Girls' Youth Basketball & Intro To Basketball: Basketball News

Friday, September 29
Panther Pride Girls Middle School Area League - 6th, 7th, & 8th - November & December



Panther Pride - Middle School Division

For the seventh 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 Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, Black River, Fennville, & Calvary.  Games will be on Saturday mornings beginning November 4.  Weekday and/or weekend practices (including possible Sundays) may be scheduled depending on team availability.  Since it is an area-wide league some travel will be required.  Each weekend set of games will be played at one venue.  The season will conclude no later than December 16. The cost is $55.00 with a limited amount of roster space available.  We will keep teams with up to ten players per team, only

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 21, from 9am-11:30am



Friday, September 29
Girls Little Panthers - Elementary Division - Part I



Little Panthers - Part I - Elementary Divisions

This program is the first step in the Girls Youth Basketball program.  This Elementary Division of play focuses on the development and introduction of game play for youth basketball.  Changes put in place four years ago will remain for the 2017-2018 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 be comprised of current 2nd and 3rd graders as well as current 4th & 5th graders

For 2017 we will have the new West Ottawa Girls’ Varsity Head Coach, Paul Chapman, as well as players and coaches from the West Ottawa Girls’ Basketball program, and Holland Township Recreation staff administer the program.  The Elementary division will include an instructional clinic as well as game play.  One Saturday clinic will take place before the games begin.  The clinic date will be October 28 with all grades attending from 9:30am-11:30am at the West Ottawa HS NORTH gymnasium.  Games will be played on Saturday mornings beginning November 4.  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 16 or when teams are full.  For more info call the Holland Township Recreation Department @ 616-395-0178.


Friday, September 29
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 11, 18, December 2, 9
  • Where...Great Lakes Elementary School
  • Fee...fee is $35.00
  • Deadline...Monday, November 6, unless it is determined we are full based gym space and staff before that date


Friday, September 29
Girls 5th and 6th Grade Option - Part II in January and February



Panther Pride - Part II 

For the ninth 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 Holland, Hamilton, Saugatuck, Fennville, Holland Christian, Allegan, Black River, Calvary  & 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 13.  Registration will be open in mid-November with practices and teams arranged before the season begins.  The cost is $55.00.  Deadline for registration is December 11 although we will only go up to ten players per team.  Once we reach that threshold registrants may need to go on a waiting list until we get enough players for an additional team



Friday, September 29
Panther Premier - Mid May to Early July - 2018



For two years we had this program but did not offer it in 2016 or 2017.  We are may consider offering it in 2018.   This program is called Panther Premier and it is for girls that are in grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 for the 2017-2018 school year.  This program features a more competitive format featuring tryouts, weekly practices and four AYBT tournaments throughout the state.  Here are a few details to be aware of...
  • The cost may be as high as $200.00+ with the bulk of the fees going towards tournament fees and supplies
  • Tryouts/Evaluation Day will take place in mid to late April 
  • Tournament options include sites such as Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Muskegon and other possible options
  • Practices will begin in early May and could be twice a week including Sunday options