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Arlington County House Basketball - Grades 3-8

The recreational House Basketball League for grades 3-8 offers practices and games starting mid-November through early March.  Registration for grades 3-8 opens on September 13.  Players of all abilities can play in this program.  Teams are coached by parent or community volunteers. This youth basketball league program is for children who live or go to school in Arlington County.

Youth Basketball is open only to Arlington, VA residents (see below).

Fees

3rd Grade Developmental League – $90 through October 10. $105 on or after October 11, 2021.
4th – 8th Grade Leagues –
$90 through October 10. $105 on or after October 11, 2021.

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.

Rosters

  • Players rostered on Arlington Travel Basketball are eligible to participate in the Arlington House League program, but each team will be limited to a maximum of one (1) such player.  Travel and high school team basketball players can play a maximum of two quarters per game. 

Note: Players designated as “practice players’ with Arlington Travel Basketball do not count towards the roster limit but these players are restricted to a maximum of two quarters of playing time.

  • Players are not allowed to “play-up;” they must play with their current grade.
  • Team rosters are limited to a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 8 players in the 3rd-9th grade leagues.
  • Team rosters are a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 8 players in grades 10th-12th grade leagues

Commissioners will assign additional players and make every effort to ensure each roster has preferably the maximum and at least the minimum number of players, to promote competitive fairness.

Team Formation

Participants will be placed on teams based on the school district in which they live or attend school.

For grades 4-8, returning players on 2019-20 rosters who wish to remain on that team are given priority on 2021-22 rosters until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. Players may include the name of the coach or friends in the “requests” section of the registration form, but we cannot guarantee placement on a specific team. 3rd grade teams will be formed randomly based on school districts.

Players in grade 3 who participated in the Saturday Morning basketball program will NOT have priority to return to previous team.

This is a no-cut program; all players who register before October 4, 2021 will play.  Late registrants are accepted on a space-available basis.


Team Personnel Listing

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2021-22 House Basketball

Head Coach 
Assistant Coach
Team Manager

League Commissioners

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades
Patrick Leonard or 703-228-1818


6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Tyler Remerow or 703-228-1808

Equipment

Uniforms: All players on teams in grades 3-8 will receive reversible uniform jerseys as part of their registration fee.  Please be sure to indicate the appropriate size on your child’s registration form.

3rd Grade:

Boys use size 28.5 basketballs and play on 8 ft hoops.
Girls use size 27.5 basketballs and play on 8 ft hoops.

4th Grade:

Boys use size 28.5 basketballs and play on 9 ft hoops.
Girls use size 27.5 basketballs and play on 9 ft hoops.

5th Grade:

Boys use size 28.5 basketballs and play on standard 10 ft hoops.
Girls use size 27.5 basketballs and play on standard 10 ft hoops.

6th-8th Grade:

Boys use size 29.5 basketballs and play on standard 10 ft hoops.
Girls use size 28.5 basketballs and play on standard 10 ft hoops.

Sportsmanship

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

Coaches Corner

Volunteer coaches are essential to Arlington’s youth basketball program.  Parents and other interested persons are encouraged to apply to coach a team.  The weekly time commitment is about 2-3 hours. All coaches are required to pass an Arlington County Online Background Check.

We provide a pre-season coaching clinic, Positive Coaching Alliance training, resources, and weekly emails with coaching guidance and practice plans.  Coaches can register online  or email for more information.

Game Schedules

Team practices for grades 3-8 will begin the week of November 15. Players will be notified prior to November 15 by their coach about their first practice sessions. Teams practice for one hour twice a week until the winter break. Beginning in January, teams will practice for one hour a week through the end of the season.

The 3rd Grade Developmental Leagues will have one game on December 4 or 11 and then start their league games on Saturday January 8, 2021. All games will be played on Saturdays. Games are played on 8 foot baskets. There are no post-season playoffs.

The 4th Grade League will play three short pre-season screening games on December 10, 11 or 12. League games will begin January 8/9 and will be played on seven consecutive Saturdays and two Mondays or two Fridays (based on competition level). 4th grade games are played on 9 foot baskets.  Two weeks of post-season playoffs will be scheduled for all teams, the last weekend in February and/or the first two weekends of March.

The 5th Grade League will play three short pre-season screening games on December 3, 4 or 5. League games will begin January 8/9 and will be played on seven consecutive Saturdays and two Mondays or two Fridays (based on competition level). 5th grade games are played on 10 foot baskets.  Two weeks of post-season playoffs will be scheduled for all teams, the last weekend in February and/or the first two weekends of March.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Leagues will play three pre-season bracket games December 3, 4, 5, 11 and/or 12. League games will begin January 8. Games will be played primarily on Saturday with a few Sunday and/or weeknight games possible. Seven league games will be followed by post-season playoffs.

Games WILL be played on holiday weekends (January 15-17 and February 12-14).  Dates may change (extend season) if there are snow cancellations.

House Basketball Rules

A full version of the updated Arlington County House Basketball League Rules can be found here: 2021-22 Youth Basketball Rules (Coming Soon)

A summary of the difference in rules  for grades, 3, 4, 5 and 6-8 (this includes ball sizes, rim heights, defense regulations etc.) can be found here:.  3rd Grade Summary4th Grade Summary5th Grade Summary6-8th Grade Summary. These can be helpful tools for coaches and parents in preparing for league games.

Registration Listing

2021-22 House Basketball


3rd Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

3rd Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

4th Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

4th Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

5th Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

5th Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$105.00

6th Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

6th Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

7th Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

7th Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

8th Grade Boys

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

8th Grade Girls

Registration closes on 11/01/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 12/04/2021 to 02/26/2022
$0.00

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 protocols will be provided at the Parent and Coaches meeting. Player, staff, volunteer, and spectator safety is our number one priority. It is important to note that based on the changing conditions of the pandemic, the protocols are subject to change based on recommendation and guidance from public health. Should the season need to be cancelled, a proportional refund will be issued.

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.

Residency

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

Contact

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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