2021 Winter Basketball
The OBGC House Basketball program provides a forum for boys and girls to play organized basketball with the aim of teaching sound basketball fundamentals and good sportsmanship and, above all else, having a good time. The program, which is open to youngsters from grades two through twelve, consists of a boys’ league and a girls’ league. The K/1st grade clinic will be run by Tim Harwood from Harwood Basketball and will be fairly limited so enroll early to guarantee a spot.
The boys’ league offers options from K-12th grade: As we did last season we will attempt to separate Pee-Wee and Midget boys into individual grades i.e separating 4th and 5th and 6th and 7th. If the numbers do not work we will combine 4th and 5th in a pee-wee group and 6th and 7th in a midget group
Harwood Clinic- Grades K-1st
Saturday 2 seperate sessions
8:45am and 9:45am
Brooke Grove ES
Dates: 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18,1/25
Boys Instructional- Grades 2
Boys Instructional- 3
Pee Wee Boys 4
Pee Wee Boys 5
Midget Boys 6
Midget Boys 7
Junior Boys 8
Junior Boys 9
Senior Boys 10-12
The girls’ league offers options from K-12th grade and has a total of five divisions although the Junior and Senior girls divisions are usually combined:
Instructional Girls- Grades 2-3
Girls Pony - Grades 4 and 5
Midgets - Grades 6 and 7 OBGC GIRLS RULES
Juniors - Grades 8 and 9
Seniors- Grades 10 - 12
At the beginning of each season, grading, which examines each player’s dribbling, shooting, layup, rebounding and basic 3-on-3 abilities, is held for all players in both leagues (except Instructional division). This process is used to build balanced and fair teams. Usually teams consist of ten players, although to accommodate as many children as possible, a few teams may have eleven players. . *Note- Not all divisions hold grading, it will be determined after registration is closed. There will be no grading at the K/1st age clinic of instructional basketball
The season typically runs from late-November to early March, with the instructional leagues, Juniors and Seniors seasons running from December through March. Since this is a winter sport, inclement weather sometimes forces the cancellation of practices or games. Basically, when Montgomery County Public Schools close, all basketball activities are cancelled for that day. These cancelled practices or games are made-up as gym time availability allows.
Practice and Game Formats
All teams have one, hour-long practice during the week and one game on Saturday. The exceptions to this are the Seniors, who after a series of season kickoff practices, play two games per week without any additional practices and, Instructional, who have one practice during the week and a scrimmage on Saturday. Practices generally start two weeks before the first game. The program follows a set of rules that codify, among many other items, the minimum and maximum game playing times for all players.
Game and Practice Locations
Teams practice and play all games at the local Olney gyms of Brooke Grove Elementary School, Farquhar Middle School, Rosa Parks Middle School, Sherwood Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Cashell Elem, Belmont Elementary School and Sherwood High School.
All of our coaches are involved in the program because of their devotion to the children and the game. Our coaches are selected based on their ability to further the goals of the basketball program through their even-handed and relaxed approach with their players, parents and other coaches. All head and assistant coaches are required to pass a mandatory background check and attend NYSCA basketball-specific training. Becoming NYSCA certified qualifies the coach/assistant coach for the Club’s liability coverage.
All teams in both leagues make their respective division’s playoffs (except Instructional). The playoffs format is single elimination and seeding is based on the final regular season standings. Trophies are awarded to the playoff Champions and Runners-up.
OBGC provides every player with a numbered tee shirt. The player must supply his or her own basketball shoes, socks and shorts. Players in both leagues may not wear any jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. during official games.
The basketball Commissioner, with the assistance of the division Coordinators, manages the program. Registration fees are used to pay for player shirts, game referees, gym time, scoreboards, scorebooks, game clocks, basketballs and trophies. Due to the desire for league parity, reciprocal carpool requests will be honored if team parity will not be skewed. The Instructional division is the exception to many aspects of the program because the emphasis is placed on teaching the youngsters the fundamentals of basketball. All Instructional players receive participation trophies.
If you have any additional questions about the SPORT itself, please contact Brad Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a question concerning REGISTRATION, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you and enjoy the season!