Southport- Basketball Fall/Winter

Basketball                                                                                                                                                                       Southport Clubhouse

Each year, thousands of children in 3rd - 12th grade participate in basketball programs at the Southport Clubhouse. The goal of our basketball leagues is to provide a friendly atmosphere in which volunteer coaches work with small teams of boys or girls. These teams, which consist of players with different skill levels, are taught the basics of basketball as well as good sportsmanship while having fun and making new friends.

If you have any questions regarding the basketball program please email rich@wakemanclub.org.
Boys Junior Basketball                                                                                                                              
Boys Grades 6-8

The Boys Junior League is split into three divisions (one for each grade). Players are placed on teams based on skill level and availability by Wakeman staff. Teams are assigned one hour of practice time per week. Practices are held Monday-Friday between 5:15 and 8:30 beginning the week of January 29th. 

The players will follow a seven game schedule. The 6th/7th grade divisions will play the majority of their games on Saturdays between 8:30am and 6:30pm. The 8th grade division will play the majority of their games on Sundays between 9:00am and 7:00pm. Game weekends include Feb 3/4, 10/11, 24/25, March 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 24/25. 

Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches who have successfully completed the Wakeman Coaches Certification Course. Please take into consideration when registering, that any school teams or other leagues players may participate (which may interfere with your child’s Wakeman commitment). A more detailed information packet including exact practice time options, conflict sheet, volunteer coaching form, and league information will be mailed after registration.

Fee: $90
Online Registration begins November 16th at 10:00am.
Pee Wee Basketball                                                                                                                                     
Boys & Girls Grades 3-5

This league will focus on skill development (and as the season goes on), skill enhancement. Players are placed on teams based on skill level and availability. Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches who have successfully completed the Wakeman Coaches Certification Course. Course dates are listed in this book. The 3rd grade division shoots at 9 ft. baskets. The 4th and 5th graders shoot at 10 ft. baskets. All Pee Wee leagues play with an intermediate sized ball.

The difference between Wakeman’s Pee Wee league and most others is that the Wakeman coaches and staff will divide each team into two squads: “Starters” and “Finishers”. “Finishers” are players who are more experienced & only play against other “Finishers” while “Starters” are players who are less experienced or beginners, and play against other “Starters”. Each player must attend an evaluation. Evaluation dates will be available after registration.

Practice begins the week of November 13th and is held Monday-Friday primarily between 5:00pm & 8:45pm. Players will be assigned to a team and a one-hour weekly practice time based on skill level, availability and the school your child attends. A detailed information packet will be mailed out after registration. This will include practice time options, a conflict sheet, a volunteer coaching form and more information about the program.

Each team will play 9 games on the following weekends: November 18/19, December 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, January 6/7, 13/14,
20/21, 27/28.

Fee: $100
Online registration September 7th at 10:00am.
Fall Boys Senior League                                                                                                        
Boys Grades 9-12

Due to the registration numbers, we have combined the league into 9-12th grade and added a couple of extra games to try and accommodate any scheduling conflicts

The games will begin September 20th and end by November 2nd. Players who have not played in a Wakeman League are required to attend an evaluation. Rosters/schedules will be on this page by September 16th. Players are responsible for checking the website for team and game info.  There will be no games Columbus Day Weekend October 8/9.

Fee: $75
Registration begins August 16th by phone or in person. 
Basketball Skill Building                                                                                                                            
Boys  Grades 3-5

Skill Building class is a series of four clinics for 3rd-5th grade beginners and those with very little basketball experience. Instructors teach youngsters at a 6:1 ratio. Areas of concentration include: rules, ball handling, lay-ups, and defense. As children improve, so will their self-confidence just in time for Pee Wee season.

All classes will meet 4:00-5:15pm.
3rd Grade
Tuesdays, September 19th, 26th, October 3rd & 10th

4th/5th Grade
Wednesdays, September 20th, 27th, October 4th & 11th

Fee:$60
Registration begins August 15th over the phone or in-person.
Girls Junior Basketball                                                                                                                                               
Girls Grades 6-8

Girls will be split into two separate leagues. One league is for 6th grade girls and another for 7th & 8th grade girls. Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches who have successfully completed the Wakeman Coaches Certi- fication course. 

Each team will be given one hour of gym time during the week for practice and play an eight game schedule. Every girl who is accepted in the program will be assigned to a team based on a skill evaluation. Evaluations of the players’ abilities and size are used to make the teams balanced (this is not a tryout).

Team roster/practice time placement will be posted on this page by Friday, September 8th. Program begins September 11th! Players
and parents are responsible for checking website for team placement! All teams begin practice the week of September 11th.


For the 15th year, 6th grade girls will participate in a program sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of America called Quick SMART! This is a prevention program to help young athletes deal with the decisions and pressures to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The program will also discuss the effects on their athletic performances. More detailed information will be sent out at registration.

Fee: $90
Online Registration begins August 10th at 10:00am.
Travel Basketball                                                                                                                                          
Boys & Girls Grades 6-8

Tryouts will take place October 6-15. Players must be residents of Fairfield. Candidates are encouraged to attend all evaluations. Two practices a week will start the first week in November. Each team will play 20-25 games, most played on weekends. The season concludes in mid-March. Questions regarding the travel program can be directed to Glen Colello at catchahealthyhabit@yahoo.com. More information, including evaluation dates can be found to the right and downloaded by clicking here.

Registration begins September 14th over the phone or in-person at 10:00am.

Fee: $500
Red Baker 4-on-4 Senior League                                                                                                              
Boys Grades 9-12

This league is for boys who are not playing on their high school basketball team this year. There is a league for 9th graders and another for 10th-12th graders. Teams will be arranged by Wakeman staff and coached by player/captain’s whose main responsibility is to provide playing time for all players. There are no practices. Shirts will be given to players at the first game. 

Games begin January 3rd and end by March 18th. Games will be played on Sundays between 3:00 & 9:30; Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 7:30 & 8:30. Schedules and rosters will be posted on this page by December 29th.

Fee:$80
Online Registration begins December 7th at 10:00am.
Who was Red Baker?
Edward "Red" Baker was the Director of Wakeman from 1945-1975. He was the master of the set shot and could out shoot anyone from the free throw the line! The impact he had on generations of young people was amazing and his name lives on at our Southport Clubhouse thanks to the Red Baker Gymnasium, home of the Red Baker League!  
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