OBGC House Basketball

2015 Winter Basketball


2015  Basketball information

The OBGC House Basketball program provides a forum for boys and girls to play organized basketball with the aim of teaching sound basketball fundamentals and good sportsmanship and, above all else, having a good time. The program, which is open to youngsters from grades two through twelve, consists of a boys’ league and a girls’ league. 


If your child is placed on a waitlist when you register, please know that when the Rising Star and I-270 teams are selected we will be taking players off the waitlist as they were registered to fill in spots opened by the travel teams.

The boys’ league has a total of five divisions:

Instructional Boys - Grades 2 and 3
PeeWees - Grades 4 and 5
Midgets - Grades 6 and 7
Juniors - Grades 8 and 9
Seniors - Grades 10, 11 and 12
The girls’ league has a total of five divisions although the Junior and Senior girls divisions are usually combined:
           Instructional Girls - Grades 2 and 3
           Pony - Grades 4 and 5
           Midgets - Grades 6 and 7
           Juniors - Grades 8 and 9
           Seniors- Grades 10 - 12

Grading:  At the beginning of each season, grading, which examines each player’s dribbling, shooting, lay up, rebounding and basic 3-on-3 abilities, is held for all players in both leagues (except Instructional division). This process is used to build balanced and fair teams. Usually teams consist of ten players, although to accommodate as many children as possible, a few teams may have eleven players. . *Note- Not all devisions hold grading, it will be determined after registration is closed.

Season Duration:  The season typically runs from mid-November to late March, with the Juniors and Seniors season running from December through March. Since this is a winter sport, inclement weather sometimes forces the cancellation of practices or games. Basically, when Montgomery County Public Schools close, all basketball activities are cancelled for that day. These cancelled practices or games are made-up as gym time availability allows.


Practice and Game Formats:  All teams have one, hour-long practice during the week and one game on Saturday. The exceptions to this are the Seniors, who after a series of season kickoff practices, play two games per week without any additional practices and, Instructional, who have one practice during the week and a scrimmage on Saturday. Practices generally start two weeks before the first game. The program follows a set of rules that codify, among many other items, the minimum and maximum game playing times for all players.

Game and Practice Locations:  Teams practice and play all games at the local Olney gyms of Brooke Grove Elementary School, Farquhar Middle School, Rosa Parks Middle School, Sherwood Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Cashell Elem, Belmont Elementary School and Sherwood High School.

Coaches:  All of our coaches are involved in the program because of their devotion to the children and the game. Our coaches are selected based on their ability to further the goals of the basketball program through their even-handed and relaxed approach with their players, parents and other coaches. All head and assistant coaches are required to pass a mandatory background check and attend NYSCA basketball-specific training. Becoming NYSCA certified qualifies the coach/assistant coach for the Club’s liability coverage.

Playoffs: All teams in both leagues make their respective division’s playoffs (except Instructional). The playoffs format is single elimination and seeding is based on the final regular season standings. Trophies are awarded to the playoff Champions and Runners-up.

Equipment:  OBGC provides every player with a numbered tee shirt. The player must supply his or her own basketball shoes, socks and shorts. Players in both leagues may not wear any jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. during official games.

Additional Info:  The basketball Commissioner, with the assistance of the division Coordinators, manages the program. Registration fees are used to pay for player shirts, game referees, gym time, scoreboards, scorebooks, game clocks, basketballs and trophies. Due to the desire for league parity, reciprocal carpool requests will be honored if team parity will not be skewed. The Instructional division is the exception to many aspects of the program because the emphasis is placed on teaching the youngsters the fundamentals of basketball. All Instructional players receive participation trophies.

Contact Information: If you have any additional questions about the SPORT itself, please contact us at basketball@obgc.com. If you have a question concerning REGISTRATION, please contact OBGCADM@obgc.com.

Thank you and enjoy the season!


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