An Email from the Commissioner explaining our Summer League approach:


The Glendover Summer League is gearing up again this year. Please take a moment to read this email. Our Summer League is not like our Winter League and has several different aspects of which you need to be aware prior to signing up your children.

          WE LIKE TO CALL THE SUMMER "ORGANIZED PICKUP"

WE ARE NOT A BASKETBALL CAMP!!!    WE DO NOT PRACTICE DURING THE SEASON, WHICH MEANS YOUR KIDS MAY NOT GET A LOT OF COACHING. THIS IS VERY RELAXED, AND FLEXIBLE. PLAYERS (AND HEAD COACHES) MAY MISS SEVERAL GAMES. WE DO NOT KEEP ANY STANDINGS. WE GIVE THE KIDS AND PARENTS A RELAXED, STRESS FREE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN THE SUMMER.

I stress these issues because in the past some parents have been disappointed with the laid back nature of our summer league. Truth be told- that is exactly what we are shooting for (pun intended). Summer is about vacations, the lake, the pool, backyard cookouts, and relaxing. Our league anticipates players missing games, coaches missing games, etc. Often one team will show up with only four players and the other with eight. The coaches will switch a few players to even up the teams and play on. 
**Note: Participants must be registered in order to play. Unfortunately, due to legal concerns, non-registered participants (a visiting friend or cousin) can not be added to a team who might be shorthanded that day.**

Games are scheduled randomly Monday through Friday nights from 5:30 to 9 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am-9 pm. Games are at Crestwood Christian Church and Calvary Baptist Church. The 9/10 game season will begin in mid June and conclude with a tournament in early August. Divisions are not locked in to playing on specific nights. (We do not play all the Training games every Tuesday for example.) This allows you to work around any "fixed" nights in your schedule that would preclude you from joining our league.

Our basic divisions are as follows- 
  -Grade indicates 2019 Fall Class
  -You may play up a grade level
  -2 or 3 friend requests are honored, not more than five requests per team.  We are not a "Bring-your-team" league
  
5th Quarter (K-1st/2nd grade) 
   This is unique, skill based instruction, followed by a slightly modified game played on 8 foot goal with 27.0 size ball. Co-ed. Great way to start out.

Girls Training (2nd/3rd grade/ optional for 4th grade)
    3-on-3 allows all players to utilize multiple skill sets at an early age. Played on 9 foot goal, cross court with 28.0 size ball.

Boys Training (2nd/3rd grade)
    3-on-3 allows all players to utilize multiple skill sets at an early age. Played on 9 foot goal, cross court with 28.0 size ball.

Boys Prep (4th/5th grade)
    Full court 5-on-5 played on 9 foot goals with 28.0 size ball.

Middle and HS Boys Divisions
    These grade ranges are not set until after registrations. We spread out the ranges based on our numbers . Typically the divisions will be 6th/7th grade, 8th/9th grade, 10th-12th. Graduating Seniors are also welcome to join for one last go around. The breakdown really depends on the range of those who signup. 

We are happy to provide flexibility between divisions. Just speak to me at signups and we will get your child in the spot they will most enjoy playing.

   Open to grades 4th and up. Thanks to the overwhelming success of these divisions, we are thrilled to have arranged for increased opportunities for all of this age girls. Following an assessment, or at a parent's request, the players are divided based on skill set and experience rather than grade alone. This program has grown in response to the community's request for additional opportunities for player development and fun.  (your registration dates are the same as the rest of the league).  These sessions are about 2 hours each and include the skills session as well as the game.  CLICK HERE for more information.

                 
Cost is $85 (excluding the JV and Varsity girls leagues which are $130 each)  and includes one or two preseason practices, 9 game schedule, post-season tournament, and a uniform t-shirt. Games are officiated by KHSAA trained officials. Games are 4 quarters. Length of quarter is 6-8 minutes depending on the division. HS leagues are two 15 minute halves. Clock stops for free throws and dead ball situations in the last 1 or 2 minutes of games depending on division level.

The most common concern I get from parents goes like this- " We stay pretty busy during the summer, but my child really wants to play. Many of his friends are playing, but I hate to make the commitment and miss games. "  My response is simple. If the cost of playing will stress you out wanting you to make each game, you may want to pass on signing up. If you do not feel obligated to make each game simply to justify the cost, you will be fine. As I said, we will all miss games and it does not matter. I am not skipping a weekend at the lake with my family because one of the kids has a basketball game. Our coaches share this mentality and are made very aware of this mindset when they volunteer to coach.