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Junior Basketball League


Boys, Girls Divisions (Grades 1-2, 3-4)

League Goals

The goals of the Junior Basketball League are to provide the highest quality fun, positive learning environment for basketball skill and personal character development. To this end, the JBL encourages good sportsmanship (founded on VABA's Core Values), the proper teaching of basketball fundamentals and a greater sense of purpose beyond basketball. Ultimately, the JBL aims to "light the fire," inspiring young athletes to fall in love with the game of basketball.

League Structure

This is a recreational league. However, beyond just participating or playing the game, the JBL provides an environment where devoted, professionally-trained coaches and young athletes can sincerely focus on developming fundamental skills. Ultimately, VABA's goal is to strive toward maximizing participants' potential on and off the court while developing a love for the great team sport of basketball.

There are two (2) boys divisions for grades 1-2 and grades 3-4 and two (2) girls divisions for grades 1-2 and 3-4.  Within the boys 3rd-4th grade division, if appropriate, upper and lower divisions may be formed based on ability.  Teams are formed based on the public school district where athletes attend school. All teams, comprised of 10 players each, taken on a first come first serve basis, are divided based on the public middle schools where they would be districted to attend (also applies to private and home-schooled students). The JBL ("Junior League") is not run directly by the schools, the middle schools, or their athletic directors and coaches. Games and practices take place at local elementary and middle schools.

Teams

Two (2) Boys Divisions: Grades 1-2, 3-4 (possibly 3rd-4th grade division divided based on ability, if appropriate)
Two (2) Girls Divisions: Grades 1-2, 3-4
Four (4) teams per school/mascot per division (see participating districts below)

ARCHANGELS (CCS): Charlottesville Catholic School
BLACK KNIGHTS (Charlottesville HS): Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson Via, Johnson, Venable
CARDINALS (Free Union): Free Union School
DRAGONS (Greene County HS): All Greene County Schools
EAGLES (Covenant): The Covenant School
FLUCOS (Fluvanna MS): Central, Columbia, Cunningham
LIONS (Louisa Co): Moss-Nuckols, Thomas Jefferson, Trevilians
LIONS (Regents): Regents School, Home-school
MUSTANGS (Monticello HS): Cale, Red Hill, Scottsville, Stone-Robinson, Stony Point, Yancey
PATRIOTS (Albemarle HS): Agnor-Hurt, Baker-Butler, Broadus Wood, Greer, Hollymead, Stone-Robinson, Stony Point, Woodbrook
SAINTS (St. Anne's Belfield): St. Anne's Belfield School
WARRIORS (W.Albemarle HS): Crozet, Brownsville, Meriwether Lewis, Murray
Small PRIVATE SCHOOLS (w/ no HS): Field, Peabody, Village, Waldorf, etc.
*All private school must have enough participants from their school to form a school team - otherwise, they will be placed within their public school district. 

*Registrations are accepted first-come, first-serve, accepting the first 40 registrants (per age-group, per mascot).
*All new athletes who sign up (40 / age-group / mascot) will take part in an "Evaluation Day" in the fall in order to create balanced teams. Coaches & assistant coaches will have some input to team selection along with a draft process. Interested in being a head or assistant coach? Please email us today!
 

*INTERESTED IN PLAYING IN THE JBL BUT NOT REGISTERED YET? Please email us at info@playvaba.org to see if we have space remaining.
*Do you attend a Private School? If so, please attend the Evaluation Day that matches your "public school district."  If unsure if you will have enough participants from your private school, encourage others in your school to participate!  A minimum of 8 players is required, along with a coach.  


*If you are unable to make it to your assigned evaluation day, please check the altermate date provided AND call or email and so we are prepared for your attendance. It is best if you can attend on your assigned date.

League Registration opens at 6:00 am, Saturday, July 1st!

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Registration OPENS Saturday, July 1st!

Register online on Saturday, July 1st!

Space is limited for all teams. Mark your calendar and make sure to attend at least one Evaluation Date (see info below)!

JBL Evaluation Dates & Details

Junior Basketball League (Grades 1 - 2, 3 - 4) EVALUATION DATES:
It is required for all JBL Boys & Girls participants to attend a minimum of one (1) evaluation.  Unlike past seasons, there will NOT be a Parent Orientation Presentation.  Parents will be sent an online version of the presentation which will be required for both parents.  Parents will have until November 1 to view the video.  All those presently on a WAITING LIST should attend the evaluation.

The purpose of these evaluations is to get the kids excited about the upcoming season, have our coaches and staff evaluate strengths and areas to improve on, attempt to balance teams (with other considerations as well) and review the overall mission and purpose of VABA and our league with all parents.  It's an exciting tip-off for the season!  We look forward to seeing you there!

These dates apply to both boys & girls participating in the JBL.  One parent/guardian must stay throughout the evaluation.

WARRIORS (Meriwether Lewis, Murray, Crozet, Brownsville):
EVALUATION DATE:

Friday, Sept. 1 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Brownsville Elem. (Grds 3-4)
Friday, Sept. 8 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Brownsville Elem. (Grds 1-2)

PATRIOTS, SAINTS, DRAGONS (Greene): Grades 1-2, 3-4 (Agnor-Hurt, Baker-Butler, Hollymead, Broadus Wood, Greer, Woodbrook, St. Anne's Belfield, Nathanial Greene, Ruckersville)
EVALUATION DATE:
Thursday, Sept. 21 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Greer Elem. (Grds 1-2)
Thursday, Sept. 21 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Albemarle High School - Back Gym, Hydraulic Road parking near football field and tennis courts (Grds 3-4)


BLACK KNIGHTS, MUSTANGS, FLUCOS, EAGLES, ARCHANGELS, LOUISA, Peabody PANTHERS & Regents LIONS: Grades 1-2, 3-4 (Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson Via, Johnson, Venable, Cale, Stone Robinson, Stony Point, Red Hill, Scottsville, Yancey, Covenant, Charlottesville Catholic School, Carrysbrook, Central, Moss Nuchols, Peabody):
EVALUATION DATE:
Friday, Sept. 15 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Cale Elem. (Grds 1-2)
Friday, Sept. 29 (6:15 - 8:30 pm) @ Monticello HS. (Grds 3-4)

*INTERESTED IN PLAYING IN THE JBL BUT NOT REGISTERED YET? Click here to REGISTER TODAY! 
Attend your school's evaluation day and we may be able to place you on a team (if spots remain)
*Do you attend a Private School? If so, please attend the Evaluation Day that matches your "public school district" or organize your own private school team.
*If you are unable to make it to your assigned evaluation day, see alternate dates. Or, please call or email and we can find another date for you to attend. It is best if you can attend on your assigned date.

League Registration Fee:

$175(Boys - Grades 1-2)
$175 (Girls - Grades 1-2)
$199 (Boys - Grades 3-4)
$199 (Girls - Grades 3-4)
Sign-up DEADLINE: Your evaluation date! (will fill fast - see above)
*Please call if you miss your evaluation date!

*13+ week program (10+ games, 1 practice/week)
*Full & Partial Scholarships Available - apply today!
Grades: 1-2 & 3-4
Boys: Grades 1 - 2, Grades 3 - 4

Girls: Grades 1 - 2, Grades 3 - 4
Teams are formed on a first come, first serve basis. There are only 40 spots availabe for mascot teams for each grade division (4 teams of 10 will be formed for each). For questions or more info, please email info@PlayVABA.org or call 434-242-7729.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! (make a deposit to hold your spot as roster spots are limited)

Click here if interested in the VDBL (Grades 5-8)


Trained Coaches/Coaches Clinics: All JBL Head Coaches are professionally trained, through a series of "Coaches' Clinics," on a specific basketball curriculum of Coaching Ethics, Defensive and Offensive Play. All coaches are volunteeres. Team Managers and coaches are typically parents of participants. Parents assist with the running of game operations and serve to help support the league mission. There is no charge for JBL coaches to attend these clinics.

 

  • Evaluation Clinics: All participants are expected to attend ONE Team/Player Clinic (this is where the learning begins!!). Executive Director, Ben D’Alessandro (former Division I college coach), and JBL Director, conduct these teaching sessions. All clinics are included in the price of the league.
  • Full-time League Director: The Virginia Basketball Academy provides a full-time league director who is entrusted with running the league.
  • 10-12 Games: Games are played on Saturday mornings/afternoons/evenings.  Usually teams play one (1) game per week (unless a division has an odd number of teams, in which case, one team in the odd-numbered division can play two games in a given week).  
  • Mesh Jerseys (Grds 3-4), Shooting Shirt (Grds 1-4): All young athletes in grades 3 - 4 are outfitted in a reversible mesh jersey and shooting shirt.
  • Practice & Game Schedule: All teams practice once-a-week (on weekdays) with games on weekends (Saturdays).
  • League Rules: In the 1st – 2nd Grade Division, the rims start at 8’ and there is no score kept for games.  In the 3rd – 4th grade Division, the rims start at 9’ and the score is kept.  Rims raised in the event there is an upper 3rd-4th grade Division formed.  All Junior League divisions required equal playing time for all participants.
  • Grass Roots Partnership: While the JBL is organized and run by VABA staff, parent volunteers partner with the league, assisting with communication and carrying out some game-day operations. Parents may have a direct hand in the league's rules and policies, as VABA's goal is to provide the best possible basketball opportunity for the community.
  • FULL & PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS (Cost should not prevent anyone from signing up!) In order to provide the highest quality organization and league, it requires significant costs (listed above). TheJunior League is a program of the Virginia Basketball Academy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "build character and shape lives through the game of basketball - ensuring opportunities to all potential participants is critical to its purpose and success.  APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TODAY!

 

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