OSBA Small Ball Program

Program Overview

Our Small Ball program introduces boys and girls, ages 5 – 7, to the game of basketball with emphasis on physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination, speed and general movement), basketball fundamentals (shooting, ball handling, dribbling, passing & receiving), and character development.

Coaches in the program are focused on helping to create a positive, safe and encouraging learning environment in which children can challenge each other and themselves to become better players and people.

  • All programs will run in separate semesters of various durations from 6-10 weeks.
  • The first semester will typically start on the first week of October.
  • The second semester will typically start on the first week of January and run to March Break.
  • Players can join at the beginning of either semester and can attend one or both semesters.
  • Players will be required to register and pay a separate fee for each semester.
  • A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted in each age group for each session in each semester.
  • Registration will be paid on first come, first served basis with full payment due at time of registration.
  • As an added bonus participants will receive a size 5 basketball and OSBA-branded apparel upon their first registration to a Small Ball semester each season. Only 1 bonus will be provided to each player in either the fall or winter semester.

Sessions

Age 5 — Introduction to Basketball

Each age 5 semester will kick off with a 1-hour Family Night to provide parents and players with a general overview of the season and an introduction to the core philosophy of the program. Family Night will include a few basic drills, emphasize the value of the fundamentals and begin to familiarize the kids (and parents) with the format of each practice. The remaining time will be an open gym for families.

Co-ed sessions will be offered for our Introductory Program.

Semesters will each run for 6 - 10 weeks, depending on gym availability, in gyms located in Riverside South.

Age 6 / 7 - Intermediate Skill Development

Separate semesters for boys and girls will be offered.

Semesters will each run for 6 - 10 weeks, depending on gym availability, in gyms located in Riverside South.

Age 7 - Advanced Skill Development

Semesters for advanced players will be separated by gender and structured according to the number of registrants.

Semesters will run for 6 - 10 weeks in gyms located in Riverside South.