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2021 Timberrrrr Tournament


June Announcements

Dear GRABA members,

I wanted to pass along a few opportunities for activities that you can do during the pandemic.

**New Hoops opportunity starting June 15th...

Click on the Grand Rapids 5000 Shots Made Club link

- We have partnered with UMD basketball to provide virtual skills videos for training opportunities this summer.  These videos will be free to all GRABA families.   Check it out by clicking on the UMD Basketball Opportunity & UMD Virtual Skills link or by clicking on the Basketball Links Tab.

- We received a promotion from Bob Cahill.   Check it out by clicking on the Pokegama Golf Course Opportunity link or by clicking on the Basketball Links Tab. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to get outdoors and have some fun while social distancing.  

We hope this information finds you well and get those kids outside shooting hoops!


Matt Wegwerth

GRABA President


Travel League Thunderhawk League House League
COST $325 $200 $85
COMPETITION LEVEL Play to win while developing team and player skills FIRST play house league THEN travel league Emphasis on team and player development
GAME LOCATIONS Most games are located outside the Grand Rapids area Most games are located within the Grand Rapids area All games are held at RJEMS
GAMES/TOURNAMENTS 9 weekend tournaments with some 2-day tournaments 5 weekend tournaments 2 games per week; held on Saturdays
PLAYING TIME Playing time may not be equal Playing time will be fair K-6 equal playing time
PRACTICE TIME 2-3 nights per week 2-3 nights per week 1-2 nights per week
LENGTH OF SEASON 5 months (November-March) 3 months (January-March) K-2: 4-5 weeks; 3-6: 5-6 weeks
UNIFORMS Parents pay $25, GRABA pays the difference for 1st time GRABA athletes. Parents pay $25, GRABA pays the difference for 1st time GRABA athletes Uniforms included with registration


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.


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 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.


Matt Wegwerth

GRABA President