Jr Panthers-Parent Guide

This Parent Guide is intended to help you, and your family, understand what to expect while participating in the Greendale Basketball Club-Jr. Panthers.

Who are we?

The Greendale Basketball Club, Inc. (GBC) supports competitive basketball in Greendale for boys in grades 4 through high school.  The GBC is not affiliated with the Greendale School District, however we utilize school gyms for practice.  A division of the GBC is the "Jr. Panther" program for boys in grades 4-8.  At the Jr. Panther level, we offer a competitive basketball experience with an emphasis on teaching fundamentals and playing team basketball. The intent of the Jr. Panthers is to prepare boys for participation in the Greendale High School basketball program. The GBC is operated by a board of directors which include youth and high school coaches, alumni, and parents of current and former basketball players.  The board of directors selects the coaches for each grade level.

Where do we play?

Our teams participate in the Wisconsin Youth Basketball League (WYBL).  The WYBL is a competitive boys basketball league, with different divisions (A, B & C) for each grade level.  The season runs from November to March.  WYBL sites vary but games are generally held in large high school fieldhouses.  Teams will also participate in several tournaments throughout the season.

Who is eligible to play?

Per the WYBL (and most tournaments) rules, players must attend Greendale schools or live in Greendale.  Interested participants who do meet these criteria will be excluded from participation.

How do I tryout for a Jr. Panther team?

Tryout information will be posted on the website.  Tryouts will take place during the off-season (ideally in April/May to establish rosters for summer league basketball).  All players trying out for a team must complete the waiver form.

How are players selected?

Your child will be evaluated during the tryout by coaches and Board members.  Players will be selected based on their basketball skills, size, speed, strength and other physical characteristics.  In addition, coaches will evaluate players on attitude and potential for improvement.  Coaches will also take into consideration the needs of the particular team.

For playing time purposes, the ideal amount of players on a team is 10 or less.  Roster numbers are solely at the discretion of the coaching staff.  

What is the cost?

Each player is responsible for paying the registration fee at the Fall Parent Meeting.  The fees for the 2016-17 season will be $160.00 per player with an additional uniform fee for certain teams.  Additional costs may be incurred should a team choose to participate in tournaments ($10-20 per player).  The per player fee is established by the Board at their summer meeting.

What are the rules for playing time?

There are no guarantees of playing time.  The goal is to provide everyone a positive basketball experience while maintaining competitive teams.  Teams are not based on an equal playing time format.

When will teams practice?

Practices will begin in late October. After players have been selected to be on a team, the coach will contact you to give you information about practices.  It is important for your child to attend practices.  Practices will occur at a gym in Greendale or the immediate vicinity.  In general, we try to hold 2 practices per week during the season.

If your child cannot attend practice, you need to contact your coach ahead of time to let them know.  It is your responsibility to regularly check your emails to make certain there are no changes or alterations to your practice or game schedules.

Are there any fundraiser or volunteer duties?

There are no fundraisers or mandatory volunteer duties.  However, parents are needed to assist at practice, or serve as a timekeeper or scorekeeper for games.

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