BCAT Newsletter 1-10-22


We hope that your new year has started off well and your team is playing hard! We want you to know we as an association are behind you and want to help push our great game in Tennessee to a new level.  Please take the time to read the pertinent information  below.


  1. BCATInfo for You.
  2. Century Club: Eric Mitchell, John Wild, Mitch Wilkins.
  3. BCATHoopfest Team Camps/ Top 100.
  4. BCATCoach of the Year Awards
  5. BCATScholarships.
  6. BCATLiability Insurance.
  7. State Tournament Meal for member schools.
  8. BCATDistrict Players of the Week.
  9. BCAT Academic All-District Team
  10. Arkansas Women’s Coach Mike Neighbors: “Green Light Shooting” Video

BCAT Info for you

We want you to know no one receives any pay in the BCAT. We are a 501C-3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID 81-3675297. Every membership fee goes back out in scholarships, liability insurance for members, insurance for events, event rentals, the All-Star games, and the coaching clinic just to name a few things.  

**Please note: we must have a valid email address and phone number for our members to be covered under the liability insurance.

Century Club:

We want to congratulate these BCAT member coaches who recently achieved milestone wins:

Eric Mitchell    White County win  #500

John Wild          Summit HS    win  #600

Mitch Wilkens  Gibson County win #1,000


BCAT HOOPFEST Team Camp and TOP 100:

The BCAT Boys HOOPFEST will be held June 17-19 in Memphis. This is an NCAA live recruiting weekend for high school teams. Meaning your players can be evaluated by college coaches. This is an important event for your athletes that want to play college basketball. Last year (2021) we had over 90 D-1 coaches represented as well as numerous other college coaches at all levels that evaluated our players. We will have more info later this Spring but we wanted to get the dates to you asap. If you want us to hold a spot for your team please email us back ASAP

The BCAT TOP 100 will be June 25. The location is Lebanon High School. This is another NCAA Live recruiting event. We have more info about this event soon. Invites will go out in April.

We are planning on hosting a Girls HOOPFEST also. Last year we held an event at Summit High School with 21 teams attending. We also had coaches from over a dozen schools attend. We will get dates and location set soon and will get that info out at that point.

Coach of the Year Awards:

If every coach from your District is a BCAT member for 2021-22,  we will take care of (pay for) the District Coach of the Year award for your district. Also, to be considered for the BCAT State Coach of the Year awards you must be a member. If you or your district coaches are not sure about membership please email us at bcathoops@gmail.com and we will check our records.

BCAT Spring Clinic:

We want to announce that we are doing a Spring clinic in 2022. This will be held April 29-May 1 in Nashville. Currently scheduled to speak: 

Kelvin Sampson of Houston

Brad Underwood of Illinois

Jeff Walz of Louisville

As always the clinic fee will include membership for the 2022-23 school year. We will also have a Fall clinic that will be at a huge discount if you attend in the Spring. Registration will be open in early January for the Spring clinic

BCAT Scholarships:

The BCAT annually awards $500 scholarships to deserving children, players, and managers of BCAT member coaches and schools. 

1.)    The parent/coach must have been a BCAT member for 2 consecutive years, including this school year (2021-22), for their child, players, and managers to be eligible. 

2.)    Priority will be given to the children of BCAT member coaches first. Players and managers of member coaches will be second priority.

3.)    The child must be a high school senior who is graduating this year (2022).

4.)     The scholarship is based on academic success and activities other than athletics.

5.)    A Committee of BCAT coaches will make the final decisions on the applicants based on the information supplied on the application form.

6.)    Download the form at www.bcathoops.com , fill it out completely and mail it to the address listed on the form.  

**Please note- All BCAT Scholarships are paid solely by BCAT membership dues. Forms are accepted March 1st through April 1st 2022 only. **

BCAT Member Liability Insurance:

**Please note: we must have a valid email address and phone number for our members to be covered under the liability insurance.

All BCAT members receive $1,000,000 in liability insurance coverage. This is extremely important in the times we live today. This covers all BCAT member coaches if they are sued because of a multitude of reasons. We know how parents can be and this coverage gives our coaches an extra blanket of protection. We advise all our head coaches to get the school membership and cover all of your basketball coaches. Just think that if you have an assistant that gets accused and sued for negligence for an injury or any other reason this may come in handy and cover them, you, and your program.  This will cover BCAT members throughout the school year until membership expires July 31,2022. 

State Tournament Meal:

Coaches, the BCAT knows that the cost of teams making the state tournament is only going to keep going up and the TSSAA is not reimbursing teams like in years past. We also know that when you are preparing your team and getting bases covered for those days it can be overwhelming. We are going to start a program this year, 2021-2022, where we will take care of 1 meal for each team making the state tournament, this will be for BCAT MEMBER SCHOOLS WHO HAVE A SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP. Right now we are hoping to do this for both the boys and girls teams in D-1 and D-2, however it may be alternating years where we cover girls one year and boys the next. Below is the criteria:

  1.  For their teams to participate coaches must be BCATMembers that have a SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP for the current school year, 2021-2022. Cost of that membership is $100 but covers the staff of boys          and girls coaches from that school up to 10 coaches. If you have already paid for the individual membership of $25 you can upgrade it for the whole staff by simply paying the difference.   
  2. The meal will be catered to the team hotel or a location that we will announce for each team.
  3. The meal will be for team members, coaches, managers only up to 22 people.
  4. Memberships are accepted until December 15, 2021. After this date, late fees will be applied.

BCAT District Players of the Week:

Coaches we would like to start honoring district players of the week statewide. We ask that you send these to us on Saturday mornings by email at bcathoops@gmail.com and we will post on social media. The only requirement is that the players must be from a BCAT member school.

BCAT Academic All-District Teams:

We will honor All-Academic teams from each district this year.  We ask that a district representative send it to us by February 20, 2022. Please do not send just your school, please send with all of the players from the district in one email. If teams send in players from a team whose coach or school is not a BCAT member for this school year, we will not honor those players. Players must have a GPA of 3.5 for eligibility. Playing time and stats do not matter. Email teams to us at bcathoops@gmail.com

Green Light Shooting with Mike Neighbors – Univ. of Arkansas