The Basketball Development League’s mission is to teach boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball in a fun but competitive manner. Discipline, self-confidence, skill development, participation, and team work are stressed in this league.
History of BDL
Basketball Development League (BDL) began in 2005 as just a small neighborhood league. The original organizers of the league were Bert Kitade, Leigh Goldstein, Susan and Napolean Domingo, Nada Al-Manaseer, Sandra Derecho, and Jeff Ausman.
The league was made up of parents who volunteered as coaches, referees, scorekeepers, clock managers and took care of set-up and clean-up.
Practices and games were held at Mt. Pleasant High School. There was only one division comprising of four teams with a total of 32 players. Their ages ranged from 11-14. Most of the players came over from the YMCA across the street, where they were already in teams together.
By word-of-mouth, the league started to grow. Over the years, more divisions were added to accommodate the number of players who wanted to play. First a junior division was added; followed by the rookie division. As the older kids grew up and graduated from High School, an Adult division was started.
In 2011, the league moved over to Silver Creek High School, where it is still being held today. With the help of Marijane Davis, and her relations with the Silver Creek basketball program, we were able to utilize their gym. Silver Creek has been very supportive of this league and has been vital in continuing this successful league. In return, many students from around the area, including Silver Creek students, are able to train and participate in our league to improve their basketball skills.
Our emphasis in BDL has always been to give the kids more practice time to work on different skills and develop into more complete players. During games, the league’s main concept has always been to give each player equal playing time no matter what their skill level.
The league is a non-profit organization and has always highly depended on volunteers to successfully keep the league going and accommodate all the players that sign up each season. Fees always go towards the player’s uniform, gym time use, and equipment. The growth in our league has made it challenging to accommodate all players. However, thanks to all the hardworking volunteers, we are able to continue to allow more players to join our BDL family.