TRYOUTS / PLAYERS: Open, competitive tryouts are held to select players for the teams. Reach Higher typically relies on word-of-mouth, and the recruitment of coaches, to attract participants for tryouts. Teams are selected by a committee consisting of all coaches & the program director. The goal is to field competitive teams that can win "the proper way," and be a light to the other teams that they play, as well as those that see them play. To be eligible to play in the tournaments, all players must be students in good standing (this will be verified). Outstanding student-athletes will be recognized at season's end. For more information regarding tryout dates and times, check the 'News And Information' tab.
PRACTICES: This is the most important part of a successful sports program. Practice is held two to three times per week, depending on gym availability, school schedules & homework loads. Practice will include teaching & discussion about life issues - besides just basketball. This is accomplished through a combination of open forum Q&A sessions, guest speakers, our program Chaplain, and borrowing from Christian curriculums written specifically for this purpose.
TOURNAMENTS: The teams will play YBOA, USSSA & AAU-sanctioned tournaments as well exposure events, depending on the skill level of the players. Each team will play between six and eight competitive tournaments, starting in March. More tournaments may be considered if a team qualifies for national championships.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Each team will be responsible for participating in a community service project during the season in order for our players to experience giving to others and their community.
SPONSORS / PATRONS: Reach Higher is always looking for help, financial and otherwise, from area individuals, businesses, churches, schools & any other organizations interested in investing in the lives of these young men. The costs of a competitive basketball program can be substantial; uniforms, shoes, national organization fees, tournament entry fees, travel expenses, the cost of gym time for practices, etc. Because of the support that we have received since beginning in 2004, we have been able to keep the fees affordable, never having to turn a player away because of the cost. Reach Higher is a 501c3 organization. Please contact us if interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the program.