Viper FAQs - KW YBA

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where possible, we try to accommodate requests. However, we do not accommodate requests that players can play on certain teams with a friend.

Practice night requests are accommodated on a first come first serve basis.

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.

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 additional registration required.

Most weekend tournaments that our team attends 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.

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 KWYBA first.

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.

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 city's assistance plans. We also receive other donations from community groups (KSA, etc.) that allow the club to waive fees for individuals with specific requests.

Our registration fee for 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. KWYBA has tried very hard to keep its fees down but increased costs have pushed them up slightly.

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.

  • Novice - under 10
  • Atom - under 12
  • Bantam - under 14
  • Midget - under 16
  • Juvenile - under 18.

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