B Cubed will be offering two options for winter basketball for boys grades 4-8: The GH Gold and the GH Blue Team. The Gold Team will be comprised of the 8-10 best players from each grade. The next 8-10 players from each grade will make up the Blue Team. Because no one will be cut from the Blue Team, there may be multiple Blue Teams formed for a given grade level if there is demand.
For boys in grades 4-6, invitations for the Gold Team will be offered during the B Cubed Young Bucs League (YBL). The YBL coaches, as well as the Gold Team coach for each grade level, will collaborate to evaluate players. For boys in grades 7-8, the Gold Team will be selected in early-December after evaluation during the middle school season by the middle school coaching staff and the 7th-8th grade Gold Team coaches. Players not selected for the Gold Teams will be offered a position on the Blue Team(s).
The Gold and Blue Teams are offered in addition to the fall YBL (for grades 4-6) or middle school season (for grades 7-8). The Blue Team will play in a local league (either Holland or Muskegon) as well as the Grand Haven Winter Challenge Tournaments at GHHS/WPIS (January 19, February 23 and March 23), only. The Gold Teams will also play in the same local league and WCT’s, but will also play in at least four outside tournaments:
- Boys Drive to the Hoop Tournament: January 12-13 (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
- Kids Helping Kids Tournament: February 9-10 (Ft. Wayne, Indiana)
- Spartan Classic Tournament: March 2-3 (Lansing, Michigan)
- Fighting Irish Classic Tournament: March 16-17 (South Bend, Indiana)
When the schedule permits, the members of the Gold Team and Blue Teams will combine for the local league and WCTs.
The Gold Team is limited to current GHAPS students or boys that live in the GHAPS district and plan to attend GHAPS at some point in the future. The Blue Team is open to all players, regardless of school district. The total cost for the Gold Team will be $450, which will include a uniform and shooting shirt, all tournament and league registration fees and practice time. Gold Teams that are not coached by a parent will also be required to pay for their coach. The cost for the Blue Team will be $175 per player and will include uniforms (7th and 8th grade only), all tournament and league registration fees and practice time. The YBL uniforms will double as the Blue Team uniforms during the winter. B Cubed will offer financial assistance for any eligible player on a need basis.