WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YORBA LINDA BASKETBALL (YLB) AND OTHER COMPETING BASKETBALL LEAGUES?
Yorba Linda Basketball (YLB) was formed over 20 years ago and has been serving the community since that time. We have been told that we are one of the largest single city youth basketball programs in the nation. We are unique in that we are entirely VOLUNTEER RUN, and all of our fees go to run this local program without going to pay any regional or national organization for administrator's salaries. All moneys are poured back into the program, and into the community.
We also limit our teams to a maximum of eight players per team (boys and girls teams). Fewer players per team means more playing time for each child. All of our games are played locally at Yorba Linda High School, the Thomas Lasorda, Jr., Field House or Travis Ranch Gym, all located in the city of Yorba Linda. Because we are a large program, we do not need to play our games in neighboring cities or out of the area in order to have enough teams to play. Yet, our recreational program is just as competitive as programs that require you to travel many miles to play other teams. Wouldn't you rather be playing than driving?
Beyond the registration fee, we do not charge players additional fees to pay for scorekeepers, timekeepers or referees/officials. Additionally, our program boasts many players who have gone on to play at the high school level and beyond.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ROOKIE DIVISION AND THE LEAGUE PLAY DIVISION? The Rookie Division is for boys and girls, grades PREK & K only. It is a co-ed clinic that introduces the fundamentals of basketball in a supportive, hands-on learning environment. Dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and team play are emphasized in small group "centers" on the court.
League Play is designed for boys and girls, grades 1-12. This recreational league program focuses on development of basketball skills in a fun and competitive environment. Players are placed on teams based on their grade, with separate boys and girls divisions(except for Division 4). The divisions are as follows:
Division 4 - grades 1-2 (CO-ED)
Division 3 - grades 3-4
Division 2 - grades 5-6
Division 1- grades 7-8
Girls HS Division - grades 9-12
Boys HS Frosh/Soph Division - grades 9-10(If there is enough players only)
Boys HS Open Division - grades 9-12*
*Freshman and Sophomores in this division prefer a more competitive experience.
I PREFER TO REGISTER IN PERSON. CAN I DO THAT?
Of course. We offer several registration options: online, by mail and in person. Online is the preferred method. It is the easiest and is very secure. We accept Visa or Mastercard for payment (online only.) We also offer a walk-Up registration date for Fall/Winter registration only, and accept checks or cash then. Please check the home page for an announcement of the walk-up date. You may mail in your registration with a check. Keep in mind that we register on a first come first served basis, so you may want to register by the method that gets it there quickest.
AM I GUARANTEED A SPOT IF I GET MY REGISTRATION IN BEFORE THE DEADLINE?
This is a very popular league and these are very popular programs. Even before registration concludes, once the spots are filled, we will place players on wait lists pending openings. Don't wait. Register early!
I'M LATE!! CAN I REGISTER LATE?
You can register late, but your child will be placed on a wait list pending an opening. There is a $20 late fee for the League Play program, and although we may accept late registrations online if there is space, once remaining spaces are taken, registration must be by mail. You will receive a "closed" message when you attempt to register online if we are on a wait list. There is no late fee for the "Skills and Drills" program, but we have a limited number of participants that we can take.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION?
Rookie players will receive a YLB Uniform, basketball, and participation trophy at the end of the program. League Play participants will receive a YLB logoed jersey in a current professional or collegiate team color, individual and team photos and a participation trophy at the end of the season. Winning teams in each division of the playoff tournament can expect trophies as well. Referee and gym fees are included. You pay no additional timekeeper or scorekeeper fees in our league.
CAN MY CHILD PLAY UP A LEVEL (DIVISION)?
It is important that players play at their grade level, but exceptions are made in some circumstances where the child's ability exceeds that of their grade level. Upon prior board approval only, a child may be permitted to play up one grade level. Along with skills level, a determining factor in permitting a child to play up is the willingness of the player's parent to coach. The decision will be made prior to the draft. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
CAN MY CHILD PLAY DOWN A LEVEL (DIVISION)?
No. In order to maintain competitive balance, players cannot play below their grade level.
WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM MY CHILD'S COACH?
The drafts for League Play take place in late October for the Fall/Winter Season. Please allow until the end of October for the coach to contact you. If you have not heard from your child's coach by November 1, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. During the Spring Season, there is no draft, but coaches are given their rosters the week before games begin. If you have not heard from your child's coach by the end of March, contact us and we will put you in touch. If your child is enrolled in the Rookie League, you will receive an e-mail from your Coach sometime in December for the Winter League.
HOW OFTEN AND WHICH DAYS WILL MY CHILD PRACTICE?
If your child is enrolled in the Rookie program (grades PREK-K, co-ed), there are no additional practices beyond the Saturday or Sunday sessions that they will attend during the program. It is an all-encompassing program and all practices and games will take place during the Ten one-hour sessions. If your child is enrolled in the League Play program (grades 1-12, boys and girls), the number of days as well as the days of the week that the team will practice is solely dependent upon the schedule that each team's coach puts together. It is common for teams to have 1-2 practices per week. Practices begin November 1.
WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO "TRY OUT" OR BE EVALUATED? If your child is enrolled in the Rookie program, there is no evaluation of players. Just arrive on the first day, ready to play and have fun. If your child is enrolled in the League Play program for the Fall/Winter, players don't "try out", but they are evaluated for their skill level by the coaches. This enables the coaches to determine each player's ability, which will aid in fairly drafting players to teams. The evaluations take place mid October. If your child is enrolled in the League Play program for Spring, players are not evaluated. Teams are formed by the board to achieve competitive balance based upon our knowledge of the player. We ask for self-evaluation on the registration form which aids us in placement for those players where our skill knowledge is limited. Because girls high school players are not informed by their respective high schools whether or not they have secured a spot on their high school teams, we extend registration for them, and do not have evaluations. Teams are formed by the board as above.
HOW DOES MY CHILD GET PLACED ON A TEAM?
In the Fall/Winter Season, YLB League Play teams are formed by draft. The draft will take place late October. Coaches are allowed to freeze their own child and that of their assistant coach, along with other players, up to a total of 8 maximum. All other players are chosen through a draft with the coaches present. Coaches will then directly contact the players that they have drafted. In the Spring Season, YLB teams are formed by the board with a goal to achieve competitive balance. Coaches will receive their rosters and will contact their players.
WHERE ARE THE GAMES PLAYED?
If your child is enrolled in the Rookie program (grades PREK-K, co-ed), all games will take place at the Thomas Lasorda Field House on Saturday or Sundays. If your child is enrolled in the League Play program (grades 1-12, boys and girls), games are played at Travis Ranch Activity Center, Thomas Lasorda, Jr. Field House and Yorba Linda High School.
ALL OF OUR GAMES FOR ALL OF OUR DIVISIONS ARE PLAYED IN ONE OF THE THREE LISTED GYMS. NO TRAVELING!
Games begin early December.
WHEN ARE THE GAMES PLAYED?
In Fall/Winter Season, games are scheduled for Friday night, Saturday or Sunday. We try to limit the number of games scheduled in the mornings on Sundays, but we are limited by the gym time that we are able to secure from the city of Yorba Linda. High School games take place primarily, but not exclusively, on Sundays. Players can generally expect one game per weekend, although there may be an occasional bye and doubled up games over a weekend. In the Spring Season, games are scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. We do not have games scheduled during Easter weekend or on Mother's Day. As in the Fall/Winter, we are limited by the gym time that we are able to secure from the city of Yorba Linda. High School games will primarily be scheduled on Sundays. Players can generally expect one game per weekend, although there may be an occasional bye and doubled up games over a weekend.
WHEN WILL THE SCHEDULE BE POSTED?
The schedule for the Rookie Program(PREK-K) will be posted by the middle
of December for the Fall/Winter league.
The schedule for League Play games(Grades 1-12) for Fall/Winter will be posted by the end of November online.
The schedule for League Play games for Spring will be posted by the end of March or Beginning of April. We also have a Summer League that will be posted in June or July.
IS MY CHILD GUARANTEED PLAYING TIME?
Absolutely. We are a recreational league dedicated to building the skills of the player. Every player is guaranteed playing time. At YLB, we limit our teams to 8 players(for grades 1-12) each to maximize the playing time of each player.
Rookie Teams(Grades PREK-K), are allowed up to 10 players per team.
DO YOU NEED COACHES?
We are always looking for coaches and we will have a free coaching clinic in early November. If you are interested in coaching, please contact the appropriate board member for the division you are interested in (see the Board/Contact Us menu button). Thanks for asking!
WHAT ABOUT UNIFORMS?
"Our all new Rookie players will receive uniforms on the first day of the session in January. They may wear any comfortable sneakers. League Play participants will receive a YLB logoed jersey in a current professional or collegiate basketball team color, and the Coach will hand out the uniforms before the first games begin.
WHAT ABOUT BASKETBALLS?
League Play players use various sizes of basketballs depending on their level. A game basketball and a practice basketball will be provided to the coach. If you would like to purchase your own basketball, the following is the size you'll need:
Rookie (PREK-K), boys & girls - youth size (27.5)
Division 4 (1st-2nd), boys & girls - youth size (27.5)
Division 3 (grades 3-4), boys & girls - youth size (27.5)
Division 2 (grades 5-6), boys & girls - women's collegiate size (28.5)
Division 1 (grades 7-8) girls - women's collegiate size (28.5)
Division 1 (grades 7-8) boys - standard size (29.5)
High School Girls - women's collegiate size (28.5)
High School Boys - standard size (29.5)
HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
The "Rookie" clinic program is an 10 week program on Saturdays or Sundays and runs from early January to the Middle of March.
League Play in Fall/Winter begins practice November 1. Games begin early December. There are 10 weeks of regular season play, 3 weeks of a playoff tournament and one weekend of an invitational all-star tournament. There will be no games scheduled the weekends of winter break. All games end no later than the end of March. League Play in Spring begins a few weeks after the Fall/Winter season concludes, but varies depending upon calendar dates taking into account Easter and school district Spring Break dates. Check the Spring League web page after Fall/Winter Season concludes for more information. There are 6 games scheduled from (generally) early April to the end of May. We always finish the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend. There are no games scheduled during Easter weekend or Mother's Day. Summer Season starts in June.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We are an all-volunteer run organization and we are always looking for help. You can help for an hour or help all season long, it's up to you. Each team needs a coach, and assistant coach, a scorekeeper, a timekeeper (and a sponsor in Fall/Winter.) We'll have scorekeeper and timekeeper training sessions in November. Sponsors, of course, can come from outside the team, but if you have the ability to sponsor a team or if your company has matching funds for non-profits, why not? We encourage high school students needing volunteer hours to attend the scorekeeper/timekeeper clinics or contact us for other volunteer opportunities throughout the season. At the board level, we're always looking for dedicated individuals. We also have an auxiliary board. Do you have any special skills that can benefit our league? Tell us about them!