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Lady Deacons Youth Girls Traveling Basketball Team

Based in South Central Los Angeles, CA, the Lady Deacons of Defense (aka Lady-DOD) offers youth girls in Kindergarten-8th grade a fantastic opportunity to participate in competitive level team basketball; playing with and against some of the highest caliber players and teams throughout Southern California and beyond.

Rickey Bryant, Head Coach/Founder of the Lady Deacons basketball program, and Head League Coordinator for GPLA (Girls Play Los Angeles) program at St. Andrews Recreational Center is dedicated to improving the athletic skills of youth girl’s and also helping prepare them for high school/college competition and scholarship opportunities. Coach Bryant designed this youth girls program in a manner that set's itself apart from others in many ways. Including instilling a positive level of sportsmanship for each player that emphasizes academics, accountability, continuous improvement and responsibility to the team, community and to themselves - on and off the court.

The Lady-DOD program provides competitive playing opportunities for players and have witnessed those opportunities lead to success upon entering high school. Nearly every Lady Deacons player has excelled with their high school teams upon entering their 9th grade year. As an organization we realize our players need to be successful not only on the court also in the classroom, thus defining the true meaning of student-athlete. Through our structured program and encouraging environment emphasis will be placed on hard-work, strong discipline, dedication, leadership, responsibility, and character.

Our Mission

Provide an enjoyable experience for all players 
Aid in building positive self esteem and self awareness for players
Team participation and instill responsibility
Educate players to respect and honor themselves, opponents, the game and their community
Teach sportsmanship, fair play, how to win or lose with dignity
Create scholarship opportunities for players

The Lady-DOD program aims to successfully accomplish our mission through the use of experienced qualified coaching, player development and positive, continuous encouragement. Our philosophy is to infuse fun and team sportsmanship that includes basketball fundamentals, confidence and high standards in each of our players. Accountability is a component that's expressed constantly. Our girls want to come to practice and work hard towards a common goal….. Success!

Lady Deacons of Defense Program Highlights

Fundamental Basketball Skills Training & Development
Competitive play in Local, State and National Showcase Tournaments
Accidental and General Liability Insurance
Academic Tools and Resources
Fundraising Savings Account Program
Team Building Events
Community Service Projects
Special Events

Player Benefits
Qualified and experienced coaching
Advanced skills training and development
Year-round competitive level basketball play
Open and consistent communication and feedback
Instruction built around the understanding of individual needs and abilities
Program affordability, enabling more girls to participate in a high quality basketball program
Development of leadership skills and qualities
Character and Team building Activities
Scholarship opportunities
Volunteer opportunities
Physical Fitness


Contact us for more information on getting your daughter in the Lady Deacons of Defense Traveling Basketball Program.


Phone: (423) LADY DOD / (423) 523-9363

Email: info@ladydeacons.com

Web: www.ladydeacons.com