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!
The traveling basketball season has come to a close and other opportunities are popping up around the area. As we hear of things, we will post them here. Below are two 3 on 3 chances to consider. The Buffalo league runs on Sunday nights, from March 23 until May 4th (with two Sundays off). The Pierz tournament is either April 5th or 6th, depending on the age and gender of the team entering. These are not BLYBA activities, but we want to help promote these and spread the word. Good luck!
The BLYBA Board of Directors consists of 9 volunteers that work together to promote, organize and support basketball in Big Lake for girls and boys from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Board positions are typically a 2 year commitment. Each board position has a title and general area of focus, but the board works together in all matters. Board members do not have to have extensive basketball knowledge, but an overall enjoyment of the game is helpful. The board meets twice per month (August-April) and once a month (May-July).
Due to some extened terms and other factors, the board will have between 4 and 6 openings this Spring. We need people to explore these positions now, to see if they might be interested in joining the board. It is a very rewarding time and a great way to be invloved.
Please come to our board meetings on the third Wednesday of the month to ask questions and explore the opportunity. If you have questions, please reach out to any of whthe board members who are listed on the "contact us" page at the top of this site.
If you are looking for information on Summer Basketball camps in the area, please see the Summer Camps tab on the left navigation of the main page. As we receive information on camps that have received positive feedback, we will add the information there. Good luck in your offseason training!
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.