In January of 2009 a local participant, Alexander Keel, was chosen by the Jr. NBA as a member of their First Team. Five participants across the United States was chosen to represent this honor and WSBL is proud to say Alexander, a participant of WSBL was one of the five to be chosen. Alexander spent All-Star Weekend in Phoenix with the chosen participants of the Jr. NBA along with the NBA All Stars, participated in All Star Weekend and was a guest for the All Star game. This was an unbelievable honor for Alexander and we would like to congratulate him for this achievement. Way to go Alexander!!
This is the second player from WSBL to be chosen for this honor. In 2005, Felicia Coleman, now a Freshman at Hagerty High School, was chosen to the Jr. WNBA All First Team. Felicia was one of five girls across the United States chosen for this honor. Felicia took part in All Star weekend and was a guest at the 2006 All Star Game.
WSBL is very proud of these two individuals who have demonstrated a complete player on and off the basketball court. We will continue to follow these players as they continue to play basketball in the future.
Each year WSBL is chosen to send two teams ages 12 & Under to the Gatorade National Championship Shootout. We are proud to announce one of our teams the CFL Hoopsters, coached by Greg Coats, won the girls division in the state of Florida 2009. Congratulations to the Hoopsters for their accomplishment.
The WSBL – Sunshine Youth Basketball League is a youth sports organization that offers organized league play for children in grades K – 12. The WSBL is in partnership with the City of Winter Springs Parks and Recreation Sports Program. In addition, the WSBL are partners with the Orlando Magic Jr. Magic program and Jr. NBA/WNBA. League play is offered during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. In addition, WSBL also conducts summer basketball schools during the months of June and July for the purpose of teaching fundamental basketball skills, enhanced by structured contests and games, targeting those players interested in further development of their basketball skills.
The WSBL offers a winter league from early November through mid-February. Games are played on weekends and some week- nights. The season consists of an eight-game schedule and a culminating tournament for divisions with six or more teams. During the months of March, April, and May, the WSBL offers a spring league that operates the same as the winter league.
The majority of our league coaches are parent volunteers. Additionally, we utilize the talent and skills of several high school and college students each season. These student volunteers also receive community service credit hours that are required in the qualification process for Florida academic college scholarships. These volunteers include that as coaches, scorekeepers, clock operators, camp staff, and gym managers. The WSBL offers a coaches certification program for all coaches at no cost to the volunteer coach.
The WSBL registration fees include official fees for games, facility rental cost, utility fees, custodial fees, equipment costs, jerseys, and giveaways. Additionally, other league expenses include clerical, printing, accounting fees, attorney fees, insurance coverage, office supplies, telephone, gas, and contributions to various school fundraising efforts as well as other youth affiliated organizations.
The WSBL offers a limited number of scholarships that allows many underprivileged and at-risk children the chance to participate in our program at a nominal cost to their families. This has enabled many students and families to become involved in a positive community based recreational program under the guidance of positive role models.
WSBL offers a valuable and worthwhile service to the community for an affordable and reasonable membership fee.