The Academy Basketball Program

Since its founding in January of 2011, the ACADEMY Basketball program has expanded from 20 members to over 130.  We have boys and girls grades 6-12 in the program.  Our staff has included college age and older coaches who have played basketball in high school, college, and professionally.  The program is a YEAR ROUND program.  We believe that consistency and chemistry between the staff and players are the keys to true progress.  


Although our focus is skill development, we offer team participation in local leagues along with the opportunity for players to tryout for traveling teams that are involved in NCAA sanctioned tournaments that do not interfere with our sessions or the leagues. 


OUR SESSIONS are set up to offer both skill development and team concepts.  During the school year (Fall, Winter, Spring), our SKILLS sessions and TEAM sessions are held on weekends.




****Please check our schedules under Program Schedules on the menu.  There can be changes. 






(Training to become an Elite Player for Next Level Academy)


     I started this basketball program for GIRLS and BOYS in 2nd grade through 5th grade.  The purpose is to make sure each player develops the basketball skills that will enable them to excel at the game they love!  As the players move through the New Horizon Program, they will be prepared for our older Next Level Academy that is set up for 6th grade through Varsity High School teams.  

     I am Kevin Baker and I have 37 years of coaching background that includes public school as well as middle school and high school AAU coaching experience.  I have run the Next Level Academy since 2011.  My coaches include JaMichael Hawkins who played professional basketball and Hannah Staats who played through college and now referees college women’s games.  We are experts in our field!

      If you choose to join us, you will find that we will spend 75% or more of our time instructing fundamental skills mastery and about 25% will be spent on basic team concepts.  We will plan to have 4-5 practices each month.  Because of this age group’s attention span, practices are one hour each.  There is a monthly program fee of $75.00 that covers all coach interaction at practices and, once teams are formed, at games.  

      As we begin this new program, there are no pre-existing teams.  As soon as we enroll at least 8 players in an age group, we will create a team roster and register for the next league.  Just so you are informed of all costs, the current league fee at area facilities would mean we would collect a league fee of $45.00, only at the beginning of a league.  Our uniform contract is currently at Play It Again Sports and families would be directed to purchase a uniform there if they participate in the league.  

     Come join us!  Be a founding member!  Tell your friends, co-workers, colleagues, and school mates that you have found the basketball program where all of you can join in at the “ground level.”

    Please contact me, Coach Kevin Baker at or text 1-417-631-6225 or leave a voicemail.  

Thank you,

Head Coach Kevin Baker

Academy New Horizons Basketball

Next Level Academy Basketball



The Team

Our coaching staff has a deep and varied background.  They all played high school basketball while some have played or are playing basketball in college.  One coach played professionally.  The young men and women of our staff are dedicated to the development of all of our players.  Don't hesitate to email us!

Kevin Baker

Phone: 417 631-6225



General Manager and Head Coach

35 years Coaching Experience with Boys and Girls at the middle and high school level.  AAU experience.






HANNAH STAATS - Assistant Coach