Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
2017-18 Basketball Season Welcomes You!
This great ministry looks forward to a fantastic season with hopes of positive and spiritual effects for players and their families. Last year, BSUMC’s basketball program supported 28 teams involving 275 players, 60 coaches, and over 150 volunteers. With a primary goal to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, one key objective is for players to have great experiences on and off the court. That means plenty of playing time, making new friends, learning how to play and interact as a team player, being encouraged, learn how to both win and lose, and most of all, every player growing in their spiritual walk with God. We encourage, and need, parent volunteers. Note the volunteer opportunities on this website and those highlighted in the registration process such as coaching, missions coordinator, devotion coordinator, team photographer, etc.
Registration: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING – This year, all registration is electronic and online through the My Buncombe Street member portal. If you are a member of Buncombe Street and are logging into the portal for the first time, please follow the instructions found on this page before following the links below. If you are not a member of Buncombe Street, you can register as a guest using the links below.
Registration begins online on August 27. Information tables will be in the main church lobby and manned before and after Sunday School beginning Sunday August 27, through the Final Registration day of Sunday September 24, 2017. A late registration period will be available for one week from September 25th to September 30th, with a $25.00 Late Registration Fee applied. Stop by with any questions. Contact Tom Buchanan (864-363-2422, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Steps for Registration
- Read the program goals and the policies (Instructional Mites-Mites or Minors-Seniors)
- Click Here to register Instructional Mites-Mites (K5-3rd Grade)
- Click Here to register Minors-Seniors (4th – 12th Grades)
- Complete the online registration and payment
Registration Cost – The fee for Instructional Mites to Mites is $60. The fee for Minors to Seniors is $75. Late registration fees will be $85 and $100 respectively.
- Registration Ends – 9/24/2017
- October 1st – Evaluation Day for all players grades K5 through 5th : …………… 4:00 pm (K5 – 3rd grade) or 5:00 pm(4th -5th grade) in both gyms
- Week of October 22nd – Practices begin
- November 13th – Senior Highs begin play
- November 18th – Grades K5 through 8th grade begin play
- January 19th – 21st , 2018 – State Tournament for Grades 9 – 12
Age groups are as follows with Divisions based on child’s grade as of September 1, 2017
- Instructional Mites – K5 and 1st Grade (8′ Goals)
- Mites – 2nd and 3rd Grade (8′ Goals)
- Minors – 4th and 5th grade ( move to 10′ Goals)
- Juniors – 6th through 8th Grades
- Seniors ‐ 9th through 12th Grades
New League – Buncombe Street UMC will be playing in the Church League Basketball for Youth, (better known as the Downtown Church League) this year. We feel this League is a great match for our basketball program and we look forward to a great year. The website for the new league is: www.clbby.org On this website, you’ll find : Rules and Regulations, Schedules, Church Maps, game updates, league and divisional information, and League Tournament information. One really great thing about this league is that we have 5 church gyms we’ll be playing in that are within walking distance of BSUMC!
Mission Projects – Every player and coach is expected to participate as a team in some mission project.
- This year, all teams will be encouraged to support a special Mission Night we have planned for November 19th. Details on this event with specific team opportunities to serve will follow.
Practice Schedules ‐ The coaches determine their practice times within a limited day and timeframe. We will try to have same‐age groups practice at the same time, or back‐to‐back. Assignments will be made for specific nights for specific age groups. Practices can begin as early as the week of October 22, 2017.
Devotions ‐ For a more focused devotional program, practices for all ages will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long, with the 15 minutes being dedicated to devotions. With same‐age groups practicing either at the same time, or back‐to‐back, teams can be together for the devotion.
Instructional Mites, Mites, & Minors Only – Based on our ongoing policy, all Instructional Mites, Mites, and Minors will go through an evaluation practice to assess their skills and talents so that we can properly assign them to a team. This evaluation practice is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st, 2017. K5 through 3rd grade will practice for 1 hour beginning at 4:00 pm – Girls in Sisk and Boys in Drake. The 4th and 5th graders will begin at 5:00 pm for 1 hour – Girls in Sisk and Boys in Drake. Please have your child at the church and ready to practice at the appointed time.
State Tournament – The State Tournament is January 19th – 21st , 2018. This is a tournament for Juniors and Seniors only. Due to budget constraints, teams attending the State Tournament will be responsible for their registration fees. Last year’s fee was $225.
Basketball Committee – A new Basketball Committee has been formed and each committee member is responsible for some area of the basketball program. There are still open spots on the committee, so if you’d like to volunteer, contact Tom Buchanan at 864-363-2422.
Safe Sanctuary – requirements are in place to protect the players and adult volunteers. All adults interacting in a volunteer capacity must have prior Safe Sanctuary approval. Click on this link to download a Safe Sanctuary application, or to learn more about the program, contact Tom Buchanan (864-363-2422) to discuss your interest and/or to ask questions.