The Bethlehem Youth Basketball Spring League is for Grades Kindergarten thru 8th Grade. We allow players to "play up" or "play down" a grade level so Pre-Kindergarteners and 9th Graders are welcome to participate. ONCE YOU REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE EXPECT TO RECEIVE THEIR TEAM'S ROSTER 3-5 DAY'S PRIOR TO THE GRADE LEVEL SESSION YOU SIGNED THEM UP FOR IS SET TO BEGIN. THE ROSTER WILL KEEP BEING UPDATED AS PARENTS REGISTER THEIR CHILD AND ANOTHER VERSION WILL BE SENT TO EVERYONE THE DAY THE LEAGUE IS SET TO BEGIN.
Each session will designate the first 30 minutes as time to work on the fundamental aspects of basketball while the next 30 minutes will be a running time game. Parent volunteer coaches are welcome to help model the instruction demonstrated by the lead instructor during the skills and drills portion of the session. Drills will include all the fundamental areas of the game of basketball such as dribbling, shooting, passing, pivoting and help side and ball side defense.
Each child will be assigned to a team (Eagle Orange or Eagle Black). Those team names are designated on the schedule which shows when your child plays and at what location on a given date. Teams will receive a time slot of 6:00-7:00 p.m., 7:00-8:00 p.m. or 8:00-9:00 p.m. The day of the week, time slot and location will remain the same for the entire season. Parent volunteers can coach their child's team and can make that known through a question that appears on the online registration form. Players will experience growth in the areas of social interaction, sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play through acquisition of the rules of the game and skill development.
The participant fee is $150 which covers the insurance, gym rental, head trainer/referee, assistant trainer, tee shirt jerseys and trophies for all the kids. There will be a scoreclock and basketballs for all the kids at the sessions. After filling out the online registration form, you have the option of paying online with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or checking/debit account as well as mailing a personal check. If you'd rather mail a check you can click "pay offline" and the below information will appear.
A $150 check payable to "AAU Hoop, LLC" can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 9572, Niskayuna, NY 12309
In the memo portion of check please include your child's name and grade level league they are registered.
If you end up changing your mind and would rather pay by credit card you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an invoice through email which you can then pay by credit/debit card.
RULES OF THE GAME:
While the Youth League will have a head trainer/referee and assistant trainer we encourage parents to volunteer to coach their child's team and to help during the drills portion. The games will be 30 minutes long and running time. At the end of every 5 minute segment everyone not playing will substitute into the game. The Kindergarten and 1st Grade levels will play on the lower rims with the other grade levels playing on the 10 foot rims. The referee will encourage the players to dribble and might stop play on occasion to help the player understand but will not call walking violations at the Kindergarten and 1st grade level of play. The defense will play man to man under one of the hash marks on court near the 3 point line to allow the ball handler to reach that point of the court without pressure. We won't allow stealing the ball or intercepting a pass at the Kindergarten and 1st Grade level. The above gives you some idea that the ref will not be calling every rule violation but allowing the game flow to take place and for players to use the skills they have. The coaches will instruct the players during the game on the proper methods and will also teach the fundamentals during the first 30 minutes of practice as well.
Please note: At the K/1 levels we may decide to lengthen the fundamental skills portion of the session and incorporate team competitions towards the latter quarter of the hour long session instead of having a running time game. We believe that in some instances by focusing more on basketball skill building it will allow the K/1 players to be more ready for the running time game once we decide to integrate it into their session.