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mmyblWelcome to the Mid Michigan Youth Basketball League (MMYBL) web page!

Our philosophy is to give as many young athletes as possible a chance to develop their skills, learn teamwork and enjoy the game of basketball.


This site to help keep our athletes, coaches, parents and fans informed and educated about this league. Choose from the menu selection below to read more.


* Pre-season coaches meeting is October 14th (Wednesday) from 6:30-7:30 at Jay's Sporting Goods in the Outback room!

Get you kids started on the right path at HOOPZONE Lil Dribblers camp for age 4 - 1st grade starting in January or our Rookie League for grades 2 & 3 starting in February. Registration opens 12-01-15.


About Us: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx (TOP) 
This league is only as good as it's members make it. Coaches, Athletes, parents, fans MUST keep in mind the purpose behind what this is all about. That is developing good sound fundamentals.

Mission Statement:xxxxxxx xxxx (TOP) 
It is the mission of the Mid Michigan Youth Basketball League (MMYBL) to provide and promote a safe, instructional basketball program for the youth throughout mid Michigan. Not focusing on scores and winners but developing solid fundamental skills so athletes can benefit from a firm foundation. MMYBL encourages good sportsmanship, developing strong playing skills, and promoting friendly relationships among the players, coaches, referees and parents.

League Purpose: xxxxxxxxxxxxx (TOP) 
> Skill development for each player.
> Sportsmanship and introduction to competition.
> Development of team play.
> Emphasis on having fun and enjoying the experience.
> Equal participation for all athletes.
> Learning respect for athletes, referees and coaches.

General League Information:xxxx (TOP) 

● Games will begin early in January on Saturdays for as many Saturdays as we have teams with each team playing 2 games per Saturday.
● No cost to teams to participate, however each school must host a Saturday of games and on their host Saturday they must pay for registered officials for grades 5 & 6 games.
● Admission to games is free however host school can have a donation box at front door. Host school may also have concessions.

Game Rules: Click here to printx xxx (TOP) 

● 5 minute pre-game warm-up, 20 minute running clock halves and 5 minute halftime.
● MHSAA rules will apply, but realize these young players are learning so allowing a little traveling and double dribbling is OK at 4th and 5th grade levels. Only call real obvious calls or when the infraction results in a turnover or roughness. 6th grade games should be called stricter. Officials are encouraged to quickly talk to athletes about what they are doing wrong or warn them about traveling, etc before making a call.
Grade 4 require one adult and if wanted a second official (can be HS age) per game.
Grades 5 & 6 requires one registered official per court per game.
Grades 4 & 5 there are NO free throws, ball to be thrown in after a personal foul.
Grade 6 will include a single free throw on shooting fouls in addition to the fouled team getting a single point.
Grades 4 & 5 is running clock but will stop on timeouts only.
Grade 6 to stop clock on time outs and dead balls in last 2 minutes of each half. On shooting free throws, clock will still run unless in last 2 minutes of a half.
Grades 4 & 5 there is NO scoring.
Grade 6 will keeping score. Each 6th grade team must bring a score book.
NO ZONE or switching defenses allow in any grade level.
Grades 4 & 5: Half court man to man defense only! Must allow opponent to bring ball across half court line. No zones, no traps, no double teaming, no pressing and no switching allowed. Work with players, right from day one, on good defensive body positions and stick with her opponent rather than double teaming or switching. If an offensive player breaks away from their defender, a teammate can leave her assigned player and pick up this player. Officials may have to stop game once in a while to keep this rule in force
Grade 6: Pressing (man2man), trapping, hedging, double teaming allowed HOWEVER both coaches MUST agree upon timeframe and it must be a man to man defense, no zone. Teams can do as much as both coaches agree to do on game day.
HELP & RECOVER (HEDGING) RULE: There is no double teaming or pressing in grade 4 & 5 however helping defense is important to learn and girls understand on screens. Coach your girls on defense to look for the screen and get around it. It is OK on a good offensive screen for the defender to switch to understand the process; however the defenders must quickly switch back. Coaches, help your girls (offense and defense) understand that this will be happening and understand what to do.
● ROUGH FOULS need to be addressed immediately by the coach and official. Two rough / aggressive fouls per half will result in that player sitting out the remainder of the half. Everyone work together to eliminate rough play, coaches put a stop to rough play. 6th grade games will shoot shooting fouls and receive a point as noted above.
● SUBSTITUTION to happen on dead balls or after a score, coach to holler out “sub” so official allows player(s) to come in and “quickly” get properly assigned to opponent. Officials and coaches always help make sure athletes know who they are guarding when coming into games. If no dead ball is happening let official know you need to sub.
● TIME OUTS, all teams are allowed one 60 seconds timeout per half.

2016 Game Schedule:xxxxxxxxxxxxx (TOP) 

Number Date Location Game Schedule (click below)
Week #1 1-09-16 Harrison Full Season Schedule (PDF format)
Week #2 1-16-16 Meridian
Week #3 1-23-16 Farwell
Week #4 1-30-16 Gladwin
Week #5 2-6-16 Houghton Lk
Week #6 2-13-16 Clare
Week #7 2-20-16 Evart 6th grade tourn. Game Bracket


Coaching Responsibilities: Click here to printx (TOP) 

● Control game environment. Eliminate rough, reckless fouls. If a game gets rough please have the leadership to end it rather than to think the rough play will get you the advantage. Encourage aggressive play but rough fouls have no place in this league.
● At this age your priority should be to teach, not win. Your focus should be fundamental skills, teamwork and individual improvement.
● If you have a team that is overpowering your opponent, do not continue to steal and grab the ball defensively. Rather work on defending passing lanes, moving their feet or switch your defenders around so they can learn playing other positions.
● Do not speak negatively of officials or other athletes. If you have players getting all worked up over a bad call remind them we are here to learn to play better. Once negativity begins it only gets worse.
● Encourage and congratulate the opposing players when positive play occurs.
● Do not come to the games with winning in mind but stress the importance of improvement from week to week. Help make the games enjoyable and educational for everyone involved.
● substituting in players must happen on dead balls. If action is not stopping get official’s attention to sub.
● Line teams up at end of game for hand slapping.

Host School Responsibilities:xClick here to printx (TOP) 

● Have THREE courts reserved and ready to go by 8:30am sharp on Saturdays as games begin at 9:00. Parents and athletes will begin to get to school between 8:00 and 8:30, so be ready. Have courts clearly marked and keep each grade on the same court as this is how game schedule is outlined. Post a game schedule at each gym entrance.
● Have a time keeping method, workers and officials for each court, scoreboard or stop watch. No scoring for 4th and 5th grade games but there is scoring for 6th grade games.
● Have responsible officials lined up (as noted below) and ready for every game and rule sheet available at all 3 tables. Our concern is not a bad call but rather the game getting to rough.
● Be ready to quite aggressive, loud spectators if need be. Your officials don’t need this, our teams don’t need this and our league doesn’t need rude fans.
● Provide a game ball for each court. Teams should bring their own practice balls.
● Have ice available if needed for injuries.
● Host school will make the call to cancel games if in the case of bad weather by 7:00am on game day. Host school is to email out to coaches distribution list, AND call other schools main contacts by 7:00am. Each school’s main contact should then call their coaches and then coaches call their players. Families will know if they have not received a call that the games are still on. Names of school main contacts and phone numbers are listed on our webpage, www.hoopzonebasketball.com/mmybl.html . There is no make-up plan for games that get cancelled.


Get you kids started on the right path at HOOPZONE
Lil Dribblers camp for age 4 - 1st grade starting in January or our Rookie League for grades 2 & 3
starting in February. Registration opens 12-01-15.

2016 Participating Schools:xxxxxxxxxxx (TOP) 

School: Main Contact: Map to School:
Farwell Bruce Owens, 989-400-8463 or 989-588-9626

4th to play in MS gym and
5th & 6th to play in new HS gym
Map to Farwell gyms

Everyone enter games through main rotunda entry where concessions will be.

Clare Tim Veenkant 989-400-6295

4th play in Primary gym and
6th in MS gym both using same entrance through MS door.

5th play in HS gym.

Gladwin Emily Cote, 989-426-8404 or 989-709-6432

4th and 5th to play in HS gym
1400 N. Spring St - Gladwin
Concessions available

6th grade to play in Jr High gym
401 N. Bowery - Gladwin
Limited concessions available


Nicole Carlstrom,

4th and 5th to play in HS gym
700 S. Fifth St - Harrison

6th to play in MS gym
710 S. Fifth St - Harrison

Houghton Lake Kristi Bisballe, 231-590-2056

4th and 5th to play in HS gym
4433 W. Houghton Lake Dr - HL

6th grade to play in MS gym
4441 W. Houghton Lake Dr - HL

Meridian Andi Pellegrini 989-488-3832

4th and 5th to play in HS gym
3303 N. M-30, Sanford, MI

6th grade to play in MS gym
3475 N. M-30, Sanford, MI

Evart Shaun Gray 231-468-8520

4th and 5th to play in HS gym

6th grade to play in MS gym
Entrance off Oak St


School: Teams Coach:
Farwell F4, 4th grade, 1 team Al Esterline
  F5, 5th grade, 1 team Dawn Sponseller
  F6, 6th grade, 1 team Jason Travis
Clare CL4, 4th grade, 1 team Josh Seibt

CL5, 5th grade, 1 team

Kristina Haring
  CL6, 6th grade, 1 team Tim Veenkant, Dean Louch
Gladwin G4, 4th grade, 1 team Bryan Randle
  G5, 5th grade, 1 team Joe Cote
  G6, 6th grade, 1 team Emily Cote
Harrison H4, 4th grade, 1 team ?
  H5, 5th grade, 1 team Rich Gardner
  H6, 6th grade, 1 team Matt Cooper
Houghton Lake HL4, 4th grade, 1 team Kristi Bisballe
  HL5, 5th grade, 1 team Chad Watson & Rob Christian
  HL6, 6th grade, 1 team Greta Dipzinski & Rachael Peel
Meridian HL4, 4th grade, 1 team Ryan Holzinger
  HL5, 5th grade, 1 team Jim Swanton
  HL6, 6th grade, 1 team Angie Merrillat & Brian Dunn
Evart HL4, 4th grade, 1 team ?
  HL5, 5th grade, 1 team ?
  HL6, 6th grade, 1 team Shawn Gray


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Downloads PDF formatxxxxxxxxxx (TOP)  

League Rules
Game Rules for Officials
Coaching Responsibilities
Host School Responsibilities
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