We are currently accepting late sign up for grades 1 through 6. We highly encourage sign ups by the dates listed below to guarantee team placement. Once teams are formed, any additional late sign ups may be placed on a wait list.
Boys grade 1-6 sign up on or before Monday Sept 24th
Girls grade 1-6 sign up on or before Monday October 1st
Grade 7-12 sign ups are open through early to mid November.
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Coach's Preseason Meeting on Wednesday 9/5
The coach's preseason meeting was held on September 5th. In case you missed it, the presentation can be found HERE
Sign-Ups are OPEN for the 2018-2019 Basketball Season
Signups will be open from August 1 until our in-person signusp and assessments on September 15th. Additional information is available by reading the Signup Instructions (pull down from the "Sign Up" tab). Please see the Calendar tab for a list of key dates. Additional information will be posted as it is available.
General Basketball Signups & Assessments will be held September 15th
Those players wishing to play on a Thunderbird recreational team are invited to pre-register using our on-line signups from August 1st until In-Person Sign-ups and Assesments on Saturday, September 15th at Liberty Jr. High (7055 Dutchland Blvd. Liberty Twp, 45044). Preferred signup/tryout times are shown below. Please do NOT bring a basketball. If you cannot attend at your suggested time, please come anytime between 8:30 - 3:00 to signu up.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Liberty Jr. High, 7055 Dutchland Parkway, Liberty Township, OH 45044
Registration & Assessment
8:30 - 9:30
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:00
Boys / Girls
3:00 – 4:00
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".
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.
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.
Thunderbird Flight Select Tryout Dates for Grades 2-6
Tryouts were held on 8/19 and 8/26. Flight teams are being formed. If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Ratica at (513) 512-9043
Our plans are to draw one boys Flight team in grades 7 & 8 after the Junior High tryouts and TBird Assessments in November. More details will be provided as soon as possible.
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.
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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