Turnpike Basketball Club provides community-based youth basketball programs for boys and girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the vicinity of Little River Turnpike in Fairfax and Annandale, Virginia. Our objective is to teach and develop basketball skills, good sportsmanship and an appreciation of the game of basketball through programs designed for the enjoyment of our youth and their families.
We are proud to provide free open gym space for youths in our local community throughout the year, including Fall 2021.
To attend any of the open gyms listed below, all participants must first register with Turnpike.
If you would like to reserve open gym space for your group or simply want to shoot baskets with your friends, click here to get started.
NOTE: Our open gyms can also be a good opportunity to meet our travel coaches.
|6th Grade Boys||Friday 9/24, 6:00-7:30 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|6th Grade Boys||Wednesday 9/29, 7:30-9:00 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|7th & 8th Grade Girls||Friday 9/24, 6:00-7:30 pm||Camelot ES|
|7th & 8th Grade Girls||Thursday 9/30 , 6:00-7:30 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|7th Grade Boys||Wednesday 9/29, 6:00-7:30 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|High School Boys||Thursday 9/23, 7:30-9:00 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|High School Boys||Thursday 9/30, 7:00-9:00 pm||Poe MS Gym 1|
|High School Boys||Thursday 10/7, 7:00--9:00 pm||Poe MS Gym 1|
|High School Girls||Thursday 9/30, 7:30-9:00 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
|High School Girls||Thursday 10/7, 7:30-9:00 pm||Wakefield Forest ES|
We invite experienced and talented players in the age groups listed below to try out for our Fall/Winter 2021-22 Travel Teams this October. To learn more about our Travel program, click here.
For your safety and contact tracing purposes, all players must first register with Turnpike before attending our free tryouts.
For inquiries about a specific team, click on its Coach's name below.
8th Grade Boys (Coach Lennie Ours)
Friday, October 1, 7:30-9:00 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
Tuesday, October 5, 7:30-9:00 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
8th Grade Girls (Coach Scott Zucker)
Friday, October 1, 6:00-7:30 pm, Camelot ES
Monday, October 4, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
Thursday, October 7, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
7th Grade Boys (Coach Joe Syron)
Tuesday, October 5, 5:30-7:00 pm, Camelot ES
Wednesday, October 6, 7:30-9:00 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
6th Grade Boys (Coach James Taylor)
Monday, October 4, 6:30-8:00 pm, Olde Creek ES
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00-8:30 pm, Camelot ES
Wednesday, October 6, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
5th Grade Boys (Coach Andrew Ours)
Friday, October 1, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES
Friday, October 8, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES (if necessary)
Turnpike Basketball is moving forward with our normal House and Travel programs for the 2021-22 school year. By no means was this decision made lightly. We are a community club full of our neighbors and friends, so the notion of any one of us getting infected with COVID during our activities impacts us personally.
This is not mere lip service. In March 2020, we were one of the few clubs nationwide that decided to shut down its basketball activities BEFORE its locality closed down schools and access to its gyms. In the Winter of 2020-21, we were also one of the few clubs in this area to shut down ALL of its basketball activities for the season.
Plenty have disagreed with our approach. Some families moved on to other clubs. Our Board meetings have been livelier than normal. Some argued that these decisions should be left to the individual families. Others, let's just say, have been less polite.
So why are we moving forward in 2021-22? Because we feel as if the overall community has enough of a better understanding than we did a year ago about how we can protect ourselves against the spread of COVID on our basketball courts. We've also had relevant experience as well. We held our normal Spring and Summer Programs this year and this gave us the opportunity to work and tinker with our protocols.
While we've had no reported cases so far (knock on wood), none of this guarantees against any one of us contracting the virus. However, we will remain vigilant in our efforts against the pandemic by:
Like all of you, we wish to maintain a proper balance between safety and the ability to live our lives and we share your guarded enthusiasm that we are moving towards a light at the end of the tunnel.
Take care and stay safe!
Scott Zucker, President, Turnpike Basketball Club Inc.