I am contacting you regarding the status of the LSJBA 2020-21 season. As you know, we have the privilege of a great relationship with the LS-R7 school district. This relationship allows us to rent their gyms for practices and games, providing the ability to host a basketball league for 1st – 12th graders in which we generally have 1250 – 1400 participants per season.
We had delayed the start of the season with the hope that the pandemic situation would improve, allowing us to host a safe season for all of you. With the significant increase of Covid cases in the area recently, and LS-R7 returning to virtual learning for all grades until the end of the first semester, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-21 season.
Being responsible and respectful guests in the LS-R7 facilities is the foundation of our positive relationship with the district. That responsibility now compels us to help them prioritize and focus on the primary goal of safely returning students to in person learning.
This was a tough decision and not made lightly; the LSJBA board is made up of parents just like all of you and we were hoping to find a way to have a safe season. This is additionally tough for me personally as my son is a Senior this year and I was looking forward to coach and watch him play his final LSJBA season, like many other parents of Seniors this year. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding.
We will be back next season to provide quality basketball for the families of the Lee’s Summit Community.
The Lee's Summit Junior Basketball Association (LSJBA) was founded October 12, 1976 and is a non-profit organization formed entirely by volunteers. An elected Board of Directors manages dedicated volunteers who develop and administer the best possible basketball experience for school aged boys in the R-7 School District. We encourage those interested in investing in the youth of today to join us in this effort by volunteering using the Volunteer link. Thank you for your interest in LSJBA.
Academy is closed indefinitely until a replacement director can be found. After many years of outstanding service our Academy Director Cortez Groves has accepted a coaching position in Australia. This is a fantastic opportunity for him and although we hate to lose him we are happy for him. We can't say enough for all the hours, heart, and dedication he has poured into the youth of Lee's Summit through his basketball instruction and training. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may cause you and your players. Thank you for your understanding.