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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.
The registration fee for individual players is $80 for first and second grade leagues and $110 for third through eighth grade leagues. Rookie league don't play tournment games and only use one referee; other leagues use two, which explains the cost difference.
IF on-line LATE registration becomes available, an additional $20 per child is required. (see note following “Where and When Can I Sign Up?”). Please note that after November 13th, no refunds are possible.
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 parents 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.
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 attends a 3-4 hour training session and is “certified” in basketball (the fee is paid by MCBBA) with the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
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 born on or before 9/1/2010 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 and/or practice days are critical 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 up to two players in the draw. Note: Please do this as soon as possible and BEFORE the close of registration.
At registration, there is a process to designate up to two teams/coaches that a player wishes to “block” (see our Block Team form). Upon review by an MCBBA committee, such requests are 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 one of the HEB ISD elementary schools. Each team has two practices 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 two week 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 the time of team formation.
Practice begins on or after December 4, 2017. If the schools are closed during the week (e.g. MLK Holiday, January 15th), or a gym is closed for a school event, your coach may try to reschedule practice to some other night or location. We do not practice the week of our post-season tournament.
We plan to use both gyms at four HEB ISD junior high schools. Our season begins Saturday, January 6, 2018. 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 games), we start games around 9:30 AM with last games concluding mid-afternoon. Also school's activities and events have first priority so 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.
The Rookie Leagues (1st/2nd grades) play their final games on February 24th with end of season awards that afternoon.
All other leagues play in our post-season tournament. Games sites are the same however sometimes add another HEB ISD junior high or high school. We expect to start with tournament games on Sunday afternoon, February 25th, play throughout the entire week at night, and then conclude on Saturday, March 3, with games all day long. Leagues play “double elimination” with each team surviving until they lose two games. There is no “what if” game should a previously undefeated team lose its first game in the final.
Each league has an awards ceremony following its championship game and every registered player is encouraged to attend.
Our tournament ends a week before HEB ISD’s Spring Break begins. Be aware that our tournament 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.
For rookie leagues and draw leagues, 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.
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.
Starts October 23rd and ends November 13th.
On-line registration requires a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit/debit cards. Note: We are not able to accept American Express cards.
On-line late registration is ONLY available in order to equalize team rosters (up to eight players per team). Consequently, some leagues could have multiple openings. Some leagues may have ZERO openings. Waiting for late registration could mean not playing.
There is an automatic $20 extra per player fee for on-line LATE registration.
IF a league has LATE registration, spots are given out on first paid basis. Once all spots are taken (paid), late registration for the league closes.
IF we are able to offer Late registration, it starts as early as November 22nd at 12:00 PM.
No player may register after Sunday, December 3rd.
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.