2019-2020 Children & Youth Basketball

This great ministry looks forward to a fantastic season filled with fun, sportsmanship, and the spiritual growth of our players. Our primary goal is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ while our players have great experiences on and off the court. That means plenty of playing time, making new friends, learning how to play and interact as a team player, learning how to both win and lose, and most of all, every player growing in their spiritual walk with God.


  • To teach and practice basketball skills and fundamentals.
  • To spend quality time in the Scriptures revealing the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • To show the love of Jesus Christ by taking on a mission project with the team during the season.
  • To give every player a chance to play as much as possible.
  • To show Christian sportsmanship at every opportunity.
  • To develop and deepen relationships with teammates in a Christ-driven environment.
  • To have fun playing a team sport where Christian principles come before winning.


All registration is electronic and online through Realm.

Registration begins on Sunday, August 25, and ends on Sunday, September 22. Information tables will be in the main church lobby and manned before and after Sunday School each Sunday during registration. Please stop by with any questions or contact Tom Buchanan (864-363-2422).

Steps for Registration

Registration Fees

  • Instructional Mites to Mites – $60
  • Minors to Seniors – $80

Key Dates

  • 8/25/2019 – Registration begins
  •  9/22/2019 – Registration ends
  • Week of October 20th – Practices begin
  • 11/11/2019 – Senior Highs begin play
  • 11/16/2019 – Grades K5 through 8th grade begin play
  • 1/10/2020 – 1/12/2020 –  State Tournament for Grades 9 – 12
  • 2/9/2020 – Instructional Mites/Mites/Minors Banquet – 2:00 PM Ice Cream Party
  • 2/23/2020 – Junior/Senior Banquet – 5:00 PM – Supper/Snacks

2019-20 Basketball Calendar

General Information

Age Groups

Age groups are as follows with Divisions based on child’s grade as of September 1, 2019

  • Instructional Mites – K5 and 1st Grade (8′ Goals)
  • Mites – 2nd and 3rd Grade (8′ Goals)
  • Minors – 4th and 5th grade ( move to 10′ Goals)
  • Juniors – 6th through 8th Grades
  • Seniors ‐ 9th through 12th Grades

CLBBY League

Buncombe Street UMC will be playing in the Church League Basketball for Youth (better known as the Downtown Church League) this year. We feel this League is a great match for our basketball program and we look forward to another great year.  On the CLBBY website, you’ll find : Rules and Regulations, Schedules, Church Maps, game updates, league and divisional information, and League Tournament information. One really great thing about this league is that we have 5 church gyms we’ll be playing in that are within walking distance of BSUMC!

Mission Projects

Every player and coach is expected to participate as a team in some mission project. This year, each team will come up with a mission project suitable for their age group.


To play basketball at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, players are required to attend a minimum of 50% of at least one church activity per month between October and February. This applies to both church members and non-church members alike. These activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Sunday Morning Sunday School
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service
  • Sunday Night Program
  • Wednesday Night Program
  • Music and Choir

We encourage all players to attend all possible activities!

Practice Schedules

The coaches determine their practice times within a limited day and time-frame. We will try to have same‐age groups practice at the same time or back‐to‐back. Assignments will be made for specific nights for specific age groups. Practices can begin as early as the week of October 21, 2018.


For a more focused devotional program, practices for all ages will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long, with the 15 minutes being dedicated to devotions. With same‐age groups practicing either at the same time or back‐to‐back, teams can be together for the devotion.

State Tournament

The South Carolina United Methodist Church State Tournament is January 10-12, 2020 and will be held in Columbia, SC. This is a tournament for Juniors and Seniors only. Due to budget constraints, teams attending the State Tournament will be responsible for their registration fees, which will be $200 per team.

Basketball Committee

A new Basketball Committee has been formed and each committee member is responsible for some area of the basketball program. There are still open spots on the committee, so if you’d like to volunteer, contact Tom Buchanan (864-363-2422).

Safe Sanctuary

Safe Sanctuary requirements are in place to protect the players and adult volunteers. All adults interacting in a volunteer capacity must have prior Safe Sanctuary approval.  Download a Safe Sanctuary application, or to learn more about the program, contact Tom Buchanan (864-363-2422) to discuss your interest and/or to ask questions.


Last year, BSUMC’s basketball program supported 27 teams involving 270 players, 60 coaches, and over 150 volunteers. We encourage and need parent volunteers! Please note the volunteer opportunities on this website and those highlighted in the registration process such as coaching, missions coordinator, devotion coordinator, team photographer, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with basketball, please fill out the form below:

I'd like to volunteer to help with Children's Basketball!




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