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Blaine Girls Youth Basketball

Basketball Training Opportunities

Here are opportunities for your player to develop their basketball skills and have fun outside team organized activities!

See below for details

Coach G (Thomas Gorrilla) offers personalized training via video.  Here is a training video with several skills kids can work on at home: 

Thomas Gorrilla

Phone: 612-558-4364

Online Ball Handling sessions available.  Please check their website, here, for schedule and pricing options.  Some programs available for free.

Requires device to see and hear trainer, space to dribble, basketball.

Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy

FREE live daily virtual training program called Academy at Home beginning Monday, March 30.  The program will be led by their Academy Coaching staff and include basketball skill, strength and conditioning workouts that players can follow at home.
These will be offered live on Monday – Friday at 11:30AM and 4:30PM through their Instagram page .
Requires device to see and hear trainer, space to dribble, basketball.

To help athletes and communities stay active in a safe and healthy way during the COVID-19 pandemic, all HomeCourt features are free through the end of May, 2020 (available only through the App Store at this time).

The software uses artificial intelligence (ai) in combination with the camera on your device to capture and analyze your shooting and dribbling.  Offering training and workouts that seem more like video games than drills.

Watch the film here.

Download the app here.

Requirements: an iPhone or iPad and a basketball for dribbling drills. 
Shooting analysis requires the device in a location (preferably behind the shooter) to see the basket and the shooter at the free throw distance for AI to set the measurements.

Basketball Drills

SportsEngine collection of basketball drills you can do at home.  Find ideas here.

Hello Blaine Girls Basketball Family -

I hope your daughter and your entire household enjoyed the 2019-2020 season.  The girls program was fortunate not to have had any major disruptions to the majority of our season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we are not completely exempt. It is with a sad heart that I need to inform you that we are cancelling the end of the season banquet for the 2019-2020 season.  To so many of the girls, especially my own 8th grade team, this night is an amazing way to showcase of all of the accomplishments and hard work these girls have put in to the past basketball seasons.  However, the BYGB believes the health and well being of our community is truly more important.  

We still want to recognize our "Bengal Award" winners.  The Bengal award is given to a player on each of our travel teams who best represents our program both on & off the court; treats coaches, teammates, opponents & officials with respect; and represents Blaine with pride!  Congrats to each winner; we will be determining soon the best way to present you with your award.

3rd Grade Travel Light = Nisa Guzman

4th Grade Travel Light = Nora Kuhn

4th Grade Blue = Bella Tieden

4th Grade White = Sarah Carlson

5th Grade Travel Light = Madeleine Scott

5th Grade Blue = Addyson Bates

5th Grade White = Ella Emslander

6th Grade White = Charlotte Nelson

7th Grade White = Mariah Vetter

8th Grade White = Tessa Zachmann

Also, BYGB wants to congratulate all of the HOOPS recipients, we will determine how to best distribute your Hoops T-shirt as well.  We are very proud of all Hoops award winners; your commitment to your education does not go unnoticed.  We wish everyone well as all of our athletes rise to the challenge of possible upcoming altered distance learning plans in the wake of our current reality.

Next, we want to recognize our 1000 minute club participants.  These girls completed and recorded over 1000 minutes of basketball skills during the off season last year - GREAT JOB!  Keep it up! These girls will be recognized with a gift card for all of their hard work, which again will be distributed at a later date. Congrats to Cayden Alstrup, Alex Bridgeford, Sarah Carlson, Paige Dahlman, Ellie Engelhaupt, Gratia Foxx, Clair Gitzen, Mara Holle, Riley Ihlenfeldt, Ellie Johnson, Makenzie Singer and Mercedes Traynor.

Thank you to all the volunteers this season who helped make this year possible, your dedication and passion helps all our players enjoy the great game of basketball. The 2020 off season development program will be communicated out soon, we hope to get even more participants during this next off season - look for information via email and on our Blaine Girls Basketball website.  

Finally, to our 8th Graders. Thank you for all the dedicated and fun years of watching you grow as basketball players. I have been so proud to be your coach.  You are all amazing young women, and I am so proud of how you have represented Blaine with great character in and out of our community.  I wish you luck as you hit the courts as high schoolers next season.  You all hold a very special place in my heart, and it will always stand true - "Wow, I love to watch you all play." 


Enjoy the off-season, stay healthy and be safe. See you on the courts.

Rita Beckman
Blaine Girls Youth Basketball

CANCELLED - Save the Date: June 22-25, 2020

Blaine Girls Youth Summer Basketball Camp has been cancelled.

Blaine Youth Basketball Player Honored by the Minnesota Lynx

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Minnesota Lynx Sign Five New Honorary Players to Create ‘Dream Team’

The Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of five new honorary members to their roster to create the Minnesota Lynx Dream Team presented by Slumberland. The members are Arabella, 12, from Golden Valley; Diamond, 12, from St. Paul; Keke, 13, from Fridley; Makyia, 11, from St. Paul and Traniyah, 10, from Blaine. Each new member was paired with a Lynx player as a mentor for today’s practice and throughout the 2019 season

Traniyah played on the 4th grade white team this past season, she is mentored by Danielle Robinson.

What an AWESOME experience for Traniyah - Go Lynx!

Trusted Coaches Member

Blaine Youth Basketball (BYB) is a member of Trusted Coaches. This online training and educational program provides our youth coaches with concussion instruction, a nationwide criminal background check, and certification in the Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach® course. Coaches are issued a Trusted Coach Membership Card and placed on the Trusted Coaches National Registry upon completion.

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