GRADE 7&8

Skill development, fun and fair play are the RCBA's main goals for players in this division.  The league regularly evaluates its programs to ensure these goals are met. 

 

Important Dates

 

Registration Opens August 1st

Registration Closes September 10th 

 

Girls Evaluations September 15th

Girls Bubble Callbacks Sept 17th

Pool 1 Draft September 23rd 

Girls practices begin week of October 1st

Girls Games begin week of October 16th

Girls Playoffs Dates: March 8th-10th

 

Boys Evaluations Sept 16th

Boys Bubble Callbacks September 18th
Pool 1 Draft: September 23th

Boys Practices begin week of October 8th 

Boys Games begin week of October 23rd

Boys Playoffs Dates: March 14th-17th

 

 

Evaluations

 

Teams are drafted based on an evaluation process.  Independant evaluators will assess the skill level of each player at an evaluation day.  Skills that are evaluated include: layups, shooting, agility and quickness, height, 2 on 2, and 5 on 5.  ALL PLAYERS MAKE A TEAM REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY EVALUATED

 

Pooling

 

Due to the wide range of skill levels at this age group, based on the evaluation results the league will divide the players into 2 pools.  The number of teams in each Pool is determined by the evaluation results and could change from year to year.  A certain amount of players will then qualify automatically for Pool 1 based on their evaluation results and then we ask a small number of players to come back for a second evaluation to determine who will fill the remaining open spots in that division.  For example if we determine that there will be 8 teams in our Pool 1 program, the top 70 will automatically qualify.  The next group of 20 players will come back for a second evaluation to fill the remaining 10 spots.

 

Game Sessions 

 

The format will be 5 on 5.  There is no zone defense.  Man to Man pressing is allowed.  The game sessions are 75 minutes in length

  

Scoring

 

Scores are kept and displayed.  If there is a point differential of more than 25 points the coaches have the option to discontinue showing the score.  Scores will only be recorded for standings up to a 25 point differential, which discourages any team from trying to run up the score.

 

Closing Tournaments

 

All teams make the playoffs and will get a minimum of two games.

 

Team Selection


When drafting teams we take into account nights of availability for each player, their evaluation results and any other activities they participate in.  The league does everything possible to distribute the skill levels evenly across all the teams.

 *WE DO NOT ACCEPT PLAYER PLACEMENT REQUESTS*

Team Schedules

Team practices will be held at the same time in the same facility each week for 1 1/2 hours.  Grade 5-8 divisions will be considered a city wide program, due to this we can not guarantee the team's practice facility will be in your end of the city.   

Boys teams can play either on a Monday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  Game gyms are high school facilities and the schedules reflect booking availability of those facilities. 
Girls teams can play either on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday.  Game gyms are high school facilities and the schedules reflect booking availability of those facilities. 

Player Development Clinics 

This year the RCBA is looking to expand and add more clinics that will help develop athletic skills, as well as basketball skills. Stay tuned for more info! 

Equipment

The following is provided to the player at the beginning of the season: 
Team jersey (must be returned at conclusion of season)

What is Needed for the Season:

Non marking runners, shorts and a water bottle. Players will also need to provide their own basketball. The appropriate size for this divsision is a size 6 AKA a 28.5.  The RCBA does sell basketballs at a variety of price ranges.

Coaching: 

Coaches are always needed for teams. If you are interested in coaching your child's team (no experience necessary) the RCBA will provide training and tools to help new coaches. For more information on coaching in the RCBA please visit our Coaches Area.