Calling All Coaches – IBA Needs You!

The Ignite Basketball Association (IBA) presented by Spokane Hoopfest is calling all coaches who want to create a fun and engaging environment for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. This league wouldn’t happen without our incredible volunteer coaches!

“This is a great opportunity to share your time and mentor kids in our community,” says Keli Riley, Spokane Hoops Association’s office administrator. “No experience is necessary, just the willingness to teach kids some basketball and life skills while receiving so much in return.”

IBA is a community- and school-based outreach program that offers a safe, constructive alternative for students within the Spokane’s School District No.81, a lower income area in our community where kids have fewer opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities. The goal of IBA is to strengthen participants character, self-esteem and discipline so they are better equipped and prepared for the challenges of their teen years and beyond.

Our program also benefits the families of the participants, bringing everyone together through weekly workshops and game nights. The workshops occur before league competition on Saturday nights and provide opportunities for the players to spend time with their families while learning about teamwork, sportsmanship and strategies to combat social challenges, all in a safe and positive environment.

What you need to know:

  • Coaches must be at least 18 years old and be able to attend all practice and game nights. Co-coaches and assistant coaches are highly recommended, so have fun with another friend!
  • Weekly practices start the week of October 21.
  • Game nights are scheduled on Saturday’s (Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23) at Rogers High School and include weekly workshops before the competition gets underway.

This is a great way to spend a few hours a week making a difference in kids’ lives, while having fun. Grab your whistle and sign up to coach now at!

Contact Chad Smith with any questions you have about coaching for IBA!