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OCEANPORT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

SCROLL DOWN TO VERY BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS OF GAMES, TRYOUTS, PRACTICES AND OTHER OBA EVENTS

NO REC PRACTICES TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 20, 2017.

We will NOT be holding rec practices at Wolf Hill School or Maple Place this evening (Monday, February 20, 2017).

MACRAE DRAWING COMPARISONS TO AURIEMMA AS KNIGHTS U-9 GIRLS MOVE TO 6-0!

Bill MacRae's Knights U-9 Girls are in first place with a perfect 6-0 record in the Mid-Monmouth East standings and people are beginning to take notice.  The U-9 Girls' latest victory -- an incredible 18-13 DOUBLE OVERTIME win over perennial powerhouse Brielle -- answered a lot of questions about whether or not MacRae had the coaching chops to navigate his team through close games.  Critics of MacRae's coaching style --- and by "critics" we mean Jim Murphy of the U-9 Boys and Leo Decker of the U-10 Boys --- believed that his success this season was premised on the incredible number of athletes he has recruited to play for him.  But this 5 point, double overtime win over Brielle silenced all of the critics.  "Leo and I are silenced," said a shocked Jim Murphy as he finished videotaping MacRae's latest practice session in the hope that he could apply some of MacRae's winning techniques to his own squad.  Melanie Carpenter, Head Coach of the Knights U-10 Girls, --- who, by the way, are currently standing tall at 4-2 --- thinks that the coaches on the Boys' side of the program, in particular Decker and Murphy, need to step up their game, stating, "Bill and I were just talking the other day about how much our backs were hurting from carrying the program this year.  It would be nice if Jimmy and Leo would start rowing the boat."  

 

Division: G9         Division: G10      
Seed   Wins Losses   Seed   Wins Losses
1 Oceanport 6 0   1 Manasquan 7 1
2 Rumson 5 1   2 Tinton Falls 6 1
3 West Long Branch 4 1   3 Spring Lake 5 0
4 Fair Haven 4 3   4 Fair Haven 5 1
5 Brielle 3 2   5 Ocean 4 2
6 Shrewsbury 2 2   6 Oceanport 4 2
7 Manasquan 2 4   7 Brielle 3 4
8 Spring Lake 2 5   8 Eatontown 2 5
E Little Silver 0 5   E Little Silver 2 4
E Tinton Falls 0 5   E Shrewsbury 2 5
          E Point Beach 1 5
          E Rumson 1 6
          E Point Boro 0 6

FINAL REC UPDATE AS OF 1/27 @ 8:30 PM!

Games start tomorrow (January 28, 2017).  Game schedules, practice schedules and rosters for EVERY division have been uploaded to the Oceanport Basketball Association’s website at www.leaguelineup.com/oba. You can find your team’s roster by clicking on “OBA Rec & Knights Teams/Rosters” in the Main Menu and then choose the appropriate division from the drop down menu to find your child’s team.  Your team’s game schedule can be found by clicking on “Full Schedule” on the Roster Page.  You can also see the overall schedule for the next ten days by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the Welcome Page.

 

Junior Division: 3rd&4th Grades

All games are at Monmouth Beach School. All practices are at Wolf Hill School. Each team has a head coach. Uniform shirts will be handed out before each of the games on Saturday. All substitutions will be made according to the Playing Time Matrix (subject to injury and/or foul trouble) to ensure that everybody gets an appropriate amount of playing time.  All games are played on 8 foot baskets. 

 

There are SIX teams in the Junior Girls division.  Four teams are comprised of girls from Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and Oceanport. Two teams are comprised of girls from West Long Branch.  There are TEN teams in the Junior Boys Division. Seven teams are comprised of boys from Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and Oceanport. Three teams are comprised of boys from West Long Branch. We still have NINE roster spots available in the Junior Girls division and THREE roster spots available in the Junior Boys division (for players from MB, OP and/or SB only).

 

Intermediate Girls Division: 5th and 6th Grades

Most games are at Maple Place (there might be one at Monmouth Beach at 4:30 pm during the year).  There are four teams and they are all comprised of girls from West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Sea Bright.  Each team has a head coach. The head coaches are Anthony Russo, Brian Ford, Troy Carew and Jim Kopec. The head coaches do not practice with their teams.  Instead, they merely act as coaches on Saturdays during the games. This past Wednesday night, the four coaches conducted a highly scientific player draft using a newly developed algorithmic biometrics program (at least that’s what they told me) to ensure that the teams are competitive. This was done at a newly opened basketball algorithmic biometrics facility in Long Branch called Zachary’s.   All games are played on 10 foot baskets. All substitutions will be made according to the Playing Time Matrix (subject to injury and/or foul trouble) to ensure that everybody gets an appropriate amount of playing time. Uniform shirts will be handed out before each of the games on Saturday.  Uniform shirts in this division are reversible tank tops.  They are royal blue on one side and white on the other.  If your team is listed as the home team on the schedule, then you wear WHITE.  If your team is listed as the visiting team on the schedule, then you wear BLUE.  There are THREE roster spots still available in this division.  If you know of a girl in 5th or 6th grade who wants to play rec basketball this winter, we will accept the first three registrations on a first come, first served basis.

 

Intermediate Boys Division: 5th and 6th Grades

Most games are at Maple Place (there might be one at Monmouth Beach at 4:30 pm during the year).  There are eight teams and they are all comprised of boys from West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Sea Bright.  As you are already aware, the boys do not have formal practices with their teams.  Instead, they participate in assigned, structured open gyms during the week. THERE ARE NO PARENTS ASSIGNED AS HEAD COACHES.  Instead, high school and college aged basketball players and/or athletes  will act as the head coaches (as they do in the boys rec summer league) and they will work in concert with the boys on the teams to coach the game.  All substitutions will be made according to the Playing Time Matrix (subject to injury and/or foul trouble) to ensure that everybody gets an appropriate amount of playing time. Uniform shirts will be handed out before each of the games on Saturday.  Uniform shirts in this division are reversible tank tops.  They are royal blue on one side and white on the other.  If your team is listed as the home team on the schedule, then you wear WHITE.  If your team is listed as the visiting team on the schedule, then you wear BLUE.  There are TWO roster spots still available in this division.  If you know of a boy in 5th or 6th grade who wants to play rec basketball this winter, we will accept the first two registrations on a first come, first served basis.

 

Senior Girls: 7th and 8th Grades

ALL games are at Maple Place.  Only 19 girls signed up in this division.  The 19 girls are from West Long Branch, Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach.  The girls practice as a group on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm.  Inasmuch as we don’t have enough players to have a round robin like game schedule and haven’t had enough girls to do so the past several years, we assign the girls to two “teams” for organizational purposes but, in reality, they are one big team.  On Saturdays, they all show up at their assigned game time and the two coaches --- this year, Tommy Welsh and Mike Murphy --- divvy up the girls who show up as evenly as possible and run an official full court game.  As the season progresses, we try to schedule some games against surrounding towns. Uniform shirts will be handed out right before Saturday’s 5:30 pm game.  Uniform shirts in this division are reversible tank tops.  They are royal blue on one side and white on the other.  Since we never know which girls will be able to make it to the games each weekend, the reversible jerseys allow us to move players back and forth across “teams” as required each week.

 

Senior Boys: 7th and 8th Grades

Most games are played at Maple Place (there might be one at Monmouth Beach at 4:30 pm during the year). There are eight teams and they are all comprised of boys from West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Sea Bright.  The 8 team captains conducted their own player draft.  As you are already aware, the boys do not have formal practices with their teams.  Instead, they participate in assigned, structured open gyms during the week. THERE ARE NO PARENTS ASSIGNED AS HEAD COACHES.  Instead, high school and college aged basketball players and/or athletes  will act as the head coaches (as they do in the boys rec summer league) and they will work in concert with the boys on the teams to coach the game.  All substitutions will be made according to the Playing Time Matrix (subject to injury and/or foul trouble) to ensure that everybody gets an appropriate amount of playing time. Uniform shirts will be handed out before each of the games on Saturday.  Uniform shirts in this division are reversible tank tops.  They are royal blue on one side and white on the other.  If your team is listed as the home team on the schedule, then you wear WHITE.  If your team is listed as the visiting team on the schedule, then you wear BLUE.  There are TWO roster spots still available in this division.  If you know of a boy in 7th or 8th grade who wants to play rec basketball this winter, we will accept the first TWO registrations on a first come, first served basis. 

 

ALL DIVISIONS:

  1. This is REC BASKETBALL.  Please refrain from yelling at the refs. They don’t care who wins or loses.  They aren’t cheating. They are trying their hardest. They don’t want to see anybody get hurt.  They aren’t getting paid a mint to be there and reffing bad basketball is one of the hardest things to do.  And, trust me, we are going to see a lot of bad basketball this year.  My hope, however, is that it will be really, really fun bad basketball.
  2. This is REC BASKETBALL. We are guests in both the Monmouth Beach School and the Maple Place School.  This means that we can’t have our kids roaming the hallways, hanging around in the bathrooms, rummaging through lockers or being otherwise unsupervised while we are at the gyms.
  3. This is REC BASKETBALL. The courts are meant to be used by the players.  What we don’t want is for every kid in the stands to run out and start firing off half court shots at half time, between games or every time there is a time out.  The floors are dirty and slippery enough as it is and, more importantly, it gets pretty dangerous for the little kids when a dozen leather projectiles are being tossed from all angles and distances.  To that end, I ask that you tell your kids to refrain from going on the court and shooting during play stoppage.
  4. This is REC BASKETBALL. We don’t really care who wins or loses.  There are no playoffs.  There is no championship.  The kids, for the most part, forget about these games before they walk out the door.  Please keep your comments from the stands positive and go back and read #1 above again.

 

 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD AN OCEANPORT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 2016-2017 REGISTRATION FORM, CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

U-9 KNIGHTS GIRLS RAMPAGING THROUGH MID-MONMOUTH LIKE VIKINGS!

Head Coach Bill MacRae and Assistant Coach Dorene Penney have their U-9 Knights Girls squad sitting atop the Mid-Monmouth standings after three games following last night's 12-4 victory over previously unbeaten West Long Branch. For a team that didn't ring up a victory all last year, this is quite a turnaround and, as you can see by the picture below, which might be the funniest picture I have taken in my 15 years of covering the Knights, the girls are having a lot of fun.

The U-9 Girls play tenacious defense (no team has scored more than 13 points against them), they can put the ball in the basket (scoring 21 and 18 points in their first two games) and the squad is full of highly competitive, aggressive, athletic girls.  More important than that, they seem to be having a LOT of fun, as evidenced by the fact that a Viking Horn helmet is awarded to a deserving player after each game in a mid-court ceremony.

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.

2016-2017 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.

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

Tuesday, Feb 21
JUNIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE OP#2 - CALANDRIELLO6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#7 - TURNER6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE WLB#1 - WALKER5:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#1 - MORO7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#2 - BENNETT7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #15:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #26:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE SENIOR GIRLS PRACTICE GROUP #17:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Wednesday, Feb 22
ROOKIE LEAGUE REC
PRACTICE ROOKIE #1 - MADISON6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #3 - STEPHENS6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #2 - BORESEN7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #4 - VINCELLI7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-175:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-8 BOYS 2016-176:00pmMonmouth Beach School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-9 GIRLS 2016-176:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-1O GIRLS 2016-177:15pmMonmouth Beach School
West Long Branch @ KNIGHTS U-10 BOYS 2016-177:45pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Thursday, Feb 23
JUNIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE OP#5 - FICHTER6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE WLB#3 - MICHALSKI6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE OP#3 - LOCKWOOD7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#4 - O'BRIEN7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #25:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE GIRLS PRACTICE GROUP #26:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE SENIOR BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #27:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Friday, Feb 24
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
Shrewsbury @ KNIGHTS U-9 GIRLS 2016-176:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Saturday, Feb 25
JUNIOR BOYS REC
WLB#3 - MICHALSKI @ OP#2 - CALANDRIELLO11:30amMonmouth Beach School
WLB#2 - CROWE @ OP#3 - MILLER12:30pmMonmouth Beach School
WLB#1 - MALFA @ OP#4 - FORD1:30pmMonmouth Beach School
OP#7 - TURNER @ OP#5 - FICHTER2:30pmMonmouth Beach School
OP#1 - ZILINCAR @ OP#6 - DEFONCE3:30pmMonmouth Beach School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
OP#4 - O'BRIEN @ WLB#1 - WALKER8:30amMonmouth Beach School
WLB#2 - CLARK @ OP#3 - LOCKWOOD9:30amMonmouth Beach School
OP#1 - MORO @ OP#2 - BENNETT10:30amMonmouth Beach School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
OP#7 - TEAM SWEENEY @ OP#8 - TEAM GEORGE8:30amOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#5 - TEAM FIUMFREDDO @ OP#3 - TEAM WHITE9:30amOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#6 - TEAM ALCINI @ OP#2 - TEAM BARHAM10:30amOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#1 - TEAM MADALONE @ OP#4 - TEAM DINAPOLI11:30amOceanport - Maple Place School
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS REC
OP#1 - RUSSO @ OP#3 - KOPEC3:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#2 - FORD @ OP#4 - CAREW4:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR BOYS REC
OP#1 - TEAM SMITH @ OP#4 - TEAM DAVIS12:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#3 - TEAM DOEHNER @ OP#5 - TEAM TILTON1:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#8 - TEAM MCLAUGHLIN @ OP#7 - TEAM HARMON2:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
OP#2 - TEAM MURPHY @ OP#6 - TEAM MCGHEE4:30pmMonmouth Beach School
SENIOR GIRLS REC
OP#1 - @ OP#2 -5:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Sunday, Feb 26
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym) @ OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym)10:00amOceanport - Maple Place School
OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym) @ OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym)11:30amOceanport - Maple Place School
KNIGHTS U-8 BOYS 2016-17 @ Rumson12:15pmRumson Forrestdale School
GYM NOT AVAILABLE @ GYM NOT AVAILABLE1:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Point Pleasant BORO @ KNIGHTS U-1O GIRLS 2016-172:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Manasquan @ KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-173:45pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Tinton Falls @ KNIGHTS U-10 BOYS 2016-175:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym) @ OPEN GYM TIME (Whole Gym)7:00pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Monday, Feb 27
JUNIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE OP#3 - MILLER5:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#4 - FORD5:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#1 - ZILINCAR6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#6 - DEFONCE6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE WLB#1 - MALFA7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE WLB#2 - CLARK7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #16:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE GIRLS PRACTICE GROUP #15:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE SENIOR BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #17:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-17 @ Ocean Township6:00pmOCEAN TOWNSHIP Intermediate School
Tuesday, Feb 28
JUNIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE OP#2 - CALANDRIELLO6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#7 - TURNER6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE WLB#1 - WALKER5:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#1 - MORO7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#2 - BENNETT7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #15:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #26:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE SENIOR GIRLS PRACTICE GROUP #17:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Wednesday, Mar 1
ROOKIE LEAGUE REC
PRACTICE ROOKIE #1 - MADISON6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #3 - STEPHENS6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #2 - BORESEN7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE ROOKIE #4 - VINCELLI7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
KNIGHTS TRAVEL TEAMS
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-9 BOYS 2016-175:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-8 BOYS 2016-176:00pmMonmouth Beach School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-9 GIRLS 2016-176:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-10 BOYS 2016-177:15pmMonmouth Beach School
PRACTICE KNIGHTS U-1O GIRLS 2016-177:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
Thursday, Mar 2
JUNIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE OP#5 - FICHTER6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE WLB#3 - MICHALSKI6:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
JUNIOR GIRLS REC
PRACTICE OP#3 - LOCKWOOD7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
PRACTICE OP#4 - O'BRIEN7:00pmOceanport - Wolf Hill School
INTERMEDIATE BOYS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #25:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS REC
PRACTICE INTERMEDIATE GIRLS PRACTICE GROUP #26:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School
SENIOR BOYS REC
PRACTICE SENIOR BOYS PRACTICE GROUP #27:30pmOceanport - Maple Place School

For a complete schedule listing, click here!