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Big Lake Youth Basketball Association

BLYBA Boys Traveling Coaches Meeting | Coaches Clinic and Team Practices

We've been lucky this season to have our Varsity Boys Head Coach, Tom Critchley, to host a Coaches Clinic and Players practice sessions. If you have been selected to Coach and do not have an Assistant Coach listed on your team, but have an Assistant Coach already selected, please advise us immediately so we can pass on this same information to him or her. Please also note that these sessions are required to coach.

These sessions will consist of a Coaches Meeting on the first night as well as well as Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all teams and their coaches. The sessions below are listed by date along with the grade and provides the time frame for the meetings/practices. Please note that all sessions will be held at the Big Lake High School.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Grades 4th and 5th

  • 12:15 - 12:50 PM - Coaches Meeting
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 4th and 5th grade teams and their coaches

Grades 6th and 8th

  • 2:45 - 3:25 PM - Coaches Meeting
  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 6th and 8th grade teams and their coaches

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Grades 4th and 5th

  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 4th and 5th grade teams and their coaches

Grades 6th and 8th

  • 7:30 - 9:00 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 6th and 8th grade teams and their coaches

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Grades 4th and 5th

  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 4th and 5th grade teams and their coaches

Grades 6th and 8th

  • 7:30 - 9:00 PM - Coach Critchley will lead a practice for all 6th and 8th grade teams and their coaches

Sunday, November 21, 2021

*** Coaches will plan a one hour practice. Coach Critchley will be available for assistance. More information will be provided at the coaches meeting.

  • 4th Grade - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • 5th Grade - 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • 6th Grade - 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • 7th Grade - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • 8th Grade - 7:00 - 8:00 PM

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE MANDATORY FOR COACHES and YOUR TEAM! Please relay this information to your teams ASAP!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know as soon as possible.


Have Questions?

Check out these two documents to answers you may have regarding BLYBA:

2021 Informational Parents Meeting PowerPoint

2021 BLYBA FAQ



COVID-19 Guidelines

Big Lake Youth Basketball Association will be following all guidelines put in place by the Minnesota Department of Health.  Please note that this information will continue to be updated as often as the information is released or changed.  

UPDATED 02.12.2021: COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth

UPDATED 02.19.2021: MDH Sports Quarantine Clarification

BLYBA Traveling COVID-19 Plan

BLYBA In-House COVID-19 Plan

COVID Waiver

Social Distancing Guidelines for Youth

Frequently Asked Questions

More information to come as schools start to determine school year schedules.

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.