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Big Lake Youth Basketball Association

2020-2021 Basketball Registration OPEN!

Registration is officially OPEN!  Below are the links for K-3 and Grades 4th - 8th:

Link to: Grades K-3rd Registration

Link to: Grades 4-8 Registration

You may click on the photo to the left and save it to share with your friends or even better on social media!  Please reach out to a Member of the Board with any questions you may have.  Thank you!

Board Positions-2020

There are some changes with our Board of Directors, which just took place. Please consider filling one of the two open spots! Here is the current board, with the year their term expires:

President-Shance Newland (2022)
Vice President-Joanna Mauch (2021)
Treasurer-Chad Plattner (2021)
Secretary-Randi Buzzelli (2022)
Administrator-Jen Veldhuizen (2021)
Boys Tournament-Chris Waite (2021)
Girls Tournament-Wayne Howe (2022)
In-House Coordinator-Open until filled 
Volunteer Coordinator-Open until filled 

Amy Wellberg and Derek Birdsall have fulfilled their terms.

Looking For 2 New Board Members!

Good morning Big Lake Basketball families and fans! I am reaching out today, to let you know that your Youth Basketball Association board is looking for two new members, to serve for the next 2 years.

Basketball has been a part of my life since I was young. I played, I started coaching in high school and eventually had my own kids, who have or continue to play. I remember when our oldest was a part of the in-house program, I felt it was time to get more involved and stepped up to join the board. I came into it, not knowing anyone on the board and not knowing what to expect. The decision to join the board has been a huge blessing! I have had the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people in this community as well as the greater basketball community. I am thankful for the people that my family and I have been able to cross paths with and get to know, including many very good friends. The greatest joy has been watching young people grow and mature, from the youngest ones eager to learn and grow, to the middle schoolers that think they have it figured out, and then to the high school kids that realize how fast it all goes.

This April we will elect new board members, for the upcoming 2 years. Some turnover is expected each year, and this year is no different. Amy Wellberg is stepping aside at the end of term as the Girls Tournament Director. This will also be my last term on the board, the most recent of which has been as President. With these positions opening, there will be some shifting of titles within the remaining board members. Shance Newland (current Vice President) will be assuming the role of President. Joanna Mauch (Secretary) will be finishing the remaining 1 year as Vice President. Wayne Howe will be moving from In-House Coordinator, to take over the Girls Tournament spot. Randi Buzzelli will move from Volunteer Coordinator to the In House position. Three board members will continue in their current roles: Chris Waite as the Boys Tournament Director, Jen Veldhuizen as Administrator, and Chad Platner as Treasurer. With all of that, we have two spots open, IN-HOUSE COORDINATOR AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR. Descriptions for both are available on our website and we will follow up with an email, specific to these roles, early next week.

We do have our monthly meeting next Wednesday, March 18th, starting at 6:30pm in the Independence Elementary Community Room. Please stop in and ask questions about the board and explore the opportunities! This group, like so many others, is all volunteer organized and operated. BLYBA needs new people willing to step up and help lead basketball in the community! (You do NOT have to have a deep knowledge of zone offenses, press breaks, and situational plays to have an impact!)

Please let us know if you have additional questions, we'd love to find a place for you to plug in.

Thank you!

Derek Birdsall

BLYBA Yard Signs!!

If you're interested in a yard sign, please contact our Administrator by clicking on the image or emailing us at

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.