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.
Boys and Girls who have just completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade will play in this no-pressure fun league. Teams are arranged by Wakeman Staff. Games are refereed by Wakeman staff. Boys/girls play in separate leagues. There are no practices. Program runs 6 weeks from July 10th to August 14th. Games are played Mondays typically beginning at 5:00pm, depending on registration.
ALL BOYS WILL REPORT EACH MONDAY 5:15-6:15PM
THIS IS A ONE HOUR PROGRAM
Registration Date: May 16th
Program Fee: $60
Basketball Skill Building Boys & Girls Grades 3-5
This series of four clinics is for beginners and those with very little basketball experience. Experienced instructors and area high school students teach youngsters at a 1:6 ratio. Areas of concentration include: rules, ball handling, layups, passing and man-to-man defense. As children improve, so will their self-confidence and level of fun! Classes will be held Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm on April 19th, 26th, May 3rd & 10th.
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.
begins March 2nd.
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,
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.
ALERT: Games from Thursday Feb. 9th will be made up Thursday March 2nd
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!