Youth Basketball (SAY)

Starkville Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball (fka SAY) offers basketball for boys and girls ages 7-15 (Must be 7 as of Dec 1, 2013 or 15 as of Jan 1, 2014; players turning 16 before Jan 1, 2014 are not eligible to play – or in the 10th grade for the ’13-’14 school year are not eligible to play) or grades 2nd-9th.  Registration for the 2014 season will open in September 2013.

Registration Dates (for 2014 season): REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Online registration:
Click HERE! Available 24 hours a day from Monday, September 16th, until Thursday, December 5th, at www.starkvilleparks.com under the online registration tab. (new Sports Signup software – EASY TO USE!!)

Ages/Grades: 7yrs (2nd grade) thru 15yrs (9th grade)

Registration Fee: $50 for 1st child, $5 off each additional child (i.e. 1st child-$50, 2nd child-$45, 3rd child-$45, 4th child-$45, etc)
Sponsorship Fee: $175/team, or Package Price

Sponsors:  Click here to download a sponsorship form and submit back to us by Dec 3rd, 2013. You may mail it to:

Starkville Parks & Recreation
Attn: Athletics
405 Lynn Lane
Starkville, MS 39759

You may also bring it to the Sportsplex, or return via email to wpochop@starkvilleparks.com.

Coaches:  Click here to sign up to coach for the 2014 YBB season. All signups must be completed by Dec 6th, 2013.

Season Dates:
Practices Begin ~Dec 14th
Games Begin ~Jan 13th
Season Ends ~Mar 1st

Game Days consist of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday. Your child’s team may play 1-3 times a week. The younger age divisions play the earliest game times (M-F 5:30pm or 6:15pm; Sat 9:00am, 9:45am, or 10:30am). Due to the increasing number of participants, the season may be extended beyond Spring Break, however, we would not play during Spring Break.

All games will be played at the Sportsplex gym located at 405 Lynn Lane.

IF there are any cancellations/postponements, etc., due to inclement weather conditions: we advise you to subscribe to our Twitter feed by texting the phrase Follow @StarkvilleParks to 40404 as we will update our website, Twitter, & Facebook pages with the announcement of any game schedule changes due to weather conditions.

We also encourage you to “like” our Facebook page at facebook.com/starkvilleparks to stay up to date as well (you may want to subscribe to our updates via SMS for Facebook also.

Parents:  When a coach calls you to inform you of what team your child is on, please write down that coaches name, the team name, and your coaches telephone number.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign up?  Two methods of registration are offered this year.  Online and Onsite.  The registration period for both methods is September 16th – Dec 3rd.  Onsite registration will be located at the Sportsplex front office at 405 Lynn Lane on the dates listed above. If you would like to utilize our Online registration, you may do so by clicking here

How do I find out what team my child is on?    In order to insure proper communication between parents and coaches, PLEASE provide a current/working telephone number  on your child’s registration form.  We also ask for an email address on your registration form for the coaches convenience; however, they are asked to initially establish contact by telephone.  Coaches will call his/her team members within 72 hours of receiving his/her roster (Approximately completed on December 10th).  If you do not get a phone call from a coach within 72 hours of December 10th, you may contact our office at 662-323-2294 to inquire about your child’s placement on a team.

How often will my child have practice?  SPRD will schedule two (2) practices in the Sportsplex Gym for your child’s team.  Coaches are allowed up to 3 additional practices throughout the season.  Any additional practice that is not scheduled by SPRD is scheduled by the coach at his/her discretion.

When will my child receive his/her uniform?  SPRD will have uniform shirts for the coach to pick up before the first scheduled game.  Typically, coaches pick up his/her team uniforms the day of the first scheduled game and will issue shirts (according to size indicated on registration form) prior to game time on the first game day.  SPRD only provides uniform tops (cotton short sleeved t-shirt).  We do not require a certain color uniform bottom; however, it is typical for teams to decide amongst themselves what color/style shorts to wear as part of the uniform.

What do I do if my child’s shirt does not fit?  First suggestion, make sure you were issued the size that was ordered for your child (which will be reflected on the team roster that is issued to the coach).  Second, see if someone on your child’s team could possibly trade in order to fulfill the needs of a uniform for each child.  Better a shirt be too big than too small.  Lastly, if you are still dissatisfied with your child’s uniform shirt, please contact our office with your child’s name, team name, and desired size at 662-323-2294.  Please allow up to 10 business days for a replacement shirt to arrive.  We strongly urge that you make absolute certain of the size your child will need and place that size on your registration form.

How do the rules differ among age divisions?  SPRD has revised the rules and regulations for the youth basketball program.  We strongly suggest you make yourself familiar with these rules and regulations.  You may download a copy of the current rules and regulations by clicking here.

Download the SAY Rules & Regulations here!

Download the Youth Volunteer Screening Program Policy here.

Click for schedules and more information from All-Pro League Scheduler (2014 Season information will be made available AFTER Dec 14th).

SPRD says THANK YOU to all Sponsors, Coaches, Officials, Parents, Players, Volunteers, Supporters, and Fans for a successful 2014 SAY Basketball Season!  Click here to read more.

Contact William Pochop at 662-323-2294 for more information.

Big News!
The Sportsplex is partnering with Finale School of Music to offer YOU an exciting deal to do both Sports And Music. If you sign up for a Finale School of Music summer lessons or workshops, FSM will pay for your Sportsplex activity fees. Click Here for a Link to the FSM Scholarship Application Form, and Click Here to visit FSM’s website for more information about their summer workshops.

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Resources suggested by Starkville Parks for Responsible Sport Parenting and Responsible Coaching of Youth Sports (provided by Liberty Mutual and the Positive Coaching Alliance).
Responsible Sport Parenting | Youth Sports Parents Guide
Responsible Sport Parenting Toolkit -OR- Download one file with all documents here.
Responsible Sport Parenting Quiz <–See how you stack up as a Responsible Sport Parent!

Responsible Coaching | Youth Sports Coaches Guide
Responsible Coaching Quiz <–We strongly encourage ALL volunteer coaches to take this quiz and upon completion, provide SPRD Sport Coordinator with a printed copy of completion certificate.