AGE GROUP BOYS AND GIRLS 6 - 18.
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divisions are based on Birth
Date and your child must meet the restrictions to play the division.
The breakdown of the divisions will often coincide with your child's
school grade but birthdates takes precedence over grade level. You will
find that with older children age groups are widened and a division will
encompass multiple grade levels.
In the younger divisions the
fundamentals of the game are stressed to teach your child to become a
better player. The age 6 divisions are strictly instructional with
emphasis on fun. The 7 and 8 year old divisions are semi-competitive
with emphasis on teaching. All upper division teams practice
competitive rules with emphasis on skill development. The second
grade division is often co-ed and then boys and girls are divided into
separate teams once they reach 3rd grade.
In competitive divisions coaches
can bring their own complete team to the league or players can be placed
on a team with kids that they know. If you are new to a league they will
have postings for "Free Agents", meaning you need to find other players
or are not already on a team. The league will then try and place
you with a team in your area. The number of slots that are open on a
team vary based on the number of returning players.
Normally, as each age group goes up, the number of open spots decreases,
so the younger your child gets involved the better chance they will have
to get a spot. Teams are selected based on a draft and an even
number of children from each grade level for the division will be put on
Pre-season tryouts are required
so that the child's skills can be assessed. This will allow the coaches
to draft accordingly and assist them in setting evenly balanced teams.
Often tryouts will consist of dribbling, lay ups, shooting and a short
one on one activity.