(This page applies to all divisions except the 1st/2nd grade girls division. View 1st/2nd grade girls division rules & detail.)
Registration: Opens September 15th. We expect most divisions to fill by October 15th.
Cancellation: Parents may cancel their child’s league entry and receive a full refund if cancellation is requested by Wednesday, November 1st. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com. A parent may cancel after the November 1 deadline, but refunds are contingent on our ability to replace the missing player – meaning refunds may be less than the full amount after November 1.
- To ensure every reasonable effort is made to create evenly matched teams, the Factory League will host a player Evaluation Combine on Sunday, November 5th. The combine is 2 hours in length for each division and will look essentially like a traditional youth basketball clinic, allowing us to observe each player in various skill/game scenarios. It will be run by Mark Vear, our Program Director and Head Coach at Factory of Champions.
- The combine is mandatory for all players. Unfortunately, unless a parent has made arrangements prior to this date with Ben Hart or Mark Vear, players who do not attend this event may have their league entry revoked.
- All players, regardless of whether they are a Coach Selection (see below), will participate in the combine, and Coach Selections will not be made public.
- At no time are details of individual player evaluations shared with coaches, parents, or anyone beyond Factory personnel. Evaluations resulting from this event are only to be used to help us build teams for this league.
Coaches, Team Makeup, and Coach Selections Coaches:
- The Factory Winter League is a parent-coached league. In cases where 4 parent volunteers do not materialize, we will engage other local volunteers with coaching experience, but we believe this would be an unlikely event and have begun soliciting coaching interest from parents we know in the community who may be interested in participating in this league.
- Coaches will meet in October and provide their Coach Selections (see below). They will be present at the Evaluation Combine and be provided with their team roster the week of November 6th, along with roster contact details.
- After the combine, teams will be put together by Factory leadership (Mark Vear and Ben Hart, with assistance from current Factory Coaches present at the combine) based on our observations of individual players. Coaches will not be a part of player selection. The exception to this will be Coach Selections. Prior to the combine, the coaches of each division will come together and select exactly 3 players for their team. They can be any 3 players that have successfully registered for that coach’s division and they can be selected for any reason. The 3 selections include sons/daughters of coaches for that division. Coaches will work to avoid/resolve conflicts with these selections.
Team Makeup: Waitlist, Accommodations, Talent balance
- The Factory League will take into account the skill levels of each team’s Coach Selections. This simply means that as we build team rosters, we will balance our selections against the capabilities of the 3 players selected by each Team Coach.
- We will do our best to make accommodations in special situations as we put teams together, but competitive balance is our primary – and superseding – goal. Waitlisted players will also participate in the evaluation process. Teams that lose players mid-season may have that spot filled by a waitlisted player. (This will be evaluated case by case)
- Games are 15 minute halves, running clock, with the exception of the last minute of the first half, and last 2 minutes of the 2nd half, which will have a stopped clock.
Playing Time requirements:
- First Half: All players to play equal time. Coach must “platoon” substitute at halfway point, meaning game clock will stop at 7:30 when the players not starting the game come in. Of course there are exceptions – the roster for that game may have less than 10, substitutions may take place a few seconds before/after the halfway point, etc. What is critical is that the coach must make every effort to insure all players play equal time in first half.
- Second Half: All players must play a minimum of 4 consecutive minutes. (To add clarity, this does mean that throughout the season, a player is only guaranteed to play a little over a third of any given game.
- Game officials are active, certified members of local public school officiating chapters. All officials for this league routinely work 5A/6A High School Varsity game schedules and many are selected each year to represent San Antonio in District, Regional, and State Playoff tournaments.
- Game officials will have broad discretion to help administrate each game and assist players with learning in-game concepts that may be new to them.
- We are working through a basic set of game rules, addressing traditional areas of emphasis at a grade by grade level (stealing, pressing, defenses, free throws, fouls, etc).
- Outside of grade-specific policy (to be released), games will be officiated according to National Federation standards.
All questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.