Girls' Youth Basketball & Intro To Basketball: Welcome

Information on Girls Little Panthers, Panther Cubs, & Panther Pride

Once again, West Ottawa Public Schools and Holland Township Recreation will work together in offering the Girls’ Youth Basketball program for the 2013-2014 school year.  This 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 this year we are continuing a new twist from last year!!  All program fees for Part I are $55.00 with the fee going up to $60.00 beginning October 7.  The deadline for registration is October 11.  See Below for all of the new details of the new and improved Girls' Little Panthers, Panther Cubs, Panther Pride programs! 

Tuesday, February 18
Practices Cancelled for Tuesday, February 18

Women's Adult Volleyball Matches & Girls' Little Panthers Basketball practices scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, are cancelled.  West Ottawa Public Schools was not in session today due to Winter Break.  However, all other area schools were cancelled today due to the weather.  We had been approved to utilize the schools on this day previously but with other area schools closing it means various games involving middle school teams will now be cancelled which means West Ottawa will not have custodians on site to open and close the buildings for us.  In short, we simply cannot utilize the buildings this evening.  

Girls Basketball practices will resume on Thursday, February 20, at Macatawa Bay, with all teams scheduled for 7:30pm. Women's Volleyball schedules will be revised and e-mailed to all managers as well as be posted on the web site by 12pm on February 18. 


Wednesday, January 1
Panther Pride Part II Set To Begin

The Girls 5h & 6th Grade Part II Area League program begins the week of January 6.  here are a few items you need to be aware of at this time.  Please read carefully...

  • Practices and games will be listed at this site.  However, for updates on all thinsg within the Area League including standings, scores, master schedules, directions, rules and more you will need to click the following link...
  • This is more of a recreational league so please be mindfull of that.  Some of the rules are different from Part I
  • Home games will be at Great Lakes Elementary School
  • 6th graders will wear their existing reversable jerseys from Part I, however, you will also receive a warm-up t-shirt
  • 5th graders will receive a reversable jersey

Little Panthers 5th/6th Grade - Part II - January & February

For the fifth year in a row we are offering a Part II for girls currently in 5th & 6th grades.  This is an area-wide league featuring teams from 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 11.  Registration will be open in mid-November with practices and teams arranged before the season begins.  Mored details to come!

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

Changes have been made to the Girls' Youth Basketball program including the addition of current second grade girls to the program in what will now be the re-vamped Elementary division and called "Little Panthers" & "Panther Cubs".  Teams will now be comprised of current 2nd and 3rd graders (Little Panthers) as well as current 4th & 5th graders (Panther Cubs).  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 2013 we will once again have West Ottawa Girls’ Varsity Head Coach, Jenna Plewes, players 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 19 & 26 with 2nd/3rd from 9am-10:30am and 4th/5th from 11am-12:30pm at a site to be determined.  Games will be played on Saturday mornings beginning November 2 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 11 or when teams are full.  For more info call the Holland Township Recreation Department @ 395-0178.

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

For the third year in a row we will be offering a Middle School Area league.  In 2011 the league featured girls in 7th & 8th grade, only.  In 2012 and for 2013 we are now opening it 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 Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Montague & Shelby.  Games will be on Saturday mornings beginning November 2.  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 December 14. The cost is $55.00.  It will go up to $60.00 on October 7.

For 6th grade we will have open registration for all participants.  For 7th & 8th grades we will also feature an open registration however, depending on skill level, we may opt for one of several options including combined 7th/8th grade teams, single 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 a site and time to be determined.

New Intro To Basketball Class To Be Held in November

Once again Holland Township Recreation will be offering our Intro To Basketball Camp, however, it will be offered at a different time than in years past.  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 2, 9, 16, & 23
  • Where...Site to be determined
  • Fee...fee is $35.00 but goes up to $40.00 beginning October 21
  • This program is already full...details to be coming early the week of October 28