The mission of the Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club is to promote competitive girls youth basketball throughout SE Portland. We currently draw players from 24 southeast Portland elementary and middle schools. We are the feeder program for both Cleveland High Schoool girls basketball and Franklin High School girls basketball.
The Club was formed in April 2013 with two teams and has grown to 22 operating teams (2017-18 season). The Club not only is currently recruiting an additional 10 to 12 teams, but it is continuing to develop its program for first and second grade players. The club currently has 245 players, and with our expansion plans, we expect our player numbers to grow to in excess of 300 players on 27-30 operating teams this coming season. SPGBC is the largest private year round competitive girls basketball program in the tri county area.
The club takes players sight unseen- no tryouts, and provides all players the opportunity to increase their basketball and leadership skills throughout our extensive offseason program. It is expected that club players will participate in as many of those opportunities as possible given family schedules, etc.
The Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club teaches fundamental and advanced basketball skills and provides the opportunity for players to compete at the competitive level. There is lots of game experience for all players.
That game experience is coupled with year round club activities. We operate open gyms for our players from April thru mid August; we train and oversee team coaches; we operate specialized skills camps and clinics during the summers…and we do all of this and more as a volunteer and not for profit organization designed to offer a fun and competitive basketball environment for 1st through 8th grade southeast Portland girls.
Most importantly however, our environment allows players to grow both socially and academically. We stress the importance of character, teamwork, discipline, personal responsibility, education, and the importance of a balanced competitive edge.
PARENT AND PLAYER EXPECTATIONS
1. We encourage all players to participate in other sports and non sport
activities. Because Club activities are year round we know that players will be participating in other activities during the “off season” and may be unable to participate in all Club activities…and that is “OK.” However we offer significant off season opportunities for players so that their skill levels increase substantially and teams are ready for regular season play.
Players and parents need to commit to off season participation so
that players are not way behind when the season begins. This is a
major commitment. We are a competitive program. However, during the “regular season” from mid to late October through mid March we fully expect all players to be at practices and all games…with all the normal family related exceptions!
2. Team operating costs are high as the club pays the cost of uniforms,
league and tournament play, basketballs, and other practice and team
related equipment. Our participation costs are low as Club fees cover less than 50% of team and club operating costs. The balance is raised primarily from parents participating in several very simple, quick and easy fundraisers. Therefore parent involvement is critical to achieving our funding goals and all parents are expected to participate.
3. Finally, our open gyms, clinics and camps, and other special individual and team skill development events occur mostly in the “off season.” We strongly urge parents to bring their daughters to these events. They are fun, rigorous, build player confidence and self esteem, FUN, and help players bond.
Spring – April thru May
Open gyms at area school gyms for all teams
New team registrations begin
Returning player registrations begin
Spring teams per grade, and where possible high school
cluster, organized for players wanting to continue to play games
in the off season
Summer – June thru Early August
Open gyms continue several evenings a week
Team car washes (3)
Quick Handle Camps for ball control and attacking the basket
off the dribble, and one for shooting
New team recruitment continues
Skills camps and clinics
Coaches Clinics (2)
Fall – Late September thru Mid November
Pre Season coaches’ clinic
Fall League play begins
Shooting Clinic for all players
Regular season practices begin – Mid to Late October
Winter – November thru Mid March
Season practices continue – Mid March (end of season)
Tournament and League games begin – November thru March
1 st and 2nd grade teams practices and games