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Important Dates For 2019 - 2020 Basketball Season

The next basketball season is rapidly approaching.  To help parents plan for this basketball season, we wanted to publish key dates as available.  


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Summer Sunday Skills Sessions

Summer Sunday Skills Sessions

Summer Basketball Camp


2019 Prior Lake Boy's Summer Basketball Camp
All Laker basketball camps are run and coached by Interim Head Boys' Coach Jon Miller and PLHS 9-12 basketball staff and players.  Each camper will receive a Prior Lake basketball t-shirt.  Please note:  registration and payment is only available on-site.  Please e-mail Jon Miller, with questions.


July 8-11 Power & Precision Camp

Grades 7 – 12  (time TBD)
Location:  Prior Lake High School
Price per camper:  $80

Designed for players who are looking to take their game to the next level.  Camp will focus on developing a position-less offensive player who can lead the break, finish on the wing, and score in the post.  Camp will focus on defensive pressure on the ball, help side, and rotations off the help. 


July 29-August 1 Little Laker Camp

Grades K - 2 9:00 am-10:30 am

Location:  Grainwood Elementary

Price per camper:  $110

Players will have fun learning fundamentals such passing, dribbling, footwork and shooting.  Players will compete in 1:1, 2:2 and other small sided games to practice the skills at game speed.

Please e-mail Jon Miller, with questions.


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, meet new kids 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 often becomes 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 - BELOW 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.  
        I.M.P.A.C.T. - I Make Positive Actions Count Today*

SportsEngine Help Documents

Below are a few documents to help Parents and Team Parents install, login and use the SportsEngine web site and app.

2018-2019 P.L.A.Y. Basketball Volunteer Opportunities Available: 



  • 7/8th grade boys – (Propose new position)  




Sign Up to Officiate!

Registrations taken until November 1st!





Middle School Intramural / IH League Basketball

Update ; Nov. 1st 2018

P.L.A.Y. is  offering In-House/IM Basketball for Grades 7th-8th . Registration Ended Nov. 1st.

We have assisted in forming a League for the 7th & 8th graders to participate at a competitive level yet with less commitment. Other schools in the league are Burnsville, Farmington, Lakeville North and South and Shakopee..  Games in this League will be on Saturdays starting anywhere from 8am - 2pm  usually lasts about 1 hour. Some times may change.

Most games will be played in Farmington (due to them having open gyms) - but also may have a game date in Lakeville and Prior Lake.

The practice 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 Fridays.  The competition in the BAC League is comparable to  C level Middle School Basketball.

We have had to change practice times from after school to one evening a weekend due to not being able to get coaches to attend the afternoon time slot.

We have enough players for 5 teams this season.  Cost is around $100.


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


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.

Sports Quote

"Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."  - Muhammed Ali