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Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the games played?

Summer Basketball League Games are played Outdoors:

Games are played at College Estates Park, Taney Ave. off 7th street, Frederick, Maryland and Carrollton Park, Corner of Center Street and Prospect.  Games are played every Saturday between 11:00 and 3:00 PM and some Friday evenings at 7:00 and 8:00 PM.  Each game takes about 1 hour. Season starts on Mid-June and ends on 1st weekend in Aug.

Spring Basketball League games are played Indoors:

Games are played at local City and County Recreation Centers.  We do occasionally use the High School facilities for Championship Games.  Games are played during the week between Monday and Friday.  There are No games played during the weekends. Game times are usually between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.  The Spring program is designed to allow players who play on AAU Basketball Teams to play competitive games during the week while still playing for their AAU Club teams during the Weekends.  Season usually starts around April 1at and end by May 30th.

Fall Basketball League games are played Indoors:

Games are played at local City and County Recreation Centers.  We do occasionally use the High School facilities for Championship Games.  Games are played during the week between Monday and Friday.  Games are played every other weekend on Saturdays only.  Game times are usually between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.  The Spring program is designed for players getting ready for their Winter programs and just wanting to stay in basketball shape.    Season usually starts around September 1st and end by October 30th.

Regarding playing time, is there a minimum for each player?  Any guaranteed playing time at all?

No there is no minimum playing time.  Summer League does have a guaranteed playing time, while Spring and Fall Leagues are at the Coach selection (However, we do encourage our coaches to provide every player - playing time).  Prior to the season we have a coaches meeting where we address this issue with the coaches.  We do not tell them how much time to play any player, however, we do stress during our summer league, it is designed to be fun for the kids first.  Our board members monitor the games to make sure coaches are playing every player and the person keeping the scorebook (a board member) does the same.  We take this issue seriously and will not stand for the potential of hurting feeling or ego of the kids (our most valuable resource).  We as recommend our Coaches play every child each half of the game.

Do all players get drafted?
 
Summer League is our only league we hold an actual draft to place players on a team.  The only exception we allow is when a parent request a child is placed on a team due to transportation, same family, same neighborhood or other similar issues.  Spring and Fall League - players come as teams or placed on the best team based on school and community locations.

If my son and daughter are playing for the first time in your organization, come draft day, are they automatically on the same team?  Or, could they be drafted by different teams?

This depends on what you would like for us to do.  They can go into the draft with the potential of being picked by the same coach or different coaches or you can request when one is picked - the other is automatically picked up by the same team. 

We have found keeping the kids together works better for some parents because their is the potential, when having them on two different teams, having a game time for one at 11:00 AM and the other at 2:00 PM.  Meaning you would have two visits to the court instead of one visit.

It really depends on what you want to do.  We have had brothers/sisters in the league who
were on different teams. Whatever you decide to do, please write your request on the
registration form.

Please keep in mind the rule for allowing kids to partner on teams with a kid already on a team or both kids new to the league is designed for families and close community friends from the surrounding Frederick counties.


Meaning from Mt. Airy, Bruswick, Middletown, Damacus, Walkersville, etc..   Players within Frederick City and walking distance to the park are not considered qualified for this rule.  The only exception is immediate family members. 

What days and times are practices held?

Summer and Spring Basketball League - Each coach decides practices.  Coaches are asked to hold at least one practice per week.  Place, time and day is totally up to each coach.  Some coaches rent local City recreation sites as Tally Center or Whittier Elem. School.  Most coaches will find the nearest playground / park to hold practices.  However, during the Summer and Spring we do not require coaches to practice.  In the event a coach makes the decision not to practice, we ask the coach to clear this with each player's parent.   In the past  years, almost every coach has decided to hold practices.  Fall Basketball League - practices are organized and managed by the organization (BCWB).  Each team is given a 1 hour practice time per week at one of the local City or County facilities.  Practices are usually on a weekday Monday - Friday between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

How often is practice conducted, and where?

Summer and Spring Basketball League - Practice is determined by each coach.  Because it is a summer league, we allow the coaches to pick their place to practice (most use local parks, some rent Tally Center or Whittier Elem.).  Therefore, practice times are set by individual coaches. We do ask the coaches to make sure the parents are aware of practice plans, times and number of practices held. Fall Basketball League - practices are organized and managed by the organization (BCWB).  Each team is given a 1 hour practice time per week at one of the local City or County facilities.  Practices are usually on a weekday Monday - Friday between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

What help do you need with the teams?

We always need help.  Various areas are Team parent (help keep the team organized or inform team members of news, cancellations, upcoming events), scorekeeper and timekeepers.  Would like to have at least one person per team.  So, if you have friends who would want to help – great!!!!!!!!!!!


Do you need to bring in a whole team or are there teams that need players?

Summer Basketball League - We have a draft for all players who register as individuals – each year it is held toward the end of May.  If you are unable to attend the draft, your child will be placed on a team. Teams are welcomed but must meet the Team entry requirements.

Are there costs in addition to the registration fee?

No.  The registration fee is the minimum fee we charge the kids to run this league.  We do have events like the Every Child Counts Campaign (ECCC) Bowl-A-Thon, ECCC membership and Business donations to help pay for equipment, rental fees, permits, licensees, supplies and other incidentals.  We are a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit organization.  Our goal is to make it affordable and fun summer for Every Child in our programs.

Are there any fundraisers?

Yes, for some programs like our AAU Basketball Program.  However, we have an annual fundraiser we do in the 1st quarter of each year (our Every Child Counts Campaign Bowl-A-Thon).  Additionally, we seek parents and local businesses to join our ECCC membership, which offers, discounts at various membership levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Business).  The ECCC also allows us to provide sponsorships to children in need.

What is meant by "Every Child Counts Campaign Member"?

This is a group of persons (we call members) who by entering into membership provide a source of funding to allow us to keep our registration fee at a minimum.  It also provides us the opportunity to do special events for the kids throughout the summer program.  In the past, we had Pizza Day at the park where each kid was given two slices of pizza immediately following their game.  We have given free soda and hot dogs on the kids’ birthday.  We have tote bag giveaways.  Additionally, on a larger scale our pray is to raise enough funds to seek paid officials to officiate the games and upgrade our scoreboard  - both of which we have yet to raise enough money to achieve this goal.  However, parent volunteers fill the gap.

 Below are more specifics on membership.  Please note because we are a 501
 (c) 3 organization we do not have members.  We call this a membership only in spirit.

 In Recognition of one of our five memberships available, you will receive:

 Bronze: $25.00 donation - 
 5% Discount on all Youth Summer Basketball Programs.

 Silver:   $50.00 donation - 
 10% Discount on all Youth Summer Basketball Programs.

 Gold:    $100.00 donation - 
 20% Discount on all Youth Summer Basketball Programs.

 Platinum:   $250.00 donation - 
 2 Free admissions to our Youth Summer Basketball Camp (youth grades 1st -
 5th) or Youth Summer Basketball League (grades 5th - 10th).  You are
 allowed to take one of each.

 Business     $500.00 or more donation
Company banner (with your company logo) displayed at all Youth Summer
League Basketball games.  Your corporate link on our Website.   Your corporate name will be listed on all BCWB outgoing correspondence.  Additionally, business donations go towards sponsoring children in need.  (This is an eight week program)

What are the uniform requirements, if any?

We provide the uniform (each player receives a team T-shirt)

In closing, we hope you find our program to be one you would like for your child to spend 8 weeks of his summer with good friends and plenty of fellowship. 

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