Central Bucks Athletic Association
(frequently asked questions)
HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO PLAY BASKETBALL?
The intramural program covers Grades 1-12 (grade as of September 2013).
All leagues are single gender. Either all girls or all boys. For boys there are leagues in grades 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, Jr High 7th/8th/9th, Senior High 10th/11th/12th. For girls interested in playing basketball we offer girls only leagues for 1st/2nd, as well as 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and the Jr/Sr. High League for grades 7th-12th.
Does CBAA Have a Competitive Travel Program?
CBAA also offers boys & girls travel basketball program (a more competitive program for the skilled player) that starts at age 9 for boys and girls, with specific teams in the 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 year olds. Additional information can be found on the Travel Program section of our web site.
HOW ARE INTRAMURAL TEAMS FORMED?
Teams are formed based on pre-season evaluations, including experience, and height. This is done in order to make the teams as equally balanced as possible. This is not an exact science and in order to have balanced teams we need all players to attend evaluations. Drafts are held for the boys 5th/6th, Middle School and High School Leagues.
The focus of the younger leagues is to learn and to enjoy the game of basketball. Request to have children play on the same team will be considered as long as it does not result in teams being impacted by the skill level of those players wishing to play on the same team.
WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO COME TO EVALUATION NIGHT?
Evaluation nights will be held in mid-October. They are very, important. Children do change over the course of a year, so this helps tremendously in assessing current skill and physical levels. We look at dribbling, shooting and passing skills and measure height. Evaluations take only 10-15 minutes for the younger children, so please be prepared to stay with your child and take them home immediately following their evaluation - we may schedule more than one group in one evening. For the 7th/8th/9th and 10th/11th/12th grade groups, evaluations will be 1 - 1 1/2 hour of playing.
WHEN ARE PRACTICES AND GAMES HELD?
We must schedule our program around the needs of the Central Bucks School District. Gym times and locations are dependent on what CBSD allocations to our program. Generally there will be one practice a week and a game on weekends. Practices start just before Christmas and the first game is usually the first Saturday in January. The season lasts 10 weeks for most. Generally if school is closed or students are sent home early, then all school activities are canceled for the evening. In the event of inclement weather, check the CB School District hotline number (215) 345-8580, 1.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A COACH OR REFEREE?
The most important qualification is the willingness and patience to work with children, as well as having some knowledge of the game; rules, etc. Coaches are always needed.
Qualified referees are compensated. Adults and Jr. Referees who know the game and wish to referee are welcome as positions are available.
Coaches and parents are asked to teach their children good sportsmanship.
What is CBAA Basketball's Code of Conduct?
CBAA Basketball Code of Conduct CBAA strives to foster a fun atmosphere where player development and enjoyment takes precedent over winning. Good sportsmanship is required by all parents, spectators, coaches and players and failure to demonstrate that could result in suspension from one or more games for coaches, parents and players. We asked that you agree to observe the following rules at all times:
- 1. Parents and other spectators should not give instructions to any players during the game; this is the coach's responsibility and it can confuse players when they receive instructions outside of their coaches during the game.
- 2. Parents, coaches, players and other spectators should refrain from any derogatory or offensive comments or actions to other players, coaches, referee's, parents or other spectators. Only positive, encouraging comments should be used.
- 3. Players, parents, spectators, and coaches may not argue or challenge referees. Coaches may ask for clarification, parents should refrain from speaking to or yelling out to referees.
- 4. If parents have any issues with coaches (playing time, game strategy, etc...) the situation should not be addressed during a game. CBAA has an equal playing time policy for all of its Intramural Leagues. As a result we encourage parents to talk with coaches before, or after practice or post game, in order to address any concerns. Emails and phone calls are additional alternatives. At all times this should be done in a respectful manner, remember coaches are volunteers. If satisfaction is not reached with your coach, please contact the appropriate league director rather then arguing with the coach.