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Tell me more about the Warriors basketball program.

1.       What grades or ages? 

Junior High Boys – grades 7 – 8, age 15 or less

Junior High Girls – grades 7 – 8, age 15 or less (* new team planned for 2014-15 school year)

Senior High Boys – grades 9 – 12, age 19 or less

Senior High Girls – grades 9 – 12, age 19 or less

Elementary students, grades 6 and below, ages 11 or less - an elementary program is not offered but players in elementary grades may join the Junior High teams if there is not an adequate number of 7th and 8th graders to complete a team, and either of the following conditions are met: 1) If a player has played for the Warriors in the past, they are permitted to join the team, 2) If a player has not played for the Warriors in the past, permission will depend on the basketball skill level and an evaluation by the coaches.

Younger players may be brought up to the next age grouping.  Junior varsity rosters are determined by an agreement with the opposing team.

(Ages are determined on September 15 of the current school year)

2.       What are eligibility requirements?

A player must be homeschooled. "Homeschooled" means that a player must be receiving his or her primary (a minimum of 50%) educational direction through the home. Educational direction through coops, such as The Network, Heritage Christian Academy, and ACTS Academy are considered home-directed education.  At the varsity level, players may not play for any other public, private or homeschool teams during the Warriors season.

3.       What is cost?

For 2013-14 season, player registration cost varied from $75 to $100, plus first-year, one-time uniform fee of $50.  Families provide socks, shoes, gym bag, and miscellaneous other personal items.

4.       When does season start?

Practices usually begin in early November.  First games are in December, and the last games are in late February or first week of March.

5.       Who are the opponents?

Many games are against homeschool teams across Iowa, and our varsity boys and girls play homeschool teams from surrounding states.  We also play against some K-8 and K-12 private schools or academies.  We have on occasion played junior high club teams run by parents of public school students.

6.       When and where are games?

For varsity, there can be 5-6 trips per season to locations such as Boone, Randall, New Providence, Cedar Rapids, Kalona, and possible overnight trips to eastern Nebraska, and northeast Missouri.  Home games are played in Prairie City and Mingo.  Games can be weeknights (except Wednesday) or Saturdays.

For junior high, there can be 5-6 trips per season to locations such as Boone, Randall, New Providence, Kalona, Pella, Oskaloosa and Sully.  Home games are played in Prairie City and Mingo.  Games can be weeknights (except Wednesday) and Saturdays.

7.       How many games are played?

In 2013-14 season, the varsity boys played 27 games, junior varsity boys 17 games, varsity girls 22 games, and junior high boys 15 games.

8.       Where and when are practices?

Practices are usually held at churches with gyms.  These churches are gracious to offer the facility to the Warriors at low or no cost, which allows us to reduce costs to families.  Practice locations during 2013-2014 season included Adelphi Baptist Church (east of Pleasant Hill) and Heritage Assembly of God (north of I-80/35 in Saylorville).

The Warriors program goal is to limit team events (practices plus games) to not more than three times a week.  Teams often practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays (late afternoon or evening) and Saturdays (mornings).

9.       What is quality and competitive level of play?

The varsity level is our highest caliber of basketball. Individual playing time will come second to winning the game. Coaching decisions will be based upon the best chance of winning. This is not a “win-at-all-cost” team, but the team will be coached to win games, over individual playing time.

The junior varsity level is a developmental team for older players. This team will be more competitive than the junior high, and all players will receive playing time in each game, provided they meet the criteria in item #10.

The junior high teams are intended to give experience to players. The emphasis is to develop game skills. The team will be coached to win the game, and even in close scoring games, all players will get playing time provided they are meeting the criteria in item #10.

10.       How is playing time determined?

Warriors Basketball is a competitive program and equal playing time is not guaranteed. Playing time is determined by the coach. Consideration is given to the following criteria, which are neither exclusive nor listed in order of importance.

  • Attendance at practices and games
  • Effort and character displayed in practices and games
  • Athletic skill and talent
  • Commitment to the team
  • Attitude.

11.       What are expectations of parents?

a) Parents have responsibility of transporting players to all practices and games (carpooling is fine – no team bus, and coaches are not responsible for providing transportation);

b) Parents are asked to volunteer hours in various areas, or take lead on organization responsibility (e.g. admissions, concessions, team photos, scorekeeping, uniforms, postseason banquet, etc.);

c) Exemplify high standards of sportsmanship and Christian conduct during games.

12.       Who do I contact for more information?

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13.       WHY SHOULD OUR FAMILY JOIN THE WARRIORS?

We often hear graduating seniors and their families wish they had started earlier in the Warriors club.  This is a program that emphasizes Christian character and sportsmanship, athletic development, leadership, teamwork, and fun fellowship for homeschooling families.  It has been a blessing in the lives of many Central Iowa families for the last 10 years.

Thank you for your interest in Warriors basketball!

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