A Community Tradition
A Community Tradition
Welcome to Ohtani Basketball.
The Berkeley Ohtani Basketball program exists thanks to the sponsorship and generous support of the Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. The program is a church-sponsored community activity for youth and families. We make every effort to support the youth and teach the values of the organization, which are the importance of family, education, and good moral character. The organization provides a place for players to develop individual skills, as well as promoting good sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play.
Ohtani Basketball promotes sportsmanship, teamwork, and an appreciation of each individuals’ special contribution to the team. Every child is encouraged to do their best and to help their teammates do their best. Ohtani Basketball families are encouraged to support their children as they work to improve their basketball skills, and respect and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their teammates and the teams they play against.
Ohtani Basketball families form a community whose origins and identity are closely linked to the Berkeley Higashi Honganji Temple. Ohtani Basketball activities provide opportunities for Temple and Basketball families to work on the common goal of
supporting the Temple and the Ohtani Basketball program. To keep registration fees reasonable, and to provide opportunities for Temple and Basketball families to interact and support each other, participation is required in our major fundraisers: Mochitsuki (December), the Annual D and E Ohtani Jamboree (February), and the Ohtani Summer Bazaar (July).
The Ohtani Basketball organization could not exist without participation from every family. The organization would not exist today without the tireless hours donated by families past, present, & future. Participation includes working a two-hour shift at the Temple Mochitsuki event, working at the Ohtani Jamboree, working a three-hour shift at the Temple Bazaar, helping your child's team with scoring, timekeeping and snacks, and working a Ohtani job. You are also required to sell or donate a minimum of $50 for advertisement space in the Ohtani Tournament Program Book.
The four volunteer requirements listed again are:
1. Mochitsuki: in December
2. Jamboree: the last Sunday in February
3. Summer Bazaar: the 4th Weekend in July
4. Ohtani job: coach, team manager, Jamboree committee, board member, End-of-Season banquet planning, etc...
Each player must submit a $250 Participation Deposit check dated the next year to ensure compliance. Upon completion of volunteering activities, we will destroy the check.
Practices are on Friday night, practices run from the end of September through March.
Registration typically starts May 1st and ends July 31st.
B-boys and C-girls & boys (grade 7-12)
D-boys & D-girls (grade 4-6)
E-coed (grade K-4)
Lisa Toyama & Sallie Yoshida