Due to the paramount priority of safety in today's COVID culture, VABA is moving its winter basketball league outdoors, for the 2020-21 season, in the form of the Polar Bear Basketball League (PBBL).
Whether indoor facilities are made available by VABA's community partners (Albemarle Co, C'ville City, local private schools, etc.) remains undetermined with no definite time-table. Regardless, The VABA Team believes it is imperative, given the COVID-culture we are living in, to do everything we can to provide our community's youth a SAFE basketball option - one that is consistent with VABA's brand of mission-centered, positivity and fun! While it is true we all must make accommodations for best practices, the benefits of team-centered athletics, fun exercise and camaraderie, training, and competition are immeasurable, for our youth, and worth rallying behind for this cause!
VABA’s priorities remain consistent: Safety, Sportsmanship, Fun, Mission-centered, Strong Leadership, Character Development, Professionally-trained/High-quality coaching & instruction, and Organizational excellence! Please see below for specifics regarding the structure of the Polar Bear Basketball League.
By extending the registration deadline, VABA is creating more flexibility with regard to the total quantity of teams it may be able to accommodate (SEE BELOW FOR WHERE PRACTICES/GAMES WILL TAKE PLACE). Because practices & games are held outdoors (converted tennis courts), VABA has afforded a greater capacity for participation. Those registered for original indoor league have more time to consider the PBBL format changes.
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Sponsors may DONATE THEIR HOOP to underprivileged family, community youth organization, Salvation Army/Goodwill, or local school, or KEEP it for their neighborhood!
All PBBL gear is practical for all winter-time, cold, outdoor activities.
Average January-February temperatures in Charlottesville range between 40-50 F.
All PBBL gear is valuable memorabilia for this one-of-a-kind program!
Community Goodwill Donation: Sponsors (and their respective teams) “own” their respective hoop. At the conclusion of the season, sponsors/teams may donate their basketball hoop to under-privileged family/local school or youth-related non-profit.
Mask (REQUIRED & INCLUDED!):
All players receive a “VABA PBBL Gator Mask” with a turtle-neck feature (included in registration fee). PBBL masks are required apparel, to be worn at all times, before/during/after PBBL activities (practices/games). Masked players are safer* and warmer as well.
REQUIRED apparel for practices/games
Hat/Beanie (boys), Head-band Warmer (girls):
PBBL participants would have the option of purchasing (at a reduced VABA-only price) a PBBL-logoed winter hat or head warmer. This is a competition-specific winter cap similar to the one worn by track athletes or skiers when training during the winter months.
Radiator Base-layer Thermal Long-sleeve & Pant/Legging:
PBBL Participants have the option of purchasing (at a reduced VABA-only price) a
PBBL-logoed long sleeve “cold gear” top (to be worn under the uniform top). This item would keep the player warm (containing body heat), yet allow freedom of movement for full competition.
One of the best features of VABA's PBBL League is the PBBL Hoop Drive! After the season, PBBL Hoop Sponsors may donate their respective hoop to a charity, family, school, church, organization of their choice! What better way to encourage a positive, community hoop culture in Central Virginia!