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Championship tonight!
by posted 02/07/2020

Hello Team White,

I'm sure all the boys are excited and ready, but this is just a reminder that we play in the championship game tonight at 6:00 pm at Baldwin. If possible, it would be good to arrive about 20 minutes before the game so we can warm up and go over the game plan. From the RSVPs, it looks like we'll have our whole team tonight, and I'm glad all the boys will get to participate.

See you tonight!

Coach Thomas


 
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No practice today (Feb. 3)
by posted 02/03/2020

Good Morning Team White,

The boys played another excellent game on Saturday, and it will be exciting to play in the championship game this Friday (Feb. 7) against Team Black at 6:00 p.m. at Baldwin. As usual, keep an eye out for the RSVP email or feel free to contact me to let me know if your son will or won't be playing in the game. If possible, please plan to arrive to the game about 20 minutes early so we have time to warm up and get ready.

We will not have practice today or any day this week--with championship games scheduled for the various divisions of GBL there just isn't enough available gym time for practices, so I'll look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Jan. 27)
by posted 01/27/2020

Hello Team White,

The boys played great on Saturday--it was a hard fought game all the way until the end! We will have practice at our usual time today from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Guilford Lakes to prepare for our next playoff game on Saturday.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Playing in today's game? (Jan. 25)
by posted 01/25/2020

Hello Team White,

Apparently the GBL system didn't send our RSVP email this week. Can you please let me know via email (tdsteffen@gmail.com) or text (203-833-2726) whether your son will be playing in today's playoff game at 1:00 pm at Baldwin?

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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No practice today (Jan. 20)
by posted 01/20/2020

Hello Team White,

The boys played an excellent game on Saturday! It was a tough back-and-forth contest the whole time, and we were happy with how hard everyone played until the end. Because of the holiday today, there will be no practice. Also, we will not be rescheduling the practice.

Our first playoff game is this weekend against Team Grey at 1:00 pm at Baldwin. As usual, keep an eye out for the RSVP email from the league, or feel free to contact me to let me know if you son will or won't be playing.

Sincerely,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Jan. 13)
by posted 01/13/2020

Hello Team White,

The boys played a great game on Saturday! We will have our regular practice today (Monday, Jan. 13) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Guilford Lakes.

Our next game will be against Team Black on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 2:15 p.m. at Baldwin. As usual, keep an eye out for the RSVP email; however, I know some parents aren't getting them so if that is the case, just send me a quick text/email later in the week to let me know if your son will be playing in the game. This will be our last regular season game, and I believe the league is currently working on the full playoff schedule.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Jan. 6)
by posted 01/06/2020

Hello Team White,

It's nice to back in CT, and I look forward to practicing tonight. We will have our regular practice today (Monday, Jan. 6) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Guilford Lakes.

Our next game will be against Team Orange on Saturday (Jan. 11) at 2:15 p.m. at Baldwin. As usual, keep an eye out for the RSVP email; however, I know some parents aren't getting them so if that is the case, just send me a quick text/email later in the week to let me know if your son will be playing in the game.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Game tomorrow (Jan. 4)
by posted 01/03/2020

Hello Team White,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break! Tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 4) we are back on the court with a game against Team Green at 2:15 p.m. at Baldwin. I will be on an airplane tomorrow, so Coach Bruno will be leading the team. A big thanks to Coach Bruno!

Also, it is the GBL picture day, so please arrive 15 minutes early to the game. If you want to order a photo package, you can do so at Bishop Photo's web site (http://www.bishopphoto.com/) by using code "GuilfordBB2019". Even if you don't plan to order a package, it's nice for as many boys as possible to be there for the team photo.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Playing in today's game? (Dec. 21)
by posted 12/21/2019

Hello All,

The automated system seems to have not sent the automated RSVP email this week as usual. If you can reply to this email letting me know whether or not your son plans to play in today's game (11:45 am at Baldwin), that would be great.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Dec. 16)
by posted 12/16/2019

Hello Team White,

The boys really played an excllent game on Saturday! We had great shots being taken from everyone along with excellent passing and defense. We will have our regular practice today (Monday, Dec. 16) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Guilford Lakes.

Our next game will be against Team Grey on Saturday (Dec. 21) at 11:45 a.m. at Baldwin. As usual, keep an eye out for the RSVP email; however, I know some parents aren't getting them so if that is the case, just send me a quick text/email to let me know if your son will be playing in the game.

Also, regarding our upcoming schedule, there will be no practice or games next week (Dec. 22 through Dec. 28). In addition, there will be no practice the week after that, but we will have a game on Saturday, January 4.

Take care,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Dec. 9)
by posted 12/09/2019

Hello Team White,

The boys played a great game on Saturday--close games are always fun and exciting, even if we don't come out on top. We are scheudled for our regular practice today (Monday, Dec. 9) at 7:00 pm at Guilford Lakes (ending at 8:00 pm).

Our next game will be against Team Gold on Saturday (Dec. 14) at 11:45 am at Baldwin. Thanks for your efforts to RSVP for the games--it makes things much smoother on game days. As usual, keep an eye out for the league's automated RSVP email later in the week or freel free to let me know by text/email.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice cancelled today
by posted 12/02/2019

Hello Team White,

This is just confirming the announcement made by GBL that all practices (including ours) have been cancelled tonight (December 2) due to the weather. The practice will not be rescheduled by the league, so I'll see everyone on Saturday for the game.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today (Dec. 2)
by posted 12/02/2019

Hello Team White,

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving last week. As of now, we are planning to have practice today (Monday, Dec. 2) at our usual time and place: Guilford Lakes from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If anything changes due to weather, I will let you know as soon as possible.

Our next game will be against Team Navy on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 11:45 a.m. at Baldwin Middle School. As usual, please keep an eye out for the RSVP email that will come later in the week, or feel free to reach out to me at anytime to let me know if your son will or won't be playing this week.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today
by posted 11/18/2019

Hello Team White,

I hope everyone enjoyed our first game! The boys did a great job and kept playing hard all the way until the end of a close game. We will have practice today (Monday, Nov. 18) at our usual time and place: Guilford Lakes from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Our next game will be against Team Red on Saturday (Nov. 23) at 11:45 a.m. at Baldwin Middle School. As usual, please keep an eye out for the RSVP email that will come later in the week, or feel free to reach out to me at anytime to let me know if your son will or won't be playing this week.

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Uniforms before today's game
by posted 11/16/2019

Hello Team White,

Our uniforms were just finished and will be brought to the gym, so we'll need a few extra minutes to distribute them and get changed. If you can plan to be at the gym about 15 minutes early, it would be great!

Thanks,

Coach Thomas


 
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Practice today and first game this week
by posted 11/11/2019

Hello Team White,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! We will have practice today (Monday, Nov. 11) at our usual time and place: Guilford Lakes from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The boys did a great job in our first practice last week, and we look forward to working hard today.

Our first game will be against Team Black on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 1:00 p.m. at Baldwin Middle School. As you probably remember from past years in GBL, it is very important that coaches know which players will be at the game each week (this is because of the strict player rotation rules in GBL to ensure everyone plays enough). The league website will send an automated email later in the week where you can just click a button to RSVP "yes" or "no". This is the easiest way to let me know if your son plans to attend, but you can also email me (tdsteffen@gmail.com) or text/call (203-833-2726) anytime. If I haven't heard from you by Saturday morning, I'll give you a quick call or text to try and confirm.

Lastly, for the same strict rotation reasons, it is very helpful if the boys can be at the gym about 10 minutes before our scheduled game time. That way we can warm up and make sure the rotations are all set.

Thanks for your help, and I'll see everyone tonight.

Coach Thomas


 
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First practice on Monday
by posted 11/03/2019

Hello Team White,

This is just to confirm that our first team practice is tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 4) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Guilford Lakes. Also, a big thank-you to Bruno Riga who has volunteered to be our team's assistant coach. We look forward to meeting the boys and kicking off the season. Our first game will be November 16, so no game this week.

See you tomorrow,

Coach Thomas


 
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Welcome to Team White!
by posted 10/27/2019

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Team White! My name is Thomas Steffen, and I will be coaching your son's basketball team this season. Our focus will be teaching basketball fundamentals while making sure all the boys have fun, and I look forward to getting started with practices and games. You can log on to the GBL website to view our full team roster.

Our normal practice time will be on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 at Guilford Lakes, but there are sometimes changes due to conflicts at the schools, and I will confirm each week. As of now, our first practice is scheduled for Monday, November 4 from 7:00 to 8:00. The game schedule will be posted to the GBL website in the next week or two. Games will typically be held between 11:45 am and 4:45 pm on Saturdays at Baldwin.

I will send another reminder email  as we get closer to our first practice, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email (tdsteffen@gmail.com) or text/phone (203-833-2726).

Sincerely,

Coach Thomas


 
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