Boys Commissioner:
Mike Bohus
Girls Commissioner:
Greg Smith

2019/2020 Calendar

Nov 2-10: tryouts
Nov 6: practice may start
Nov 28: schedules available
Dec 8: games start
Feb 15: regular season ends
Feb 16-25: tournaments grades 5-8


2019/2020 Basketball Parent Meeting, Tryouts

Parent Meeting Grade 4 (Boys)
Nov 2 10:00am Immediately following 4th grade boys assessments in the old gym.

Parent Meeting Grades 7, 8 (Boys & Girls)
Nov 4 6:00-7:00pm in the Saint Peter room, upstairs in the church. Mandatory for all 7th grade and new 8th grade parents. Optional for returning 8th grade.  

Boys 4th Grade Assessments
Nov 2 8:30-10:00am in the old gym

Boys 5th Grade Assessments
Nov 2 11:00-12:30pm in the old gym

Boys 6th Grade Assessments
Nov 2 1:00-2:30pm in the old gym

Boys 7th Grade Tryouts (updated 10/22/2019)
Nov 6 5:00-7:00pm in the Klinger Center
Nov 7 5:00-7:00pm in the Klinger Center

Boys 8th Grade Tryouts (updated 10/22/2019)
Nov 6 7:00-9:00pm in the Klinger Center
Nov 7 7:00-9:00pm in the Klinger Center

Girls 4th-8th Grade
Dates and times to be determined


All participants must be registered members of St Paul Parish. Regardless of skill level, no players will be admitted to the program until they reach the 4th grade and all players must play at their respective grade level. No play-ups, no play-downs, no exceptions!


All participants must be registered by the published deadline that is typically in mid-October. Anyone not registered by the deadline will be wait-listed and only admitted to the program if permission is granted by the commissioner. There will be no refunds for anyone registered who then withdraws after their respective assessment/tryout.


Assessments and tryouts for all grades will take place in early November. Players will be placed on one of several teams formed for each grade. No player is cut regardless of grade or skill level. Teams are announced within 1-2 days after assessments/tryouts are completed.

4th, 5th, 6th Grade Assessments

All players in grades 4-6 are divided to form equal strength teams. Assessments are held for each grade to enable the coaches and commissioners to evaluate the talent to ensure competitive balance amongst the teams. Specific requests to play for certain coaches and/or other players will not be honored.

7th, 8th Grade Tryouts

Tryouts are held for all 7th and 8th grade boys and girls immediate after the completion of the SP football season. These typically occur in early Novmeber. In accordance with diocesan policy, the more advanced players are placed on the competitive team(s) and the lesser skilled players are placed on the recreational team(s). All players make a team, no one is cut. Both 7th and 8th grades will field a minimum of one competitive team each. The remaining teams in each grade will be placed in a league most conducive to their skill level. This determination will be made by the basketball commissioner at the completion of tryouts after consulting with the evaluators.

Tryouts are mandatory for all players desiring to play on the competitive team. Players electing not to tryout will be placed on the recreational team. The basketball commissioner reserves the right to appropriately place injured players that are unable to tryout and/or those absent for uncontrollable reasons based on past experience. Only under extreme circumstances will additional tryouts be held for injured or ill players. Tryouts are directed by the basketball commissioner and players are evaluated by individuals from outside the St. Paul basketball program. A parent's desire to coach will have no bearing on the placement of any player unless the player elects to participate on a recreational team.

Competitive teams will practice more frequently (typically 3 nights/week) and play additional non-league games in and around the greater Columbus area. Competitive teams will play against higher level competition in addition to preparing for High School basketball. Recreational teams will practice 1-2 nights/week and play a standard 10 game diocesan schedule. The main focus is to give players a fun experience in a basketball environment.

Minimum Playing Time (per player)

4th grade – one uninterrupted quarter plus an additional 6 minutes. 
5th grade – one uninterrupted quarter plus an additional 6 minutes. 
6th grade – one uninterrupted quarter plus an additional 6 minutes. 
7th grade recreational – one uninterrupted quarter plus an additional 6 minutes. 
7th grade competitive – 6 minutes divided over any two periods.
    For tournament games, participation in two quarters with no minimum time.
8th grade recreational – one uninterrupted quarter plus an additional 6 minutes.
8th grade competitive - 6 minutes divided over any two periods.
    For tournament games, participation in two quarters with no minimum time.

Team Breakdown

Registered Players # of Teams # Competitive Teamsβ # Recreational Teamsβ
1-4 0 0 0
5-13 1 1 0
14-20 2 1 1
21-27 3 1 2
28-34 4 2 2
35-41 5 2 3
42-48 6 3 3
49+ 7 3 4

β - for 7th and 8th grades only

  • Ideal roster size is 8 players.
  • All teams in a given grade will have the same number of players on each roster (± 1 player).
  • If more than 14 players are registered, all competitive teams will have a maximum of 8 players.

Practice Exclusions Dates

  • Sundays before 2:00pm (mass)
  • Thursdays 2:00-4:00 grades 5-8 (choir)
  • Fridays 3:00-9:00 grades 7-8 Jan & Feb only (ski club)
  • Saturdays 4:00-6:00 (mass)

AC/Gym Closeout Dates

  • Mondays thru Fridays 3:00-4:30 gym (ACE)
  • Mondays 4:30-7:45 (PSR grades 1-5)
  • Thursdays 2:00-4:00 AC (choir practice)

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

St Paul hosts a competitive 7th grade boys basketball tournament between Christmas and New Years. Parents of the players on the competitive team(s) are epected to help run the tournament by staffing the concession stand and admissions table.


Regular season league games are usually played on Saturday or Sunday. Each team in grades 4-6 will be placed in a division with other diocesan schools. Each division is assigned to a diocesan school gym where the majority of their games will be played. St Paul PAA does not control which teams play in certain gyms. That is decided by the diocese staff.

7th and 8th grade recreational teams play most games in the larger diocese grade school gyms (some games in St Paul AC). 7th and 8th grade competitive teams will play mostly in diocese high school gyms and also play several weekday non-league games (home & away) throughout the season.

Grades 5-8 will play in a diocesan sponsored season ending tournament. The 4th grade season ending diocesan tournament was discontinued after the 2010/2011 season.


All teams are allocated practice times at St. Paul. Competitive teams practice more frequently than recreational teams. When possible, younger grades will practice earlier than older grades on school nights. The head coach of each team has the option to sign up for additional practices on the weekends and during holiday breaks.

Exact practice schedules cannot be determined until all coaches are identified. Here are the known practices days and practice exclusions:
Sundays: no practices permitted until after 2:00pm. All teams in grades 4-5 will practice at St Paul.
Mondays: no practices after 6:00pm for teams in grades 4-5 with rostered PSR attendees.
Tuesdays: no practice limitations.
Wednesdays: no practices after 6:00pm for teams in grades 6-8 with rostered PSR attendees.
Thursdays: no practices for grades 5-8 until 4:00pm due to choir.
Fridays: all teams in grades 4-6 will practice at St Paul. Due to ski club, grades 7-8 will not practice.
Saturdays: St Paul facilities available from 8:00am-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:30pm for practice by all teams (coaches request only). No practice during evening mass from 4:00pm-6:00pm. No practices during the day starting in early Decemeber once league games begin.


Head coaches are selected by the basketball commissioners and assistant coaches are selected by the head coaches. All coaches must meet all the coaching requirements to be eligible. For grades 4-6, parent coaches are used. For grades 7-8, the most qualified individuals are used with a strong emphasis placed on non-parents coaching. If no non-parent coaches are available for the competitive team(s), the head coach will be selected from the team parents but not until after tryouts and the team(s) are formed. If enough recreational players are available to form more than one team, they will practice together until enough head coaches can be identified. When possible, individuals may only be head coach of one sport at a given grade level per school year.


All players will be provided a game jersey and game shorts. Any individual electing to wear T-shirts underneath the uniform tops will need to provide their own. All uniforms issued by St. Paul must be returned at the end of the season.


Ohio High School basketball rules apply for all grades. Amended boys rules and girls rules specific to diocesan basketball can be found on the Columbus Diocesan Recreation webpage.


Complete diocesan games schedules for all boys teams and girls teams can be found on the Columbus Diocesan Recreation website.


All player parent(s) need to volunteer at least one weekend day during the season to run the St. Paul concession stand. Depending on the number of games hosted at St. Paul, teams may be required to volunteer more than once.

Junior Jammers 2020

The St. Paul Junior Jammers basketball program for boys and girls in grades 2-3 is intended to improve the basketball knowledge and skills for up and coming players. The program is an equal mix of skill development and full court games. Click here for the registration form.