Leagues/teams are rostered on a first-come (registered), first-served basis.
The best and most popular youth basketball leagues in the area!
Warriors: Sat/Sun in early/mid-September
-->for Warriors ONLY
Mustangs/Flucos/Private Schools:: Sat/Sun in early/mid-September
-->for Mustangs, Flucos, Eagles, Archangels, Panthers, Saints
Patriots/Small-Counties/Private Schools: Mid/late-September
-->for Patriots, Dragons, Cardinals
-->Miscellaneous (anyone not listed or unable to attend their assigned date)
Black Knights: Late-September/Early-October
-->for Black KnightsCall-Back/Make-up Evaluation: Early-October
-->for Black Knights and any LAST CALL VDBL make-up evals
It is required for all Boys participants to attend a minimum of one (1) evaluation (All Girls must attend the Girls Clinic). 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 viewing for all parent/guardians. Parents will have until November 1 to view the video. All those on a WAITING LIST should attend the evaluation.
"GIRLS NIGHT OUT!"
-->for ALL GIRLS REGISTERED OR INTERESTED IN PLAYING BASKETBALL THIS WINTER!
-->Required for all Girls registrants!
-->Open to anyone who wants to attend (grades 1-8)
-->Invite a friend or a classmate!
The VABA Mission is to build character and shape lives through the game of basketball. Organized and run by the Virginia Basketball Academy the VDBL is set on VABA’s two main goals: SKILL & CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. The VDBL is designed to help young basketball players prepare for life and the relevant possibility of playing high school basketball. As a program of VABA, a recognized 501c3/non-profit organization, the VDBL maintains the same mission and purpose, aiming to serve the extended Charlottesville-Albemarle community by funding scholarships for all interested participants. Donations and sponsorships are vitally important to sustaining our costs and are always welcome! (Apply for a Scholarship)
There are four “divisions” within the VDBL: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade (two within VDBL-Girls, 5-6 & 7-8). All teams, comprised of 10 players each, are divided based on the high school the players would (eventually) be attending. The VDBL is not run directly by the schools, the high schools, or their athletic directors and coaches. It has been designed with their knowledge, input, consent and support. Local high schools stand to benefit from the development of their future athletes therefore they are very supportive and excited about the VDBL and its approach! All games and practices will be taking place at the projected high school or middle school. Participating schools include Albemarle HS, Charlottesville Catholic, Charlottesville HS, Covenant, Fluvanna County HS, Greene County HS, Louisa County HS, Monticello HS, Nelson County HS, St. Anne's-Belfield, Tandem Friends School, Western Albemarle HS, (and other private schools and home-school students). Students will participate as Black Knights, Dragons, Eagles, Flucos, Governors, Lions, Mustangs, Patriots, Saints, or Warriors.
Small PRIVATE SCHOOLS (w/ no HS) *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.
*All other local private school or home-schooled students interested in participating have the choice of trying-out for either their local, districted high school mascot team or the “Eagles” or “Saints.”
*If you would like to enter a team not listed within the schools above, you may do so with the consent of the League Director (provided you have a minimum of 8 players all of whom would attend the same HS).
*Premier Boys league (10/roster) (must attend one tryout)
*Two divisions (5th-6th, 7th-8th) *10 girls/roster *Grades 5 - 8
*Silver league teams are formed with those that do not make Gold rosters following tryouts/evaluations (must attend one tryout) *Grades 5 - 8
Full & Partial Scholarships!!
**Cost should NOT PROHIBIT any student-athlete from trying-out/signing-up!!**
In order to bring the highest quality organization & league, it requires significant costs – listed above. The VDBL is a program of the Virginia Basketball Academy, a NON-PROFIT organization, whose mission is to use basketball to teach life and ensure opportunities to all participants is critical to its purpose AND success. Click here to APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.
This is not a “recreational” basketball league; rather, this is a “developmental” league. We aim to provide a controlled, focused environment where devoted coaches and student-athletes can sincerely focus on developing their skills, strive toward maximizing their potential on & off the court, and ultimately prepare for the possibility of playing HS basketball.
It is required for any VDBL participant to attend a minimum of one (1) clinic (with a parent/guardian) - see dates and times below. No RSVP necessary - just show up.
Albemarle County Teams/Residents:
Charlottesville City Teams/Residents:Times: TBD
Girls participating in the VDBL (Grades-5-8) are required to attend at least one (1) clinic date. These are not evaluations per se. Rather, these are free instructional clinics with our league directors and supervisors whose main emphasis will be skill development. League Staff will also be assessing areas of strength as well as where more skill work may be needed as skills session and scrimmages are conducted.