Spurs Youth Basketball
League Presented by Pizza Hut and Valero
Spurs Youth Basketball League (formerly the Drug-Free League) is a socially-themed recreational basketball program in San Antonio and South Texas. The league’s messages, "Positive choices" and "Respect for all" encompass being drug, alcohol and tobacco free and so much more. Kids today are faced with difficult choices at every turn and they need help making the positive choice. League registrations typically begin in November or early December with games starting in mid January.
If you are a parent who would like to register your child to
play in the league, please contact one of the affiliated SYBL
groups for 2012-2013 season. 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 Youth Basketball 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
Players and coaches must sign and 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 making positive
choices. Coaches use a specially designed handbook that
contains eight weeks of easy-to-use lesson plans for them
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 these
Coaches receive brochures explaining the league to hand out to all parents and guardians of players.
Funding of the SYBL - The Spurs Youth Basketball
League is funded by the public charity Silver and Black Give Back, with financial
support from Pizza Hut and Valero. San Antonio Sports administers
the league on behalf of the Spurs and acts as the liaison with
the participating SYBL groups. The Silver and Black Give Back 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 SYBL - The league (formerly
called the Spurs Drug-Free League) was founded in 1991 by
KSN Founder, Frank Martin and Spurs Coach, Gregg Popovich 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
mid 1990’s the league began an expansion to other South
Texas communities. Today the SYBL annually includes over 15,000 participants
playing games throughout South Texas.
For more information about the Spurs Youth
Basketball League please contact the
or call (210)