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ABOUT P.L.A.Y. Basketball


This is great -however it does put a strain on our facilities and all their uses. We ask for your patience as we prepare to figure out the scheduling or practices in conjunction with all the other activities in the district and school groups and their needs.  Thank You!

 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:

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 25th, 2015 - Basketball Parent meeting - Prior Lake High School Gold Gym 4:00-5:00pm

October 25th, 2015 -  Coaches Clinic for all Traveling and In-house Basketball Coaches - 2:00-4:00pm 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 24, 2015 - Registration Ends for Grades K-6th

October 25, 2015 - Parent meeting (4:00-5:00) and Coaches Clinic (2:00-4:00) Prior Lake High School Gold Gym


November 21, 2015

Hidden Oaks Middle School

8:00 - 9:00         Coaches meeting and equipment/uniform hand out. 

9:15 - 10:25       Boys 4th grade evals and girls 5/6 grade evals (check in from 8:45-9:10)

11:00 – 12:05    Boys 3rd grade evals (check in from 10:30-10:55)

12:35 – 1:35      Boys 5/6 grade evals (check in from 12:10-12:30)


November (Thanksgiving week)- Team rosters announced

November  21st, 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.

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.

Half-time P.L.A.Y. Team Scrimmages for most 2015-2016 Boys and Girls Home Basketball games are being planned once again this year

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.

Prior Lake High School Girls Basketball Program

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

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

Middle School Intramural Basketball

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

We are hoping to be able to form a League with Burnsville and Lakeville - but that is in the infant stages of planning at this point - more information should be available in Dec.

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 competition in the BAC League is comparable to high C level Middle School Basketball.

This year we won't be able to get started until Jan. 5th 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 16 players to register to offer this program - last year we had 12 - so please encourage others to register at that time. Cost is still under review, but will come in around $100.

Traveling Basketball Tryouts tentatively set for Oct. 1 & 2, 2016


Registrations will open up in August 2016.

Basketball Calendar (Overall)

No upcoming events found.

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)
  • 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