Stake Basketball 2018

Nashua New Hampshire Stake Basketball Plan for 2018

*Please note the ACTION requests and associated deadlines found within this document.


·      Conducting an organized stake basketball program’s purpose is to help develop physical strength, confidence, and appreciation for others. 

·      The youth of the Stake also see Stake basketball as an opportunity to establish new and strengthen existing relationships, as well as fellowshipping with all youth, regardless of membership in the church.


From Handbook 2 in the Church’s Handbook of instruction:

·      Activities at the ward, stake, and multi-stake levels bring Church members together as “fellow citizens with the saints” (Ephesians 2:19). In addition to providing fun and entertainment, activities should build testimonies, strengthen families, and foster unity and personal growth.  Church activities should be planned to fulfill gospel centered purposes, one of which is Improving fitness and learning sportsmanship.



·      Men, Women, and young men and young women (12 and over) are invited to put teams together.

o   Each Ward is welcome to field:

§  A Men’s team (18 and over), or multiple if numbers warrant more

§  A Women’s team (18 and over), or multiple if numbers warrant more

§  A Young Men’s team (12-17 years old) (multiple teams, if enough players)

§  Due to surveys already submitted to interested young women, the wards can opt to field a Young Women CO-ED team with the young men in their ward. (12-17 years old)

o   If there are not enough players to field a team in one ward (any-Men’s, Women’s, or Young Men or Young Women), they are encouraged to combine with another ward.  This combined wards team action needs to happen before 2 February to ensure no forfeits. 

§  Reach out to the Points of Contact at the end of this document by 27 January 2018 if your situation is such that you have a few interested members, but not enough to field a whole team for your ward.

·      In order to ensure no forfeits, each ward will submit a roster IN ADVANCE of the first game of the season.  All rosters are requested to be submitted by Friday, 2 Feb 2018.   (As soon as possible would be greatly appreciated.)



·      Feb 10th   7:30am to 1:30 pm   Nashua Stake Center

·      Feb 24th   7:30am to 1:30 pm   Nashua Stake Center

·      Mar 10th   7:30am to 1:30 pm   Lowell Chapel (due to Annual Math & Science Expo)

·      Mar 24th   7:30am to 1:30 pm   Nashua Stake Center



·      Schedule: A schedule with specific game times per team will be forthcoming before

Sat, Feb 10th. Therefore, we need all rosters submitted no later than Fri, Feb 2nd.


·      Prayers: All games will begin AND end with a prayer.  Halftime spiritual or motivational thoughts are optional, but a new procedure like this would be nice to implement.


·      Coaches: All teams should have a coach or player coach (one of the players acting as coach). 


·      Referees:  The Stake is hoping to be able to provide Referees, but it may be required that each team provide a referee for each game they play in.  More information will be sent out later.


·      Uniforms:  The Stake has old, used pinnies.  If your ward has uniforms, you are encouraged to bring them, or be willing to use previously used, sweaty pinnies from games prior in the day.


·      Game Length:  All games will consist of two 20-minute half’s, with a 5-minute halftime.  All games will begin at the top of the hour. If you do not have a team of at least 5 people by 5 minutes after the hour, a forfeit is called by the referee.



·      All games will be conducted in a way to avoid:

o   Injuries.  Fouls will be called in a way that supports player safety, and avoiding sloppy play (avoid reaching in, etc.).

o   No swearing is allowed.  If swearing occurs, the player will sit for the rest of the half.

o   Good sportsmanship and self-control are emphasized.  If players exhibit behavior unbecoming of this expectation, they will sit until they can commit to re-gaining control and displaying a positive behavior. (See the Purpose of Stake Basketball at the beginning of this document.)


·      Please submit your team rosters to the following (all three of us) by Friday, 2 Feb 2018:

o   John Larsen (Stake High Council-Activities)

o   Peter Jeffrey (Stake Young Men President)

o   Tara Meyers (Stake Young Women President)



·      Send us your questions right away.  Please address your question to the three listed above.

Saturday, 10 February - Nashua Stake Center

               8:00am Lowell vs. Littleton (Men)
               9:00am Nashua 1 vs. Merrimack (Men)
              10:00am  Merrimack vs Nashua 1 (YM)   
   11:00am Open Play
   12:00pm Open Play (YW/Women)
Saturday, 24 February - Nashua Stake Center

               8:00am Merrimack vs. Littleton (Men)
               9:00am Nashua 1 vs. Lowell (Men)
              10:00am  Merrimack vs Nashua 1 (YM)    
              11:00am Open Play
              12:00pm Open Play (YW/Women)

Saturday, 10 March - Lowell Chapel

               8:00am Lowell vs Merrimack (Men)
               9:00am Littleton vs Nashua 1 (Men)
              10:00am Merrimack vs Nashua 1 (YM)
              11:00am Open Play
              12:00pm Open Play (YW/Women)
Saturday, 24 March - Nashua Stake Center

               8:00am Lowell vs. Littleton (Men)
               9:00am Nashua 1 vs. Merrimack (Men)
              10:00am Merrimack vs Nashua 1 (YM)
              11:00am Open Play
              12:00pm Open Play (YW/Women)