Welcome to RBA! We are sure that you are looking forward to a great year of fun and learning as a player in the RBA program. The RBA Board of Directors thanks you for joining and promises that we will do all we can to ensure that this season brings all that you expect... and more!
HOUSE DIRECTORS: The House program is led by our two league directors:
DIVISION DIRECTORS: The Boys' House and Girls' House Leagues are each divided into three divisions. There is a 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th grade division in each league. The division directors are listed below. They are your contacts for the respective divisions, and can help with any questions or issues that are not handled by the team coaches.
TRYOUTS/EVALUATIONS Prior to the start of the season, each division holds a “tryout/evaluation". (Nobody gets cut from the house program.) The purpose of this session is to (in a very general way) assess the skill level of each player so that there can be reasonable parity among the teams. The volunteer coaches are invited to attend the tryout in order to make their own assessments, but the players are actually given a “ranking" by a panel of RBA volunteers. We attempt to populate this panel with volunteers who have some basketball knowledge and who do not have a child in the particular division. Those volunteers will grade the players in several categories. The grades are then compiled, and the players are ranked. NOTE: The entire grading results are not disclosed, other than to the coaches on draft night. It is RBA policy that the grading results never be disclosed to the players. It also needs to be understood that the tryout is a very inexact science. Its main goal is to spread out the highly skilled players, as well as those who are in the early stages of development. Please be advised that players involved in any travel program are not eligible to play in the RBA House program.
DRAFT: Shortly after the tryout, the division directors each organize a draft. The purpose of the draft is to attempt to achieve parity among the teams. At the draft, the coaches' sons/daughters are slotted into the draft based upon their ranking, and the draft is held. On draft night, each coach takes home his/her roster and contacts the team members. We generally try to discourage the pairing of a coach and an assistant prior to the draft. We would prefer to have a single coach select his team, and then select an assistant from the drafted roster. We thereby try to avoid the pairing of two highly skilled players via coaching pairings wherever possible. However, it must be noted that coaching an RBA team is a significant commitment, and there is almost always a shortage of coaches. Therefore, the first priority is recruiting a full complement of coaches.
TEAM SIZE: We strive to organize teams of no more than 8 players. The exact number on each team however, is determined by the exact number of players in each division, the number of coaching volunteers, and the availability of gym space.
BALL SIZES: K & 1st grade- Boys and Girls- 23" Biddy Ball. 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade - Boys and Girls - 28" Junior Ball. 5th & 6th Boys and Girls, and 7-8 Girls- 28.5" Intermediate Ball (Same as regulation women's ball). 7/8 Boys- Regulation Men's ball. NOTE- IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BUY THE CORRECT SIZE BALL. RBA PROVIDES GAME BALLS, AND IT'S OK TO COME TO PRACTICE WITH A DIFFERENT SIZE. THIS INFO IS JUST FOR YOUR REFERENCE IF YOU ARE PURCHASING ANYWAY.
SEASON SCHEDULE: Generally, each RBA division schedules 12-14 regular season games. Usually, Grade 3-4 and 5-6 divisions play their games on weekends only. (There are some Friday night games.) Some weekends will have two games, and others will have one game. We do not play during school vacations, but we do have games on holiday weekends. It is the goal of the RBA to provide the opportunity for the players to be in the gym two to three times each week. The season schedule will be issued at or after the draft. Practices start in November, games start in December and the season ends in March.
PRACTICES: In addition to the game schedule, each team will have a practice schedule that provides for one or two practices per week. The times and locations of the practices vary, and are dependent upon gym availability. This means you may have practices at gyms that are more distant from your home than your assigned elementary or middle school. Practice times may be as early as 5:30pm start time or as late as 8:15pm start time (in 5/6 or 7/8 divisions).
PLAYOFFS: Every RBA House team makes the playoffs. The regular season record determines the seeding, and the playoffs start immediately after the season. The House season culminates on Super Sunday, where after two weeks of playoffs, the best two teams from each division face off. The playoffs end by mid-March.