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Now Accepting 2016 Coaching Applications

We are currently seeking coaches for the 2016-17 traveling basketball season. Our volunteer coaches are a critical element to the success of our traveling basketball program, and we are continuously dedicated to helping coaches succeed as mentors and instructors. Anyone interested in being considered for a coaching position this coming season must submit an application.  Also – if you know of any other parents or former rec coaches that may be interested (especially for incoming 4th graders), please encourage them to apply or call a board member with questions.

If you coached a WBBA traveling basketball team last year, please complete this ABBREVIATED renewal application form.

If you have not coached for WBBA traveling basketball, please complete this NEW COACH application form.

Spring News Update

Happy summer! School is out, and families can turn their attention to backyard barbeques, weekends at the lake, and vacation travels.  In addition to wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer, we wanted to touch base on the basketball front and keep families up to date on the latest from the WBBA. Read on for more information about:

  • Open Gyms
  • Volunteer Needs
  • Player Registration
  • New Communications Coordinator

OPEN GYMS – As part of the WBBA’s effort to help players get more off-season pick-up basketball opportunities, we have arranged for some open gym times during June-September.  We recently sent an email notice, and dates, locations, and times have been posted to the WBBA website.  Spread the word and let’s get kids in the gym this summer!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - In ongoing discussions at association and board meetings, the WBBA is looking at ways to continue to improve the traveling basketball experience for our players and families as well as keeping our fees as reasonable as possible.  One area we are looking to improve on is reaching out to the WBBA community to help support our objectives.  There are a number of you whose gifts and talents remain untapped.  In trying to get where the association wants to go we are looking for people who are willing to share those talents to help benefit the kids in the traveling basketball program. There are three main areas in which we are asking for help:

  • Scholarship initiative fundraising – While traveling basketball remains one of the more affordable traveling sports options available, we also recognize that some families can benefit from financial support in order to enable their kids to participate.  To that end, the WBBA has decided to develop a scholarship program with a dedicated fundraising effort aimed at soliciting donations from members and local businesses.  As this takes shape, we are looking for a few volunteers to assist in planning and implementing the fundraising effort.
  • Concessions committee – For many years, one dedicated individual handled this operation, however he has stepped aside and we are now in need of a small group of volunteers to assist the WBBA with concessions.  The varsity basketball programs at the high school allow the WBBA traveling program to generate funds by operating the concession stand at the high school games.  While we ask team parents to work at the concession stand throughout the season, we are in need of a small group of volunteers to help with some of the managerial tasks associated with the concessions operation throughout the season (purchasing inventory, overseeing the concessions area, coordinating the various concessions operations at our WBBA tournaments, etc.).  There may be a small stipend for those willing to take over this operation. 
  • Tournament committee – As with concessions, this job historically fell to one person who has recently stepped aside.  This function involves coordinating reciprocity arrangements with other basketball associations (i.e. a city sends their teams to our tournament and we agree to send teams to theirs), and managing the various details around hosting our boys and girls tournaments in February.

PLAYER REGISTRATION – stay tuned for an announcement regarding registration for the 2016-2017 season. Evaluations will be held on September 24 and 25. We plan to form teams at the 4th-8th grade levels.  We are especially eager to get new families involved at the 4th grade level.  Please help us get the word out to families who may have kids in the rec program or with kids entering 4th grade – let’s get people excited about joining White Bear traveling basketball!  Feel free to contact anyone on the board at whitebearbasketball.com.

NEW COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR – Finally, we want to announce that Mike Swanson has agreed to help the WBBA by serving as a communications coordinator. Mike’s role will primarily be helping the association disseminate news and facilitate better communication with families about WBBA events and strategic direction.     

Please feel free to reach out to any board member with questions or suggestions regarding any of these topics – we are dedicated to continuing to grow the participation numbers for White Bear basketball and of course make the experience as good as possible for players and families.

-WBBA Board of Directors
www.whitebearbasketball.com


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WBBA Monthly Association Meeting

The next White Bear Basketball Association Meeting
will take place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
.

This meeting takes place at South Campus in Room 608.

WBBA Meetings are open to the public, as all are welcomed and encouraged to attend a meeting during their time with the WBBA. The meetings are generally on the second Wednesday of the month.

If you would like more information on these meetings, please contact any one of the WBBA Board Members.

NOMINATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS

The following people have been nominated for WBBA Executive Board positions for the 2016-17 term:

  1. President:  Todd Kueppers
  2. Vice President:  Lisa Setterlund
  3. Secretary:  Lauri Zobrack
  4. Treasurer:  Tricia Koster
  5. Boys Director:  Keving Janicki
  6. Girls Director:  Jamison Fouks
  7. Member at Large:  Larry Swanson

Elections will be held at the June meeting.


June & July Open Gyms

WBBA is sponsoring open gym time in June and July.
Boys and girls in grades 4-8 are welcome to come and practice their basketball skills at Central Middle School. This is free of charge! More dates will be available in August and September. All the dates are listed on the WBBA calendar, so sync up (ical) and it will appear on your phone or tablet automatically.

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Saturdays: 9:00-11:30 am
June 15 June 18
June 22 June 25
June 29 July 16
July 13 July 23
July 20 July 30
July 27 August 6

Upcoming Events

  • Jun
  • 25
Open Gym: Boys and Girls
  • 9:00am-11:30am CDT Ical_event_icon
  • Central Middle School
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  • Jun
  • 29
Open Gym: Boys and Girls
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm CDT Ical_event_icon
  • Central Middle School
  • Tag(s): Home 
  • Jul
  • 13
Open Gym: Boys and Girls
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm CDT Ical_event_icon
  • Central Middle School
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  • Jul
  • 13
WBBA Board Meeting
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm CDT Ical_event_icon
  • South Campus, Room 608
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  • Jul
  • 16
Open Gym: Boys and Girls
  • 9:00am-11:30am CDT Ical_event_icon
  • Central Middle School
  • Tag(s): Home 

Spring and Summer Basketball Opportunities

There are several opportunities for boys and girls to continue playing basketball and developing their skills. Some are run by our high school coaches and others through MYAS. Please take a look at them if you are interested.

The White Bear Basketball Association (WBBA) is now registered to receive donations on smile.amazon.com. Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com).  

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the WBBA every time you shop, at NO COST to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices and selection as Amazon.com. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations and are marked Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
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2. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. we are listed as White Bear Basketball Association.  

3. Now, every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. 



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