FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN DOES THE SEASON BEGIN?
Player evaluations will be the end of August (27-31) this year with the exact date and times per division to be posted in August. There is a seeding tournament mid September to determine rankings and level of play (A/B/C+) by the EYBA. The first of EYBA games will begin late September / early October going through to Christmas break. After the break the regular season continues January and February. Playoffs are held at the start of March, followed by top tier teams from these will be eligible for Provincial championships early to mid-March.
WHEN ARE PRACTICES / GAMES?
Practices occur once a week in the evenings at school gyms within Leduc or at the LRC. Practice times are arranged by the Gym coordinator. Games are scheduled by the EYBA and take place in Edmonton & surrounding areas. Should your practice change times one week due to school closures, your respective coach will inform you directly. Please note that if it is a PD Day, there will be no practice at the school. Alternate arrangements will try to be made, but again, your coach will communicate this directly.
HOW ARE TEAMS CHOSEN?
Evaluations are scheduled this year August 27-31 to determine team placements for levels Bantam - Midget. Mites and Mini Levels do not have evaluations.
WHO ARE THE COACHES?
All coaches are volunteers; and most often, parents of players. Teams greatly benefit when there is a Coach & Assistant Coach to assist with coaching and teaching the sport of basketball to the youth. Coaching is a very rewarding, challenging yet fun experience for those who take on this commitment. All coaches are offered reimbursement for coaching courses in line with Basketball Alberta and the NCCP coaching pathway.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS NO VOLUNTEER COACH?
LCBA will make every effort to find coaches for all teams. However, if no parent volunteers and an alternate coach cannot be found, the team will be disbanded. If players cannot be transferred to other teams, fees will be refunded (this has never happened yet)
WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?
Fees you pay cover the following expenses:
WHAT IS THE EYBA?
The EYBA, Edmonton Youth Basketball Association, provides: gyms for league games, schedules, and referee coordination and scheduling. They maintain a website for information as well as game schedules and results. They provide a disciplinary component to the leagues to enforce fair play and compliance. They work with Alberta Basketball on training, Provincials, referees and player development issues.
INCOMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION?
Registration is completed thru the online registration system on our website and is considered completed upon payment. Should the online registration not be started or completed, that player cannot be placed on a team/attend practices for liability reasons. As well, there is a zero-tolerance policy for incomplete registrations and league game play. If coaches have players with incomplete registrations, their player names will not show up on the Team - Players list on the website and the coach will know that he/she must bench that player until the parent completes it.
Players are placed on teams and registered on a first come, first served community basis from Mites to Midget levels. The LCBA will not be following up directly with parents with incomplete registration as the onus is on the parent to make sure it is complete.
DISAGREE WITH TEAM PLACEMENT?
Player Assessments & Evaluations are done by a group of volunteer coaches / basketball knowledgeable individuals who are impartial to team selections. They do the best that they can with the tools they are given.
We encourage all players to attend these evaluations with no pre-conceived notion of where they will be playing or which team that they want to be on. Rather come to these scheduled events showing off your basketball skills by working hard and showcasing your abilities.
Players will only be placed on a team as space permits. It will be up to the discretion of the coaches as to whether or not they will accept a late registrant onto their team. Please be respectful of the coaches decision as once the season begins, it is sometimes difficult to incorporate new players. As previously stated, all players must be fully registered first before they can be officially placed on a team.
In the event the full registration process has not been completed, that player will not be registered with EYBA, and subsequently, if that player plays in games, their team is declared ineligible by playing and that team will be forced to forfeit any past games in which that player has participated.
Mites and Mini play with a size 5 ball. Bantam boys and girls play with a size 6 ball. Midget to Juvenile girls play with a size 6 ball. Midget to Juvenile boys play with a size 7 ball.