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Frequently Asked Questions

How often and where do teams play?
House league teams have one practice(1.5 hrs) and one game per week. School availability is different each year so locations may change from year to year but practice and game nights are usually consistent year to year as follows:
Novice - practice on either a Monday or Tuesday evening and games on Friday evenings.
Atom - practice on either a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening and games on Friday evenings.
Bantam - practice on either a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening and games on Friday evenings.
Midget - practice on Mondays and games on Wednesday evenings.
Juvenile - practice on Tuesday and games on Thursday evenings.

What time are the practices and games?

Since almost all our practices and games are at schools in the KW area, we must follow the school boards rules. Permits all have start and end times and these must be obeyed.

Elementary school permits begin at 6:30 pm so the first practice (usually 1 of the 2 younger divisions) will start then and run to 8:00 pm. The 2nd practice (usually Bantam or higher) will run from 8:00-9:30 pm.

High school permits begin at 7:00 pm so practices would run from 7:00-8:30 pm or 8:30-10:00 pm. There are a few exceptions to this.

Games are scheduled to begin 15 minutes after the permit begins to allow for warm up time with the 2nd game of the night starting 15 minutes after the 1st one ends. Again, there are a few exceptions to this.

How will I know what day my practice will be on?

At the very beginning of the season, all players in each House League division will meet and practice together.

Novice, Atom, Bantam and Midget players will meet at RIM Park Gyms on Tuesday or Thursday night followed by a second practice for the week on Friday at a High School.

The first night, the first question posed will concern the night of the week when the player CAN practice. This first division will then continue over 2 weeks while the players learn and are divided into fairly equal teams. 

How competitive is the play?
At the house league level, the focus is on a player's skill development, being part of a team and enjoying the game. We all try hard, but it's all in fun. Every division has players that are new to organized basketball and some that might have played for several years. There is room for all in K-W YBA.
Is this a co-ed league for all divisions?
All of our House League divisions are co-ed. There are usually more boys than girls but we attempt to balance the ratios if possible.
Rep teams are segregated by sex.
I'd like to help, but I don't really know anything about basketball?
That's okay! K-W YBA needs all sorts of volunteers. We need people to help keep score, keep time, monitor doors and gyms and help with special events like Pizza Day. For those that would like to help coach, we do have clinics available and a coaches' development program.
Do you allow special requests?
Where possible, we try to accomodate requests. However, we cannot guarantee that players can play on certain nights or with a friend, for example. If you have a special situation, please speak to someone at registration or Division evaluations.
There is no choice available for practice or game location.
How often do rep (Vipers) teams play and where?
Rep teams generally practice between 2-3 times per week, including 1 on Saturday. Vipers teams all play in the OBL (a league run by the OBA). These games are usually on either Saturday or Sunday about once per month. In addition, they may play in 1 or 2 OBA sanctioned tournaments during the course of the season.
The Rep season also lasts a little longer than House League, typically into April or May for the younger boys and the girls teams. The older boys teams (Midget, Major Midget, Juvenile and Junior teams) start later in the season, beginning after the boys' high school season. These age groups can play house league without interfering with their rep season but there is an addition registration required.
Most weekend tournaments that our team attend are run by clubs from Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, etc. However there is possible travel to such centers as Barrie, Windsor, etc.
The Provincial Cup Championship tournament is hosted by various centers in Ontario.

Do I need to register to tryout for a Viper Rep team?

Yes. Because of insurance regulations, we cannot allow players who are not registered (and thereby insured) to participate in a tryout. All players must register with the YBA first.

What happens when there is bad weather?

Standard rule is if the school has been closed during the day due to bad weather, the facility will remain closed for the evening and all YBA practices/games will be cancelled.  During inclement weather, check the Boards' websites or listen to your local radio station to ensure the status of the facility closure. All closures/changes to schedule will be posted on this web sites as soon as they are known.

Is there fee assistance for players in need?
Yes. If you have a question regarding fees and assistance, please contact the appropriate city representative as outlined under the "Fee Assistance" tab. You may also try obtaining fee assistance through KidSport Kitchener-Waterloo, Jump Start through your local Canadian Tire or the cities assistance plans. We also receive other donations from community groups (KSA, etc.) that allow the club to waive fees for individuals with specific requests.
How much does it cost to play house league?
Our registration fee the 2017-18 season is $275.00 for players registered before September 30th. After September 30th, a $25.00 late fee increases it to $300.00. K-W YBA has tried very hard to keep its fees down but increased costs have pushed them up slightly.

Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?
               Yes, tax receipts will be provided to all registered players. These will be emailed to all members early in the new year to the email address on your registration form.

What ages do the different division names correspond to for Rep?

Division Name   Date of Birth   Age Group 
Novice 2008, 2009  U10
Atom  2007  U11
Major Atom  2006  U12
Bantam  2005  U13
Major Bantam  2004  U14
Midget 2003  U15
Major Midget   2002  U16
Juvenile  2001 U17
Junior  2000, 1999  U19

 

What ages do the different division names correspond to for House League?

Division Name   Date of Birth   Age Group 
Novice 2008, 2009  under 10
Atom 2006,  2007  under 12
Bantam 2005, 2004  under 14
Midget 2003, 2002  under 16
Juvenile 2001 - 1999  under 18


What if my child is too young for Novice?

Starting in the 2014-15 season, we introduced a brand new program in partnership with NBA Canada. It is called Jr. NBA - Level 1and is geared toward teaching children who are between 4 and 7 years of age. We are 1 of 50 Basketball Clubs across the entire country who have been given this opportunity to develop their new program. It is specificaaly written to ensure that these young players learn age appropriate skills with modified equipment to develop proper habits. This is a coed program.

This program is 12 weeks long and will run for 2 hours on Saturday mornings. The cost will be $160 and each player will receive a ball and a shirt.

This program will run from the Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend until the end of January. If there is enough interest, this program will be offered again with a session running from the beginning of February until the end of May.

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