Girls Junior Charger Basketball

KML Program Leader: Mr. Jason Walz (

Jr. Chargers Program Leader: Mr. Jason Walz (


  • Grade 4 Coaches- TBA *We are excited to add the 4th grade level in the 19-20 season!
  • Grade 5 Coach - Kim Thistle
  • Grade 6 Coach - John Urbanek
  • Grade 7 Coaches - Rachel Luehring and Sheri Hess
  • Grade 8 Coaches - Anne Ignatowski and Greg Collyard

Objectives: Our program provides a fun atmosphere of learning. Girls have the opportunity to learn and improve their basketball skills and further prepare themselves for participation in the KML High School Girls Basketball Program. We will run at least one team for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. If there are more than 12 players interested for one grade’s team it may be necessary to limit the numbers for participation. If interest provides more than 20 players at a grade level, a second team for the grade level may be formed. At the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade level, the teams will be split by considerations like geography, school, and talent. At the 7th and 8th grade level, teams may be split by talent. We may limit participation to provide a higher level of basketball than is available through all -inclusive grade school basketball programs. Participation in the Jr. Charger program does not guarantee future participation in the KML High School Program, nor will it exclude any from participation in the KML High School Program.

Tournaments: The KML Girls Jr. Charger program involves a spring portion composed of 3 or 4 local tournaments. The majority of these tournaments will involve one day of the weekend. Whenever possible the tournaments will be on Saturday. In some cases Sunday participation is required. On those rare occasions we place a greater importance on church attendance than tournament attendance. The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teams will not participate in tournaments where overnight lodging is required. If the 7th and 8th grade teams find that the vast majority of parents are interested, overnight tournaments are a possibility.

Expense: There is a flat fee required for playing with the Jr. Chargers. The fee goes to pay for tournament entries, summer league fees, and gym rental fees. We try hard to keep the fees to a minimum and do not want anyone to be excluded due to financial reasons. If finances cause a hardship, please notify Coach Walz for possible solutions. In the near future, we will be hosting some tournaments to further subsidize the Jr. Charger Program.

Playing Time: Every player on a Jr. Charger team will be given equal practice time. Each player will get quality playing time in every event. That does not mean every player will play the same amount of game time. It means that every player will play significant and important minutes in a tournament day or summer league day. If a coach cannot find quality time for a player in the first game of the day, it is expected that the player would be given significant playing time in the remaining game or games.

Schedules: Tournament and practice schedules will be set by the individual coaches. Coaches are encouraged to avoid scheduling Sunday tournaments whenever possible. If Sunday activities are scheduled for practice and/or game times, reasonable efforts will be made to avoid family worship time.

Priorities: We do expect commitment of the player to attend as many of the practices and games as possible. We need to be able to depend on the participation of all the team members in order to have a successful program. In the rare event that there is a conflict of commitment that cannot be resolved, we think that Church and worship deserves the highest priority. Family commitments come second. School activities such as games, practices, rehearsals and performances come third followed by the commitment to Jr. Chargers.