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Upcoming Basketball Opportunities from P.L.A.Y. Basketball

PLAY Spring 3 on 3

Keep the kids on the hardwood playing in the Spring 3 on 3 League in Prior Lake.  Games will be played on Sunday nights from 5-10pm to avoid conflicts with other spring activities.  Details can be found in the flier below.

***NEW*** P.L. Pirates Spring Basketball & P.L.A.Y./PLHS Off Season Boys BBALL Workouts: Parent Meeting

Prior Lake Pirates Spring Basketball Tryouts Start Tonight! Monday, March 17th & 18th from 6:00 - 7:30 at Hidden Oaks Middle School

For those of you still pondering your options for Spring Basketball, the PLHS Boys Varsity staff will be conducting their 1st Annual Prior Lake Pirates Spring Basketball tryouts March 17th and 18th at HOMS.


If you have any questions, feel free to send Coach Dan an email: danno1262@aol.com


Planned P.L. Pirates Tourney Dates:

April 12-13th Location - TBD

April 25th - 27th Location -TBD

May 10th - 11th Location - Lakeville South

May 16th - 18th Location - Eastview/Eagan

First practice - April 1st, 2014


The following attachments include a quick program overview as well as the registration form needed to get your current Boys 6th -10th grader registered for Tryouts and to be considered for the Spring teams

These teams will be Coached and Managed by qualified Boys varsity coaches or other paid coaches brought into the program.

Try Outs are March 17th-18th, so sign up now!  That or walk up registrations are welcome tonight as well!

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ABOUT P.L.A.Y. Basketball

 Dear Parents/Players:
Hello, my name is Bruce Veldman and I am the VP of Basketball for Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.).  I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and provide information about the P.L.A.Y. Basketball program that your son or daughter may already participate in or may be considering.  This will be my 7th season as the VP of Basketball and 10th year as a board member.  Volunteers from coaches to Grade Coordinators are needed as we could not be such a successful program without all of the help from those that spend so much time helping develop our kids.  To those that have volunteered in the past, and to those that continue to, THANK YOU.  If you have not yet or are new to the program, please consider getting involved this year. Please contact any board member if you are interested or sign up when you register your child.

Important Dates:

Important dates for the program can be found by clicking on the Season Calendar link and from the P.L.A.Y. Basketball Home page under FAQ. The following are some key dates to be aware of:


August  2014 – registration will open in August for Traveling and In-house Basketball


October 2014  Mandatory Tryout for Boys & Girls Traveling Basketball

October 2014- all uniform and Laker Gear orders due for Traveling Basketball

October 2014  -  Mandatory Coaches Clinic for all Traveling Basketball Coaches -

October 2014 - Mandatory Parent meeting

October 2014– Traveling Basketball practices begin

November 2014 – Prior Lake Girls Basketball Tournament - Parents must dedicate time to working the tourney.

February 2015 – Prior Lake Boys Basketball Tournament - Parents must dedicate time to working the tourney.

March 2015 – MYAS Girls State Championships

March 2015 – MYAS Boys State Championships


October  - Registration Ends for Grades K-6th

October 2014 - Mandatory Parent meeting and Coaches Clinic

November 2014-  Coaches meeting/ Equipment pick up- HOMS

November 2014 5th & 6th Grade Draft (see In House page for more details)

November (Thanksgiving week)- Team rosters announced

November 2014-  Referee clinic

December 2014 – In-House season begins 

February 2015- K-3rd Grade Year End Jamboree

February 2015 – 4th-6th Grade In-House Year End Tournament

Goals of the Basketball Program:
The PLAY Basketball Program is designed to provide a means of teaching children from grades k-8 the skills of playing basketball. The Basketball Board will work closely with HS Boys & Girls Coaches and their Staffs to help create the building blocks of successful basketball players and young men and women. We want all of the kids, parents and volunteers to finish the season with a greater appreciation for everyone’s efforts. The kids should leave the season having a better knowledge of the game, improvement in their skills and a positive experience that makes them want to continue to play basketball in the future. During this process we want to create a fair and organized approach to securing players, coaches and volunteers, which will demonstrate the following principles:

Make the sport fun for the kids, coaches and parents

Teach the fundamentals of the game and create curriculum for the progression of skill development

Demonstrate admirable sportsmanship both on and off the court

Work as a team, be committed to your team and always give 100% effort


Please direct specific questions to grade level Coordinators for In-House or Boys or Girls Coordinators for Traveling whose contact information can be found by clicking “In-House” or “Traveling” on the left side of this screen and then click on “Board” which will also appear on the left side of the screen.

We are looking forward to another great P.L.A.Y Basketball season. GO LAKERS!!!


The SSC is one of the top conferences in the state.  Come cheer on the Prior Lake High School Basketball Teams.  All PLAY Basketball players get in free when they wear their jersey and are with a paid adult.

New Half-time P.L.A.Y. Team Scrimmages for 2013-2014

Prior Lake Varsity Players Assigned to Each Traveling Team for the Season

**To Learn more about what's going on with the Prior Lake Boys & Girls Varsity Programs, Click the Team links on the left tool menu bar.**


Prior Lake Highschool Boys Basketball Program

Prior Lake Highschool Boys Basketball Program Home page for the latest updates and details about the Boys High School BBALL Program.



Thanks to all of the teams that are playing in our tournament on Feb. 15-18.  Please click on the link below for more details and brackets.

Coach Feedback


Did you see one of our coaches following the double-goal coaching principles?  Do you have a youth athlete in a PLAY sport or did you compete with a PLAY team?

It's important that our coaches get your feedback directly, but we want to hear your feedback too so that we can continue to provide the best possible experience for our athletes.

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think.

To Learn More about the Double Goal Coaching and Parent Involvement go to the "Positive Coaching" Page under the HOME page - left side. Are you a Positiive Double goal Parent? Learn how to move your athlete into a 'Triple Impact athlete'.
Help your athlete become a Master of ELM - Effort, Learning, Recover from Mistakes

Traveling Basketball Tryouts Oct. 5-6th

Thank you to all of the girls and boys that tried out for PLAY Traveling Basketball last weekend. We had close to 400 kids that worked very hard and gave it their all. Unfortunately we are limited to the number of teams we can have and all kids are not able to make a traveling team.

We hope that your child does not get discouraged by this. We have a great In-House program where the kids still get to practice 2 days a week and have games on the weekends. Every year we have kids move up to traveling that did not make a team the previous year. Keep your head up and continue to work hard.

Every year there is movement from team to team. Our High School coaches do a great job of evaluating the kids and we believe it is the fairest tryout process possible. If your child did not make the team they had hoped to, please stay positive with them and talk with them about working hard to improve their game.

Some of you may have questions but we ask that you follow the PLAY Code of Conduct policy and PLEASE WAIT 24 HOURS before contacting the Boys or Girls Traveling Coordinator. Your email WILL NOT be responded to if you do. After the 24 hour timeline, we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Thanks again and we are looking forward to another great PLAY Basketball Season.