Thunderbird Flight Select Coaches Meeting, Thursday 7/12 at Lakota West
For those parents who are looking for a more competitive program for your child, please take a look at the Thunderbird Flight program. We’ve seen tremendous success with this program over the past few years and this coming season will include even more enhancements. In order to continue the growth of this program we are in need of coaches. If you or you know of someone who has a strong basketball background and willing to share their experience with some of the best young talent in the area, please reach out to us. Our program supports both boys and girls teams from 2nd – 6th grade.
We will be hosting a networking event at Lakota West High School Auditorium (changed 7/8) at 6pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Lakota West Boys Head Basketball Coach, Jim Leon, along with Lakota West High School Girls Head Basketball Coach, Andy Fishman, and their respective staff / trainers, several of our Board Members, and I would like to meet with interested select youth basketball coaches at this event. This is a coaches only meeting (no students).
Preparing for the 2018-2019 season
The Tbird board recently held it's year engine meeting for the 2017-1018 season. Several board changes were approved as follows:
Anthony Ratica was elected to the board to run the Flight Select Program for both boys and girls
Michael Lewis was elected to an At-Large position, and will initiailly be helping Fred Bontrager with the boys 7-12 grade pogram.
Tod Steen will be the Girls Basketball Coordinator next year
Tryouts for Flight Select Basketball will be held in August. TBird Basketball signups will be held in early September. Please check back in early August for additional details on both programs. 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.
We recently added a "Photo Gallery" link in the "Quick Links" box (the small box to the left on your home PC, or the small box at the bottom of the page if viewed form your iPhone). Here you will find season highlight photos and team photos from this and past seasons. We hope you enjoy them.
Congratulations to Our 2017-18 Teams
Congratulation to all our 103 teams 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.
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.
In 2017-18, 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.
FYI. The 2017-18 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