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Champs Winter Basketball League

Factory of Champions 2021-22 Winter League

For information about league registration, please contact Ben Hart

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League Rules   League Schedule

Team and Division Makeup:

As we established last year, divisions will no longer be based solely on grade level.  Game formats will be either 4×4 full-court, or 3×3 half-court.  Generally, most of our decisions around game format, roster size, draft policies, etc. are centered around ensuring best possible development opportunities.  To learn more about why we do things, please connect reach out any time.

[With our WNBA and NBA divisions, we in part have modeled the Alamo Heights Little League.  Specifically,  AHLL has historically done a wonderful job in creating a year over year youth sport experience that culminates with a highly competitive top tier division, setting the table for very competitive remaining divisions.  In similar fashion, we limit the size of our WNBA/NBA divisions to include all 6th graders, a portion of our 5th grade competitors, and potentially a few highly skilled 4th graders.]

Players will compete in the following divisions:

Girls Divisions

  • WNBA – 4×4 Full Court – Teams of 7-8
    • All 6th Grade, Most of 5th Grade
    • Game Nights:  1 full court game each week

  • Girls EuroLeague – 4×4 Full Court – Teams of 7-8
    • Some 5th, All of 4th, Most of 3rd
    • Game Nights:  1 full court game each week

  • Girls Varsity – 3×3 Half Court – Teams of 5-6
    • Almost all of 2nd, All of 1st
    • Game Nights:  2×20 min games/night, half-court

Boys Divisions

  • NBA – 4×4 Full Court – Teams of 7-8
    • All 6th Grade, Mix of 5th Grade, Possible Small group of 4th
    • Game Nights:  1 full court game each week

  • Boys EuroLeague – 4×4 Full Court – Teams of 7-8
    • Remaining 5th Grade, Most of 4th, Possible 3rd
    • Game Nights:  1 full court game each week

  • Boys NCAA – 4×4 Full Court – Teams of 7-9
    • Remaining 4th, Most of 3rd, Possible few 2nd
    • Game Nights:  1 full court game each week

  • Boys Varsity [Blue] – 3×3 Half Court – Teams of 5-6
    • Most 2nd Grade, a few 1st
    • Game Nights:  2×20 min games/night, half-court

  • Boys Varsity [Orange] – 3×3 Half Court – Teams of 5-6
    • Remaining 2nd, Most 1st Grade
    • Game Nights:  2×20 min games/night, half-court

Note

Season is 9 weeks – 3 prior to holidays, 6 after – The last week of games held week of February 7th.

Ages

This league is for kids 1st-6th Grade

Cost

Between $185/player* and $225/player* depending on division – details below

Dates

Practices will be on Sundays 2:00-8:00PM or weekdays 5:00PM-8:00PM starting the week of November 15th
Games will be on Wednesday or Thursday evenings starting December 2nd.
Note: there are NO games on the week of December 20th, 27th.

Overview:

The Factory Winter League is a 9-week youth basketball league beginning in November (first games the week after Thanksgiving) and finishing in mid-February. Our primary goals for this league are competitive balance, well-executed league operation, superior game officiating, and a positive team basketball experience for each athlete. This league is targeted for parents looking for a more competitive play option that fits today’s multi-sport schedules while not requiring year-round commitments of traditional club sports.

Games are played at the Factory of Champions on 65′ x 45′ Courts.  (see location info below).

Critical Dates:

OCTOBER: COACHES MEETINGS – We would like all coaches to attend one of these meetings – we answer a million questions and prepare for the tryouts and drafts.

  • For divisions with Girls 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grade and Boys 1st/2nd Grade, coaches meetings will be held October 20th and 21st at 8PM @Factory.  Coaches only need to attend one of the two meetings.
  • For divisions with Boys 3rd/4th/5th/6th and Girls 5th/6th, coaches meetings will be held October 27th and 28th at 8PM @Factory.  Coaches only need to attend one of the two meetings.

If you have any questions or are interested in coaching, please contact Ben Hart @ .

EVALUATION COMBINE/TRYOUT (Mandatory for All Players/Coaches – Details below along with Health and Safety entry policies)
[NOTE-  There will be a combine for 1st/2nd Girls – Timing is TBD at this time]

OCTOBER 24th
1:30PM-2:30PM – Arrive 1:00 – 3rd/4th Grade Girls
3:00-4:00PM – Arrive 2:30 – 1st Grade Boys

4:30-5:30PM – Arrive 4:00 – 2nd Grade Boys

OCTOBER 30th
9:00AM-10AM – Arrive 8:30 – 5th Grade Boys
10:30AM-11:30AM – Arrive 10:00 – 6th Grade Boys

12:00PM-1:00PM – Arrive 11:30AM – 5th/6th Grade Girls

OCTOBER 31st
12:00PM-1PM – Arrive 11:30 – 3rd Grade Boys
1:30-2:30PM – Arrive 1:00 – 4th Grade Boys

  • Week of November 14th: First Team Practices
  • Week of Sunday, November 28th:  First Week of Games, Starting 12/1 and 12/2

 

Players sign up individually at www.factoryofchampions.com and are drafted to teams – with the exception of Coach Selections.  This league is designed to be competitive, meaning teams will be constructed as evenly as possible relative to collective player skill level.

If a player signs up after the division cap is reached, they will be placed on a waitlist.  A significant number of waitlisted players made final team rosters each of the last three seasons.

Draft:

Draft dates are as follows:

  • Girls WNBA:  Tuesday, November 2, 7:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Boys NBA:  Tuesday, November 2, 8:30PM @Factory of Champions
  • Girls EuroLeague:  Tuesday, October 26th, 8:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Boys EuroLeague: Monday, November 8, 8:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Boys NCAA: Thursday, November 4, 7:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Boys Varsity [Blue]:  Monday, October 25th, 7:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Boys Varsity [Orange]:  Monday, October 25th, 9:00PM @Factory of Champions
  • Girls Varsity:  Time and Location TBD

League Operations Useful Information

COVID-Specific Mask Protocols

For all league operations, we will adhere to standards adopted for indoor home games for the Alamo Heights Independent School District.  As it stands today, that means masking for spectators is highly recommended but optional.  Players/participants are not required to wear masks.

Game Nights and Evaluation Events (High Capacity)

  • This year, the Ridgecrest lot gate on the South side of the property will remain closed.  Overflow parking will be on the North side of the property which does not interfere with housing along Ridgecrest.

Practice 

  • Notably for Boys and Girls 1st and 2nd Grade, we align practice times with division and associated rim height requirements.  That means that this year, there is little flexibility in scheduled court time – 1st and 2nd grade divisions WILL practice Sundays early/mid-afternoon.  Here’s why:  With 3×3 specifically, our goal is to have divisions at The Factory at the same practice times, so that the first 30 minutes can be teaching/coaching, and the last 30 minutes will be opportunities to scrimmage other division teams.  The ability to teach and then play is a very effective development tool.

Coaching

  • Please contact Ben Hart @benhart@factoryofchampions as early as possible if you are interested in coaching.
  • In Divisions competing 4×4 with rosters of 7-9, head coaches may choose their assistant coaches in advance of the draft.  “Coaches Picks” are the children of the head and assistant coach.
  • Assistant coaches must be actively coaching in the majority of practices and games each week (if you need a better definition of this, we’re happy to provide it).

Younger Players Playing “Up”

  • After each evaluation event, The Factory Coaching Staff will make recommendations regarding specific players who may benefit by playing in older divisions.  These recommendations will not obligate these players to play ‘up,’ but we will contact parents directly in these situations.  Conversely, parents can request that their child try out for this same opportunity.

Entry fees provide:

  • Game jersey
  • 9 game weeks(7 regular season and 2 playoffs)
  • 10 Included Practices
  • $40 entry into skill/play camp Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (Regular Price $65) 1:00-3:00PM
  • Discount entry into November, December, January and February 3×3 Tournaments ($20/player)

Standard Practice Times allotted at Factory of Champions and local elementary school gyms are Monday or Tuesday between 5:00-8:00 pm or Sunday between 2:00-8:00 pm (practice times will be pre-assigned based on age groups). Coaches may make arrangements for additional practice times at alternative locations.

Game Days are Wednesdays or Thursdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at SA Factory of Champions, and times are consistent each week based on division/age group.

League Rules

3×3 Youth Tournaments:

For six years, typically one Sunday each month, The Factory has hosted youth 3×3 tournaments for all ages, K-8.  We believe youth 3×3 is among the most powerful basketball development tools for young players, allowing for more touches in a competitive environment.  During the Champs League season, we’ll focus on including as many league participants as possible.  We encourage you to put a team together and give these a try.

3×3 Tournament Dates are:

  • November 14th
  • December 19th
  • January TBD
  • February TBD


Venue

Factory of Champions
8227 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209 United States
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Phone:
210-832-9300
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Each player must submit a waiver form
Fill out online or download Waiver Form (PDF)