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Announcement addressing 4 week "pause" for Youth Sports

date created: 11/18/20

BPAA Basketball Parents – as most of you are probably aware with the announcement this evening by Governor Walz, youth sports are required to “pause” for 4 weeks at this time, with a set time to resume on 12/18.  We wanted to send out a communication to you with what we know today:

  • Jr High teams that have practices scheduled for 11/19 and 11/20 are still allowed to continue, if the coaches to hold practices.  This may be team specific so please consult with your coach directly on their intentions.
  • Jr High pictures scheduled for 11/22 will be postponed with a new date TBD.
  • Jr High game #1 (12/5) and the Jr High Holiday Classic (12/11-12/13) will be postponed with a new date TBD.
  • Sr High tryouts (12/5) will be postponed and new date is TBD.
  • Elementary coaches meeting was scheduled for 12/14 and that has been postponed at this time as well.
  • Elementary practices were scheduled to start on 1/4 and will most likely be postponed as we need to meet with coaches before practices can be held via the aforementioned coaches meeting.
  • Elementary games were scheduled to start on 1/15 but a new date will be driven by the previous 2 bullets and when those things can be scheduled.
  • Elementary and Sr High pictures are scheduled for 1/11 and 1/12, and we will work with Photo Guy and the Brooklyn Park Community Center to determine if we are still able to work with those dates, or if adjustments need to be made.

As we move through the next few weeks, we will send communications out regarding changes that may impact our overall season as well as keep you apprised of any decisions we are making in the best interests of your child(ren).

We are taking a “wait and see” approach to much of this right now.  I realize this whole situation can be and is unnerving for many of you.  If this approach is too unnerving for your family, and if you no longer wish for your child to play basketball in our program, please email me, and I will take care of it on this end.

Please reach out to me at at anytime with your questions and concerns.



COVID-19 Return To Play Plan 


Below is the final, approved return to play plan for BPAA Basketball. 


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How the Basketball Program is Organized

The cities of Brooklyn Park & Brooklyn Center, MN form the BPAA Basketball Program, offering House League competition from 1st grade through 12th grade for boys and girls.

Our basketball program is organized into the following three groups, please visit their individual page for more information.

BPAA Basketball is a house league which emphasizes equal playing time and good sportsmanship.

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It is expected that parents/fans refrain from coaching or shouting out instructions from the stands.

Parents are encouraged to cheer, clap and make short/positive comments during a game.  However, we must leave the coaching to the head coach and the assistant coach on the bench.

This is important for a number of reasons, but most importantly it’s hard enough to get the players to hear their coaches voice and instructions. When you add a gym full of parents shouting out instructions, it gets really difficult for the players to hear and/or process what their coach is saying.

Second, sometimes parents yell out instructions that contradict what the coach is telling their player to do.

Third, parents yelling out instruction becomes contagious. It happens all the time. It starts out with one well intentioned parent (or grandparent) yelling instructions and before you know it several other chime in and it’s just a blur of too many voices.

The players need ONE voice giving instruction and that is their coach.

We realize that this can be very hard for some parents to do.  We have likely all been there. And we realize that sometimes the instruction is helpful and you’ll see something the coaches are missing. But the negatives of allowing this clearly out-weigh the positives.  So we encourage you to relax, have fun, and cheering for your team.

~ Breakthrough Basketball