2017 Fall/Winter Practice Dates & Times
3rd/4th Grade | Coach Lamar Williams | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
3rd/4th Grade | Coach Daulton Speckhart | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
5th Grade | Coach Kari Perry | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
5th Grade | Coach Shae Henzlik | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
6th Grade | Coach Dustin Lewis | Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-8:30 at Prairie Life Fitness (10351 Barkley, Overland Park)
6th Grade | Coach John Harris Jr. | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
6th Grade | Coach AJ Allen & Coach Theron Wilson | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
7th Grade | Coach Daulton Speckhart | Tuesday & Thursday 7:30-9:00pm at Sprint Fitness Center (6400 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park)
7th Grade | Coach Wyatt Stephens | Tuesday & Thursday 7:30-9:00pm at Sprint Fitness Center (6400 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park)
7th Grade | Coach Chris Tate | Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm at Sprint Fitness Center (6400 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park)
7th Grade | Coach Anthony Perry (North KC) | Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm at Bell Prairie Elementary (3000 NE 108th St, Kansas City, MO)
8th Grade | Coach James Williams | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
8th Grade | Coach Travis Thompson | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
8th Grade | Coach Isaac Jaramillo | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
8th Grade | Coach Kevin Booker | Click HERE for November/December Practice Schedule
2017-18 Fall/Winter Competition Dates
Dates are subject to change based on coach availability and tournament/league availability. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 5 games per month.
**ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!**
October: 13th-15th, 27th-29th November: 3rd-5th, 17th-19th December: 1st-3rd, 8th-10th
January: 19th-21st, 26th-28th February: 9th-11th, 16th–18th March: 2nd-4th, 23rd-25th
Youth Program FAQ’s
What is the time commitment?
MOKAN teams have two 80-minute practices per week on Monday-Thursday evenings. Teams will play two weekends a month, either in a tournament or a league. Weekends that tournaments or league games take place will be communicated well in advance. MOKAN teams play at least 5 games per month.
How many youth teams will MOKAN have?
The total number will vary by season according to the number of quality coaches, players, and facilities. In the past, it’s been in the range of 12-18.
Where are practices typically held and what times do they take place?
MOKAN youth teams (Grades 3-8) practice at various locations within Johnson County (KS). Practice typically take place between 5:30-9:30pm.
Where are the tournaments and/or leagues? Should we expect to travel?
A large majority of the tournaments and leagues that our teams play in are located within the Kansas City-Metro area. MOKAN, on occasion, offers its’ youth teams the opportunity to travel out of town for a tournament.
What is the cost of the program?
Monthly player fees are $180 per month.
What are MOKAN’s seasons?
Fall/Winter -This season will from October through March. Tryouts for this season will take place in August.
Spring/Summer – This season will run from April through July. Tryouts for this season will take place in February (3rd-7th grade) and March (8th grade).
MOKAN parents are the key to making our program a success with their support for our players and coaches.Similar to our coaches, there are certain expectations that MOKAN has of parents over the course of a season. MOKANbelieves that in upholding these expectations for parents, it will ensure that the kids within the program enjoy theirexperience playing basketball. Be sure to read through the expectations below, preparing yourself for the upcoming
Parents and fans will respect and show self-control towards officials, coaches, opposing coaches, players, opposing players, and all facilities.
No yelling or harsh language will be tolerated – MOKAN coaches have the right to address any concerns.
Negatively talking about other players or coaches on the team will not be tolerated.
Parents will let the MOKAN coaches coach.
Absolutely no coaching from the stands will be tolerated.
During all practices and games, parents need to focus on cheering and encouraging their son.
Hearing multiple sets of instructions can confuse players during a game.
Parent’s need to drop off and pick up players in a timely manner surrounding practices and games.
A parent is needed to serve as a score keeper at each game.
Be sure to communicate with the coach in regards to fulfilling this responsibility.
Parent to Coach
Over the course of a season, a player may have a question or concern regarding a coach’s methods and philosophies.
Parents are not to approach coaches immediately following practices or games regarding their questions or concerns.
All communication needs to be conducted in a respectful manner.
Parents need to defer to the communication method (email, phone, in-person, etc.) indicated by the coach at the start of the season.
Parent to MOKAN Administrators
MOKAN certainly understands that some questions and concerns are in need of being brought directly to a MOKAN administrator.
If a coach gets a technical or thrown out a game, PLEASE communicate this directly to a MOKAN administrator. This is information we would definitely want to be aware of.
Parents will have opportunities throughout the course of the season to give feedback on a coach through surveys that MOKAN administrators will thoroughly review.
Parent to Player
As previously stated, MOKAN will not tolerate coaching from the stands during practices or games. However, we certainly understand your desire to be in communication with your son regarding their basketball experience.
Be aware of your player’s goals, interests, and communication preference regarding the game of
Many kids don’t want to talk about basketball immediately following a practice or a game.
MOKAN has built its national reputation on unselfish players who want to be held accountable and are willing work harder than their opponent. These attributes have led to over 60 NCAA Division-I players competing at some of the nation’s premiere programs such as Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, and Indiana. While earning a scholarship isn’t immediately attainable for participants within our youth program, we believe it’s vitally important for each player to meet the expectations laid out below and continue to honor those who worked so hard to make the program what it has become today.
Players will show self-control towards all officials, coaches, opposing coaches, teammates, opposing players, and all facilities.
MOKAN players will not be involved in any negatively verbal or physical altercations while representing the program.
o If you are currently a player on a MOKAN roster, whether in a gym or not, you are a representative of the program.
Complaining to officials about a “bad” or “missed” will not happen.
o As a player, focus on what you can control – you are not responsible for blowing the whistle and you will never change a referee’s mind by complaining.
Foul language will not be tolerated by any of our players.
Player’s will embrace a mindset of accountability and unselfishness.
Nobody is perfect – embrace mistakes as an opportunity to learn and be eager to have your coach correct you.
Being unselfish is more than just passing the ball or not shooting – it’s sprinting in transition, it’s being in the correct defensive help position, it’s taking a charge. Anything that benefits the team that requires hard work and sacrifice on your part can be considered unselfishness.
Be in proper attire for game days – Uniform, Shooting Shirt, and Shoes.
o From 3rd-8th grade, each player is old enough to be able to remember the proper attire.
Give 100% effort in everything you do.
o Players sometimes assume that giving 100% only deals with what they do physically on a court. While that is important, we’re asking you to give 100% when listening. To be 100% focused when your coach is talking to you during a timeout. To give 100% towards internalizing each week’s Character Emphasis.
Player to Coach
Over the course of a season, a player may have a question or concern regarding a coach’s methods and philosophies. Should questions arise, we strongly encourage players to approach their coach outside of practice or a game and address their issue.
o Give the age of the player (3rd-5th), it may be necessary for a parent to be present. However, even in a case of a parent being present, the dialogue should primarily take place between player and coach.