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IMPORTANT GRABA DATES

January 19, 26 & February 2: K-2 House League games at RJEMS

January 12: 1st Annual GRABA Timberrrrr Tournament


GRABA's 1ST ANNUAL TIMBERRRRR TOURNAMENT 2019

January 12, 2019

REGISTRATION FOR THE TIMBERRRRR TOURNAMENT IS CLOSED

GRABA will be hosting its 1st Annual Timberrrrr Tournament on Saturday, January 12, 2019, for boys and girls teams in grades 3-6. The Timberrrrr Tournament will utilize the courts at Grand Rapids High School and Robert J. Elkington Middle School, guaranteeing teams 3 games in this one-day format tournament. Participating teams will also be able to take part in the Team Free-Throw Shooting Contest prior to their first game with the winning team taking home a prize. Trophies will be awarded to first and second place teams, with third place and consolation champions taking home medals. Concessions will also be available at both locations. Click on the link below to download the tournament flyer and registration form.

 


TRAVEL LEAGUE vs. HOUSE LEAGUE

 

 

Travel League

House League

Expense

$375

$85

Competition Level

Play to win while developing team and player skills

Emphasis on team and skill development

Game Locations

Most tournaments are located outside of the Grand Rapids area.

All games are held at RJEMS or immediate area basketball courts

Games/Tournaments

8-9 weekend tournaments with some 2-day tournaments (Sat-Sun)

2 games per a week; held on Saturdays

Playing Time

Playing time may not be equal

K-6 equal playing time

Practice Time

Practice 2-3 nights per week

Practice 1-2 nights per week

Season Length

5 months (Dec.-March)

K-2: 4.5 weeks (end of Dec.-Jan)

3-6: 5-6 weeks (Nov.-Dec.)

Uniforms

First uniform: Parents pay $25, GRABA pays difference; Parents pay full price for replacement uniforms

Team jerseys included in registration fee


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. The Hoops Club organizes tryouts and forms teams for grades 7-12

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

 


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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.

Sincerely,

Troy Gunderson

GRABA President


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.

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.