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Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Program Information

The Orono Basketball Association offers an instructional skills program for boys and girls in grades K-3. The season runs from November to February with skills sessions held on Saturdays. 3rd graders will have one additional practice each week and participate in a few tournaments throughout the season.
Additionally, all grades will have an opportunity to play in a scrimmage during the high school varsity games.

Saturday Skills Sessions Dates

Skills sessions are held at the Orono Intermediate School Gym
**November 9th there will be a short parent meeting at the start of each session. **
November: 9th, 16th and 23rd
     No session Nov. 30 due to Thanksgiving holiday
December: 14th and 21st
    No session Dec. 7th due to the Orono Boys Classic Tournament or  Dec. 28th due to winter break
January 4th, 18th and 25th
**1/18 Cancelled. Additional session will be added in February**
    No session Jan. 11th due to the Orono Girls Classic Tournament
February 1st, 8th and 22nd
Note: 2/22 is make up session for 1/18 cancellation
We will also be hosting two skills/scrimmage nights for players in 1st and 2nd grade. The format of these sessions will be a skills portion at the beginning and then a scrimmage with the goal to learn basic basketball skills and the fundamentals of the game. The focus will be teamwork and FUN!
Mark your calendar for these dates!
·       November 15th 6:00-7:30pm at Orono High School
·       December 20th at Orono Middle School
                  6:00-7:00pm 1st Graders
           7:00-8:00pm 2nd Graders

Saturday Skills Sessions Schedule

8:30am-9:30am 1st Grade Boys
9:30am-10:30am Kindergarten & 1st Grade Girls
10:30am-11:30am Kindergarten Boys
11:30am-1:00pm 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Girls (2nd Grade is only from 11:30am-12:30pm)
1:00pm-2:00pm 2nd Grade Boys
2:00pm-3:30pm 3rd Grade Boys

Schedule for February 22nd ONLY

K/1st boys 8:30-9:30
K/1st girls  9:30-10:30
2nd boys/girls 10:30-11:30
3rd boys/girls 11:30-12:30 

3rd Grade Girls Tournament Schedule

Date Tournament Website Location
December 15th, 2019 Watertown Mayer Watertown-Mayer High School/Middle School
January 25th-26th, 2020 Blizzard Breaker Rogers High School/Middle School
February 16th, 2020 Cardinal Clash Annandale High School/Elementary School


3rd Grade Boys Tournament Schedule

Date Tournament Website Location

December 15th, 2019

10am, 12pm, 2pm

MYAS Winter Shootout Apple Valley High School
January 4th, 2020 Becker High School
January 12th, 2020 WhiteHawk Classic Mound Westonka
February 9th, 2020 Bison Classic Buffalo
February 16th, 2020 Cardinal Clash Annandale High School/Elementary School


Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Youth Night at Varsity Games

Tues. Jan. 21st Kindergarten & 1st Grade Girls Game time 7pm
Thurs. Jan. 23rd 2nd & 3rd Grade Girls Game time 7:30pm
Fri. Feb. 14th Kindergarten & 1st Grade Boys Game time 7pm
Thurs. Feb. 27th 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys Game time 6pm
Where: Orono High School gym
Time: Arrive 15 minutes before game time for pregame activities
·       Meet in the hallway near the concession stand and look for Deanna D. who will be coordinating the activities. After the pregame activities, the boys will sit together in a designated section with their parents to watch the varsity game. Look for signs on the bleachers for the designated seats.
·       All players MUST change into their basketball shoes upon arrival. No outside shoes will be allowed on the court- no exceptions
·       Wear your Orono basketball jersey
·       NO need to bring a ball
·       Participate in the pregame tunnel when the varsity team is announced
·       Time for games/scrimmage at half time (about 5 minutes)
·       An opportunity for a postgame photo and autographs from varsity players

K-2nd Grade Program includes:
  • Weekly instructional skills sessions held on Saturdays
  • Orono Basketball Jersey
  • 27.5” basketball
3rd Grade Program includes:
  • Weekly instructional skills sessions held on Saturdays
  • One additional practice each week
  • Participation in a few tournaments throughout the season
  • Orono Basketball Jersey
  • 27.5” basketball

Saturday skills sessions are led Jefferson Mason who is a seasoned coach and trainer and has worked with the Orono basketball program for the past several years.

Parent volunteer coaches will lead the 3rd grade team practices and coach in the tournaments.