By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2013
Sean Dolan serves as president of Broken Arrow Youth Basketball, a league in which the teams participate in the Indian Nations Basketball Conference.
The Broken Arrow Youth Basketball Association was developed to serve the City of Broken Arrow and Broken Arrow Schools. The 2013-2014 season is now gearing up for action. Boys and girls teams will be hitting the hardwood through both recreational and select (competitive) leagues. Broken Arrow Youth Basketball is a member of the Indian Nations Basketball Conference that was formed five years ago, with a playing season running from December 7, 2013 through March 1, 2014. Postseason playoffs are scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014, “Championship Saturday.” Boys teams and girls teams (not co-ed) consisting of first through eighth graders will begin team practice sessions the first week of November.
Recreational league rules state that each player on a team will receive playing time in each game. Select or competitive league teams play at a higher level, and rules do not require that each player has playing time in each game. Broken Arrow teams will compete against clubs from Sand Springs, Coweta, Metro Christian, Bartlesville, Jenks, Owasso, Claremore, Liberty, Bixby, Berryhill and Tulsa, as well as other Broken Arrow teams.
Parents of youth who wish to participate in the recreational division may register online at www.bahoops.com October 1 through 14, while space is available. Players in the select league will receive information through their coach as to registration process. Youth living in the Broken Arrow City limits or attending a Broken Arrow School are eligible. Eighth graders trying out for their school team must register during normal registration to guarantee availability. Eligibility is subject to verification. A birth certificate must be on file with the office; coaches will collect those at the first practice.
Sean Dolan grew up in Broken Arrow, graduated from Broken Arrow High School and is president of the Broken Arrow Youth Basketball Association. He also serves as a board member of the Indian Nations Basketball Conference and is the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Oral Roberts University.
Games are played on Fridays and Saturdays at the Broken Arrow Community Center. Recreational teams are scheduled to practice each week for one hour or one and a half hours, depending on the age group and space available. Select league teams have no restriction on the number of times they may practice each week.
“Last year we had 72 registered teams, the most since joining the Indian Nations Basketball Conference,” said Dolan, “and we expect that many or more kids to register this year.” For more detailed information or to register your child to play for a Broken Arrow Youth Basketball Association recreational team, go to www.bahoops.com. Should access to a computer or Internet be needed please contact the office to make arrangements.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.