Basketball

2023-2024 Registration Open
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SBMSA Basketball in the News

Who We Are

About SBMSA Basketball

SBMSA Basketball provides a developmental but competitive basketball program for aspiring basketball players, emphasizing the importance of enjoying the sport.  Our mission is to provide a fun and competitive environment for all our players (ages 5-14) while promoting the values of teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship.  Whether you’re an experienced player looking to take your game to the next level, or a parent new to the sport, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable basketball experience! 

 All skill levels welcome –  

  • Everyone plays – every game! 
  • Two games per week.  
  • One to two practices per week, depending on age level. 
  • Trained officials at every game. 
  • Playoff tournament at the end of the season. 
  • Sportsmanship awards. 
  • Senior League games do not interfere with SBISD middle school basketball schedules. 

We have strict minimum playing time requirements, so every participant is assured of playing at least one and a half quarters each game. Lowered goals, smaller courts and smaller balls are used for the Freshman and Sophomore Leagues. All players are provided a game jersey and shorts.

Please take a minute to review the FAQ section below and the Basketball Rules for more specific information.

Age Divisions

For the 5-6 and 7-8 year old age groups, teams are generally formed by school attended whenever possible.

For the 9-10 and 11-15 year old age groups, teams are formed using a skills assessment and league-wide draft to improve competitive balance throughout the league.

Basketball Age Chart 2023-2024 Season

Please use the below chart to determine what league your child can play in. The box that indicated what league they should play is is determined by the year and month of your child’s birthday. For example, if a child was born in October of 2014, they are able to play in the Sophomore League. Any child born outside of the boundaries of this chart is not eligible to play SBMSA Basketball.

** Age Determination for SBMSA Basketball is the actual age of the child on April 30, 2023.

Basketball Seasons & Leagues
Youth Ages

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

SBMSA Basketball is a developmental and competitive basketball program. Our program focuses on skills development, teaching the value of teamwork, emphasizing sportsmanship, and providing a fun, but competitive playing environment. 

Players are divided between boys and girls programs and grouped into four leagues by age as of April 30th of the registration year:
Freshman – Ages 5-6
Sophomore – Ages 7-8
Junior – Ages 9-10
Senior – Ages 11-14

Freshman                      27.5”
Sophomore                     28.5”
Junior                          28.5”
Senior (6th Grade)               28.5”
Senior Girls (7th/8th)             28.5”
Senior Boys (7th/8th)             29.5”

Freshman Girls                      7.5’ 

Freshman Boys                      8.5’ 

Sophomore Boys & Girls        8.5’ 

Junior Boys & Girls                10’ 

Senior (6th Grade)                10’ 

Senior Girls (7th/8th)            10’ 

Senior Boys (7th/8th)            10’ 

SBMSA Basketball wants all players to receive adequate playing time. All players in every age division must play a minimum of 1.5 quarters. The exceptions to this rule of participation are as follows: (1) player is injured or becomes ill or (2) player has been disciplined by the referee or coach (pre-approved by the SBMSA Basketball Board). Failure to comply with the player participation rules will result in the team forfeiting the game.

Registration

Registration for the 2023-2024 will open and close as follows:

Registration Opening Dates:
Boys (ALL Leagues) – September 18, 2023
Girls (ALL Leagues) – September 19, 2023

Regular registration will close on the following dates:
Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Leagues – October 8, 2023
Senior Leagues – October 15, 2023

SBMSA Basketball registration fees are $300. Registration includes a team jersey, shorts and a long sleeve shooting shirt.

 

We use April 30th as our cut-off for determining which league participation. CLICK HERE to see our Basketball Age Chart for the 2023-2024 Season to determine which league your child is eligible to play in.

Children with birthdays in the following ranges may request to play up during registration:
 
Freshman: May 1, 2016 – August 30, 2016
Sophomore: May 1, 2014 – August 30, 2014
Junior: May 1, 2012 – August 30, 2012
Senior (6th Grade): May 1, 2011 – August 30, 2011
 
To request your child to play up, during registration select “Yes” for the question, “Do you want to “play up” in an older age group?”. 
 
If your request for your child is approved, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you. No players will be allowed to “play up” more than one age division. 
 
Unless approved by the Basketball Program Director, children must play in their appropriate age group level. CLICK HERE for our Basketball Age Chart for the 2023-2024 Season to determine which league your child is eligible to play in.

No. All participants must meet the specific age requirements for registration. A birth certificate or legal proof of age must be presented at registration.

Our registration system automatically places your child in the appropriate age group based on their birthday.  We use April 30th as our cut-off for determining league participation for players. CLICK HERE for our Basketball Age Chart for the 2022-2023 Season to determine which league your child is eligible to play in. 

Children with birthdays in the following ranges may request to play up during registration:
 
Freshman: May 1, 2015 – August 30, 2015
Sophomore: May 1, 2013 – August 30, 2013
Junior: May 1, 2011 – August 30, 2011
Senior (6th Grade): May 1, 2010 – August 30, 2010
 
To request your child to play up, during registration select “Yes” for the question, “Do you want to “play up” in an older age group?”. 
 
If your request for your child is approved, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you. No players will be allowed to “play up” more than one age division. 
 
Unless approved by the Basketball Program Director, children must play in their appropriate age group level. CLICK HERE for our Basketball Age Chart for the 2022-2023 Season to determine which league your child is eligible to play in.

We hope to be able to have a spot for every child that registers and working to clear our wait list as quickly as possible. We have leagues with wait lists due to (1) due to lack of available coaches and/or (2) gym space restrictions. Basketball is somewhat unique from most other SBMSA sports in that we reach capacity before the end of registration every year– we are restricted by gym space so we have a maximum number of teams. Waitlisted players are removed from the wait list in registration order
and placed in the active player pool as spots become available in their age division—either through more coach volunteers, player cancellations or securing additional gym space. The only exception is volunteer coaches players move off immediately (as long as we haven’t reached our maximum number of teams due to gym space restrictions), regardless of registration order. For every one person who volunteers to be a head coach, up to 10 additional players have the opportunity to play basketball this season. If you are interested in coaching, CLICK HERE.

We hate leaving players on the waitlist and every effort is being made to maximize our gym space to accommodate as many teams as possible.

Yes; however, due to the significant increase in the popularity of our basketball league, coupled with limited resources, SBMSA Basketball now gives registration preference to players who (1) reside within the boundaries of Spring Branch Independent School District, (2) attend a public or private school within the boundaries of Spring Branch Independent School District, or attend select private schools immediately surrounding the SBISD boundaries. This change is necessary to ensure that we can provide the best possible experience for all participants while managing our available resources effectively.

While you may register and have received an “Accepted Registration”, if you do not meet one of the above criteria you may be placed on a waitlist until such time as we determine if spots remain in your child’s age division.  If spots remain available in age divisions, players not satisfying the above criteria will be removed from the waitlist in registration order and placed active player pool for their age division.  We anticipate this process to be completed around October 6, 2023.

No, we do not allow players to “play down” in a division below their qualified age, except in very limited circumstances. If you have
questions regarding when players are permitted to “play down”, please contact the Basketball Program Director.

Late registration is open from October 1, 2023 – November 8, 2023. We may close last registration early if all available spots have been filled in all leagues. To register past the November 8, 2023, please contact the Basketball Program Director to see if any spots are available. All late registrants are placed on a wait list and only added if openings become available in divisions. Players are removed from the wait list in the order that they registered.

After the registration deadline ends, we are working on the process of getting teams
formed. Freshman/Sophomore league commissioners are working to form teams
and you will be notified by your team’s coach once ALL teams have been formed.
Junior/Senior league commissioners will contact you with specific details about your
child’s skills evaluation (date/time). Following the coaches’ drafts (typically, but not
always, held the week following the skills assessment), you will be notified by your
team coach.

Please be patient. We have a lot of teams to form. If you have not heard from your
team’s coach by November 23, 2023, please contact your child’s league
commissioner.

Yes, if you notify us in writing on or before the following dates, you will receive a full refund less a $35.00 administrative fee. The $35.00 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund.
Freshman Leagues – October 8, 2023
Sophomore Leagues – October 8, 2023
Junior Leagues – October 8, 2023
Senior Leagues – October 15, 2023

No. All requests for refunds must be received in writing on or before the following dates:

Freshman Leagues – October 8, 2023
Sophomore Leagues – October 8, 2023
Junior Leagues – October 8, 2023
Senior Leagues – October 15, 2023

No. Our refund policy, which is stated on our website and on registration confirmation emails, is that we do not issue refunds after the following dates:


Freshman Leagues – October 8, 2023
Sophomore Leagues – October 8, 2023
Junior Leagues – October 8, 2023
Senior Leagues – October 15, 2023

If your child is still on the waitlist after all teams in their league have been formed, you will receive a full refund. However, if he is on the waitlist and you cancel your registration before all the teams have been finalized in that league, you will not receive a refund.

Refunds can take up to 7-10 days to be reflected on your credit card statement after SBMSA has issued the refund.

League Information (Teams, Games, Playoffs, and Pictures)

Teams in Freshman and Sophomore leagues are formed by league commissioners. These teams are organized by school when possible but it is not guaranteed-–there are no set school teams. Some schools that may not have enough players to form a team will be combined with players from other school(s) to form a team. Our goal is to have mixed ages on
each team to preserve the integrity of balanced teams. Players in our Freshman and Sophomore leagues may request to play with
a friend or for a particular coach. We will do our best to honor special requests, but we cannot guarantee them.

Teams in Junior and Senior leagues are formed by coach draft following a skills assessment to ensure competitive teams.
During skills assessments, players will demonstrate their basketball ability based on pre-defined categories defined by the league commissioner (i.e., dribbling and/or ball handling skills, shooting and/or free throws, passing, running and small team scrimmage).

Skills assessment dates can be found on our Basketball Calendar. After registration closes, the league commissioner for your child’s age group will follow-up with more details.

Sophomore & Freshman leagues practice twice per week—one on a weekday evening and one on Sunday afternoon/evening–at SBISD Elementary schools, Westchester Academy, and Spring Branch Education.

Each practice lasts one hour. Junior and Senior leagues practice once per week on Sunday afternoon/evening for 1.5 hours at SBISD middle and high school schools.  There are no guarantees that your child will practice at any specific location.

Games begin January 9, 2024 (date subject to change).

Each team will play 10 regular season games. Games are played on weeknights and Saturdays – teams usually have one game during the week and one game on Saturday, unless your team has a bye-week.

SBISD middle schools, high schools, Westchester Academy, Hunter’s Creek Elementary, and Spring Branch Education Center gyms are used for practice and games. There are no guarantees that your child will play games at any specific location.

Yes! Senior League games and practices do not interfere with SBISD (and most private schools) middle school basketball schedules. Players are strongly encouraged to try out for their middle school basketball team and join SBMSA basketball. SMBSA provides additional practices and games to further develop players’ basketball skills in preparation for high school and it is fun!

Schedules are typically published in mid to late December, following the pre-season tournament.

We utilize SBISD facility for SBMSA practices and games and if SBISD campuses are closed due to inclement weather, all SBMSA practices and games will also be cancelled. When inclement weather occurs, we will notify parents of cancellations via email as soon as we confirm SBISD facility closures (and re-openings) with SBISD officials.
Games canceled due to inclement weather are not guaranteed to be rescheduled. However, the league, in its discretion may decide to schedule make-up games, time and gym space permitting.

Yes, every team is guaranteed at least one (1) playoff game each season. Larger leagues will have multiple playoff brackets (for example, Gold, Silver and Bronze), so evenly matched teams have an opportunity to make a championship game.

Playoffs will begin the week of February 6, 2024 (date subject to change).

Yes, playoff games are typically scheduled over Presidents’ Day Weekend. We encourage families to take playoffs into account when scheduling holiday travel plans.

Basketball pictures will be taken over several weekends in January. Coaches will receive an email from the photographer to select a date/time for their team’s pictures to be taken.

Yes, we have financial assistance available for families who need help with registration fees. Financial assistance requests can be made by attending our in-person registration at Academy Sports, 9734 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77055. In-person registration dates for the 2023-2024 SBMSA Basketball season will be held on the following dates:
Monday, September 25, 2023 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Volunteers

Any adult 18 years of age or older can register to be a coach. Coach requests are reviewed and must be approved by the Basketball board members.

Coaches register online the same way they register their children (no cost to register for coaching). CLICK HERE to register to coach.

Coaches are expected to:

• attend a mandatory coaches meeting;
• evaluate players at the annual skills assessments (Junior/Senior leagues);
• draft a team at the draft for their division (Junior/Senior leagues);
• conduct practices (at least one per week in pre-season & one per week after games begin);
• manage their team during games (games are played on weeknights and Saturdays – teams usually have one game during the week and one game on Saturday);
• recruit a scorekeeper to keep the scorebook at each home game and a clock operator at each visitor game;
• ensure all team players and parents conduct themselves with the highest level of sportsmanship and adhere to the SBMSA Basketball Rules; and,
• conduct themselves with the highest level of sportsmanship and adhere to the SBMSA Basketball Rules. Specifically, coaches are expected to:
 understand that the program will be carried out by all participants in a competitive, but sporting manner;
 understand that the season is about the players and not make any decisions based upon my personal agenda or that of other
parents/adults;
 work hard to improve each players’ skills and the performance of their team;
 respect my players, parents, opponents, spectators and officials;
 not use profane language for any reason during games or practices;
 be respectful in challenging calls made on the court, conducting
myself as an example to my players and others;

 have fun and enjoy the game and help my players to do the same;
 understand that there is never an acceptable reason to violate any of the league rules and will ensure that my players and parents understand that they are in place for the fairness, competitiveness and enjoyment of the game for ALL!; and,
 not engage in violence or threats of violence before, during or after games or practices

Head coaches and assistant coaches serve in such capacity at the discretion of the Basketball and Sportsmanship Board. Violations of the Basketball Rules or any other behavior or conduct that is determined by SBMSA, in its sole discretion, to be detrimental to the league or participants may result in suspension or removal from such volunteer positions.

We are always looking for volunteers! Please a Basketball Board member for more information.

Contact the Basketball Program Director or the league commissioner for your child’s league. CLICK HERE for Basketball Board contact info.

League & Information

Basketball League Details

Freshman League

• Ages 5 and 6

• Ball Size: 27.5"

• Goal Height: 8.5'

Sophomore League

• Ages 7 and 8

• Ball Size: 28.5"

• Goal Height: 8.5'

Junior League

• Ages 9 and 10

• Ball Size: 28.5"

• Goal Height: 10'

Senior 6th Grade League

• Ages 11-12

• Ball Size: 28.5"

• Goal Height: 10'

Senior 7th/8th Grade League

• Ages 13-14

• Ball Size: 28.5"

• Goal Height: 10'

NO-REFUNDS will be issued for any reason after registration closes. If requested before the close of registration, you will receive a refund, less a $35 administration fee.

ANY REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IF THE PLAYER IS NEEDED TO FILL A TEAM. SUCH PLAYERS MAY NOT ALWAYS BE ASSIGNED TO THE AREA WHERE THE PLAYER LIVES OR ATTENDS SCHOOL.

2023-2024 Basketball Season Calendar

DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION

September 18, 2023

-

Coach Registration Opens

Online - Visit Here

September 18, 2023

-

BOYS Player Registration Opens

Online - Visit Here

TBD

-

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Training for Coaches

Online/Zoom

September 19, 2023

-

GIRLS Player Registration Opens

Online - Visit Here

September 25, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm

In-person Registration - Financial Aid Available

Academy Sports + Outdoors, 9734 Freeway Houston, TX 77055

October 8, 2023

-

Registration Closes (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Leagues) NOTE: Also Last Day to Request Registration Refund

-

October 15, 2023

-

Registration Closes (Senior League) NOTE: Also Last Day to Request Registration Refund

-

October 28, 2023

Rust Shaker Clinic (Sophomore, Junior & Senior Leagues)

Second Baptist School

October 29, 2023

TBA

Skills Assessments - Senior League Boys (6th Grade) (date subject to change)

Spring Branch Middle School

October 29, 2023

TBA

 Skills Assessments - Junior League Boys (Date subject to change)

TBD

November 5, 2023

TBA

 Skills Assessments - Junior League Boys (Date subject to change)

TBD

TBD

TBA

Skills Assessments - Senior League Girls (6th Grade) (date subject to change)

TBD

TBD

TBA

Skills Assessments - Junior League Girls (Date subject to change)

TBD

TBD

TBA

Skills Assessments - Senior League Girls (7th/8th Grade) (Date subject to change)

TBD

TBD

TBA

Skills Assessments - Senior League Boys (7th/8th Grade) (Date subject to change)

TBD

TBD

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Freshman & Sophomore Drafts

-

TBD

-

Junior & Senior Drafts

-

November 27, 2023

-

Weekday Practices Begin (Date subject to change)

-

December 3, 2023

-

Sunday Practices Begin  (Date subject to change)

-

TBD

TBA

Coaches Meeting

TBD

December 9, 2023

-

Pre-season Tournaments (Date Subject to Change)

-

December 21, 2023

-

Gyms Close for Holiday Breaks

-

January 7, 2023

-

Regular Sunday Practice Resumes - All League

January 9, 2024

-

Regular Season Begins

NOTE: There may be games played on select Sundays in addition to weekday & Saturday games.

January 14, 2024

-

Photo Day #1

Spring Woods Middle School (Gym 2)

January 21, 2024

-

Photo Day #2

Spring Woods Middle School (Gym 2)

January 28, 2024

-

Photo Day #3

Spring Woods Middle School (Gym 2)

February 3, 2024

TBD

SBMSA Night - MHS v. SHS

February 5, 2024

Regular Season Ends (Date subject to change)

February 7, 2024

TBD

SBMSA Night - NHS v. SWHS 

TBD

Playoffs Begin (Date subject to change)

NOTE: Games will be played over President's Day weekend

March 2, 2024

Coleman Chaos/Championship Day
(Date subject to change)

Don Coleman Coliseum & Stratford High School

March 3, 2024

All-Star Recognition (Date subject to change)

Freshman Leagues 

March 3, 2024

All-Star Games (Date subject to change)

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Leagues Only

Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association

Basketball Board of Directors

Meet the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association Basketball board of directors.

Board Officer
Position
Email

Nancy Scales

Program Director

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Registration Coordinator

Jud Martin

Assistant Program Director

Wyatt McCullouch

Freshman Girls' Commissioner

Thomas Alleman

Freshman Boys' Commissioner

Stephen Tou

Freshman Boys' Commissioner

Jesse Blair

Sophomore Girls' Asst. Commissioner

Paul Edmonds

Sophomore Girls' Co-Commissioner

Jay Sartain

Sophomore Boys' Co-Commissioner

Nima Bousheri

Sophomore Boys' Co-Commissioner

Scott Sims

Sophomore Boys' Co-Commissioner

Paul Edmonds

Junior Girls Commissioner (AL League)

David Marshall

Junior Girls Commissioner (NL League)

Stephan Shaw

Junior Boys Commissioner (AL League)

Brandon Hopper

Junior Boys Commissioner (NL League)

Tien Nguyen

Junior Boys Commissioner (NL League)

Nancy Scales

Senior Girls' Commissioner

Travis Wells

Senior Boys' (6th) Co-Commissioner  

Asim Siddiqui

Senior Boys' (6th) Co-Commissioner  

Jason Warren

Senior Boys' (7th/8th) Commissioner

Jesse Blair

Senior Boys' (7th/8th) Commissioner

Rob Cooksey

Member-At-Large/Board Advisor

Evan Perroni

Member-At-Large/Board Advisor

Clint Cobb

Member-At-Large/Board Advisor

Ben Bowman

Sportsmanship Commissioner- Freshman/Sophomore Leagues

OPEN

Sportsmanship Commissioner- Junior/Senior Leagues

Email

Alisa Williams

Coach Certification Coordinator

Nathan Goff

Officials Liaison

Brandi Heinz

Alumni Coordinator

Basketball Camps

 2023 Rust Shaker – Saturday, October 28th

Second Baptist School E-Gym – 6410 Woodway Drive, 77057 (the gym is located across from the football field)

Girls: 8:00am – 11:30am

Boys: 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $45

SBMSA will be conducting a skills clinic for anyone wanting to “shake off the rust” in preparation for the SBMSA Basketball season. This clinic will be run by high school coaches and will stress fundamental skills to help players prepare for the upcoming season.

Where:

Second Baptist School E-Gym – 6410 Woodway Drive, 77057 (the gym is located across from the football field)

Date:
Saturday, October 28th

Time:

Girls
Sophomore (2nd/3rd grade)      8:00 – 9:30am
Junior (4th/5th grade)              8:00 – 9:30am
Senior (6th-8th grade)             10:00 – 11:30am

Boys
Sophomore (2nd/3rd grade)     12:00 – 1:30pm
Junior (4th/5th grade)             12:00 – 1:30pm
Senior (6th-8th grade)              2:00 – 3:30pm

What to Bring:
Nothing! Water and basketballs will be provided. Just come in athletic clothing ready to have fun and practice your basketball skills.

 2023 Holiday Hoops Clinic – Date and Time TBA

 2024 President’s Day Clinic – Date and Time TBA

Basketball Alumni

Basketball Archive

Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association

Former Board Members

See our previous board members below. Click the link provided to see the board and their positions for each year.

2021-Present

Champions Over the Years

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