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.
Registration Opens: August 1, 2019
Registration Closes: September 9, 2019
Girls Evaluations: September 14, 2019
Girls Bubble Callbacks: Sept 16, 2019
Pool 1 Draft: September 22, 2019
Girls practices begin week of: September 30, 2019
Girls Games begin week of October: 15, 2019
Girls Playoffs Dates: March 6 - 8, 2020
Boys Evaluations: Sept 15, 2019
Boys Bubble Callbacks: September 17, 2019
Pool 1 Draft: September 22, 2019
Boys Practices begin week of: October 7, 2019
Boys Games begin week of: October 21, 2019
Boys Playoffs Dates: March 12 - 15, 2020
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
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.
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
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.
All teams make the playoffs and will get a minimum of two games.
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 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!
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.
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.