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Golden Youth Basketball Association (GYBA) is a community-based organization focused on providing a quality recreational or competitive basketball experience for boys and girls from 3rd to 8th grade. 

GYBA is dedicated to providing a quality experience, where every child has fun, improves basketball skills, understands the importance of “team”, and learns “life lessons” that can be carried beyond the basketball court.

GYBA is committed to creating a positive basketball culture by using the principles of positive coaching to promote sportsmanship, self-esteem and the development of life skills.  GYBA’s coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes are critical to the success of this mission.

Important 2020-2021 Golden Youth Basketball Season


Golden Youth Basketball Association

Important 2020 -2021 Season Announcement!


September 23, 2020


Dear GYBA Parents, Players and Coaches,

With a heavy heart, we regret to inform all GYBA families that Golden Youth Basketball Association will not have a 2020 - 2021 Winter Season due to COVID - 19 related concerns and restrictions put in place by Golden area schools.   

Last week we had our follow-up Jeffco Basketball Board Meeting to finalize the plan for the Youth Winter Basketball Season (see original notice posted on the GYBA website).  It was determined that there would be a modified season and each organization needed to determine if they were going to participate.  After careful consideration, the GYBA Board determined we will not be participating for 2020 – 2021.  The decision was based on several key factors.

As you know, we rely heavily on the Elementary and Middle School facilities throughout Golden for practices and games.  Unlike other organizations in Jeffco, we do not have access to Rec Centers, Church Gyms, and numerous High School facilities, as do many of the groups.  Over the past four weeks, GYBA confirmed we have no available gym time (practice or games) at the Elementary and Middle schools through at least January 3, 2021 due to COVID - 19 concerns and restrictions.  At that time, they will re-evaluate and determine the policy going forward.  Additionally, Golden High School is not available.  Also, we reached out to the School of Mines who confirmed they will not be renting their facilities to outside parties.  Tony Grampsas was the only facility that had availability just for games.  These are GYBA's go to facilities each season. 

Faced with this reality, the GYBA Board discussed the feasibility of having GYBA participate this season.  This included conferring with Coach Lou Vullo, the head boys basketball coach at Golden High School.  Coach Vullo helps oversee the GYBA High School 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Feeder Program.  Further, discussions included Shannon Garvin, the Director of Girls Basketball for GYBA and the Golden High School Level 3 Coach as well as other active parent coaches.

After weighing health concerns, available facilities, overall logistics, etc, in addition to understanding the fluidity of the COVID - 19 situation and ever-changing public policy, as well as the potential for “start – stop” scenarios due to mandatory quarantine guidelines,  GYBA determined it will not have an active program this season and will resume operations as normal for the 2021 -2022 season.  

As mentioned, the decision was not easy, but we believe is appropriate in light of the COVID - 19 enviroment and GYBA's facility situation this season.  

With that said, other Jeffco youth basketball organizations have opted to continue with a 2020-2021 modified season (see below) which JPSports will host through their JPS Winter League.  In an effort to allow interested GYBA kids and/or teams who still want to participate, GYBA has arranged for Just Play Sports (JPS) (a “for-Profit” company representing a majority of the youth basketball organizations throughout Jeffco) to allow interested Golden players and/or teams to register through JPS’s umbrella for the JPS Winter League.    

  • Registration is open now through October 11, 2020, late fee of $15 after Oct 11, late fee of $25 after Oct 18.

  • Available for boys and girls grades 2 through 8.

If you have any questions about this feel free to reach out to JPS directly:




In addition, Gold Crown Foundation has a Fall Middle School League in addition to various camps throughout the year.   

  • Registration is open now through October 14, 2020. 

  • Divisions offered: Boys and Girls 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade teams

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gold Crown directly:

Gold Crown Foundation



Lastly, we will post periodic updates on the GYBA website on other options (leagues, tourneys, camps, online training, etc.) throughout the Winter and Spring.

Thank you for your continued support of GYBA and we look forward to resuming "business as ussual" next season.  Stay safe and healthy.



Golden Youth Basketball Association






  • Masks: Face covering masks are required at all times: during play, entering, exiting, on the bench, etc. (players, coaches, scorekeepers, and spectators).  See Current mask mandate for indoor sports below. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Every player should have their own hand sanitizer and should sanitize their hands every time they come off the court.
  • Disinfecting Wipes: Every coach or team manager should have disinfecting wipes to sanitize the ball before and after each game and during timeouts.
  • Scores: Every coach or team manager is required to bring their own scoresheet or scorebook and pen/pencil to each game; and scoresheets are to be taken with you after each game to avoid unnecessary touching; scores are entered online by the winning team.
  • Spectators & Parents: ONLY ONE spectator per player is allowed at this time.  Maximum of 23 people in the team party to include players, coaches, score-keeper and any parents.
  • Water & Snacks: do not share water or snacks, everyone should provide their own water.  There is no water provided at the venue.
  • Game Ball: Each team should be prepared with a game ball and a ball for warmups.
  • Scoreboards: will be sanitized by event staff after each game.
  • Hand-shakes & celebrations: players and coaches should refrain from hand-shakes, high-fives, fist bumps, elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations and hugs, etc.
  • Referees have been asked to help sanitize the balls at time-outs, half-time and end of the game.
  • Coaches should sanitize the bench and score table before allowing the team to sit down or the scorekeeper to touch the bench.  The sanitizing spray will be available at the score table.
  • Enter as a team unit—don’t be late, late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the facility.

by posted 09/28/2020