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2019-20 Important Dates

Dec. 14: Grades 3-6 House League games at RJEMS; Dec. 7 games are at Deer River

December 3-16: K-2 House League regular registration

January 13: K-2 practice begins

January 18, 25 & February 1, 8: K-2 House League games at RJEMS

January 11: 2nd Annual GRABA Timberrrrr Tournament for grades 3-6


TRAVEL LEAGUE VS. HOUSE LEAGUE

Travel League House League
COST $325 $85
COMPETITION LEVEL Play to win while developing team and player skills Emphasis on team and player development
GAME LOCATIONS Most games are located outside the Grand Rapids area All games are held at RJEMS
GAMES/TOURNAMENTS 8-9 weekend tournaments with some 2-day tournaments 2 games per week; held on Saturdays
PLAYING TIME Playing time may not be equal K-6 equal playing time
PRACTICE TIME 2-3 nights per week 1-2 nights per week
LENGTH OF SEASON 5 months (Nov.-March) K-2: 4-5 weeks; 3-6: 5-6 weeks
UNIFORMS Parents pay $25, GRABA pays the difference Uniforms included with registration

GRABA 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.


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


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