Last Updated: December 2, 2016

Welcome to Grand Rapids Area Basketball Association



Information is now posted for K-2 season click below

4th, 5th, 6th girls and 8th boys travel team are now posted.

Click on Teams/Rosters on our side menu.

NEW online registration!!!

GRABA has now added online registration!!! Please click on the link in the upper right hand corner to register your child(ren) for youth basketball. Registration is open for Boys and Girls grades K-2 and 3-6.

For information about ALL programs please click here... Registration information      

If your child makes a travel team on October 27th you will have to register them again under TRAVEL TEAM and pay the remainder of the balance ($350-$75=$275).

Community Outdoor Courts Project

New YMCA Outdoor Courts Project / Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars

We are excited to announce a wonderful community project that GRABA, The Thunderhawks Hoops Club, The Itasca County Family YMCA, The Pickleball association and the City of Grand Rapids are all helping create. This project will include a Full size outdoor basketball court, 3 four-square courts and 6 new outdoor permanent pickleball courts at the Itasca County Family YMCA site.  While the initial cost estimates are not yet completed (est. mid-Sept.), it is anticipated that the total cost of this project will be in the range of $250,000-$300,000.  Consequently, grant writing and fundraising will be a critical factor in bringing this project to fruition.

We need the communities help to see this project through. One very painless way has been identified to financial support this project. If you happen to be a Thrivent Financial member, please consider directing your ‘Choice Dollars’ to the Itasca County Family YMCA.  Simply go online at and follow the instructions for Choice Dollars donations.  You will find the Itasca County Family YMCA as one of the 30,000 non-profit organizations listed on the drop down menu. 

After you have completed the online donation to the Itasca County Family YMCA, simply send Betsy McBride, Executive Director, Itasca County Family YMCA, an email notifying her of your actions and further requesting that your Choice Dollars donation be earmarked for the YMCA Outdoor Courts Project.  The Itasca County Family YMCA has agreed to serve as our fiscal agent for this project. Betsy’s email address is;


We’ve already received one donation via this method that totaled $597.  Please consider this effortless and financially painless method of supporting this project since you personally can’t spend your Choice Dollars.  Although it’s a small drop in a big bucket, many drops can quickly add up to make meaningful headway.

Other donations of time, talent and monetary are also accepted. Should you wish to find out more about the project and/or how you may participate, please contact Outdoor Courts Implementation Committee representative, Bob Holycross (

Thank you for your consideration.



The Grand Rapids Area Basketball Association is now searching for those interested in becoming board members. Please contact us if you are interested via email at




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.

GRABA Statement

GRABA Purpose:
To promote, foster and perpetuate the game of basketball at the youth level.
GRABA Philosophy:
Basketball should be a fun and rewarding experience for all: players, coaches, spectators and referees.

Welcome to the Grand Rapids Minnesota Area Basketball Association. Organized in 1996, GRABA serves as the booster club for the high school program, sponsors traveling teams in the GRABA Traveling League, provides funding support for the middle school program and administers the elementary school program. GRABA works with the Grand Rapids Recreation and Parks Department, ISD #318 activities and community education departments to provide developmental and competitive basketball for girls and boys in grades 1-12 in the Grand Rapids area.

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We are now using a free alert service called REMIND. Please click on the link and follow the instructions to receive important information from GRABA.

Please review the GRABA Handbook in our HANDOUTS/FORMS section

All parents and players must review the GRABA handbook prior to playing in the first games.

Background Studies

All coaches and volunteers of GRABA will be required to fill out and pass a background study. The background study can be filled out online. The link to the website is under WEBSITE LINKS on our sidebar menu. Thank you for being a part of this awesome program.

Donation request letter

Please read and consider our donation request letter in our HANDOUTS section on the side bar. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec 12
GRABA board meeting6:30pmALC
Monday, Jan 9
GRABA board meeting6:30pmALC
Monday, Feb 13
GRABA board meeting6:30pmALC

For a complete calendar listing, click here!