Volunteers Division

The Volunteers

The Volunteers are an invitation-only, character-based travel team for high school age kids. Games are scheduled sporadically throughout the week, and practices are held consistently twice each week. Players are required to sign a behavior contract with stipulations for both on- and off- court behavior. Instead of parents making a substantial financial commitment, players are asked to perform community service at the YMCA. The Volunteers roster is currently full, but spaces are filled as they become available based upon coaches. and directors. recommendations.

 

Volunteers Logo

 

Current Schedule

December 15, 2007
4:00pm -
Family Fun Day!!
Gym
7:00pm
Fun For All!!
Gym
December 26, 2007
11:00am -
Pre-Season Training Camp
Gym
1:00pm
All Players In Attendance
Gym
December 27, 2007
11:00am -
Pre-Season Training Camp
Gym
1:00pm
All Players In Attendance
Gym
December 28, 2007
11:00am
Pre-Season Training Camp
Gym
1:00pm
All Players In Attendance
Gym
January 8, 2008
8:30pm
First Practice
Gym
January 9, 2008
8:30pm
Practice
Gym
January 12, 2008
5:00pm
Season Opener

Division Coaches

Coach's Name
Team
Color
Practice Times
E-mail
Volunteers
Orange
Wedesdays, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Jason Levene
Volunteers
Black
Tuesdays, 8:30pm-9:30pm
ymcacoachJ@aol.com

 

News & Announcements

Player Blog: SG- Pat Daigle
April 18, 2007
I’ve been playing basketball at the YMCA since I was fifth grade I keep playing because I enjoy it so much. I enjoy playing at the YMCA was because when I was young they let me play without the competitiveness of some of the older kids. I also enjoy playing at the YMCA because as you get older and more competitive you can play for the Volunteers. One last reason I enjoy the YMCA is because of the great people that coach.

The first reason I like playing basketball at the y is because they teach you the game before teaching you how to win or loose. When you are young you are just learning the sport never mind playing in a competitive game. The Y league helps you learn the game and have fun before caring about the score.

Another great reason the YMCA is enjoyable to me is when you get old enough you can be on a competitive team. The YMCA has a competitive team in the Volunteers.

The volunteers are for high school students who are competitive and have played in the YMCA when they were younger.

The final and maybe the most important reason I enjoy playing at the YMCA, is the great coaches that volunteer. With the coaches everybody plays equal time. Most people forget it isn’t a job they volunteer which can take a great deal of time and effort.

In my opinion the YMCA is the best league in greater Lowell. Those were some of my reasons why I believe so. Always remember the core values that make this league unique and enjoyable responsibility, respect, caring, and honesty

Player Blog: PG- Josh Hinkson
April 2, 2007
The second in our series of Web Blogs:
"Basketball is my all time favorite sport. Without it, my life would be boring. Basketball for me started at the age of 3 in itty bitty basketball at the local YMCA. At the Y they teach you the fundamentals of basketball, but also the four core values - caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. They also teach you how to have a fun time playing basketball and not to be all caught up in winning or championships.

In other leagues I’m in, if you miss any kind of shot the coaches and players get mad at you and for me that isn’t any fun. If someone at the YMCA misses an easy lay-up, no one gets mad at you, but instead they try and help you.

After the years went on and I got older my basketball skills also developed. But at fourteen years old, I was growing out of the junior league (the oldest division) at the YMCA. I thought that my organized basketball seasons at the Y were officially over and I definitely didn’t want that to happen.

One day while I was just shooting around working on my shot, one of the Volunteers coaches approached me about being part of the team. I couldn’t believe what was happening - it felt like I had won the lottery or something! At first I had joined the team as a team manager. That job was to help out at practices, set up for games, making sure we had the equipment we needed. But this job also meant I couldn’t play.

But after a week or so the coach had approached me once again. This time I was asked a whole different question which made me feel like I had won two more lotteries! He asked me to be a player of the team. Now I am the point guard (or one of them) and having the time of my life. Now I don’t have to worry about the pressure of other people on me and don’t have to worry about leaving the YMCA basketball league.

Thanks to the YMCA basketball program my skills will continue to develop, now and in upcoming years. I look forward to playing on the Volunteers throughout my high school years!"
Player Blog: SG - Jose Benitez
April 2, 2007
The first in a series of web blogs from our Volunteers:
"Here are the reasons why I have chosen to play for the YMCA. I love to play basketball so I try to get on as many teams as I can. I heard about the team from a friend and then asked him to try to get me a spot on the team.

I got the spot and started to put 100% into everything I do. I have fun and learn new things at the same time due to the coaches of the team.

I enjoy playing for the YMCA. To this day I do not regret joining the team!"
Volunteers Care!
October 10, 2006
As the Volunteers prepare for our second season, we are reminded of the focus of our mission by reflecting back on an essay written by one of our players at the conclusion of the inaugural season:
Written by Isiah Settles (April 2006)

"This year the Lowell YMCA has assembled our high school level basketball team - the Volunteers. There used to be a league years ago, but it fell apart because of fighting. So it’s been up to us to set a good example and play with class. Our players and coaches are committed to keep the league running for years to come.
We play other high school level programs from around the area. We play teams like Salem, Lynn, Lawrence, Revere, and even the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. Although we are one of the younger teams in the league, our coaches, Chris and Jason, have helped us. We have a good team, and we can play the game, but there is a lot of competition. Our games against the Lawrence YMCA have been the best games. They have been the closest, and we are also in the same age group.
We have beaten them three out of four times. The last time we played in Lawrence, we lost by one point, but Monday night in Lowell, we beat them by two points! So you can see this is the start of a great rivalry.
Our sponsor this year is Migdoel(Lo lo) Gonzalez, who is fighting in the war in Iraq. He hung around the Y a lot as a kid and even used to work at here. He gave us a donation that helped pay for gym time, referees, and reversible jerseys. Lo lo, be safe out there and come home soon!"