- Welcome to the GRABA Website! Your one stop shop for all things Grand Rapids Basketball!
- Check out the HEADLINES section on the right for important information
- GRABA is in need of motivated and positive people to serve on the board
- The first day of practice for grades K-2 House League is Dec. 18
Welcome to Grand Rapids Area Basketball Association
GRAND RAPIDS YOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
Within the next couple of months, Grand Rapids will be hosting four youth basketball tournaments. The North Country Classic boys tournament will be on February 10 while the girls North Country Classic will take place on February 17. A month later, GRABA will have it's boy's home tournament on March 10 and the GRABA girl's tournament will happen on March 17. Teams can sign up for these tournaments by clicking on Northwoods Tournaments.
In the menu bar on the top of the website, go to the PAGES tab and click on COACHING. Toward the bottom of the page you will find COACHING RESOURCES. Click on and download the Youth Basketball Skill and Drills booklet. This comprehensive booklet includes drills and skills on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, offense, stretching, conditioning and much more. Please feel free to use anything and everything from this booklet in your practices and help our young athletes improve their basketball skills.
IMPORTANT GRABA DATES
February 17: Girls Travel League North Country Classic Home Tournament
March 10: Boys Travel League Northwoods Home Tournament
March 17: Girls Travel League Northwoods Home Tournament
GRAND RAPIDS HOOPS CLUB
Grand Rapids basketball is split into two separate and distinct organizations: GRABA and Hoops Club. GRABA is in charge of the organization and programing for grades K-2 House League, grades 3-6 House League, and grades 3-6 Travel League. Hoops Club is the booster club for the grades 7-12 junior high and high school teams, and is under the rules and guidelines of the GRHS Activities Department and the Minnesota State High School League.
For information regarding grades 7-12 Grand Rapids Thunderhawk basketball teams, please go to the Hoops Club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/grhoopsclub.
I would like to welcome everyone to the Grand Rapids Area Basketball Association’s website. It is the GRABA board’s hope that this website will provide information that is useful and informative.
Since 1996, GRABA has proudly served all the children, grades K-6, who reside in the Grand Rapids School District. The primary goal of GRABA is to sponsor traveling teams in the GRABA Traveling League and administer the elementary school program in our grades K-2 and grades 3-6 House Leagues.
The GRABA board recognizes there are times when issues arise that may cause concerns. If at anytime any of our members have a concern, we urge them to communicate their concerns with a coach, board member, or the board of directors. The GRABA board meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
As an organization, we are committed to our children and I entrust that all adults who have a role in mentoring, whether a coach, volunteer, board member, or parent on the sideline, will strive to lead by example. GRABA also supports all athletics and activities in Grand Rapids, and encourages our athletes to play multiple sports. GRABA does not support sport specialization.
Lastly, I wish all of our children and youth a successful year. I ask everyone to remember, winning is important, but it is secondary to our mission of striving to mold our children of today into the mentally sound and well-adjusted men and women of tomorrow.
MISSION STATEMENT, PURPOSE, & PHILOSOPHY
Our mission is to create a fun, fair, and safe basketball environment that focuses on developing respect for others, self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, and basketball skills in our Grand Rapids Area student athletes. We strive to provide the best competition at all grade levels while maintaining the highest degree of participation and sportsmanship.
To promote, foster and perpetuate the game of basketball at the youth level.
Basketball should be a fun and rewarding experience for all: players, coaches, spectators, and referees.