Girls' Youth Basketball & Intro To Basketball: Welcome

Information on Girls Little Panthers, Panther Pride, Panther Premier & Intro To Basketball

Once again, West Ottawa Public Schools and Holland Township Recreation will work together in offering a complete Girls’ Youth Basketball program for the 2015-2016 school year featuring various levels of play. The Little Panthers program has been in existence for many years but with West Ottawa and Holland Township working together. This program has been a fun and and valuable learning experience and features new recreational and competitive options. See the information listed below for the various levels of play for this school year!

We will also feature another edition of our popular "Intro To Basketball" scheduled for Saturday mornings on November 14, 21, December 5 & 12.  See details below!

Thursday, November 12
Girls Middle School Basketball Practices Cancelled for November 12

Our apologies for the late notice.  We were informed by West Ottawa that both Harbor Lights & Mac Bay Middle Schools will not be available this evening.  With Parent/Teacher conferences the gyms will remain set up through early next week.  More importantly, the custodial staff will not be there this evening due to working throughout the day.  In short, we have to cancel practices scheduled for these buildings.  That includes the following...
  • Girls Middle School Basketball Practices at Harbor Lights
  • Elementary & Middle School dance at Macatawa Bay

We apologize for the inconvenience.  We were notified just before 4pm and got the word out as quickly as we could.  We thank you for your understanding

Little Panthers Girls Basketball practices at Great Lakes are still on as scheduled!!! 

Panther Pride Middle School Area League - 6th, 7th, & 8th - November & December

Panther Pride - Middle School Division

For the fifth year in a row we will be offering a Middle School Area league.  This program is open to current middle school students in grades 6, 7, & 8.  This is an area-wide league featuring other communities from West Michigan.  This year's league will feature teams from Allendale, Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fennville, & South Haven.  Games will be on Saturday mornings beginning November 7.  Weekday and/or weekend practices (including possible Sundays) may be scheduled depending on team availability.  Since it is an area-wide league travel will be required, however most games will take place at West Ottawa, Holland, and Grand Haven.  Each weekend set of games will be played at one venue.  The season will conclude no later than December 19. The cost is $55.00.  It will go up to $60.00 on October 9.

We will have open registration for all participants.  However, for all grades, depending on skill level and overall numbers, we may opt for one of several options including combined 6th/7th and/or 7th/8th grade teams, single 6th, 7th & 8th grade teams, or upper/lower divisions of play in which some 7th and/or 8th graders may play down into a lower grade. 

We will have a middle school clinic at West Ottawa HS North Building on Saturday, October 17, from 9am-11:30am

Girls Little Panthers-Elementary Div.-2nd/3rd Grade & 4th/5th Grade-Part I-Nov. & Dec.

Little Panthers - Part I - Elementary Divisions

This program is the first step in the Girls Youth Basketball program.  This Elementary Division of play that focuses on the development and introduction of game play for youth basketball.  Changes put in place two years ago will remain for the 2015-2016 school year for this program including the addition of current second grade girls to the program in what will be the re-vamped Elementary Division of play.  Teams will now be comprised of current 2nd and 3rd graders as well as current 4th & 5th graders.  By making this change we are now allowing second graders to participate as keeping elementary students together.  The format has not changed, only the grade levels have

For 2015 we will once again have West Ottawa Girls’ Varsity Head Coach, Jenna Plewes, players and coaches from the West Ottawa Girls’ Basketball program, and Holland Township Recreation staff administer the program.  The Elementary division will include instructional clinics as well as game play.  Two Saturday clinics will take place before the games begin.  The clinic dates will be October 24 & 31 with all grades attending from 9am-11am at the West Ottawa HS North gymnasium.  Games will be played on Saturday mornings beginning November 7 with a select few Monday night games, also.  Practices will be scheduled during the week with teams practicing once a week for the duration of the program.  Teams, practice and game sites will be determined after registration closes on October 19 or when teams are full.  For more info call the Holland Township Recreation Department @ 395-0178.

Intro To Basketball Class To Be Held in November & December

Once again Holland Township Recreation will be offering our Intro To Basketball Camp.  Here are the details...

  • What...this is an introductory class that teaches basketball "basics" with a fun twist.  This class features Holland Township staff and some very special guests during the class times 
  • Who...Boys currently in grades K, 1st & 2nd and Girls currently in grades K & 1st
  • When...Saturday Mornings from 8:30am-9:30am on November 14, 21, December 5 & 12
  • Where...Site to be determined
  • Fee...fee is $35.00 but goes up to $40.00 beginning November 2
  • Deadline...Monday, November 9, unless it is determined we are full based gym space and staff before that date

Panther Pride - 5th/6th Grade - Part II - January & February

Panther Pride - Part II 

For the seventh year in a row we are offering a Panther Pride - Part II for girls currently in 5th & 6th grades.  This is an area-wide league featuring teams from Allendale, Holland, Hamilton, Saugatuck, Fennville, Holland Christian, Allegan, & Zeeland.  Teams will be separated by grade and play in specific leagues per grade.  Home games will be at a West Ottawa facility with away games being played at various sites throughout West Michigan.  All games will be on Saturday mornings beginning January 8.  Registration will be open in mid-November with practices and teams arranged before the season begins.  The cost is $55.00.  More details will be added as we get closer to the season

Panther Premier - Mid May to Early July - 2016

In 2013 we offered a new program called Panther Premier for girls that were in grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 for the 2013-2014 school year.  This program features a more competitive format featuring tryouts, weekly practices and four AYBT tournaments throughout the state.  The program was a success and we will  to do it again for the 2015-2016 school year.  Here are a few details to be aware of...
  • The cost may be as high as $250.00 with the bulk of the fees going towards tournament fees and supplies
  • Tryouts/Evaluation Day will take place in mid to late April 
  • Tournament Dates include Grand Rapids, Holland, kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Muskegon as possible options  
  • Practices will begin in early May