When we sat down to define the structure of our youth league we began with a blank sheet of paper and quite a few experiences we didn’t want to see repeated. We began with a few guiding principals:
- Kid focused
- Keep it fun
- Skill development
We knew we had to listen to the community and remain teachable through the process. When the discussion came to the draft process we generally had a few guiding goals:
- Reduce or eliminate manipulation in the draft
- Stacked rosters suck for kids
- Balanced rosters are good for kids and player development
- New coaches often get slaughtered in the draft
The result was our own version of a blind draft. We felt a group of knowledgable community members and coaches could evaluate the talent and rank each player by their abilities and experience. This ranking would be used to draft players on each team. Once the process was complete the coaches were assigned to the teams based on where their child fell.
To take this one step further we need to identify our coaches before the draft to include them in the process. Maybe we let coaches draft all the teams before knowing which team they are assigned. Once the draft is complete the coaches will draw lots to see which team they are assigned. This would ensure that coaches do a good job of making the teams balanced and avoid any dominant or stacking of the rosters.
Generally, we feel our competition level is balanced and the blind draft was a success. We’re looking forward to feedback from the community and improving the process next year.
Our new SLV Hoops site has been launched creating a standalone destination for everything youth basketball. Over the next few weeks we’ll be expanding its content and list of features.
Skill evaluations for the upcoming 2016 SLV HOOPS basketball season will be held on December 5th at the SLV Middle School gym. Please make sure your child shows up 15 minutes prior to their designated tryout time:
9:00-10:30 3rd/4th Grade Boys
10:30-12:00 5th/6th Grade Boys
12:00-1:30 7th/8th Grade Boys
2:00PM – 3:30PM All Girls
Registration for the 2016 season will close on December 4th. Those wishing to participate will be placed on a waiting list.
SLV Hoops offers two methods to advertise your business. Team sponsors have their company name printed on a set of team shirts. League sponsors have their company name printed on a sign in the SLV high school gym. The banner is branded with SLV Hoops and visible at all recreation and high school games. Thank you for your consideration in sponsoring a team or the league.
We’re excited to announce the opening of registration for a new youth basketball league in the San Lorenzo Valley. The league serves boys and girls, 3rd through 8th grade. The new basketball league is a non-profit organization and all proceeds benefit the program.
Here are some highlights:
- Costs $80 per participant.
- Fee includes t-shirt and team pictures.
- 10 +/- game season.
- Includes practice times.
- All practice and games at SLV Middle and High School gyms.
- Boys and Girls grades 3rd to 8th
SLV Youth is pleased to announce the formation of a new youth basketball program in the San Lorenzo Valley. SLV Hoops will support boys and girls grades 3-8 during the recreation season and grades 8-12 during the competitive season.
As the recreation basketball season gets under way we will be announcing more details for the program. To receive regular updates subscribe to the SLV Hoops newsletter – locate on the right of this page.
As always, we are mindful of our mission statement, which is at the cornerstone of the program:
Provide a healthy and nurturing development zone for youth in and around the San Lorenzo Valley community. The emphasis is on learning, teamwork and sportsmanship.
SLV Youth is a not for profit corporation using sports, recreation and competition as a means to develop youth.
For more information, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
SLV Youth, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of it’s Youth Basketball Committee. The committee brings youth sports advocates, community members and coaches to operate a non-profit youth basketball program in the San Lorenzo Valley area.
Current committee members are:
1 Open position plus
Mark Brown • Sean Castagna • Jim Crouch • Russell Gross • Marcus Northcutt • Andrea Trader
Questions to the committee can be directed to email@example.com