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Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

Arlington County Saturday Morning Basketball League

The Saturday Morning Basketball League is for children in 1st and 2nd grade who live or go to school in Arlington County. Sessions are held on Saturday Mornings starting early December through mid February. No kindergartners are allowed to play within this program regardless of their age and ability. Players will use junior sized basketballs and play on 8 foot basketball hoops. Teams are coached by parent or community volunteers.

Registration Fees

Registration Fee: $75 through September 13, 2021. $90 on or after October 3rd, 2021. ($15 late fee). 

Income-based fee reductions are available to qualified individuals for all Arlington County programs. Children who receive reduced lunch pay 50% of the basketball registration fee; children who receive free lunch pay 25%.  Children eligible for fee reductions can register online but  please do NOT complete the payment section and contact your league commissioner to make payment arrangements at the discounted rate. Individuals requesting fee reductions also may register in person at the Arlington Sports Office, or via mail. You can find more information about fee reductions here.

Refund Policy: There will be a $20 cancellation fee for all refunds.

Note: Our credit card processor adds a 2.5% surcharge to all credit card payments. Arlington County does not receive any portion of this fee. Debit cards are processed as credit cards and incur the 2.5% fee.  A $20 cancellation fee will be subtracted from cancellation refunds.

Additional League Information

Location: All sessions are held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd St. S.

Team Placement: Teams are organized by school. Priority to play on team with schoolmates or with the previous year’s team is given to those who register before the late registration.

Volunteer Coaches:  Volunteer coaches are essential to Arlington’s youth basketball program. Each team is assigned between 2-4 volunteer coaches.  The more coaches per team the better the ratio of participant to volunteer and enhances the overall participant experience.  Parents and other interested persons are encouraged to apply to coach a team.  The weekly time commitment is about 1 hour each Saturday morning. Information for 2021-22 coaches here: SMBL Practice Plan Tips

Parents Meeting:
Saturday, November 20th. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 9:00am-10:00am. This meeting is informational and serves as a supplement to information sent by email. It is recommended for first time parents. Kids are welcome.

Coaches Meeting/Training:
Saturday, November 20th. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 10:00am-12:00pm. Volunteer coaches or those wishing to volunteer will meet to learn more about the league format, review sportsmanship and discuss basketball skills and drills used in this program.

T-shirt Distribution:
Saturday, November 20th. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 8:00am-10:00am.

League Commissioner


Uniforms: All participants will receive a Saturday Morning Basketball t-shirt as part of their registration fee.  Please be sure to indicate the appropriate size on your child’s registration form.

All participants will use junior sized basketball and play on 8 ft hoops.


Everyone involved in our program should be familiar with and uphold the Code of Conduct, officials, coaches, parents and players all have a hand in promoting this code and reporting violations.  Please read the parents’ code of conduct before registering, and discuss the player code with your child(ren).

Coaches: Code of Conduct – Coaches
Parents: Code of Conduct – Parents
Players: Code of Conduct – Players

Game Schedules

The league plays on Saturdays only. Clinics, practices, and games all meet on Saturdays at the times below.

December 4 and 11 – Skills Clinics #1 and #2
The first two weeks are clinics which will be held for an hour and a half period.  (Times shown below are tentative)

  • 1st Grade Boys Only – Practice 8:15-9:45 (arrive 8:00)
  • 1st and 2nd Grade Girls Only – Practice 10:15-11:45 (arrive 10:00)
  • 2nd Grade Boys Only – Practice 12:15-1:45 (arrive 12:00)

December 18 and January 8 – Team Practice #1 and #2:
Teams will have two weeks of one hour practices during their grade’s allotted time frame. Team Numbers will be posted online and available at the parent meeting or before. The team number will determine what time your practice will be held.  (Times shown below are tentative)

Girls Practice

  • 1st Grade Girls Teams 1-10 – Practice (8:00am to 8:50am)
  • 2nd Grade Girls Teams 1-14 – Practice (11:00am to 11:50am)

Boy Practice

  • 1st Grade Boys Teams 1-12  – Practice (9:00am to 9:50am)
  • 1st Grade Boys Teams 13-24 – Practice (10:00am to 10:50am)
  • 2nd Grade Boys Teams 1-12 – Practice (12:00pm to 12:50pm)
  • 2nd Graders Boys Teams 13-24 – Practice (1:00pm to 1:50pm)

January 22 & 29 and February 5 & 12 – Guided Games #1, #2, #3 and #4:
The last four weeks teams will meet at the SAME time as they do on December 18 and January 8 (see above).  These dates will be guided games; The games are not scored and the coaches act as informal referees to help participants learn and understand the game play, rules and violations of the game.

Registration Listing

2021-22 House Basketball

1st Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022

1st Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022

2nd Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022

2nd Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022

Important Dates

  • November 20th - T-shirt Distribution, Parents Meeting, Coaches Meeting/Training
  • November 27th No Meeting
  • December 4th - Skill Clinic #1
  • December 11th - Skill Clinic #2
  • December 18th - Team Practice #1
  • December 25th No Meeting
  • January 1st No Meeting
  • January 8th - Team Practice #2
  • January 15th (Holiday Weekend) - Make Up Date if Necessary
  • January 22nd - Guided Game #1
  • January 29th Guided Game #2
  • February 5th Guided Game #3
  • February 12th  Guided Game #4
  • February 19th (Holiday Weekend) - Make Up Date if Necessary
  • February 26th - Make Up Date if Necessary

Team Personnel Listing

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2021-22 House Basketball

Head Coach 
Assistant Coach
Team Manager

Concussion Awareness

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.  We suggest that parents take this opportunity to educate themselves on the symptoms of concussions and the appropriate way to monitor them.  You will be surprised as to how many signs there are that most take for granted or simply miss.  Click HERE for more helpful information.


All players must be Arlington County residents as of the date of their first game. 'Resident' is defined as:

  • A person or family living within the geographical boundaries of Arlington County, Virginia.
  • A person or family whose property is bisected by the county boundary and that of an adjacent jurisdiction, such that real estate taxes are paid to Arlington County.
  • A person or family owning property and paying real estate taxes in Arlington County even though that person or family resides outside the county boundary.
  • Current employees of the Arlington County Board or the Arlington County School Board, and their immediate family members.
  • Nonresident, full-time students who attend a public or private school in Arlington County


Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation
300 N. Park Dr 
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Phone: 703-228-4747
Email: [email protected]

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