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OCEANPORT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2018-2019 REC BASKETBALL SEASON ARE DUE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1ST!
Registration forms for the Oceanport Basketball Association's 2017-2018 rec basketball season must be submitted by DECEMBER 1, 2018.
Registration forms and checks (payable to Oceanport Basketball Association) should be mailed or hand delivered to: Jay Coffey, 39 Oneida Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757. Children who reside in Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright and West Long Branch, whether they attend public, private or parochial school or are home schooled, are invited to play. Additionally, students who do not live in the Shore Regional sending district, but who attend public school in Monmouth Beach, Oceanport or West Long Branch are invited to play.
Children will receive a uniform tee shirt and once per week practice instruction. Children in grades 3 through 8 will play an 8 or 9 game schedule. All 3rd and 4th grade games will be played on Saturdays at Monmouth Beach School. 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade games will be played on Saturdays at either Frank Antonides School or Maple Place School. Each child is guaranteed to play at least half of each game. Each team will have a regularly scheduled one hour practice session at either Frank Antonides School, Maple Place School or Wolf Hill School. The practice sessions will be set prior to the start of the season by each team’s coach.
Rookie League teams (1st & 2nd graders only; co-ed teams) practice once a week at Wolf Hill School and play one game on the big court at Maple Place at the end of the season. Please note that we are again expanding the Rookie League to include 1st Graders this year. Questions should be directed to Jay Coffey at email@example.com. Please don't e-mail to ask where you can get a registration form from, though, because you just had three shots at it!
Dear Parents and Players,
Welcome to our 2018-2019 basketball season. We look forward to another successful season of recreation and travel basketball. Our Mid-Monmouth Fall Travel (6th, 7th and 8th grades) season begins with tryouts in early September, practices beginning soon thereafter, regular season games beginning the last week of October and concluding in late January, with playoffs taking place the first two weekends of February. Our Mid-Monmouth Winter Travel (3rd, 4th and 5th grades) season begins with tryouts in mid-September, practices beginning soon thereafter, regular season games beginning in January and concluding in March, with playoffs taking place the first two weekends in March.
Our Recreation Basketball Program (1st through 8th grades) practices begin right at the end of the year or at the beginning of the new year and our first games will be played in early to mid-January of 2018. The season concludes in late February or early March.
1. IMPORTANT DATES
-Early to Mid September: Mid-Monmouth Fall & Winter Travel Team Tryouts
-December 1st: Last day for submission of recreation registrations (Forms are available in "Registration Forms" section of Menu on left.)
-Early December: Recreation basketball player draft
-Early January: Recreation basketball practices begin
-Mid January: First day of recreation basketball games.
Our program’s goal is to promote basketball knowledge, skills, and teamwork in a fun environment for the youth of the Shore Regional High School sending district.
2. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Our organization could not succeed without a dedicated volunteer coaching staff from whom your children will learn a lot about the game. We are always seeking coaches for each age group, for both travel and recreation. We also have volunteer division coordinators for our recreation program who help assure that coaches are informed, referees are scheduled and paid, and games/practices are running as planned. We welcome your involvement. Don’t hesitate to let a board member know if you are interested in helping out.
3. RECREATION PROGRAM (1st through 8th grade)
Our recreation program is broken into four divisions: Rookie (co-ed, 1st & 2nd graders), Junior (single sex, 3rd & 4th graders), Intermediate (single sex, 5th & 6th graders) and Senior (single sex, 7th & 8th graders). The Rookies practice once a week at Wolf Hill School (same night and same time all season) and play one game on the big court at Maple Place on the last day of the season. The night and time that each Rookie League team practices will be set by the coach of the team. The older divisions have both a one hour practice time and a game each week. Again, the night and time of the practice will be set by the team's head coach. Your child’s coaches will be assigned practices days/times and will provide each player with a practice and game schedule. 3rd/4th grade (Junior Division games are played on Saturdays at Monmouth Beach School. 5th/6th (Intermediate Division) and 7th/8th (Senior Division) grade games will be played on Saturdays at both Frank Antonides School and Maple Place School. Junior Division practices are held at either Wolf Hill School or Maple Place School. Practices for the Intermediate and Senior divisions will be held at Frank Antonides School and Maple Place School.
In the Junior Division, teams from West Long Branch compete in the league against teams from the Oceanport Basketball Association. In the Intermediate and Senior Divisions, players from West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and Oceanport are all mixed together to form teams that compete against each other. Games between teams in the Intermediate and Senior division are coached by high school and college ballplayers.
We will start our recreation practice season in late December/early January(with the possible exception of our youngest participants). Your child’s coaches will be assigned practices days/times and will provide each player with a practice and game schedule. 3rd/4th grade (Junior Division games are played on Saturdays at Monmouth Beach School. 5th/6th (Intermediate Division) and 7th/8th (Senior Division) grade games will be played on Saturdays at both Frank Antonides School and Maple Place School. Practices for the two older divisions will be held at Frank Antonides School and Maple Place School.
As youth develop in age and skills, the rules of play vary in order to provide a positive basketball experience for players of every skill level. A recreation program player is expected to be able to play ½ the game in 2 full quarters. Families can expect a call from a coach shortly after the player draft takes place. You will be provided with information about the coach, practice and games days and start dates. If you have not been contacted by a coach by January , please contact a Board Member. Also, check your e-mail regularly as this is the preferred method of keeping parents and players up to date with any news or changes specific to your child’s team or Oceanport Basketball Association updates.
Rookie (1st & 2nd grade)
• Skill development; one hour weekday practice each week
• ½ hour spent on skills
• ½ hour spent playing a game
• One game at the end of the season on big court at Maple Place
Junior, Intermediate and Senior (3rd – 8th grade)
• 1 hour weekday evening practice and 1 hour weekend game per week
• Junior Division games are played with referees on 8 foot baskets at Monmouth Beach (height increases as the season progresses) and on 10 foot baskets at Maple Place School and Frank Antonides School in the Intermediate and Senior Divisions.
4. TRAVEL PROGRAM (3rd through 8th grade)
All youth in grades 3-8 are eligible to try out for a travel team. The Oceanport Basketball Association sponsors travel teams in the Mid-Monmouth basketball league as follows:
4th grade (U9) (3rd graders and under can try out for this team)
5th grade (U10)
3rd grade (U8) (2nd graders and under can try out for this team)
4th grade (U9)
5th grade (U10)
Girls - 6th grade (U11) (5th graders and under can try out for this team)
7th grade (U12) (If enough players are available)
8th grade (U13) (7th graders can try out for this team)
Boys - 6th grade (U11) (5th graders and under can try out for this team)
7th grade (U12)
8th grade (U13)
In order to foster consistency and continuity within the program, moreover, OBA requires that each Youth Traveling team player entering the program after March 12, 2006 must play with the Youth Traveling team in his or her age group through the age of 10. As such, aside from the exceptions set forth below, a player must play with his or her age group and no player shall be permitted to play “up” with an older team until that player attains the age of 11.
The exceptions to this rule are:
(1) Insofar as there is no boy's Winter Travel team for children under the age of 8, a boy under the age of 8 may try out for and, if selected, play on the U8 team. The following year, however, this player would only be eligible to play on the U8 team again. Given the fact that the underage player cannot move up with his teammates the following year, it is the Oceanport Basketball Association's recommendation that coaches only select underage players if there are an insufficient number of 3rd graders to field a team.
(2) Insofar as there is no girl's Winter Travel team for children under the age of 9, a girl under the age of 9 may try out for and, if selected, play on the U9 team. The following year, however, this player would only be eligible to play on the U9 team again. Given the fact that the underage player cannot move up with her teammates the following year, it is the Oceanport Basketball Association's recommendation that coaches only select underage players if there are an insufficient number of 4th graders to field a team.
(3) In the event that, UPON THE CONCLUSION OF TRYOUTS AND NO PLAYERS HAVING BEEN CUT DURING OR AT THE CONCLUSION THEREOF, a particular Youth Traveling team does not have the necessary minimum of seven (7) players, then a younger player shall be permitted to play with an older Youth Traveling team so long as (1) the coaches of both the age appropriate team and the older team have had an opportunity to consult with each other, (2) the parents of that particular player consent to the child playing “up” and (3) the Traveling Vice President approves of the child playing “up”. In the event that, after consultation with each other, the coaches of the age appropriate team and the older team are not in agreement as to whether the player should be permitted to play up, the Traveling Vice President’s decision shall be determinative.
Please note that in certain instances a player may be young enough to play with the team below his/her academic grade (e.g., a player who is in 4th grade in school, but is young enough to be in the 3rd grade). Again, in order to foster consistency and continuity within the program, the Oceanport Basketball Association prefers that the player, so long as he/she is athletically able, play on a team with his/her classmates. It is the Oceanport Basketball Association's responsibility to do what is best for the overall program, not an individual player. The program's desire to promote consistency and continuity is borne out of the history of problems which have arisen in the past regarding players playing "up" or "down". By way of example: (a) if a player plays "down" with his/her age group rather than playing with his/her class, what happens to the team and the program when the player graduates 8th grade?; (b) if a player plays "up" because the player's parents feel that he/she is too good for his/her age bracket, what happens when his age group's team plays against the other teams from Monmouth County? Most other programs forbid players from playing "up". As such, our program will not be playing its best players in a particular age group against the best players from other towns. This places our program at a distinct disadvantage; (c) if a player wants to play "up" and tries out for the team a grade above and gets cut, what happens to that player?; (d) If a player decides he wants to play "up" one year, but not the next, and "up" again the following year, what does this do to the program? A hard and fast rule, subject to the few exceptions set forth above, obviates the need to address these questions on a case by case basis and removes all biases and "politics" from the equation. There are plenty of AAU teams that will allow for a player of considerable skill to play with higher age groups.
Travel evaluations/tryouts will be conducted in September. Two evaluation sessions per grade/gender division are available. All youth who try out will be evaluated by coaches within the Oceanport Basketball Association's Knights Travel Basketball Program.
While it is preferred that a youth attend both sessions for the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills, only one session is required. Additional details about the tryout policies and procedures are available for review at the tryout sessions or may be requested at anytime. These are also available on the website.
Travel teams practice at least once a week, subject to gym availability, with one to two games per week. An additional travel fee applies for youth who play on travel teams.
Travel basketball requires a substantial time commitment on the part of both the players and the parents. The player will be expected to put his/her travel basketball team first over any other conflicting sports obligations. Barring illness or injury, players will be expected to make all practices and games. Parents will be expected to support the program by contributing to and attending our annual fundraising dinner. Parents and players must accept the fact that in the travel basketball program there is NO GUARANTEE OF PLAYING TIME. Travel basketball is very competitive and our players will be playing basketball against the best players in Monmouth County on a weekly basis. They will face these same players throughout grade school and high school. Playing time is based on merit and ability in travel basketball. Nobody benefits by having an overmatched player on the court. As such, there is no guarantee of playing time. Players will be expected to practice I their spare time on their own in order to develop the skills be taught by their coaches. Children mature at different ages. As such, no player is assured of a roster spot or position from year to year, or even game to game. If any of the above will be a problem for either the parents or a player, then the travel basketball program may not be for you.
In return for the players' and parents' commitment to the program, the coaches promise to communicate and clearly define the team's goals and objectives to both the players and their parents at the beginning of the season and continue to do so during the course of the season. The coaches will conduct comprehensive practices and instruct the players in all facets of the game of basketball. The coaches are charged with the duty of schooling our travel players in the art of winning and losing gracefully. Our coaches invest a great deal of their personal time teaching game lessons and, more importantly, life lessons to the travel players.
We have always been fortunate to have so many supportive parents and fans attend our games and practices and look forward to a great year. The Oceanport Basketball Association will not tolerate poor sportsmanship by any of our coaches, parents or players. Our coaches have been advised that if a player exhibits any physical or verbal abuse toward another player, coach or official, that athlete will be removed from the game. We also expect all coaches and parents to exhibit a high level of sportsmanship. Coaches or fans may also be asked to leave if they are not displaying good sportsmanship. Please be reminded that every one of us represents the Oceanport Basketball Association and we all play an important role in maintaining the reputation of our program.
6. GYM SPACE
Gym space is at a premium during the winter months. The recreation basketball program takes precedence over travel basketball as far as gym time allocation for practices is concerned. The overall basketball program's access to gym time is subject to school and other community uses of the gym space. We utilize the gyms at the Monmouth Beach School, Frank Antonides School, Maple Place School and Wolf Hill School. For this reason, the practice and game schedules require significant effort to schedule time that meets the needs of all our teams. The Oceanport Basketball Association would appreciate your help in working within the scheduled times and keeping the gyms in order.
7. FEEDBACK AND PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT
We are always seeking ways to improve our basketball programs. We request that all families submit feedback about what is going well and what could be improved. In addition, if you have a suggestion or concern at anytime you are welcome to contact any board member via phone or email. Contact information is available on the website. Any issues raised are reviewed and discussed at board meetings.
E-mail: Check your e-mail regularly and make sure we have all of the appropriate e-mail addresses for your family.
In closing, we want to thank each of you who continue to give your time to help our children. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact any of our board members.
President, Oceanport Basketball Association
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
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.