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Skill Builders Basketball

November 15, 2020 - February 6, 2021

Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Skill Builders is The J’s unique approach to youth basketball featuring quality, consistent coaching by knowledgeable coaches; and practices that are run like skill clinics. While individual skill development is stressed in all divisions; there is a greater emphasis on team and game skills in the 2
nd/3rd grade and 3rd/4th grade divisions than in the younger age groups.  While participants are encouraged to come to as many practices as possible to gain the maximum skill development, attendance at all practices is NOT required.

Capacity – Due to Covid-19, the capacity for our Winter Skill Builders Basketball program will be more limited than in past years.  We are only able to accept a certain number of players per division. Once a division is full, we will not be able to accept anymore registrations. You may sign up for the waitlist in case someone backs out but there is no guarantee that you will be activated.

Team Formation – Teams in the Kindergarten through 2nd/3rd grade divisions will be limited to 8 kids per team and teams in the 3rd/4th grade division will be limited to 10 kids per team.  While we will accept teammate requests, please note that if there is a group of players that want to play together that exceeds the player per team limit of a division, we will split the players up into two teams and then fill out the team with other players.

In addition to the participants learning and improving basketball skills, the Skill Builders program also focuses on character development. Each week there is a “Word (or phrase) of the Week” that pertains to both basketball and life in general.  For example – Effort and Attitude:  we believe that the effort a child gives and the attitude they have, go hand in hand with the type of experience they will have.  Understanding the importance effort and a good attitude play in success will serve a child well in all aspects of life.

Program Features Include:
·        Coed program in Kindergarten
·        Separate boys and girls divisions beginning in 1st grade
·        Sign up individually, but teammate requests accepted
·        J Staff coaches - no parent coaches
·        Age appropriate equipment
·        Games played on weekends
·        All practices and games take place at The J
·        Character development

Practice schedule – In years past we have been able to offer two practices per week for all age divisions, but with the need to have fewer players in the gym at one time, the Kindergarten, 1st grade, 1st/2nd grade Girls, and 2nd/3rd grade Boys divisions will have one practice day/time per week. The 3rd/4th Grade Boys and Girls divisions will continue to receive two practices per week.


Practices: Nov. 16 - Feb. 8
Days: Mondays
Teams 1, 2, & 3 - 5:00 - 5:55 pm
Teams 4, 5, & 6 - 6:05 - 7:00 pm

1st Grade
Practice: Nov. 17 - Feb. 9
Days: Tuesdays
Teams 1, 2, 3, & 4 - 5:00 - 5:55 pm
Teams 5. 6, 7, & 8 - 6:05 - 7:00 pm

1st/2nd Grade Girls
Practice: Nov. 19 - Feb. 11
Days: Thursdays
Time: 5:00 - 5:55 pm

2nd/3rd Grade Boys
Practice: Nov. 18 - Feb. 10
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 5:15 - 6:10 pm

3rd/4th Grade Boys
Practice: Nov. 16 - Feb. 11
Days: Monday - 7:10 - 8:05 pm
           Thursday - 6:05 - 7:00 pm

3rd/4th Grade Girls
Practice: Nov. 17 - Feb. 10
Days: Tuesday - 7:10 - 8:05 pm
           Wednesday - 6:20 - 7:15 pm

Tuition: $175 / with J Member Discount $125 – Includes Jersey (save $10 by 10/4; add $15 after 10/25)

Refund Policy: -$25 beginning October 1; -$50 beginning Oct. 31; NO Refunds after Nov. 15 except for medical reason.

Program will NOT meet on Nov. 25-26, Dec. 21-31

**Games for all age divisions will be scheduled on Saturday and Sunday afternoons Dec. 5 – 20; Jan. 9 – Feb. 14 (make-up games if needed Feb. 20 – 21). Shabbat observance will be respected when assigning game times.

Registration Will Open Sept. 21
Registration Will Close Nov. 4

Jump Start Basketball

December 6, 2020 - February 14, 2021

Pre-Kindergarten 4-5 year olds

This popular program for children entering kindergarten in the Fall is led by J staff.  Children are introduced to the basic skills of basketball using age appropriate learning progressions and equipment. While individual skills are the focus; game playing is introduced as the program progresses.  Parents are asked to help with some of the drills especially during the first few weeks of the program. Jersey & award included.

Program Features Include:
·        J Staff Coaches
·        Introduction to the basic skills of basketball
·        Age appropriate equipment
·        Scrimmage games included as season progresses
·        Sign up individually, but teammate requests accepted

Tuition: $125/ J membership discount $95 - Includes Jersey (save $10 by 10/4; add $15 after 11/8)

**Program will meet from Noon to 12:45 pm or 1 pm to 1:45 pm on Sunday's starting on Dec. 6 and will end Feb. 14 (make-up games if needed Feb. 21). NO programming Dec. 27, Jan. 3, and Feb. 7. 

Registration Will Open Sept. 21
Registration Will Close Nov. 15

Run & Gun Basketball
November 9, 2020 - February 28, 2021

4th-5th Grade Boys and 5th-6th Grade Girls

If you have a team but do not have a coach or a parent coach who does not want to coach anymore, our Run & Gun program would be a great fit for you. We have limited team spots available, once they are filled, we will not be able to accept anymore teams. If you are interested, please contact Daniel Marklewitz at [email protected] or call 913-327-8009 by October 1st.

Program Features Include:
·        J staff coaches - no parent coaches
·        Two practices per week at The J
·        Emphasis on player development; individual and team skills
·        Games on weekends through participation in a community league
·        Character development

Teams:  Separate teams by gender and grade

Rosters:  max of 10 players per team

Registration:  Players register individually

Winter Season:  Nov. 9 - Feb. 28; 10 games (including post season tournament) 

4th Boys - Coach Dunn
5:30 - 6:45 pm
5:30 - 6:30 pm

4th/5th Boy - Coach Brown
5:30 - 6:45 pm
5:30 - 6:30 pm

6th Girls - Coach Dunn
6:55 - 8:10 pm
6:30 - 7:30 pm

6th Girls - Coach Brown
6:55 - 8:10 pm
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Times: TBA

$390 (payment plan available) price includes coaches fees, community league fee and jersey
After Nov. 6, 2020; the $190 GABL League fee portion of your program fee becomes nonrefundable.

Registration opens Mid-September - Please contact Daniel Marklewitz about team registration. 

Safety Protocols and Guidelines.

Please Click Here to view our Winter Basketball safety protocols and guidelines.

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