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KNIGHTS TRAVEL BASKETBALL TRYOUTS START THIS WEEK!

September 13, 2016

The Oceanport Basketball Association (OBA) is pleased to announce tryouts for our travel program - KNIGHTS BASKETBALL- representing Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Sea Bright, as we prepare for the 2016-2017 travel season. NOTE: Recreation basketball registration will be communicated separately at a later date. You can download a Knights Travel Program information sheet by CLICKING HERE. You can download a Knights registration form by CLICKING HERE. This year's Fundraiser Dinner at the Channel Club, THE social event of the season in basketball circles, is going to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  

1.All candidates must reside in Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, or Sea Bright and must attend at least ONE tryout session.

2.All candidates will be notified shortly after the last day of their respective tryout whether they made the team or not; some candidates may be cut after tryouts. 

3.All Candidates should dress comfortably for tryouts by wearing a tee shirt with a number on the back, shorts and good basketball shoes, and bring a photocopy of your birth certificate. 

Our traveling teams, as indicated below, will participate in the Mid- Monmouth Basketball League (MMBL) in the divisions indicated, based on their age group (see teams below with coach's name listed). All tryouts will be conducted at Maple Place School (MB), Wolf Hill School (WH) or Monmouth Beach School (MB) as shown below.  You can also scroll down to the very bottom of this page to see the complete tryout calendar.

All tryouts are at Maple Place School (MP), Wolf Hill (WH) or Monmouth Beach School (MB). The tryout schedule is below:

 

Division/Team

Tryout Dates/Times/Place

Eligibility

U-13/Senior Boys (Coach Coffey)

9/18/16 – 8 to 9 pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2002 (Primarily 8th graders)

U-13/Senior Boys (Coach Coffey)

9/20/16 – 7:30 to 9pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2002 (Primarily 8th graders)

U-12/Int. Boys (Coach Condon)

9/17/16 –11am to 12:30pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2003 (Primarily 7th graders)

U-12/Int. Boys (Coach Condon)

9/19/16 – 7 to 8pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2003 (Primarily 7th graders)

U-11/Jr. Boys (Coach J. Murphy)

9/19/16 – 6 to 7pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2004 (Primarily 6th graders)

U-11/Jr. Boys (Coach J. Murphy)

9/23/16 – 6 to 7pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2004 (Primarily 6th graders)

U-10 Boys  (Coach Alcini/Decker)

9/19/16 – 5 to 6pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2005 (Primarily 5th graders)

U-10 Boys (Coach Alcini/Decker)

9/20/16 – 5 to 6pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2005 (Primarily 5th graders)

U-9 Boys (Coach J. Murphy)

9/28/16 – 6 to 7pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2006 (Primarily 4th graders)

U-9 Boys (Coach J. Murphy)

9/30/16 – 6 to 7pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2006 (Primarily 4th graders)

U-8 Boys (Kelly/Sasso/Zilincar)

9/22/16 – 6:15 to 7:30pm @ MB

Boys born after July 31, 2007 (Primarily 3rd graders & below)

U-8 Boys (Kelly/Sasso/Zilincar)

9/24/16 – 4 to 5:00pm @ MP

Boys born after July 31, 2007 (Primarily 3rd graders & below)

U-13/Senior Girls (Coach Schmelz)

9/18/16 – 7 to 8pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2002 (Primarily 7th and 8th graders)

U-13/Senior Girls (Coach Schmelz)

9/19/16 – 8 to 9pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2002 (Primarily 7th and 8th graders)

U-12/Int. Girls (Coach Decker)

9/18/16 – 6 to 7pm @MP

Girls born after July 31, 2003 (Primarily 7th graders)

U-12/Int. Girls (Coach Decker)

9/19/16 – 8 to 9pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2003 (Primarily 7th graders)

U-11/Jr. Girls (Coach Guidetti)

9/18/16 – 5 to 6pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2004 (Primarily 6th graders)

U-11/Jr. Girls (Coach  Guidetti)

9/19/16 – 6:15 to 7:30pm @ MB

Girls born after July 31, 2004 (Primarily 6th graders)

U-10 Girls (Coach M. Carpenter)

9/17/16 – 4 to 5pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2005 (Primarily 5th graders)

U-10 Girls (Coach M. Carpenter)

9/20/16 – 6:15 to 7:15pm @ MB

Girls born after July 31, 2005 (Primarily 5th graders)

U-9 Girls (Coach MacRae)

9/18/16 – 1 to 2 pm @ MP

Girls born after July 31, 2006 (Primarily 4th graders)

U-9 Girls (Coach MacRae)

9/22/16 – 6 to 7 pm at WH

Girls born after July 31, 2006 (Primarily 4th graders)

 

KNIGHT TRAVEL BASKETBALL TRYOUT PROTOCOLS

(A) Prior to prospective players attending the tryout sessions, the parent or guardian of each child must complete a player registration and medical release form. 

(B) Tryouts will be conducted under the auspices of the Head Coach and at least one other volunteer who is an assistant coach and/or head coach of other Mid Monmouth teams, a Youth Recreation coach or an Association officer in order to provide a fair consideration of all candidates. Participation on a prior year’s Youth Traveling team shall not guarantee a boy or girl’s re-selection and continued participation on a Youth Traveling team. No information on the evaluations of players will be disseminated beyond the those individuals conducting tryouts and the Association's officers. Players selected will be notified by the Head Coach, who will then notify those not selected as set forth below. A player will not be considered a member of the current year’s Knights Youth Traveling team until his or her parent signs the agreement form which includes payment of the fees and the agreement to support the program in fund raising efforts. No parent or guardian will be allowed in the gym during a tryout session.

(C) Tryouts will generally cover two nights for each age group and gender. The dates for said tryouts will be set and advertised by the Oceanport Basketball Association's Board of Directors. No additional tryouts can be scheduled without the authorization of the Oceanport Basketball Association's Board of Directors. The tryouts will consist of drills and various games geared toward giving the coaches a broad view of the players’ talents and capabilities. To be eligible to make a team, absent extenuating circumstances, a player must attend at least one tryout.

(D) Teams will generally consist of 10 players and will be limited to no more than 15 players. The Association's Board must be notified of the names of the players who have been selected for each team. The Board reserves the right to involve itself in the selection process in the event that a complaint is filed with the Board regarding the process.

(E) Absent extenuating circumstances, the names of the players selected for each team will be posted on the Oceanport Basketball Association’s website within one week following the last tryout session. No child shall be informed that he/she is being selected or not selected in the presence of any other child or any other child's parent.
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(F) Prior to the posting of names on the Association's website, the coach of each team must advise the parents and/or children who are not going to make the team as follows:

Monmouth Youth U8 Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

Monmouth Youth U9 Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

Monmouth Youth U10 Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

Mid-Monmouth Junior Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

Mid-Monmouth Intermediate Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

Mid-Monmouth Senior Team - Coach must speak to child's parent in order to explain why the child was not chosen. The coach should advise the parent what skills the child needs to develop and/or improve upon. At the option of the parent, the Coach may also speak directly to the child about skills development.

 

 

2016 SONNY GIORDANO GAME MARRED BY INCREDIBLY BAD SLAM DUNK COMPETITION!

2016 SONNY GIORDANO GAME PLAYERS

While thousands of disappointed basketball fans were turned away at the door by the Fire Marshall prior to Saturday's Sonny Giordano 8th Grade Basketball Game at Maple Place, their disappointment paled in comparison to that which was experienced by those who paid well over a $100 a ticket to get into the packed gymnasium in the hope of seeing a high flying, above the rim aerial display by Flyin' Brian Kowalski, Slammin, Sammy Martucci, Jack "Attack the Rack" Zenkert, Gravity Defyin' Ryan Paglia and Tyler "Thunderdunk" Trimble in the 2016 Slam Dunk Competition during halftime of the Sonny Giordano 8th Grade Game.  Unfortunately, Trimble, the 2015 7th Grade Slam Dunk Champion, refused to participate because he was not paid an appearance fee ("I have nothing to prove," he said as he pushed his way through a throng of reporters, "I am the defending champ and these people know that my hops are the highest. I've got bills to pay and if the sponsors aren't paying an appearance fee, then I'm not going to be taking my talents to the hoop today.") and Paglia declined to be part of the competition because, as he put it, "If Trimble's not in it, then let's not even begin it."  And the overflow crowd was stunned when Kowalksi, Martucci and Zenkert were all summarily stuffed by the rim --- all three looking like this year's version Carmelo Anthony --- leaving it up to the unheralded Jimmy "Dr. Dunkenstein" Donohoe to steal the show with a reverse two handed jam that brought the house down.  Donohoe, when presented with the $5,000 check that goes along with winning the Slam Dunk Competition, refused to accept it stating, "Just being recognized by my peers as the best is enough for me."  Which is a good thing, because that check was going to bounce.

IF EVER YOU EVER DOUBTED THE LAW OF GRAVITY...

 

The Sonny Giordano game ended with a score of 44-43, but the way we look at it both teams won because they had a boatload of fun and received free tee shirts.

2016 ROOKIE GAMES FILLED WITH FUTURE #1 NBA & WNBA DRAFT PICKS!

The 2016 Rookie Games were hotly contested and highly competitive this year. Hundreds of action and team photos can be seen on the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook Page. 

COACH VIN SASSO'S 2016 NOTRE DAME SQUAD

AUGIE ZILINCAR'S 2016 BOSTON COLLEGE SQUAD

GREG LOCKWOOD'S 2016 DUKE SQUAD

COACH JOHN CALANDRIELLO'S NORTH CAROLINA SQUAD

COACH MIKE SIKAND'S 2016 INDIANA SQUAD

COACH ADAM MORO'S 2016 ALABAMA SQUAD

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO COACH GERRY MOSLEY OF SHOOT4SUCCESS FOR A GREAT SEASON WITH THE OCEANPORT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION.  IF YOU'D LIKE TO REACH COACH GERRY, PLEASE VISIT HIS SHOOT4SUCCESS WEBSITE AT http://www.s4scoachingwithcharacter.com/.

 

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK WITHUM, SMITH & BROWN, CPAs FOR SPONSORING THE ENTIRE ROOKIE LEAGUE THIS YEAR!

REMINDER REGARDING SPORTS SPECS/GLASSES

As of July 11, 2006, the laws of the State of New Jersey require that participants in youth sports who wear eyeglasses must now wear PROTECTIVE SPORTS GLASSES while playing sports. Your child will NOT be permitted to participate in any game or practice while wearing non-protective sports glasses. This is the actual body of the law:

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

C.5:18-1 Protective eyewear for certain children participating in sports.

1. Any child who wears corrective eyeglasses while participating in racquetball, squash,tennis, women's lacrosse, basketball, women's field hockey, badminton, paddleball, soccer,volleyball, baseball or softball, sponsored by a school, community or government agency, shallbe required to wear protective eyewear that meets the frames standards of the American Societyfor Testing and Materials (ASTM) F803 and lens standards of the American National StandardsInstitute (ANSI) Z87.1.C.5:18-2 Grants to assist low-income families.

2. The New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, established under P.L.1999,c.265 (C.26:1A-37.5 et seq.) is authorized to provide grants to assist low-income families inpurchasing the protective eyewear. As used in this section, a "low-income family" means afamily which qualifies for low-income housing under the standards promulgated by the Councilon Affordable Housing pursuant to the "Fair Housing Act," P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-301 etal.).C.5:18-3 Immunity from civil liability.

3. No school, community or government agency engaged in organizing, teaching, refereeingor coaching a sports activity described in section 1 of this act shall be liable in a civil action forfailure to administer or enforce the provisions of this act.4. This act shall take effect six months after the date of enactment.Approved January 11, 2006.

2015-2016 OBA REC BASKETBALL RULES - REVISED AS OF 11-14-2015

November 14, 2015

Click HERE for a copy of the rules for all three divisions as amended on 11/14/15.

FORMER OCEANPORT KNIGHT DANIEL PILLARI UP FOR EMMY AND ESPY AWARDS!

Former Oceanport Knights, Maple Place Charger and Shore Regional Blue Devil star Daniel Pillari (pictured below performing his stirring live-action depiction of Michelangelo's Touch of God), one of only two players from the Knights' program to play Division 1 college basketball, is tearing it up at Monmouth University this year as part of the Hawks' surprising 7-3 team. 

Pillari's ability to mimic the masters isn't limited to the Renaissance era, as evidenced by this incredibly moving reenactment of the most recent Star Wars film:

 

Daniel and his teammates have commanded the attention of national media and have even made it to the Today Show:

We're still waiting for him, however, to mention the Oceanport Knights.

2015 ROOKIE GAMES A PREVIEW OF 2032 WORLD GAMES!

For the 25th year in a row, the Oceanport Basketball Association's Rookie League games took place without any of the players dunking, but nobody noticed because the skill level of this year's rookies was off the charts. The future of Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright's basketball looks good based on the quality of play that was on display. Coach Gerry would have have been very proud of how well everybody played!  If you'd like to see some action photos from the Rookie League games, please visit the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook page. Coach 

HUNDREDS OF PICTURES FROM THE 1/31/15 GAMES CAN BE SEEN ON THE OBA FACEBOOK PAGE.

We had a lot of competitive, well played games yesterday and we've got the pictures to prove it.  Click HERE to go to the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook page to see hundreds more like the ones below.

 

               "If you say one more word about my incredibly silly hat, you are coming out of the game for good!"

MEN'S 35 AND OVER REC BASKETBALL PLAYED ON SUNDAYS 8:00 to 10:00 AM

Men's 35 and Older recreation basketball pick up games at Maple Place School are open to all Oceanport residents 35 and older on Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Out of shape has beens and never wuzzes who live in Oceanport and who are at least 35 years of age are invited to play something that resembles basketball, except that it is played in very, very slow motion. Schoolyard rules (call your own fouls, all shots count as 1 point, losers sit, John Feiter is never wrong) apply.  

Upcoming Games & Practices

Wednesday, Sep 28
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-17 @ TRYOUTS6:00pm - 7:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Thursday, Sep 29
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20166:00pm - 7:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Friday, Sep 30
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-17 @ TRYOUTS6:00pm - 7:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Saturday, Oct 1
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20168:30am - 10:00amOceanport - Maple Place School
Monday, Oct 3
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR BOYS 20166:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE6:15pm - 7:30pmMonmouth Beach School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20166:15pm - 7:30pmMonmouth Beach School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE7:30pm - 9:00pmMonmouth Beach School
Thursday, Oct 6
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20166:00pm - 7:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Saturday, Oct 8
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20168:30am - 10:00amOceanport - Maple Place School
Monday, Oct 10
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR BOYS 20166:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE6:15pm - 7:30pmMonmouth Beach School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20166:15pm - 7:30pmMonmouth Beach School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE7:30pm - 9:00pmMonmouth Beach School
Wednesday, Oct 12
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE6:15pm - 7:30pmMonmouth Beach School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE7:30pm - 9:00pmMonmouth Beach School
Thursday, Oct 13
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS JUNIOR GIRLS 20166:00pm - 7:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School

For a complete schedule listing, click here!