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Spurs Drug-Free
Youth Basketball League
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The award-winning Spurs Drug-Free Youth Basketball League is a socially-themed recreational basketball program in San Antonio and South Texas that delivers anti-drug, alcohol and tobacco messages to participants. League registrations typically begin in November or early December with games starting in mid January. Kids clinics are held in San Antonio for participating groups.

If you are a parent who would like to register your child to play in the league, please contact one of the affiliated Drug-Free groups. These associations/groups are responsible for operating their leagues including registering players, recruiting coaches, determining playing sites and scheduling games. Player registration fees vary with each group.

Requirements of the League : To be an affiliate of the Spurs Drug-Free League, associations/agencies must commit to the following league requirements:

  1. All coaches and administrators must attend annual training on how to work with children in a sports environment and how to address drug, alcohol and tobacco issues with them.
  2. Players and coaches must sign a pledge to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free, and must recite the pledge aloud on the court prior to the start of every game.
  3. Coaches must talk to their team members a minimum of five minutes each week on why drugs, alcohol and tobacco are harmful to them. Coaches use a specially designed Abuse Prevention Handbook that contains eight weeks of easy-to-use lesson plans for them to follow.
  4. Coaches and other adults directly working with participants must consent to and pass a criminal background check.
  5. Rules may vary by organization but most organizations follow some of the guidelines published in the DFL manual given to all coaches at the annual training.
  6. Coaches also received brochures explaining the league to give to all parents and guardian of players.

Admission of New Leagues – South Texas leagues, associations and agencies conducting youth basketball programs during the months of January through March may apply for membership in the Drug-Free League by completing the membership Updated Formapplication form and sending it to the Kids Sports Network by September 1st. Decisions will be made by October 15th. Before applying, please read the Benefits and Requirements Summary.

Affiliation with the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA - The Drug-Free League (DFL) is affiliated with the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA, a national support system for recreational youth basketball leagues across the county. This NBA initiative is designed to enhance the youth basketball experience, not to replace or compete with any existing programs. Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA organizations receive benefits including a variety of valuable information, materials and event opportunities throughout the season for their participants, volunteers and league officials.

Funding of the DFL - The Spurs Drug-Free Youth Basketball League is funded by the nonprofit Spurs Foundation with financial support from Pizza Hut and Valero. The Kids Sports Network administers the league on behalf of the Spurs and acts as the liaison with the participating DFL groups. The Spurs Foundation pays for player and coach jerseys, background checks, banners and a variety of other materials. Participating agencies pay for gym space, register players, recruit coaches, schedule games and practices and organize and operate their group's program.

History of the DFL - The league was founded in 1991 by Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, and KSN president/founder, Frank Martin as a way of promoting recreational youth basketball in economically disadvantaged areas of San Antonio. In February 1992 the league received a Point of Light from President Bush for its innovative programming and anti-drug efforts. The following year the league was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to expand the program to other NBA cities. In the mid 1990’s the league began an expansion to other South Texas communities. Today the DFL includes nearly 20,000 participants playing games throughout South Texas.

For more information about the Spurs Drug-Free League please contact the or call (210) 654-4707.

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