Another Banner Year for GBBGC Basketball – January 24, 2018
If you drive by the Club in the late afternoon and early evening, you may notice a stream of young athletes and their parents coming and going. If you look into the windows of the new gymnasium, you may notice that the score board is all lit up, with games in session. If you step inside, you are greeted by the sound of basketballs bouncing, the squeal of sneakers sliding, the blast of whistles blown, and the roar of happy fans.
Grenville Baker is in the midst of another banner year for our Basketball program. Just when we thought we had reached our max, our numbers have increased once again with more than 580 local kids participating in our single most popular program, with members aged 5 through 18 learning the fundamentals of basketball while playing with their friends. During the height of the season, every afternoon and evening, basketball is being played upstairs and down in the Club’s two gymnasiums.
The goal of GBBGC’s basketball program is to provide a positive athletic experience for our members. Kids of all ages are given the opportunity to practice the basic skills of basketball while learning strategy, sportsmanship and teamwork. At the Club, our Basketball program serves every skill level. At the end of the season, our entire Club experiences our own March Madness, with playoffs, championships, and a Basketball Award Ceremony.
The Basketball Program begins with an Instructional league for grades K-2 and then children advance to Pee Wee in Grades 3-4, Biddy in Grades 5-6, and Collegiate in Grades 7-8, each with one hour of practice and one game per week. Boys in Grades 9-10 and 11-12 play in our High School Leagues with games each week on Thursday and Friday evenings.
The Club has seen a large increase this year in the number of teenage boys participating with more than 135 in our High School League. What a wonderful way for our teens to spend their Friday nights, with the bleachers packed with friends and parents coming to cheer. The teens are encouraged to take ownership of their league with greater input in picking and organizing teams. The Club provides the structure of a game schedule, a coach, and referees at every game. Through word of mouth, the number of Little Pro teams has grown. Our GBBGC Basketball Facebook page has also helped to spread the word with schedule updates, game results, and videos.
We want to express our gratitude to our loyal Basketball sponsors and to the many volunteer coaches who return year after year to help out. Clock and book volunteers are also needed and play an essential role. We especially want to thank our local merchants and residents for their patience during peak hours when parking is at a premium around the Club. This wonderful program would not exist without your support.