The season begins in mid to late November and concludes near the end of February.
6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are able to participate in basketball. There is a 6th grade team and a 7/8 split team.
6th and 7/8 Grade Coach - Mr. Scott Ferstle
The 7th grade girls basketball team focus is team basketball. The young ladies work on the fundamentals of basketball. They work on ball handling, passing, and shooting. The 7th grade team will learn how to play team defense. The major focus is man to man defense, but the ladies also learn some zone defense. The ladies learn how to set-up plays and run offenses as a team. One of the primary goals of 7th grade basketball is the team concept. When the team does well everyone does well. As the coach of the 7th grade team I want every player to improve. Each young lady will be a better player at the end of the season than they were at the start of the season. Winning is not the primary focus of playing, but it is an important aspect. By playing hard as a team and using fundamentals of basketball, success will come. Sportsmanship is also a goal of the 7th grade girls team. The ladies learn fair play and everyone on the team plays. Lastly, the young ladies learn they are student athletes and that grades and citizenship come before playing. If the young ladies do not take care of their business in the classroom, they don't get on the court.
The season begins in early November and ends near the end of February.
There is a 6th grade team and a 7/8 split team.
Coach: Richard Popp Jr.
The 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys basketball program is primarily focused on creating a team concept. The young men work as a team while they learn the fundamentals of basketball. The players will learn and work on passing, dribbling, and shooting. The young men will learn how to play man to man team defense as well as a little zone defense. They will learn to set—up and run offensive plays against man to man and zone defenses. As the boys work within the team concept they learn that when the team does well, everyone does well. The coaches work towards having every player improve during the season. Each young man will be a better player at the end of the season. Winning is not the primary focus of playing, but it is an important aspect of the program. Our belief is that by playing hard as a team, and using the fundamentals of basketball, success will be achieved. Sportsmanship is incorporated in the program as well. The young men learn fair play and everyone has the opportunity to contribute. A major focus is also placed on the fact that the players are student athletes. Earning good grades and citizenship marks comes first. If the young men do not take of their business in the classroom, they do not participate on the court.
Girls and Boys Volleyball
Grades 6, 7 and 8 boys and girls may participate in volleyball. Coaches to be named soon.
The Birney Middle School girls and boys volleyball program runs during February and March of the school year. It is open to all grades and is a great way for students to participate in a sport that they might not otherwise play in an organized team setting. Volleyball is a sport that emphasizes quickness and athleticism. The season starts out with an organized intramural session followed by the regular season where games are played against other schools in the Middle School Athletic League. At the conclusion of the regular season, a Championship Tournament involving the top four girls and top four boys teams is played. The Birney's boys team is the reigning 2009 MSAL champs and is hoping to repeat in 2010. The girls team finished number two overall in 2009.