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
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 30th. 

The players will follow an eight 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 4/5, 11/12, 25/26, March 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26, April 1/2. 

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.

Online registration begins November 16th.

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. 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 7th 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 12/13, 19/20, December 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, January 7/8,
14/15, 21/22, 28/29.

Online registration begins September 8th.
Fall Boys Senior League                                                                                                        
Boys Grades 9-12

High school students will be placed on teams consisting of 9-10 players. Boys will be split into two leagues, one for 9th graders (Wed nights) & one for 10th-12th graders (no exceptions!). We do not take requests for team placement.

The season consists of eight games (each team will play one, possibly two games per week). Players will receive a
shirt at their first game. The games will begin September 19th and end by November 17th. Players who have not
played in a Wakeman League are required to attend an evaluation. Rosters/schedules will be posted at by September 16th. 

Players are responsible for checking the website for team and game info. Registration begins August 16th by phone or in person. All players must have current memberships. There will be no games Columbus Day Weekend October 9/10.

Online registration begins August 16th.
Basketball Skill Building                                                                                                                         
Boys & Girls 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.

Clinics will be held September Tuesdays/Wednesday 20th/21st-October 11th/19th.

4 & 5th Grade:Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 
3rd Grade:Wednesdays 4:00-5:15

Registration begins August 23rd
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 Certification
course. Each team will be given one hour of gym time during the week for practice and play an eight game schedule (dates listed below). 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). Evaluation dates are listed below.
Evaluation Dates
6th Grade
Monday, August 29th 5:30-6:15 
Tuesday, August 30th 5:30-6:15 
7/8th Grade 
Monday, August 29th 6:30-7:45 
Tuesday, August 30th 6:30-7:45 
Wednesday, August 31st 6:30-7:45

Team roster/practice time placement will be posted at by Wednesday, September 7th. Program begins September 12th!

Players and parents are responsible for checking website for team placement!
All teams begin practice the week of September 12th.

Practice will begin the week of September 12th. Game dates: Saturdays, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22,
10/29 and 11/5. Grade 6 will likely play at 3:15, 4:30, 5:45 or 7:00. Grades 7/8 will likely play at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45,
6:00 or 7:15.

Registration beings August 11th.
Travel Basketball                                                                                                                                          
Boys & Girls Grades 7 & 8

There will be a 7th grade boys team, an 8th grade boys team, and a combined 7/8th grade girls team (based on number of
Try-Out Dates: October 8th 7:30-8:45pm (boys)
October 9th 6:00-7:30pm (boys in WG, girls in RB gym)
October 16th 6:00-7:30pm (boys)
Candidates must be current Wakeman members and also Fairfield residents.
Members should attend all three try-out sessions. (Girls have one session.)

Travel Basketball Fee: Will be posted on our website at by September 1st.
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 2nd and end by March 19th. 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 by December 30th. 

Online registration begins: December 7th online.
2017 9th Grade Rosters 2017 9th Grade Schedule 2017 10-12th Grade Schedule 2017 10-12th Grade Rosters
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!  
Spring Boys Senior League                                                                                                                               
Boys  Grades 9-12

All high school boys (9th-12th grade) play together in a tournament style league. Captain’s will organize their own teams and submit the registration form. Each player is responsible for paying for membership and league fee individually. Those who do not pay will be ineligible to play. Pool play will be followed by a double elimination play-off. Registration begins March 9th. Games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15pm and 8:15pm. Teams play once (sometimes twice) each week.

Online registration begins March 2nd.
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