Free Throws for Kids (a message from one of our coaches)
My name is Mark Johnston and I have been a coach in the Thunderbirds program for the past 3 years. I started an event called Free Throws for Kids (www.FTFK.org) 5 years ago and would love your support by participating in the $20 Hoop Contest at Free Throws for Kids on April 7th at Lakota West High School.
$20 Hoop Contest: $20 earns you 10 free throws. For every free throw you make you earn 1 ticket (if you make zero or 1 free throw, you will receive 2 tickets just for participating). ANYONE can participate including family, friends, captains, shooters, volunteers, spectators, etc. We have some AMAZING prizes and it will be a Chinese Raffle style (only put your tickets towards the prizes you want to win). Winners will be drawn at the end of each session and you MUST be present to win.
Session times: 9:00 am - 11:00 am, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
You can show up ANY time to participate in the $20 Hoop Contest.
Some of the many prizes: 32" HDTV, Kuerig Machine, Drone, smoothie machine, Fitbit Charge 2, numerous gift card sets and 8+ game/toy themed gift bags...YES, all of these prizes for EACH of the the 3 sessions. The best part...all prizes have been donated. Our goal for the $20 Hoop Contest is $6,000 and the overall event is $150,000. NO limit to how many times you can play the $20 Hoop Contest or how many prizes you can win!
Hope to see you on April 7th.
Free Throws for Kids
If you missed equipment turn-in on 3/10, you need to contact Joe Mills to return your equipment and to get your referee fee refund check. mailed to you You need to return 3 basketballs and your mesh bag at turn in. Your fees will be refunded, less any charges for lost basketballs, and/or game forfeit fees as long as you turn in your equipment.
Congratulations to Our Teams
Congratulation to all our 103 tams for another great season. We had 10 division winners, and 19 division runners-up. We also had 16 tournament winners and 12 tornament runners up.
The TBirds will start planning for next year's 2018-1019 season over the summer. Please check back in early August for details on signups. You can also look at the Calendar page to see the 2017-2018 schedule. The calendar of events for next year should be very similar.
TBird team photos were mailed to all coaches. By now, all parents should have your photos. Coach, if you did not receive your photos in the mail, please contct TBird coordinator Pam Naber. Parents, if you have any problems with the photos you received, please contact the photographer, All-Star-Digital
TBird girls in grades 1-2 have 4 teams which practice and play in a unique format. All 4 teams practice and scrimmage together in a pickup format during the week. In January, they formed teams and started to play "for real". Girls for all 4 teams are shown here at the LW Girls game on 1/31 where they scrimmaged at halftime and got to meet the varsity players. (Kelly Pate Coordinator)
Boys 1st and 2nd grade teams scrimmage at 1/26 LE Boys basketball game and meet the players. These are our future Lakota stars. (Coaches Fred Bontrager & Mike Goldman)
Bird Night at Lakota West vs Lakota East Boys, 12/15. Flight 3rd grade boys playing at halftime. TBird players who wore their jerseys got in free to the game and got free refreshements at halftime. We had 45 TBirds at the game.
This year, we formed 103 teams in grades 1-12 -- a new record for the TBird organization. THANK YOU for all the volunteers who stepped up to coach. Without you, we would have had to turn away players. The TBird board and division coordinators also did a great job getting us organized and forming teams to get the season rolling. Always a very a challenging task.
Schedules for the CPYBL teams are now available. You will find the schedules by going to the CPYBL website and searchig for your teams (see the link on the Left Hand side of this webpage)
Schedules for the boys B1-2 in-house division are on the web. Schedules for the girls G2-3 in-house division will be available at the end of December (recall that the first few practices will be to scrimmage)
FYI. A Pre-season Coaches meeting was held on Tuesday 9/12. The meeting presentation is HERE.
Tbirds Now Participating in Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice? Lakota Thunderbird Youth Basketball is a non profit charitable organization. Use the link below to shop and donate. Thunderbird Youth Basketball Board appreciates your donation.
Thunderbird Basketball Charity Link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1358843
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We will continue add tournament and clinic information as it becomes available
1/16 - 3/11, Cincinnati Heat Tryouts (see schedule for tryout dates), Girls 3rd - 11th Flyer
2/16 All-Ohio Wolves AAU Tryouts, Boys & Girls 3 - 8th grade Link
3/9 All-Ohio Wolves AAU Tryouts, High School Boys & Girls Link
12/21 - 12/22, Amber Gray Holiday Clinic, Boys & Girls 4-8 grade Flyer
12/27 - 12/31, Sycamore Holiday Tournament, Boys & Girls Select teams, 4 - 6th grade Link
1/19 - 1/21, St. Michaels, Boys 3-HS, $150, includes ref fees, 3 games, Link
1/26 - 1/28, St. Michaels, Girls 3-HS, $150, includes ref fees, 3 games, Link
3/16 - 3/18, Spotrs Plus Spring Classic, Boys & Girls 3-HS, $195 incl ref fees, 3 games. Link
3/30 - 3/31, Sports Plus Easter Shootout, Boys & Girls 3-HS, $195 incl ref fees, 3 games. Link
Courts for Sports Email discussing 3 tournaments
11/21 - 11/24, C4S Thanksgiving Tournament, 3rd grade - High School Flyer
12/20 - 12-23, C4S Holiday Classic, Boys & Girls 3-8 grade, Boys High Sshool Flyer
12/27 - 12/29, C4S Skills Camp, Boys nd Girls 3-8 grade. Info / Link
1/13 - 1/15, C4S MLK Tournament, Boys & Girls 3rd grade to High School Flyer
Mike Mueller Training Opportunities:
11/24, 12/27, 12/28, Basketball Camp, Boys & Girls grades 3-8 Flyer
Basketball Small Group Training Flyer