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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Coaches and other adults directly working with participants
must consent to and pass a criminal background check.
- 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.
- 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 application 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
a variety of valuable information, materials and event opportunities
throughout the season for their participants, volunteers and
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
areas of San Antonio. In February 1992 the league received
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
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
or call (210)