Reno Ballers, going on year number 24, is the premier youth basketball program in Reno and Sparks, offering high-quality basketball development, as well as competition for boys in 3rd – 8th grade, and girls in 3rd-7th grade. Each year, hundreds of area youth are exposed to the great game of basketball and taught important life-lessons about sportsmanship, responsibility, and hard work by knowledgeable and proven coaches who want to ensure all players receive the training experience they deserve. Thousands of players have passed through the Reno Ballers program, with many moving on to successful high school and college careers. Players from different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds comprise the Reno Ballers. We teach everyone fundamentally-sound basketball and life skills. We require accountability in the classroom, at home, and in the community.
2020-21 Season: As we all know, our daily landscape is in “motion” as businesses and families deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all hopeful that our scientists can find a vaccine, or at least something to lessen the effects of the disease; the sooner the better. As of this update, we are basing the information below on the current status of life in Nevada and California (where we would generally play the bulk of our games at Hardwood Palace in Sacramento). As of the date of this posting, California is closed to all indoor activity through the rest of 2020, and maybe beyond.
With this in mind, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has made the decision to plan for a 2020-21 Reno Ballers season, but to not collect any payment for Reno Ballers (with the exception of the $20 annual BGCTM membership fee) until we know we can travel and participate in tournaments.
Teams will only practice for the foreseeable future. No uniforms will be ordered and there will obviously not be any tournament entry fees as there are no tournaments! The coaches have even agreed to take a 100% pay cut. Of course, since our coaches agree to help your kids by dedicating hundreds of hours in the gym without being paid, the impact of 100% of nothing will not be too severe! If and when our current health conditions change, we will reevaluate how we can safely move forward.
Thank you for understanding that the safety of the people who attend and visit our BGCTM sites is our greatest concern.
Reno Ballers continues to be one of the best values in the greater Washoe County and surrounding area, with an annual cost of $300, which includes uniforms, tourney entry fees. A $20 annual BGCTM Membership is also required.
We all are hopeful the current COVID-19 pandemic emergency will ease at some point so we can return to normalcy. We want to be prepared to meet the needs of those young players who wish to learn and participate in basketball at a high level. We are moving forward with plans for the 2020-21 season, knowing that obstacles placed in our path may change what we can offer. As you may know, California’s governor has mandated that all indoor activities in their state will be banned for the duration of 2020. This means there will be no tournaments held at the Hardwood Palace, nor any other type of tournament in California for the foreseeable future.
I can assure you that the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has been daily doing everything possible to keep members and our staff as safe as humanly possible through enhanced cleaning throughout the day, the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by members and staff, including mandatory wearing of face masks, nightly cleaning by a professional cleaning company, and other procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washoe County Health District. All members and staff entering our building have their temperature scanned and are daily asked about their current health conditions and that of other family members. Although we are not immune from having a member or staff who may be symptomatic, in such occurrences the member or staff is immediately sent home to be tested and cannot return to the Club until medically cleared to do so. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our members and staff.
As for Reno Ballers, as you may know, we have allowed a limited number of players and adults to practice in our gym this summer. The focus has been on skill development and training. Before and after each practice, the basketballs are sprayed with a disinfectant that is non-toxic, water fountains have remained out of operation, and our floors are cleaned by a Zamboni-type machine, using that same disinfectant chemical. We will continue these cleaning protocols daily until the present danger no longer exists.
Team Formation Day
Team Formation Day is Saturday, September 26, 9:00-12:00, at our 2680 E. Ninth Street address. Players should come prepared to exhibit their skills and abilities. All those attending Team Formation Day must enter through the westside parking lot entrance; the first group between 8:30-9:00 am, the second group between 10:00-10:30. Groups will be separated on individual courts. All attendees (kids and adults) are required to have their temperature taken, wear a face mask into the building, and complete a Mandatory Health Policy document. Adults will be required to wear their face mask until exiting the building; players may take their mask off during the tryout portion of the Team Formation process.
GROUP 1: 9:00-10:30
· Boys 8th Grade (Ct. 1), Boys 7th Grade (Ct. 2), Boys 6th Grade (Ct. 3), Boys 5th Grade (Ct. 4, Small Gym).
GROUP 2: 10:30-12:00
· Boys 4th Grade (Ct. 1), Boys 3rd Grade (Ct. 2), Girls 6th/7th Grade (Ct. 3), Girls 3rd/4th/5th Grades (Ct. 4, Small Gym)
Begin the week of October 12:
· 8th Grade Boys Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm.
· 7th Grade Boys Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm.
· 6th Grade Boys Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm.
· 5th Grade Boys Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm.
· 3rd/4th Grade Boys Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm.
· 6th/7th Grade Girls Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00.
· 5th Grade Girls Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00.
· 3rd/4th Grade Girls Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00.
*Reno Ballers does not practice during school breaks: Fall, Winter, and Spring. The season traditionally ends on Memorial Day weekend.
As noted above, the Reno Ballers annual fee of $300 will not be collected until or unless we are assured the season can go forward, including tournament participation.
Reno Ballers continues to be one of the best values in the greater Washoe County and surrounding area, with an annual cost of $300, which includes uniform and most tournament entry fees. Non-BGCTM members are required to purchase a $20 annual BGCTM Membership.
Payment in full is due by no later than November 1, unless an Installment Payment Agreement has been approved. Players are free to practice during the month of October without payment, but uniform and tournament play are excluded until payments are received.
If necessary, financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information about qualifying for financial assistance, contact Reno Baller Administrator Steve George at email@example.com
All Reno Ballers members must complete a Reno Ballers Registration Form, and the required BGCTM Membership Form. Check the Quick Links area below to print those documents.
$300 Annual Fee Covers:
For more information:
BGCTM Athletic Director Steve George, firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Boys Kalani Vaka, Brian Vaka, and Doug Cordova.
7th Grade Boys Calen Evans, Steve Flint, and Kevin Carpenter
6th Grade Boys Jason Westphal, Scott Schellin, and Casey McCann
5th Grade Boys TBD
3rd/4th Grade Boys Kyle Schellin, Rick Stevens, and the “legend,” Dickie Allen.
6th/7th Grade Girls Ames Sabellano, Nate Carrier, and Shayla Carrier.
5th Grade Girls TBD
3rd/4th Grade Girls Steve George, Kevin Carpenter, Susana Villasenor