Who is the Satellite Athletic Association?

The Satellite Athletic Association was started by Carroll Cornett in 1958 and in 1971 the Satellite gym was constructed on Putnam City school land.  The gym was funded by both Satellite and donated money in cooperation with the Putnam City schools.  The Satellite has continued over the years with both boys and girls basketball programs and is proud to be one of the only volunteer operated youth basketball gyms in Oklahoma .

Where is the Satellite Gym located?

The Satellite Gym is located in Northwest Oklahoma City at 3939 NW 57th in Oklahoma City One block east of Tulsa Ave. on 57th Street ( Tulsa is between Portland and Meridian ).  The gym is located directly south of Coronado Elementary in the Putnam City School District.

What is the Northwest Basketball Association (Where are the Home Gyms)?

Satellite is a member of the Northwest Basketball Association (NWBA).  The NWBA is an association between surrounding OKC metro girl’s leagues.  Each league pools their teams with other teams in each age group to provide enough teams to divide the teams among several competitively balanced divisions.  Satellite teams will play home games at the Satellite Gym and away games at their opponent’s home gym.  The girl's NWBA members are currently Satellite, Mustang, Yukon, Piedmont, Deer Creek and Southside OKC.  

The Girls League Directors for 2013 are:

  • Tim Kamphaus (Yukon) – (405) 642-7464 tekamphaus@gmail.com
  • Ray Meier (Mustang) – (405) 517-4173 rmeier5@cox.net
  • Andrew Schmidt (Satellite) – (405) 850-5770 a.schmidt@saapccpa.com
  • David Wallin (Piedmont) – (405) 833-2494 psagirlsbasketball@gmail.com
  • Mike Hoehner (Deer Creek) – (405) 401-8269 mikehoehner@att.net
  • William Bryles (Southside OKC) – (405) 596-0765 williambryles.afscme@yahoo.com

Important Dates

(Typical dates, subject to change from year to year)

  • Sign Up Period              July 1 – July 31
  • Coaches Meeting           1st week in August
  • Gym open for practice    2nd week in August
  • Pre-Season Games        3rd and 4th weekends in August
  • Season Starts                2nd weekend in September
  • Fall Break (no games)     3rd weekend in October
  • Season Ends                 2nd weekend in November
  • Postseason Tournament Immediately following season

Who can play?

The NWBA follows AAU grade/age divisions.  Each player will be required to provide a copy of their birth certificate as proof of eligibility or an AAU card.  Teams will be placed based on their oldest player.  The age divisions for 2013 are: 

  • 3rd Grade - 8 & Under (born on or after July 1, 2004)
  • 4th Grade - 9 & Under (born on or after July 1, 2003)
  • 5th Grade - 10 & Under (born on or after July 1, 2002)
  • 6th Grade - 11 & Under (born on or after July 1, 2001)
  • 7th Grade - 12 & Under (born on or after July 1, 2000)
  • 8th Grade - 13 & Under (born on or after July 1, 1999)

Players are allowed to play up an age but not down. 

All grade exception players must meet specific requirements for participation.  Contact your league commissioner for additional details if you need to have a grade exception player evaluated. 

How much does it cost?

The league fee varies for each league in the association. Check with your league Director for updated league fee information. The league fee for the Satellite Gym is $400 per team.  The Satellite provides uniforms to teams free of charge to help keep the costs down.  Some teams choose to provide their own uniforms and are responsible for the uniform expense.  The Satellite also opens the gym for teams to practice one time per week free of charge in the evening on week days. 

When are games and practices?

Games are typically played beginning at 9:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:00 pm.  Games are scheduled to begin every hour and usually last around 50 minutes.  Occasionally games may be played on Monday or Friday evenings if all regularly scheduled games cannot be played on the weekends.  The gym is available for practices when games are not being played Monday through Friday beginning at 5:30 pm.

How are games played?

The official Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) basketball rules are used by the league except as amended for the 1st/2nd grade.  The games are played on regulation courts with 10 ft goals and consist of two 20 minute halves with a running clock except the last 2 minutes of each half.  The intermediate sized women's ball is used except for the 1st/2nd grade which uses the 27 inch junior ball.

How do I sign up a team?

The team signup period runs through the month of July each year.  You must have a minimum of 8 players to enter a team into the league. 

The Satellite league typically fills within the first few weeks of signup.  Register early to ensure your team is entered in the league.

How do I sign up a player?

Players that played last year on an existing team do not need to sign up again.  Contact your coach from last year to verify your team will be playing again. If you cannot contact your coach or are unsure your team is playing again, please signup again.

The player signup period runs through the month of July each year. Early signup increases your chances of finding a team as teams usually fill quickly.

Coaches needing additional players will contact new players after the coaches meeting around the first of August.  Although we do our best to place every new player that signs up, we cannot guarantee that all new players can be placed.   

Sometimes we must form new teams to place all players. If you are interested in volunteering to coach a new team, please indicate so in the "special request" question of the online signup.