and other details are available at the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association website. Congratulations Austin! Good luck and represent Big Lake well!
Everyone is invited to this FREE Concussion Awareness Information Presentation that is being sponsered by Big Lake Schools, featuring Gillete Children's Healthcare Neurotrama staff. This presentation is for parents, players and coaches. Concussions are a serious injury that we're learning more and more about. The presentation will provide valuable information about what watch for and how to handle situations. We are proud to help promote this conference.
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 :)
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.