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Zephyrs Basketball Club

The Zephyrs Basketball Club (ZBC) is designed to give students an opportunity to play basketball games outside the regular school season and to prepare them for the future. ZBC is run by a volunteer sub-committee of the St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) Board of Trustees and Athletic Committee.

Zephyrs Basketball Club Teams:

  • are for boys and girls in grades 3-8
  • compete in select regional basketball tournaments from October through March
  • do not conflict with the SMCS school basketball season
  • are coached by volunteers
  • are assisted with coach selection, player evaluation, team practices and player development by members of the St. Mary Catholic High School (SMCHS) boys and girls basketball coaching staff.
  • are aligned with the SMCHS varsity programs

ZBW Program Review – Registration open until October 1

3rd and 4th Grade (ZBC Only)
  • This level is about learning the rules, skills, and fundamentals of the game and getting you ready for more competitive play.
  • All players will be placed on a team and uniforms will be provided by ZBC.
  • Playing time will not be given based on skill, but can be dictated based on attitude and practice participation. In certain cases specific skills may be needed by position more so than others, thus playing time might differ slightly.
  • Practice and Game Expectations
    • ~ 4 to 5 Tournaments; mid-October to late January/early February
    • Practice twice weekly, 1 hr. 15 mins.-1 hr. 30 mins.
5th through 8th Grade Basketball Opportunities (3 options)
  • Middle School Ball (not run by ZBC and has separate registration)
    • Season is run October 18-January 9
    • Games are usually weeknights (potential for few weekends)
      • Games start first week of November
    • Competition is local Catholic schools school ball teams and the like
    • Playing time is more equal, with attendance and attitude key factors
  • Zephyrs Basketball Club
    • *New* This year we will have 2 different Tiers that differ by competition and playing time.
      • All SMC players will be required to play Tier I in order to play Tier II
      • Those from other schools will be dependent on length of their school season if Tier I is required
    • *New* Uniforms will be purchased by players and theirs to keep. Cost is ~$45. You can use these uniforms throughout ZBC basketball career. More information to come on ordering.
    • Tier I – This will tailor to more local, small school tournaments
      • Equitable, not equal, playing time equally determined by skill, attendance and attitude
      • Season will go from ~early January to mid-February
        • 5th & 6th Grade at least 3 weekend tournaments
        • 7th & 8th Grade at least 4 weekend tournaments
      • Practice will be 1hr 30 mins each
        • 5th & 6th Grade ~2-3 times weekly
        • 7th & 8th Grade ~3-4 times weekly
    • Tier II – Competitive; may tailor to “A” Level, State Tournament or appropriate competitiveness level for team
      • Teams will play to win/be competitive, playing time will be less equitable and more based on skill
      • Season will be from mid-February to late March
        • 5th & 6th Grade at least 2 Weekend Tournaments
        • 7th and 8th Grade at least 3 Weekend Tournaments
      • Practice will be 1hr 30 mins each
        • 5th & 6th Grade ~2-3 times weekly
        • 7th & 8th Grade ~3-4 times weekly
10,000 Touches
  • More Information
  • “10,000 Touches” program is for 3 – 5 grade boys/girls registered in ZBC.  It’s designed to improve ball handling and shooting over the offseason.  If the player completes the program, they will be recognized at a home Varsity game and receive a prize.
10,000 Shots Made
  • More Information
  • “10,000 Shots Made” program is for 6 – 8 grade boys/girls registered in ZBC.  It’s designed to improve shooting and playmaking over the offseason.  If the player completes the program, they will be recognized at a home Varsity game and receive a prize.

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Contact

ZBC President: Nathan Vogel