- 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 GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP
The Grand Rapids Girls Summer Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 25-28 at RJEMS. Grades K-3 and grades 4-8 will practice from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.
Players will be divided by age and ability for stations, contests and games. Campers will be required to wear gym shoes each day and it is recommended that they also wear shorts and a t-shirt. Cost for the camp is $70 and will be lead by Grand Rapids girls basketball coaches, past and present Lady Thunderhawk players, and other guest coaches and players.
It is our objective to provide each camper with an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience. We hope to teach each player the value of teamwork and sportsmanship, in addition to providing them with sound fundamental instruction.
Click here to download a copy of the camp brochure.
GRAND RAPIDS BOYS BASKETBALL ACADEMY
The Grand Rapids Boys Basketball Academy will take place this summer from June 11-July 19 (no academy on July 2-5). Boys in grades 5-7 will meet from 10:30-11:45 am on Monday's and Wednesday's. Boys in grades 8-11 will meet from 9:30-10:45 am on Tuesday's and Thursday's. All boys basketball academy practices will be at Grand Rapids High School. Cost of the academy is $40 and players may attend as many of the sessions as they want.
Click here to download the registration form.
GRAND RAPIDS BOYS BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP
The Grand Rapids Boys Summer Basketball Camp is schedule for June 5-8 at RJEMS. Grades 5-8 will go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 1-4 will go from 1-3:45 p.m.
Players will be divided by age and ability for stations, contests and games. Eight-foot baskets and junior size basketballs will be used for grades 1-4. Campers will be required to wear gym shoes each day. It is recommended that they also wear shorts and a t-shirt. Cost for the camp is $75 and will be lead by camp director and head varsity basketball coach Dan Elhard, as well as other varsity coaches and players.
The objective of the camp is to provide each camper with an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience. The camp hopes to teach each player the value of teamwork and sportsmanship, in addition to providing them with sound fundamental instruction.
Registration deadline is May 30. Click here to download a copy of the camp brochure.
IMPORTANT GRABA DATES
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.