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What is In-House or Traveling?

To get more info on Traveling and In House basketball on the Basketball Home page go to the upper left and click on the In House or Travel pages to get more information on those programs.

P.L.A.Y. Basketball Uniform & Gear Order Website is now active!!!

For those of you wanting to get a jump on ordering your 2015-2016 P.L.A.Y. Basketball gear and quite possibly a few Christmas gifts to boot, we have our P.L.A.Y. Basketball Uniform & Gear Order Website up and active for you to start reviewing and ordering.

For those that need to get fitted for Traveling Uniforms, you can do that during tryouts on either Saturday, October 3rd or Sunday, October 4th.

Use the LINK below to complete your order.  All Traveling Uniform Orders need to be received by October 7th to insure that you receive them before the 1st tournament the weekend of November 13-15th. (**NOTE: We are using the same new uniform style as last year, so if your players uniform still fits and they make a team, you won't need to order another uniform**)

Go Lakers!!!

2015-2016 P.L.A.Y. Basketball Uniform & Laker Gear Website

To order your 2015-2016 P.L.A.Y. Basketball Uniform & Laker Gear, use this link to access the order website.

Prior Lake Lakers Girls Basketball "Night School" Camp Starts this week

Prior Lake Lakers Girls Basketball Camp

“Night School”

Coach Gidley and his staff are very excited to open up a “Camp” opportunity for girls in grades 4th-8th that are eager for the chance to improve their Basketball Skills.  Your daughter will learn the same drills and skills that are used by the Prior Lake Girls Basketball Team!  She will learn a lot, get in a good workout, and most importantly, have fun!



Tuesday’s - October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th

Thursday’s – October 8th, 22nd, and 29th


*7:00-8:00 pm for grades 4th & 5th

*8:00-9:00 pm for grades 6th, 7th & 8th             

Where:  Jeffers Pond Elementary School

Cost:  $50.00 for 7 Workouts

(**Registration Form is Attached Below**)

Christian Laettner Basketball Camp Coming Oct 9th-11th!!!

To help us kick off the 2015-2016 P.L.A.Y. Basketball Season, we have invited Christian Laettner Basketball Camps to join us Oct 9th-11th!!! 

Camp Sessions will be Friday after school through Sunday afternoon depending on age group for those going into 3rd-12th grade on both the Girls and Boys sides. 

Camp Registration can be confirmed at the LINK provided below: 

Christian will be hosting a luncheon presentation and meet and greet (Photo/Autograph Session) Saturday, October 10th from 12:00 - 1:00pm at the PLHS Commons Area where we he will talk about Leadership, Hard work and how the game of Basketball can teach players many life lessons. 

This is a fundraising event for the program, so we will be hosting a Silent Auction throughout the weekend and for those that would like to donate to the cause, more details will be out shortly!

Go Lakers!!!

P.L.A.Y. Basketball Board

Christian Laettner Camp Registration Link

To successfully register your player(s) for our Christian Laettner Basketball Camps coming October 9th-11th, please use the following link:

Christian Laettner Basketball Camp Schedule

9-Oct Session 1 Session 2  Session 3  
Time Slot:  3-4:30  4:30-6PM     
Group: 6th-8th Boys  3rd-5th Boys     
Location: HOMS C/D HOMS C/D    
10-Oct Session 1 Session 2  Session 3 Session 4
Time Slot:  9-10:30 10:30-12:00  12:00-1:00 1:00-2:30
Group: 9th/10th/JV/V Girls  JV/V Boys  Lunch & Leadership Talk  9th/10th Boys
Location: PLHS Gold PLHS Gold PL Commons PLHS Gold
11-Oct Session 1 Session 2  Session 3  
Time Slot:  9-10:30 11-12:30  Wrap-Up  
Group: 3rd-5th Girls 6th-8th Girls     
Location: PLHS Gold PLHS Gold    

P.L.A.Y. Basketball Christian Laettner BBALL Camp Silent Auction Donations

To continue building momentum for our newly formed P.L.A.Y. Basketball Player/Coach Development Committee's mission of providing more and better player and coach development opportunities and enhancing the Basketball Program overall, Christian Laettner has offered to have his Oct 9th-11th Basketball Camp weekend be a launching point for our efforts by providing signed Duke and Olympics Jerseys and possibly a few more items as a starting point for our Silent Auction Fundraising efforts. 

If you are interested in donating products or services to be included in the Silent Auction, see the document below for more details on how you, your company, etc. can donate to the Silent Auction and further sponsor the P.L.A.Y. Basketball Program and it's efforts!

Thank you in advance!

P.L.A.Y. Basketball

P.L.A.Y. Basketball Board Opportunities for 2015-2016 Season

The P.L.A.Y. Basketball Board has opportunities for 2015-2016 Season for those that may have interest in stepping up as volunteer leaders within the Basketball Organization.  Due to current board members players moving on to the high school program in the next year, we are looking to transition those roles to those that have interest in continuing to build the program.

For starters, here are a few opportunities we currently have available:

  • Girls Tournament Coordinator (Shadow during 2015-2016)
  • 4th Grade Boys In-house Coordinator
  • 5/6th Grade Boys In-house CoordinatoR
  • TBD - New Opportunities will be added as they become available

 To be considered for any of these opportunities or opportunities in general, please complete the Application Form below and return it to Trevor Knutson, VP, P.L.A.Y. BBALL at .

Parents ! Please answer the poll as yourself, not your child. Thanks

ABOUT P.L.A.Y. Basketball

 Dear Parents/Players:
Hello, my name is Trevor Knutson 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 1st season as the VP of Basketball and 3rd year as a board member.  We have seen this program grow to over 1,000 participants and it could not have been done without all the volunteers time and commitment.  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: (Tentative 2015-2016 Dates as of 06/15/2015)

Important dates for the program can be found below and details about both traveling and in-house can be found under the tabs on the left and the FAQ. The following are some key dates to be aware of:


August  2015 – registration will open in August for Traveling and In-house Basketball


October 3, 2015 - Registration for Traveling Basketball closes

October 3-4, 2015  Mandatory Tryout days for Boys & Girls Traveling Basketball.  Both sessions are mandatory

October 7, 2015- all uniform and Laker Gear orders due for Traveling Basketball

October 25, 2015 - Basketball Parent meeting - Prior Lake High School Gold Gym 6:30-7:30pm

October 25th, 2015-  Coaches Clinic for all Traveling and In-house Basketball Coaches - 7:30-9pm Prior Lake High School Gold Gym

October 2015- Coaches PCA Meeting - Prior Lake High School Lecture Hall 6:30-7:30pm

October 2015- 2nd Coaches Clinic - Prior Lake High School Gold Gym 7:30-9pm

Nov. 2, 2015– Traveling Basketball practices begins. Earlier if gym space is available

November 14-15, 2015 – Prior Lake Girls Basketball Tournament - Parents must dedicate time to working the tourney.

February 13-14, 2016 – Prior Lake Boys Basketball Tournament - Parents must dedicate time to working the tourney.

March 2016 – MYAS Girls State Championships

March 2016 – MYAS Boys State Championships


October 18, 2015 - Registration Ends for Grades K-6th

October 25, 2015 - Parent meeting (6:30-7:30PM) and Coaches Clinic (7:30-9pm) Prior Lake High School Gold Gym

November 21st, 2015 -  Coaches meeting/ Equipment pick up- HOMS

November 21st, 2015- 5th & 6th Grade Draft (see In House page for more details)

November (Thanksgiving week)- Team rosters announced

November 2015-  Referee clinic

November 30th, 2015 – 3rd-6th grade In-House season begins

December 7th, 2015- K-2nd Grade In-House season begins 

February 20th, 2016- K-3rd Grade Year End Jamboree

February 27th, 2016 – 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!!!

Coaches & Officials Sportsmanship tally program

Please use the appropriate form below for entering your information:

Be sure to completely fill out your survey to get proper credit for the information.

Coaches that do not reply - may not be considered for coaching positions in the future. Officials must reply in order to be paid for their games. Thank you for your support of the Team Sportsmanship award program.

Purpose to Athletics

What is the Purpose of Athletics?          
Why do we want our child to be involved in a sport?

When Parents are asked these questions, many will respond with one of these:

  • Promotes Confidence

  • Provides Exercise

  • Experience Team Concepts

  • Build Individual Skills – Learn the Game

  • Create Understanding of Winning and Losing

  • Get to participate with Friends and have Fun

  • Learn about Sportsmanship and being a good citizen

  • Relationship of Effort and Accomplishment

All those are good reasons for being involved in sports- somewhere along the way Winning and the scoreboard become the only measuring point for many.
* When was the last time you asked your child a direct question on the purposes above ...

- Did you gain Confidence at Practice/Game today? How?
- Was that a good workout?  Can you push yourself more?
- Do you like being part of a Team?  Why?
- What did you learn today – did you try something new?
- What have you learned about Winning (or) Losing?  Why?
- Did you enjoy the practice or game?  Why?
- How was Sportsmanship Shown (good and bad) today?
- Did you give your best effort? How did that feel?

- Instead we usually ask… Did you win?, How many points did you score?
It becomes Scoreboard related only !!!  It is OK to ask that – but wait until after you ask a few other questions.

P.L.A.Y. 's IMPACT Committee - in accordance with a variety of resources has come up with a series of topics and over the Basketball Season will look to address one topic each week.
Coaches-  review these topics with your players (even if for only 5 minutes, before, at or after practice) and try to make points on each topic as a "Weekly IMPACT Resolution".
It is sometimes hard to stay on a topic for a whole season - but to put them in small nuggets and work on those areas - it will help with the big picture.
It will help answer why you want your child in athletics.
The items and questions above will be covered in weeks to come.

Parents - be sure to preview with your player so that when the Coaches speak on it - they are aware of the topic. Then at the end of the week Coaches and Parents can check back with the players to see what they have learned on the topic of the week. (Again 5 minutes)

The IMPACT Committee would like you to take a look at the WEEKLY TOPICS - ABOVE and use that as your IMPACT Resolution – Talking Point for at least a week. Revisit one if needed as the season goes on.
What and Why I.M.P.A.C.T. - check out the definition and how it relates to sports in the document at top of the page.  *The IMPACT Committee meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at the Prior Lake City Hall from 6:30 - 7:30pm- if you are interested in this topic and want to help promote Youth Athletics - please attend a meeting they are open to all.       
        I.M.P.A.C.T. - I Make Positive Actions Count Today*


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.

Traveling Basketball Tryouts set for Oct 3-4, 2015

September 20, 2015 is the last day to register and get the Early Registration Discount for Traveling Basketball.  You will be able to register until Oct. 1, 2015 but a $25 Non-Refundable Late Fee will apply.

Registrations will open up in August 2015.

Middle School Intramural Basketball

P.L.A.Y. is currently planning on offering Intramural Basketball for Grades 6th-7th-8th after school at HOMS from 2:30-4pm.

The days of the week will mostly be Tue & Thur , but due to some school events on some of those days we will need to mix in a Couple Mondays and possibly a Saturday. This program has been 99% boys.

The registration is now open above.  Register by Dec. 29th.

This year we won't be able to get started until Jan.15th and will try to get 12-13 dates in between Mid Jan and end of Feb.

The school gets their gym times first and then we are secondary - so they have some events during our dates so it has to move around some.

We need at least 32 players to register to offer this program - last year we had 34 - so please encourage others to register at that time. Cost is still under review, but will come in around $50.


Basketball Calendar (Overall)

No upcoming events found.

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