Signups for the 2019-2020 Basketball Season are NOW OPEN (as of August 1)
The Lakota Thunderbird Youth Basketball Organization kicks off the start of its 2019-2020 season on August 1, 2019 by opening up on-line registrations. Signups will be accepted for boys and girls in grades 1-12 until September 14 when in-person assessments will be held. Both Recreational and Flight Select team signups are open.
Players in grades 7-12 (including those who plan to tryout for their school team) are STRONGLY encouraged to come to the September 14th assessments to sign up, try on uniforms, and participate in a short gym skills assessment (3 different stations),. The scores are important to allow coaches to form teams. In prior years we did not require 7-12 players to signup in September, only by the November deadline. Due to league deadlines to sign up teams, we need to process as many of the 7-12 graders as possible in September. If you signup now and make a school team, a full refund will be made.
Flight Select Basketball Tryouts
The upcoming school year is near and with that comes grades 3-6 select basketball tryouts for boys and girls. The Lakota Thunderbird Flight program, representing the top 10% of the Thunderbird talent, is hosting the following events at Lakota West High School in an effort to select the 2019-2020 rosters. All events are a part of the entire tryout process. Attendance or lack thereof will affect team selections. As a result, everyone is encouraged to ensure your child is present for all events to help position them to have the best possible opportunity to make one of the teams.
Most of the 2019-2020 coaches have been selected, but there are still a few opportunities to coach (head and assistant coaches). If interested, please contact Anthony Ratica at 513-512-9043 or Anthony.Ratica@yahoo.com.
VERY IMPORTANT: Get the detailed, grade specific times for Schedule of Events HERE
Event 1: Sunday, August 11, 2019 – Lakota West High School ALREADY OCCURED
OPEN GYM SCRIMMAGES AND SKILLS EVALUATIONS
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Arrive 15 - 30 minutes early to register
Event 2: Sunday, August 18, 2019 – Lakota West High School
OPEN GYM SCRIMMAGES
Boys report to the main gym
Girls report to the upper, auxiliary gym
Event 3: Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Lakota West High School
MANDATORY TRYOUTS which will be led by Lakota varsity basketball coaches.
Info About Thunderbird Teams
FLIGHT SELECT represents the very best TBird players. These teams usually play in the CPYBL Athletic division. To play on a Flight team, you are strongly encouraged to attend the two pre-season open gyms on August 11, 18. Tryouts for Flight Select will be held on August 24th. Attendance at in-person trouts is MANDATORY for anyone wishing to play on a Flight team. The tennative plan is that FLIGHT SELECT teams will be offered for Boys in grades 3,4,5,6 and for Girls in grades 3,4,5,6. The initial signup fee is $145. After tryouts, you will be notified if your child made a select team or not. If you make a team, there are additional fees for select teams to cover professional training, extra practice time, and a 20 game schedule. If you did not make a select team, you are eligible to apply your signup fee to be placed on a THUNDERBIRD team, or to get a refund. The select divisions are denoted by "SELECT" For example, boys 5th grade select basletball is "BOYS FLIGHT SELECT - 5TH". Choose the "SELECT" option when signing up.
THUNDERBIRD teams make up 90% of the TBird teams and are still considered very competitive basketball teams. These teams usually play in the CPYBL and High Rec and Rec divisions. The signup fee is $145, covering 1 practice per week, a 10 game season and a post season tournament. Teams will be formed for Boys in grades 1,2 (in-house league) and 3-12 (playing in CYPBL), and for Girls in grades 1,2 (in-house league) and 3-12 (playing in CYPBL). When signing up for a Thunderbird team, do NOT choose the "SELECT" option. For example, for the boys 5th grade Thunderbird team, choose "Boys - Grade 5".
Please note. B1-2 and G1-2 divisions are in-house leagues, intended to expose starting players to basketball with rules that are very forgiving at the start of the season, and get progressively more "real" as the season progresses. By the end of the season, the children are playing real basketball. We have specially trained referees for these divisions who conduct the progressive officiating for our program.
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2019 Tournament Results and Thank You
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our teams that played in our In-House League Tournament as well as the CPYBL Tournament this season. Tournament results including Champions, Runners-Up, and Semi-Finalists are shown below. An EXCELLENT showing by our teams.
A very big THANK YOU to all of our coaches for making this season a great experience for all of the players. Our organization could not have 111 teams playing basketball without your help. Your patience and understanding with last minute changes in practice times due to weather or other school events beyond our control is greatly appreciated. The Tbirds organization want to thank you for the example you have set for the players and others in the league with showing good sportsmanship during games.
We hope you also had a fun experience coaching and we will see you next season.
CPYBL End-of-Season Tournaments Winners
1st Place 4G rec B: Mahaffey Team 43
Runner Up B6 Athletic B: Worley Team 603
Boys Grade 1-2 In-House League End of Season Tournament 2/23-2/24
Download the excel bracket HERE
Girls Grade 1-2 In-House League End of Season Tournament 2/23-2/24
TBird Team Highlights
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 3rd grade team (Mike Horn) won the Kingdom President's Day tournament on 2/18.
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 6th grade team (Shawn Mason) won the C4S MLK tournament on 1/21. Preston Robinson was named tournament MVP.
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 4th grade team (Anthony Robinson) won the Sycamore Holiday tournament on 12/30. Xavier Ratica was named tournament MVP.
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 4th grade team (Jeremy Willis) won the Courts for Sports Holiday tournament beating the Royals in the final game.
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 4th grade team (Crawford) won the Kingdom Thanksgiving tournament.
Thunderbird Flight Select boys 4th grade team (Anthony Robinson) won the Courts for Sports Thanksgiving tournament. Xavier Ratica was named tournament MVP.
Thunderbird Flight Select girls 4th grade team (Brent Matthews) won the Kingdom Thanksgiving tournament.
TBird Boys 3rd-4th grade teams play at halftime of the 12/22 Lakota West vs Fairborn, get locker room tour, and talk with coach (Matt Rudolph, Jason Scherzinger)
TBird Boys grade 1-2 teams play at halftime of the 11/20 Lakota West vs St. Xavier, get locker room tour, and talk with coach. (Damian Stark and Dwyane Mosley)
Cincinnati Premiere Youth Basketball League (CPYBL Home) (Schedule by Team)
Southwest Ohio League (Home page) (Schedules)
111 TBird Teams Formed This Year, A New Record
The Thunderbird Basketball Organization has 111 teams playing basketball this year.
Info About TBird Teams
THUNDERBIRD teams make up 90% of the TBird teams and are considered very competitive basketball teams. These teams usually play in the CPYBL and High Rec and Rec divisions. The signup fee is $145, covering 1 practice per week, a 10 game season and a post season tournament. Teams will be formed for Boys in grades 1,2 (in-house league) and 3-12 (playing in CYPBL), and for Girls in grades 1,2 (in-house league) and 3-12 (playing in CYPBL). When signing up for a Thunderbird team, do NOT choose the "SELECT" option. For example, for the boys 5th grade Thunderbird team, choose "Boys - Grade 5".
1. If you have played on a THUNDERBIRD team last year, and know you will be returning to the same team this year, you are not required to attend the in-person assessment on September 15th, just sign up on line. However, you are encouraged to come to assessments to verify your uniform size.
2. If you are new to the TBird organization OR do not plan to play for the same coach this year, you are strongly encouraged to attend the in-person assessments on September 15th in order to get proper uniform sizing, to participate in a short gym skills assessment (3 different stations), and get any questions you have answered. You still need to register on-line prior to assessments.
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
Nov 10-11, CPYBL Preseason Tournamant, $95, Contact Kathy Steen (254-4219)
Nov 10-11, KBA Preseason Tournament, Girls Grade 4-6, $200, Signup Here
Nov 11, Sports Plus, Men's Winter Slam 3v3 Tournament, $145, Flyer Here
Nov 16-18, KBA Preseason Tournament, Boys Grade 4-6, $200, Signup Here
Nov 20,21,23,24, Courts for Sports, Boys & Girls Grade 3-HS, $175 before Nov 1, Flyer Here
Nov 21, 23-25, Kingdom Sports, Boys & Girls Grade 3-6, Boys & Girls HS, $95, Flyer Here
Dec 14-16, St. Columban Holiday Classic, Boys & Girls Grade 3-8, $150, Flyer Here
Dec 19-22, C4S Holiday Classic, (select) Boys & Girls Grade 3-8, +HS Boys, $195 Signup Here (use Holiday tab)
Dec 26-30, Hamilton New Year's Classic, Boys & Girls Grade 3-6, $175, Register Here Email questions
Dec 26 - Jan 1, St. Bernadette Girls Christmas, Grades 3-8 (Rec only), $125, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Dec 26 -29, St Mary's Boys BBall, Grade 3-8 (Rec only), $175, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Dec 27-30, Sycamore Holiday Tournament, Boys & Girls Select Grade 4-6, Info Here.
Jan 11-13, St. Michael's Bball Tournament, Boys & Girls Grade 3-8, $150, Flyer Here
Jan 11-20, St. Michael Bball Tournamant, Sports Plus, Boys & Girls Grades 3-8, $150, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Jan 14 - Feb 14, Bethany Girls Invitational, Girls Grade 3-8, $150, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Jan 19-20, C4S MLK Tourn, (select) Boys & Girls Grade 3-8, +HS Boys, $175 early bird Signup Here (use MLK tab)
Jan 29 - Feb 10, St Peter & Paul Boys, Boys Grades 3-7, $125, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Feb 14-18, Denny Osborne Memorial, Boys Grades 6-8, $150, Info Here (find it on LH tab)
Feb 23-24, C4S Coca-Cola Cup, (select) Boys & Girls Grade 3-8, +HS Boys, $175 early bird Signup Here (use Coka tab)
Dec - Feb, Various GCCYS tournaments, link Here