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Mid-Cities Basketball Association, Inc. (MCBBA) is a non-profit [IRS Section 501(c)(3)] tax-exempt organization of community volunteers. Charitable contributions are tax deductible. We provide a basketball program for first through eighth grade boys and girls in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area of Texas, the “Mid-Cities.” We compiled this information from our rules, policies and traditions to help players, parents, coaches and officials of MCBBA better understand how the Association functions. We hope you find it helpful.
We anticipate registration starting in October 2021 with last day of on-line registration mid-November. We will likely offer both on-line and in-person registration options.
Practices should start in December. Games will likely start Saturday, January 8th and run on Saturdays through February 26th.
Grades 3rd through 8th end of season tournament should conclude Saturday, March 5th.
Consequently, we can only "guess" on what the players registration fees are likely to be.
For 1st and 2nd grade leagues: $80 to $90.
For 3rd through 8th grade leagues, $105 to $120.
Cost Difference Explanation
In an effort to reduce costs for younger grades, our Rookie leagues (1st and 2nd grades) don't have tournament games and only use one referee; whereas older leagues have a post-season tournament and use two referees.
The fee covers numerous expenses. These include a reversible uniform jersey, an 8x10 team photo, gym rental, referees, insurance, equipment needed to conduct games (first aid kits, basketballs, special “drop-down” goals for younger children, custom scoresheets), awards, a commemorative t-shirt for every player, coach certifications, administration, and supplies.
Each player should have gym shoes, shorts, a basketball (for practices) and a water bottle (for games). We urge coaches to not require purchase of “matching accessories,” such as shorts, warm-ups and fancy uniform lettering.
Most teams pass around the job of bringing post-game refreshments (drink, snack) to each player’s family.
Yes — Basketball is a competitive sport by definition … but please take a look at the “objective” of MCBBA, Article 2.0 of our Bylaws:
“MID-CITIES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION seeks to implant in the youth of these communities ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence, so they may be finer, stronger, and happier youth who will grow to be good, clean, healthy adults. This objective shall be reached by providing supervised, competitive, athletic games. The supervisors shall bear in mind at all times that the winning of games is secondary. Of prime importance is the molding of future citizens.”
We want children to have fun. We have “instructional/developmental” leagues where the players can learn, and improve, their game. We want children to try their best, all the time – to compete to the best of their ability. We have league and tournament championships. Due to the way the 1st and 2nd grade leagues are formed (neighborhoods, “buddies”), there is no “special recognition” for placement; all players receive identical recognition. In the Junior and Major Leagues (3rd through 6th grades) we present awards to the players on the teams with the best records in tournament play. No trophies are awarded in the 7th and 8th grades. All players receive a t-shirt at a post-tournament ceremony.
All of our coaches are unpaid volunteers. Most are parents of players. We have many coaches with us because it’s a lot of fun for them, including men and women that once played in MCBBA and are now returning the favor. Sometimes, after a team is formed, we have to cajole a parent into accepting the job. Most head coaches desire one or two assistants, and that’s a great opportunity for interested parents or teens to help out.
Our head coach volunteers are greatly appreciated. As head coach, he/she makes all of the major decisions for the team. These decisions include a) designation of all protected players (up to the two maximum allowed) b) days for practice (two per week) c) location of practices d) team name e) team jersey color and f) player's jersey number (at team formation meeting).
Every coach (head and assistant), each officer, director, and commissioner submits an application and we conduct an annual criminal background check. We have a Screening Committee that passes on the qualifications of all of our coaches. Every coach must complete “certification” in basketball (the fee is paid by MCBBA) with the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Additionally, coaches must attend supplemental session on conducting practices and game rules.
Only players and approved coaches (no more than two coaches) may occupy the bench during games.
Prospective coaches should review our Background Check Policy.
Rookie league teams are formed based upon "neighborhood". As much as possible, teams are formed with players from the same school being on same team together. There’s a good chance you’ll be placed on the same team as your friends. Players must be enrolled in first grade or higher (no kindergarten). For this season, a player must be 6 years old by 9/1/2021 to play in MCBBA. We form separate boys’ and girls’ leagues.
Sadly, that happens from time to time. We encourage players, parents and coaches to work out whatever it is that creates the “unhappiness.” Many times, that’s all it takes: Talk it over and compromise. If a coach is able to accommodate a change of location or days of practice, we will certainly make that happen. Please note: Our rules do not allow players to be “traded”.
If practice location or practice days are required to insure happiness, a parent or family friend of the player should step-up and be the head coach. As the head coach, he/she will choose the practice days, location, and protect (reserve) up to two players for his/her team. Note: Please do this as soon as possible and BEFORE the close of registration on November 15th.
At registration, there is a process to designate up to two teams/coaches that a player wishes to “block” (see our Block Team form). If reason for block is justified, the request is usually honored. Our rules require MCBBA to review coaches with three or more returning players that request being returned to the blind draw.
Practices are held at a HEB ISD elementary school. See MCBBA Sites for map of locations.
Team's head coach chooses two practice nights a week: typically 6:30-7:45pm (1st through 4th grades) or 7:45-9:00pm (5th through 8th grades). Usually, a team shares a gym with another team (half court for each). If a coach selects a Wednesday practice day, typically teams have the full court to themselves.
Teams are prohibited from practicing during HEB ISD's winter break. We do not practice on Weekends.
When possible/practical, practice days, times and sites are assigned based on coach preference, first come, first served. Assignments are confirmed and “contracts” between the school principal and the coach are distributed at one of the mandatory coach's meetings.
Practices begin on or after T.B.D. which will allow teams to have 4 practices before start of winter break. If the schools are closed during the week (e.g. MLK Holiday and President's day), or a gym is closed for a school event, there MAYBE a replacement practice scheduled at another location and/or night. We can not guarantee the rescheduled date is convenient for all players or coaches. We do not practice the week of our post-season tournament.
The first game is T.B.D. At the start of season (first six games), the games are scheduled to start around 12:30 PM and last games may conclude generally around 7:00 PM. Later in the season (last two Saturday games), we start games around 9:30 AM with last games concluding mid-afternoon. Occasionally, schools have activities and events which have first priority. In which case, we adjust our schedule to accommodate. Often this results in games starting LATE afternoon and sometimes not concluding until as late as 9:30 PM.
All games are played at one of HEB ISD junior high schools. See MCBBA Sites for map of locations.
Our tournament ends a week before HEB ISD’s Spring Break begins. Be aware that our tournament occasional may overlap the start of spring sports. Our hope is that players, if faced with a conflict, will participate in the MCBBA tournament to be considerate of teammates and opponents.
We expect children to behave themselves! We expect parents to supervise their children. We expect all fans to conduct themselves properly. Parental signature on the Player Registration Form confirms the parent’s intent to support acceptable behavior of players, player’s families and parents.
Your coach signs a contract with the HEB ISD agreeing there shall be no food, no drinks, no gum, no siblings (brothers and sisters) and no friends in the school’s gym during practice. Parents are welcome. Only registered players and coaches may be on the gym floor, before, during and after practice.
On game day, LEAVE YOUR BASKETBALLS AT HOME! For your safety and for the protection of school property, no person may be in possession of a basketball inside a school we use on game day, at any time or in any place, except during authorized activity on the gym floor.
Harassment of officials by coaches, assistant coaches, players or parents is not tolerated. Game officials – referees and commissioners – are authorized to instruct unruly persons to leave the building, if necessary.
Just as you expect your coach to be on time for games and practices, your coach and teammates expect dependability from players.
Our rule states “Every player will play at 12 minutes each game according to a substitution plan determined by the coach.” That’s half the game, every game, including post-season tournament games as long as the player attends practices and behaves properly. Coaches are encouraged to fairly distribute playing time to all their players. With 7 or 8 players on a team, each child should get a lot of playing time. Parents with questions or concerns about playing time should discuss concerns with the coach and if necessary with a commissioner.
A Buddy Draw request is ONLY for DRAW players whereby two players in the same league and both in the draw can be drawn together to the same team. A player may ONLY submit ONE Buddy Draw request for the season. For request to be granted, both "buddies" must submit a request for each other. Note: Buddy Draw cannot be used for a protected player nor for a player wishing to return to same team in same league from previous season. When a player submits a Buddy Draw request, the player is put in the player draw and may only end up on a particular team through pure luck.
A Buddy Draw request will only be considered by filling out, signing, and submiting a "Request for Buddy Draw form" at in-person registration. Players may register on-line and just come to in-person registration to submit their Buddy Draw request form. Forms are only available at registration site and may NOT be emailed. Deadline to submit form is Saturday, November 6th.
Please note: The buddy request form should not be filled for Rookie Leagues (1st/2nd grade) because they don't have a draw.
The basketball is the 28.5” ball for all leagues EXCEPT for BOYS 7th and 8th grades, which use slightly larger 29½” ball.
|League||Grades|| Goal |
| Free Throw
|Rookie||1st and 2nd||8’-0”||13’-6”|
|Junior||3rd and 4th||8’-6”||13’-6”|
|Major||5th and 6th||10’-0”||15’-0”|
|Senior||7th and 8th||10’-0”||15’-0”|
No. Winter is our only season.
We anticipate having in person registration for the 2021-22 season for a few days in late October and early November. Please check back in September 2021 for exact dates.
We anticipate on-line registration for the 2021-22 season starting the last week in October 2021.
IF a league has ALL their head coaches AND space is available, we open late on-line registration on T.B.D at 12:00 PM.
LATE registration can ONLY be done on-line and will have a $20 extra per player fee automatically added.
For leagues that are missing a coach, one way to bypass late registration is bring a head coach volunteer for your child's team. If you do, we waive the additional $20 late fee. The volunteer must first complete coaching application. Please contact us so we can prioritize the coach application and the subsequent special registration option for your child.
Late on-line registration is ONLY available in order to equalize team rosters (usually eight players per team).
Please note the following:
When a league opens for LATE registration, spots are given out on a first paid basis. Once all spots are taken (paid), late registration for the league closes.
LATE On-line registration requires a major credit/debit card.
Last day to late register is T.B.D
Thanks for asking! First, if you’d like to help fund our scholarships, consider “adding an Extra” to the check you write for your child’s registration fee. We welcome sponsors. Every $30 donation funds a scholarship (your charitable contributions are tax deductible). Ask an MCBBA official for details.
At practice you can crank goals up/down or dry mop the gym floor. Volunteer to be the clock keeper or scorekeeper for your team. Offer to “drag” the gym floor (wet towels on a wide board) before your team’s game. Avoid “coaching from the stands” during games: Be a FAN, not a critic.