Winter League 2017-2018

Updated Friday October 20, 2017 by FHB.

Winter 2017-2018 Quick Info

  • Online registration opens October 1 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!
  • Season duration: December - February 
  • Player Assessments Saturday, 11/4 or Saturday, 11/11* @ Rosemont Middle (4725 Rosemont Middle School, La Crescenta, 91214) (ages 3-5 need not attend) *players need only attend either 11/4 or 11/11
    • Girls 9u (ages 6-9) -  10:00 - 10:45am
    • Boys 7u (ages 6-7) - 10:45 - 11:30am
    • Boys 9u (ages 8-9) - 11:30 - 12:30am
  • Parents' and Coaches' Meetings TBA @ Rosemont
  • Saturday practices and Sunday games starting December 2 & 3
  • Ages 3 - 9 (age on 11/1/17)
  • $199 includes registration and full uniform 

General Winter League Information:

Registration is open to players ages 3-9, with no “zip-code” requirements or preferences. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 federally recognized youth basketball organization dedicated to fun, learning, confidence building, and character enhancement. Players practice and play a game once per week. We are based primarily in the Crescenta-Canada area, utilizing gyms in La Canada, La Crescenta, Glendale, and Pasadena.

Who can play?

During the winter, we offer the following divisions:

     Rookies (coed age 3) – 4′ baskets, “mini” ball

     Dribblers (coed ages 4-5) – 5′ baskets, “mini” ball

     Ballers (coed age 5, previous Dribbler) – 6′ baskets, “mini” ball

     Boys 7u (ages 6-7) – 7′ 6” baskets, 27.5 ball

     Boys 9u (ages 8-9) – 8’6” baskets, 28.5 ball

     Girls 9u (ages 6-9) – 7’6” baskets, 28.5 ball

 

When and where are practices and games?

All practices and games will be held in La Crescenta, La Canada, Glendale, or Pasadena. Practices are once a week on Saturday and games are once a week on Sunday.

Practices during the Winter are generally held at either Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta, or Wilson Middle School in Glendale. Games are usually held at Rosemont or the FIS Gym in La Canada.

Who coaches?

Foothill Hoops is grateful to our volunteers who coach our ages 6-9 teams. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, and older siblings are all welcome and may volunteer as either a head-coach or as an assistant. Anyone who coaches will go through our mandatory Coaching Clinic and FHB Staff assistance and support will be provided throughout the season. Crystal Young and the Foothill Hoops staff coaches all Rookies (age 3), Dribblers (ages 4-5), and Ballers (age 5) teams.

Are there any try-outs?

There are no “try-outs” in the traditional sense as everyone is guaranteed to make a team. There will be, however, two Player Assessment Days. Players ages 6-9 must attend one of either the Player Assessment Days. These assessments are necessary to create balanced teams within each division. Players ages 3-5 do not need to attend an Assessment Day.

How are the teams made?

The Foothill Hoops staff does all of the evaluating at the Player Assessment Days. We do not have parent volunteers evaluate, nor do they draft the teams. Instead, our neutral staff will create the teams as evenly as possible based on the skills assessment using a "blind draft" system. Height, age, and number of years experience are also taken into consideration when formulating the teams.

Notes on requests and roster construction:

The Foothill Hoops Recreational Leagues are intended for players to sign up as individuals. We do not allow full teams (or near full teams) to join into any league as a group, nor do we allow coaches to construct their own teams. We do, however, try our best to accommodate requests. A few notes on requests:

  • The only requests that will be honored are those that are done IN PERSON at our Player Assessment Days. These players must then attend an assessment. We do not accept any requests via phone or email.
  • At the Player Assessment Day, please fill-out a request form. Filling out a form is not a contract or a promise that the request will happen.
  • Practice night conflicts will always be considered (i.e. if you cannot practice on a Tuesday, tell us this and we won’t place your player on a team that practices on Tuesdays)
  • We will never place more than two or three requested players together
  • Putting two or three friends together is sometimes feasible, but it will ultimately come down to whether or not we can keep the teams in the given division even. The balance of the teams always takes priority over friend requests.

Sounds good. How much?

Registration fees for our regular seasons is $199. This includes all costs for the season, excluding Picture Day Pictures (which are optional to purchase). Your uniform cost is included in this price, and uniforms are yours to keep after the season is over. Every player also receives an end of the season trophy or award. Pictures are additional, and are available for purchase on the picture day during the season. We will not turn away anyone from the program due to financial limitations. We offer financial aid and payment plan options for those who cannot afford the registration fee. There is also a $20 discount for siblings. Please email info@foothillhoops.org with financial aid questions.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you need to cancel your registration or would like a refund, requests must be sent to our Program Manager in an email: paul@foothillhoops.org. There is a $20 drop fee on all cancellations, and no refunds will be give after 2 weeks into the season. Any cancellations after the start of the season, and within the 2 week period, will be subject to the $20 drop fee, plus any pro-rated charged corresponding to the length of the season. We can also always work out a form of credit for an upcoming season instead of a refund.

How do I register?

Registration can be completed online October 1 – November 11 or in person at one of our Player Assessment Days. Do sign up early, as people who wait to sign up at one of the assessment days sometimes end up on a waiting list. 

Why play Foothill Hoops Basketball?

  • A high-quality, well-organized league that has been in the area for 10+ years
  • Our emphasis on FUN, LEARNING, CONFIDENCE BUILDING, and CHARACTER ENHANCEMENT
  • Modified basket heights, ball sizes, scoring systems, and rules for each division
  • All events, practices, and games are held INDOORS
  • TRAINING and SUPPORT provided for all volunteers
  • Players are guaranteed to play at least HALF of every game
  • Every player receives a FULL UNIFORM that is theirs to KEEP when the season is over
  • All players receive an end of the season AWARD