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2019 Next Level Basketball Season - Salinas at Palma High School

Join us for our 3rd season of Next Level Basketball in Salinas at Palma High School! Priority Registration for all returning players launches on May 1st, 2019 at 12:00 noon PST. General Registration for all non-returning players will open on May 8th, 2019 at 12:00 noon PST.

For more information and a general overview of our specific Next Level Basketball location in Salinas, please review the information below prior to registration!

General Overview of League Operations

  1. Season Operations: The Next Level Basketball season in Salinas at Palma High School will run from September through early November with 9 program dates over the program schedule.
  2. Game Dates: All games are on Sundays - check the schedule below for details!
  3. Grade Based Organization: Next Level is a grade-based organization, players play in their designated grade level.
  4. Practices/Game Schedule: All practices and games are on the SAME DAY - parents need only allocate a 2-hour window of availability each week for their child's involvement in the program. Practice hours take place immediately prior to a participant's scheduled game time.
  5. Game Play: Each Next Level game is 5 versus 5 (except where denoted as 3-on-3), with no backcourt pressure as the defense is picked up after mid-court.
  6. Student Mentor Coaches: All teams are assigned a High School (or local area high school) student-athlete as a Head Coach/Mentor. Parent volunteers are to ASSIST our student-athletes and ENABLE them in their role as the head coach of their respective team(s). The interactions and expectations of the Student Coach and Parent Volunteer Coaches are governed within the Next Level Rule Book.
  7. Team Roster Size: Teams are comprised of 10 players maximum (6 players maximum for 3-on-3 rosters), limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Season Fees: $255.00: Fees are inclusive of a participant's custom jersey, shorts and other equipment/offerings.
  9. Uniform Delivery: All season uniforms will be shipped to a participant's home (or provided shipping address). Delivery will occur via USPS and a valid USPS delivery location is required. Participants must keep their shipping addresses up to date for proper delivery. Replacement uniforms will be at the cost of the participant should inaccurate addresses be provided at the time of production.
  10. Optional Player Pack: During registration, participants have the option to purchase an additional 'Player Pack during check out. The Player Pack option will be added to their base league fees for the 2019 season during checkout. Items will be shipped directly to the home starting in mid/late July for early registrants. Sizing verification will be send during late summer via email prior to production and shipping!
    • Player Pack: $35.00 - Nike Team Shooting Shirt (long sleeve Dri-Fit) in matching team color/logo with player's last name featured on the back.

Site Logistics & Schedule

Practices and games will be played under all conditions unless noted otherwise due to extreme weather or other issues. Throughout the season, any changes to the 2019 Season Schedule will be made with appropriate lead time yet our aim is to maintain a consistent and predictable schedule for all grade levels and subsequent teams.

Preliminary practice and game times for the 2019 season are listed below - NOTE THAT THESE TIMES ARE NOT FINAL. Final scheduling for the season will occur in late July to early August (or earlier!). All final schedules will be posted and announced via email notification when finalized.

Practice & Game Times: 2020 Season Schedule

  • Kindergarten/1st Grade - 9:00 AM Practice/10:00 AM Game**
  • 2nd/3rd Grade - 10:00 AM Practice/11:00 AM Game
  • 4th Grade - 11:00 AM Practice/12:00 PM Game
  • 5th/6th Grade - 12:00 PM Practice/1:00 PM Game
  • 7th/8th Grade - 1:00 PM Practice/2:00 PM Game

Times are NOT final, and are subject to change. Due to multiple teams and only one gym, practice and game times will fluctuate throughout the season.

**K/1st Grade Division played as 3-on-3

Game Schedule: 2020 Season Schedule

Week 1Sunday, September 8th (Scrimmage Week)
Week 2Sunday, September 15th
Week 3Sunday, September 22nd
Week 4Sunday, September 29th
Week 5Sunday, October 6th
Week 6Sunday, October 13th
Week 7Sunday, October 20th
Week 8Sunday, October 27th (Playoff Week)
Week 9Sunday, November 3rd (Championship Week)

Note: All teams will play games through the entire 9-week program schedule regardless of their seeding in the Playoff Weeks.

Additional Information

The Next Level Fall Basketball program seeks to foster an environment to teach and instruct the principles and techniques of basketball in a safe environment. We encourage all prospective participants to enter at their comfort level and grow their individual skills at their own pace throughout the season. The Fall program operates with the inclusion of High School student-athletes as mentor coaches for each team - similar to our core Next Level Flag Football program. All teams will have student-athlete assigned as the Head Coach of their team. Each team will be assigned an adult volunteer to support the Head Coach (High School student-athlete) as an Assistant Coach within the program. Team Parents will act to assist with general communications within each team.

For our parents, we seek to keep your weekends free of tangled schedules - team practice times will occur on the same day as your participant's games, always one hour prior to game time. Practices scheduled outside of our Next Level structure (during any day other than game-day) are at the discretion of both the parents and the coaches. These practices are not supported by Next Level and we do not ask our High School student-athletes to attend. This program is instructional based yet will contain competitive game activity as a secondary focus

  • No prior basketball experience is required to participant in the Next Level Basketball Program.
  • All basketball equipment will be provided.
  • It is suggested that all players wear a comfortable pair of basketball or tennis shoes during the program activity.
  • Uniforms are included in the league registration fees, inclusive of home delivery of your uniform (for all registrations prior to August 10th).
  • Our program is community-based - teams are formalized by schoolmates, buddy lists and friends when/where possible.
  • All teams will be assigned a Student Mentor Coach from a represented high school or college.

We strive to strike an ideal balance between healthy competition and player/character development. Next Level is always a 'one trophy' league as we believe that recognition for participation is not an effective means of helping develop young athletes. In fact, we believe that many of life's best lessons are learned through struggle, achievement, success and of course disappointment. We strive to foster competition yet to also find balance in the ever-changing world of youth sports.

Site Director: Kelley Lopez

Coach Lopez has been on the Palma coaching staff since 2005, and been the head varsity coach since 2014. His teams have an overall record of 88-29 in his tenure at Palma, which includes 3 undefeated league titles (36-0), 3 Open Division Playoff Berths, a 2016 D4 Northern California Championship, and another spot in the D4 Northern California Championship game in 2017. Coach Lopez has also been named the Monterey Bay League Coach of the year twice, and was the Max Preps Northern California D4 Coach of the year in 2016.

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