LIGHTHOUSE LIONS BASKETBALL
LHSA Lions competitive basketball season typically begins in late October. Registration begins in late August and ends on September 23. Initial Registration Payment must be made by September 23. Final payment must be received by the first game/scrimmage.
There are no tryouts for Middle school players, who will be placed on the competitive team according to age, however High School teams will be formed according to players’ skills and a skill assessment early in the season during a "tryout" and placement will be made during practice to begin teams and as the season progresses.
The LHSA high school basketball program strives to develop leadership, team building, and Christian character in our team members. Our coaches have a love for the game and are dedicated to teaching the skills needed for competitive play. The LHSA Lions High School program is directed by Veronica Pedraza and coached by Anthony Dandridge and Will Denson.
LHSA varsity division competes in the TCAL League.
LHSA Middle School division is coached by Jake Robbins along with volunteer parents and high school students. This program is aimed at developmental play and team-building. Those in 7-8 grade will have opportunity to play competitively with middle school teams. Those in 5-6th grades (when available, pending sufficient registration) will learn the rules of competition, the skill to play and will focus on the understanding the game strategy and developing skill and Christian character. Games for these players may be fewer and more of the season will be used to scrimmage one another. All players on the developmental middle school team, regardless of experience or skill level, will play to learn the game and to engender leadership, humility and friendship as they work together. The 7-9 grade team goals are the same, but will be able to schedule games with schools for competitive play.
Quality of Play
Competitive basketball implements high school substitution rules. Unlike recreational programs, there is no guarantee of playing time or position. Playing time will be based on skill-sets, agility,endurance, ability, performance, attendance at practice and additionally, attitude toward coaches, teammates, referees and others. LHSA will strive to provide as many training opportunities as possible. Try-outs will be held with all registrants in order to assess playing skill and team placement. LHSA is NOT, however, a win-at-all-cost organization. The goal is to provide a program in which athletes can grow physically and spiritually and where Jesus Christ is honored in all respects.
Season’s first practice will typically be the last week of October, but will be preceded by open gym meetings through much of September and October. A pre-season meeting for parents and players is required and will be posted HERE when date is available. At the first practice, coaches will meet all the parents and players to go over the season and answer any questions. Preseason conditioning will be announced prior to the season start and requires a full commitment from players and parents to be in attendance, timely and motivated. Regular practice times vary although they are typically two-three times weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and continue throughout the season, except for game days. Once a complete schedule is obtained, weekly or biweekly notices will be posted to announce practice times, games and any upcoming tournaments. The season runs from October through February for high school and October through early February for middle school. Middle School division is a developmental team and may play fewer games than high school teams. There may be opportunity to play in at least one tournament as well. Its purpose is to teach the skills of competitive volleyball and prepare players for high school play. LHSA schedules games against area Private, Christian, Public, and Charter schools, including at least one weekend tournament.
The cost of the season to play is both monetary and time/work contribution, beginning with $225.00 for High School or $175 for Middle School and requires an additional family membership with Lighthouse Homeschool Support ($40 annual fee that includes a number of other benefits) and a minimum service requirement at home games and tournaments. Only the registration fee is due for those who are current with annual membership, however membership renewal is due by July 31 each year, so please be sure your membership is current. A uniform fee with apply to all new players and previous season players requiring replacements. (Uniform cost is typically approx. $70) There will be volunteer needs as well as required service times and fundraiser participation. The cost includes the fees to one tournament. Any other tournament play will require a minimum player roster and will include a tournament fee, for which players may pay up front or host a fundraiser. We are trying to keep the cost to a minimum, but as cost of refs and equipment continue to rise, fundraisers are a required element to maintain low fees. There will be volunteer needs, required service times and fundraiser participation. Any team sponsorships obtained will contribute to tournament fees, auxiliary equipment and or coaching assistance. Players that secure LHSA sponsorships will receive free seasonal fan/family tee-shirts as a bonus-1 free tee for a tee shirt sponsor and an additional tee for banner sponsor! Any team sponsorships obtained will contribute to tournament fees, auxiliary equipment and or coaching assistance. Sponsorships obtained will earn players a free fan tee and/or discounted uniform fee.
We hope to form a developmental team for 5th-6th grade students should there be sufficient interest. This would include younger players and would focus on developing skills, but would not include competitive play unless there are teams in that age range to play.
For more information contact [email protected]
Practice location will be primarily at Ridgewood Church Port Arthur, and may ocassionally include locations in Beaumont and/or Nederland.
Contact us if you have questions as we will begin practicing soon and will hold a season opening meeting in October at Ridgewood Church.
You may call and leave a message at 409-729-6000 or email [email protected]