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Frequently Asked Registration Questions

Here are the questions we hear most often.

General Questions

  1. When do you play games?
  2. What is your refund policy?

Select Program Questions

  1. How is my child's league age determined in the select program?
  2. Which zip codes are assigned to the Great Falls Basketball select program?
  3. Does my son/daughter need to attend all the tryout sessions for his/her age group?
  4. Can you tell me if it is possible for my son/daughter to try out for both the Select Program & House Program? And, if he/she makes it into the Select Program, can he/she play in both leagues?
  5. What are the priorities in the select program? How is it different from the house program?
  6. My son/daughter tried out for a select team but was not chosen. Is he/she automatically registered for the house league?

House League Questions

  1. My child can't practice on three or more days. The registration system only allows me to specify two days. What can I do?
  2. How do I get my child on the same team with his/her friend(s) and/or classmate(s)?
  3. I would like my child to be challenged. Can he/she play up in a higher group?
  4. I'm a coach. How do I schedule practice time? How do I choose a time that works with my schedule?
  5. Please discuss the prohibiton on designating assistant coaches pre-draft in the house league.
  6. This is my child's first time playing basketball. Will he/she be "lost" and/or relegated to little playing time?

 

When do you play games?
House league games are scheduled by Great Falls Basketball and are played on Saturdays and Sundays. Select league games are scheduled by FCYBL.

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What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy is available here  http://www.gfhoops.com/InfoPage.aspx?PageID=29

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How is my child's league age determined in the select program?

 Rules are governed by FCYBL and are reproduced below

5.1.3.1  THE FCYBL TEAMS SHALL BE BASED ON GRADE IN SCHOOL

1)  Boys and Girls 5th grade teams will be made up of players in the 5th grade or lower (i.e. 4th grade) in school as of September 1st of that year.

2)  Boys and Girls 6th grade teams will be made up of players in the 6th grade or lower (i.e. 5th or 4th grade) in school as of September 1st of that year.

3)  Boys and Girls 7th grade teams will be made up of players in the 7th grade or lower (i.e. 6th, 5th or 4th grade) in school as of September 1st of that year.

4)  Boys and Girls 8th grade teams will be made up of players in the 8th grade or lower (i.e. 7th, 6th, 5th or 4th grade) in school as of September 1st of that year.

 

5.1.4 AGE RESTRICTIONS TO 5.1.3.1 For each of the teams above, the following age restrictions will occur.

1)      No player on any 5th grade team can be 12 years old on September 1st of that year.

2)      No player on any 6th grade team can be 13 years old on September 1st of that year.

3)      No player on any 7th grade team can be 14 years old on September 1st of that year.

4)      No player on any 8th grade team can be 15 years old on September 1st of that year.

 

5.1.5  VERIFICATION OF GRADE IN SCHOOL.  Each player must provide verification of grade in school.  Home school players must provide appropriate grade in school information based on state reporting requirements.

5.1.6. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTATION Each club or team sponsor MUST institute internal procedures to guarantee that all players are eligible to participate.  The only acceptable proof of county residency will be a copy of the child’s report card from the applicable school system or alternate form approved by the Commissioner such as a copy of the FCPS SIS ParentVue page. If the SIS page is used, the only information required to be shown is the name, grade and zip code of the player; all other personal information may be blacked out. Copies of documents are required to be submitted for each year for a player who desires to participate in FCYBL.  These documents will conclusively establish grade and residency under the eligibility requirements of these rules.  Copies of residency and grade documents must be submitted along with the rosters to the appropriate Deputy Basketball Commissioner at a roster deadline date established by the Commissioner.  In addition to birth date documentation, each player must submit a clearly legible player eligibility statement, which documents the players place of residence; school the player attends; telephone contact information; parents names; affirmation of player and parents to abide by the FCYBL Code of Conduct; and any other information requested, on a form approved by the Basketball Commissioner.  These documents must be submitted along with the rosters to the appropriate Deputy Basketball Commissioner no later than roster submission date set for each age group and/or league.  

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Which zip codes are assigned to the Great Falls Basketball select program?
Select teams will be comprised primarily of players from zip codes 20170, 20192, 20194, 22066, and 22182. These zip codes have been allocated to Great Falls Basketball by the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL). Select teams are also permitted to roster up to 2 players from outside of these zip codes under the zip code exception rule.

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Does my son/daughter need to attend all the tryout sessions for his/her age group?
Select basketball is very competitive. A player needs to demonstrate he/she is a strong player on several dimensions. The coaches are looking for advanced basketball skills as well as athletic ability (speed, quickness, strength, stamina, jumping ability, ...). It is to a player's advantage to attend all the sessions and participate fully.

If your child is going to miss any of the tryout session, please make sure the coach is aware of that so he/she doesn't misinterpret your child's absence as a lack of interest.

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Can you tell me if it is possible for my son/daughter to try out for both the Select Program & House Program? And, if he/she makes it into the Select Program, can he/she play in both leagues?
On the subject of simultaneously playing Select and House, it is the rule that a Select player may not play on a House team. With the best interests of the players (and teams) in mind, the main driver is that Great Falls Basketball has no control over the scheduling of the Select games. Invariably, when there is a scheduling conflict with the House team game, the player would most likely choose the Select game. It is logical to assume that the Select player is usually the best player on the House team and the resulting absence is unfair to the House team.

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What are the priorities in the select program? How is it different from the house program?
To better understand our expectations and priorities for the select and house league programs, pleaser review the Select Program Guidelines and our House League for perspective.

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My son/daughter tried out for a select team but was not chosen. Is he/she automatically registered for the house league?
Players not chosen for a select team are automatically rolled over into the house league. No addition action is required on your part.

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My child can't practice on more than one day. The registration system only allows me to specify one day. What can I do?
The league requires coaches to draft players who do not have a conflict with that coach's practice time slot. We allow each player to specify one "can't practice" day. Our registration system will capture only one "can't practice" day for each player.

As a matter of policy, the league will honor only one "can't practice" day per player. Beyond that, it is up to the discretion of the drafting coaches whether to honor additional requests.

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How do I get my child on the same team with his/her friend(s) and/or classmate(s)?
We can appreciate the desirability of having your children play on the same team with a friend(s). We need to balance that with our efforts to create teams that are evenly balanced from a competitive standpoint. Given the small number of players on a house league basketball team (7-8 players), two good players paired together can make a significant competitive difference. So our policy is to not pre-arrange team placements. We don't pre-arrange placements to accommodate car pool request. In fact, we don't even allow coaches to choose their assistant coach before the draft (thereby choosing another player).

What we can do is note your desire to have your child on the same team with another child. We'll provide that information to the coaches at the draft session.

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I would like my child to be challenged. Can he/she play up in a higher group?
Great Falls Basketball uses a grade-based placement system and does not permit play up or play downs in the house league based on age, size or subjective factors. Players of unusual size or unusually strong talent should consider trying out for the select program or the fourth grade developmental program.  Third and fourth grade players may tryout for the 5th grade Select teams and for the 4th grade developmental programs.  

4th Grade Developmental Program

The Great Falls Select Basketball program begins in the 5th grade and until the 5th grade, players participate in our House League. GF Hoops also has a developmental program for 4th grade players who want a higher level of training and competition, and the program has been very successful.

Who is eligible? 3rd and 4th grade players who would be willing to make a higher level of commitment than House League requires and who are looking to improve their skills at an even higher level. Players who wish to try out for this team must understand that if they make this team, they will still be required to play House league with their peers (ie 3rd graders will not be moved to 4th grade House league.)

What is the program's objective? The primary objective of the program is to act as a 'bridge' between House League and Select basketball. Players in the 5th grade Select program will be competing against players and teams from across the County who have been playing at a high level of competition since 3rd grade, so our local players typically have some catching up to do.

How does the program work? Players in the Developmental program sign up for and participate in Great Falls Basketball House League as their primary basketball commitment for the regular Winter season. However, as members of the Developmental Program, they would participate in one additional practice per week, and would have the opportunity to participate in games and tournaments in the VA/DC/MD area. In the case of schedule conflicts between House League and the Developmental Program tournaments, players will be required to attend the House League event. However, over the course of the season, every player will have had the opportunity to build their skills and test them against stronger players and teams.

Is there a tryout? Yes. The tryout for the 4th Grade Developmental Program will be held after the Regular Season teams have been selected. Typically this tryout will occur between November 10-25th, generally there are two tryouts evenings and dates will be announced in early October.

Who do I contact for more information? Either of the Select Co-Directors can answer questions: Margaret Brown margaret@gfhoops.com and Philip Nickles philip@gfhoops.com

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I'm a coach. How do I schedule practice time? How do I choose a time that works with my schedule?
Given the size of our league, it is not practical to gather preferences up front and work out a schedule that pleases everyone with numbers this large. Our approach is to assign a set of practice slots to each group of teams. At the house league coaches meeting, the coaches draw numbers out of a hat and choose from the available practice slots for their group. There is usually some trading among and between groups to resolve conflicts, but somehow it all works out.

In terms of practice time slots, we usually try to keep the younger kids earlier in the evening. The counter balance is that when we put the older kids in all the late slots, we have middle/high school kids practicing basketball until 9:30pm then catching a 6:05am bus to school the next morning. So there's some trade-offs we need to consider in designing practice schedules.

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Please discuss the prohibition on designating assistant coaches pre-draft in the house league.
In the house league, we strive to assemble competitively balanced teams. Given the small number of players on a house league basketball team (7-8 players), two good players paired together can make a significant difference in terms of competitiveness. So we do not allow coaches to select their assistant coaches (in effect selecting the assistant coach's child) prior to drafting their team.

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This is my child's first time playing basketball. Will he/she be "lost" and/or relegated to little playing time?
The house league basketball program is a purely recreational league. We focus on skill development and having fun. We keep teams small (7-8 players) in order to give everyone lots of playing time. We also have mandatory participation requirements so that all kids, regardless of skill level, get plenty of playing time. For example, everyone must be on the court for at least half the game -- required. More detail on our rules can be found here.

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