STATEMENT FROM SWOB REGARDING NEXT LEVEL/KY IMPACT BASKETBALL:
The policy for boys and girls leagues at SWOB has been the same for 28 years with our primary concern
being the safety of our kids, with liability reasons closely following. We abide by the same rule that the
national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) organization and OHSAA adheres to regarding girls playing in
In November of 2023, Next Level and Larry McGraw deceptively registered a girls team into the 6th grade
boys league and under the gender listed as MALE. We entered them into the league assuming they were
a boys’ team as conveniently no roster was ever provided. Subsequently, their first game was filled in by
a boys 6th grade Next Level team because they played the 6th grade boys Cincinnati Royals team - coached
by myself, so there was no reason to suspect anything different.
It wasn’t until late January/early February that several teams from the 6th grade division started traveling
down to Kentucky to play their scheduled games, that it became apparent that the Next Level team was,
in fact, a girls team. Several complaints from coaches and teams were filed because of this deception.
At that point we allowed the team to finish the regular season schedule, but would move them into a
girls’ tourney at year end.
On February 14th we reiterated to Larry McGraw again that we do not allow girls teams to participate in
boy’s leagues, as this has been our policy for 28 years. We indicated to him that due to the safety and
competitiveness of the league we were not going to allow them to play in the boys’ tourney but gave
the team the option to participate in a higher level girls’ tourney. The liability and safety concerns were
fully explained to him at this time.
“The concern is safety. I have had several girls teams ask about playing boys leagues in the past, and as a
girls' varsity coach, I understand the reasoning to play in them. Doing this 28 years, what we have
worried about is a boys team losing to a girls team (especially in the year end tourney), they may get
frustrated and retaliate against a girl. Then we have liability issues.”
On the evening of February 23rd , Larry McGraw and the Next Level organization sent a letter out to its
players and families dropping all their teams out of the postseason tourney. The reasoning they gave
was that their 6th grade girls team was “blocked from finishing the season specifically because of their
gender”. Since then, they have released unfounded and harassing statements through social media sites
accusing SWOB of “blocking them from participating in the year end tournament due to the fact they
are girls.” These statements are absolutely not true. They were given the option to play in the upper 6th
grade, the 7th grade or even 8th grade girls season ending tourney, just like all other girls teams.
There are two sides to every story. SWOB stands by our decision because it is one that places the safety
of our kids in a competitive environment at the top of our priorities. We appreciate the support of
those who have reached out to seek the truth and understanding as to why this decision was made and
are now fully cognizant of the real support that we have as an organization.
CINCINNATI ROYALS SPRING TRYOUT INFO - The Cincinnati Royals are happy to announce our dates for try-outs for the spring season. To views a list of times and dates for the try-outs, please CLICK HERE. Please re-check all times as they may have changed. The 4th grade teams were originally scheduled for tryouts on February 16th, but those have had to be moved.
CITY WIDE WINTER LEAGUE - We are the longest-running youth basketball league within 500 miles! This will be our 29th year offering a city-wide youth league. We offer 2nd-12th grade boys and girls divisions that will be split into both athletic and recreation divisions. This is a 10-game season starting December 1st which includes a one and out tournament beginning on February 23rd (there will be no games from December 18th-January 3rd). Pricing starts at $275 + $50 deposit, and $125 + $50 deposit if you have a home gym. You must have at least 5-7 dates for us to schedule games at your home gym in order to host games. Teams without a home gym will play their home games at Landmark, Friars and Sports of All Sorts. For more info CLICK HERE.
ROYALS SPIRIT SHOP: We will be offering Royals Spirit Wear for all players, coaches, and parents. To view our online shop and to order, please Click Here
Jan. 26 - Feb. 11: 22nd Annual Winter Shootout
CINCINNATI ROYALS SPRING TRYOUT INFO - The Cincinnati Royals are happy to announce our dates for try-outs for the spring season. To views a list of times and dates for the try-outs, please CLICK HERE. Please continue to check back as there might be some tweaks to the orginial dates/times.
SPRING LEAGUE - Southwestern Ohio Basketball is happy to announce our 2024 Spring League. The league is geared towards teams of all skill levels grades 2nd-high school and will consist of a 10-game schedule to be held March 17th through May 29th. We will also hold a postseason tournament the week of May 29th through June 6th. Games will be held on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 - 9:30 PM, and on Sundays from 2:00 - 9:00. Games will be held primarily at Landmark, Friars, and SOAS Sports Complexes. The cost for the 10-game season plus post-season tournament is only $275. For more info on our Spring League, please CLICK HERE.
SPRING DRILLS N SKILLS - The Cincinnati Royals and Southwestern Ohio Basketball will be offering a program for players who are looking to improve the fundamentals of their game. This program has had over 5400 participants in the last ten years. It is eight weeks of intense ballhandling, skill development, and drills. This year we will be adding some new features to the program. You can attend all 8 weeks for $85, or pay as you go for $15/session if you cannot make every session. For more info on our Drills N Skills, please CLICK HERE.
SPRING KINGS PROGRAM - This program is geared towards individual players who cannot make the AAU commitment but are looking to improve their game this spring. There is no tryout necessary. Players will have practice at least once a week and play in a 10-game season, which also includes a tournament. Players on the Kings program will also be able to attend our Spring Drills N Skills on Mondays at no cost. For more info on our Cincy Kings Program, please CLICK HERE.
SUMMER LEAGUE - The league will consist of a 10-game schedule to be held May 30th through July 29th. We will also hold a postseason tournament the week of July 26th through 29th. Games will be held on Tuesdays through Thursdays 5:30 - 9:30 PM, and on Sundays from 1:00 - 9:00. Games will be held primarily at Landmark and SOAS Sports Complexes. The cost for the 10-game season plus post-season tournament is only $275. For more info on our Summer League, please CLICK HERE.
SUMMER CAMPS - Kevin Duncan – Kevin (Air Kev) has been training/coaching for over 25 years. And has been certified with Micah Lancaster for 5 yrs. (I'm Possible Training) He has trained players throughout Ohio and several other states, and players from countries like Denmark, Switzerland, Chile, and Israel. Kevin has also worked the Cav's Academy, former NBA player Derek Anderson's camps, and the Luke Kennard (Detroit Pistons) Overnight summer camps. This camp will feature individual instruction on the fundamentals of basketball including ball handling, passing, shooting, and footwork; individual skill and game enhancement including moving without the basketball; cutting & screening. All campers will also receive a camp t-shirt. There are 4 sessions to choose from, and the cost is $150 per session or $275 for 2. For more info on our summer camps, please CLICK HERE.
SUMMER KINGS PROGRAM - Cincy Kings and Southwestern Ohio Basketball will be offering our summer program for players who are looking to improve their game in a structured environment that offers the best way to be a better player for next season. The program includes one of our summer skills camps, 10 - 12 practices, 10-game season, and a one-and-done tourney. The practices will start around the last week of May and the season will start the 2nd week of June. You will be able to pick from one of our 4-day summer skills camps, run by some of the top trainers in the Cincinnati area. We are offering teams for grades 3rd - 11th both boys and girls if numbers permit. For more info on our Kings Summer Program, please CLICK HERE.