Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Gresham-Barlow Youth Basketball Association (GBYBA)?
GBYBA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to offering a competitive basketball program for boys and girls in grades 5th – 8th living in the Gresham and Barlow High School attendance boundaries. We are part of the Three Rivers Basketball League.
Every year there will be try-outs for your child to be placed on a team. Gresham athletes will not be able to be placed on a Barlow team and Barlow athletes will never be placed on a Gresham team.
Each athlete will play for their high school feeder team. Athletes from middle schools will join each others teams.
Example: You may have Clear Creek athletes on your team with some Dexter athletes mixed in. Again, each athlete will play for their high school team in their grade level.
Our mission is to provide playing opportunities for the youth of the community to enhance our high school basketball programs. Our home games are typically held at the high schools, and occasionally at area middle schools as needed. We will play most home games on Saturdays. Our staff will instruct young athletes through practice, basketball camps, and coaching clinics with an emphasis on competitive basketball fundamentals. We want youth basketball to be a positive experience for everyone involved!
What is the Three Rivers Youth Basketball League (TRL)?
The TRL is a community sponsored basketball league for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth to learn and play competitive basketball. The league values and supports sportsmanship and teamwork from players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators. The youth basketball associations that participate in TRL Youth Basketball are: Barlow, Camas, Canby, Clackamas, Cleveland, Estacada, Gladstone, Grant, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Lincoln, Milwaukie, Molalla, Newberg, Putnam, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilson, and Wilsonville.
For more information, see the Three Rivers League web site: www.threeriversbball.com
What is the time commitment for players and parents?
Like all competitive sport programs, GBYBA does require a commitment and dedication to the sport/team. Practices are twice a week for 2 hours each, and will begin the first week of November (time/place TBA). In addition to practices, games will be played during weekday evenings or on weekends (starting in December), which generally take 3-4 hours when travel time is included. There are approximately 18 regular season games in the TRL, with additional non-league tournaments on some weekends.
What are parents expected to do?
In addition to getting players to practices and games on time, parents are expected to be ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS in the league. We need parents to help in concessions, participate in fundraising, assist in gym set-up/clean-up, and be supportive team parents. The league is made up entirely of volunteers and each parent will be asked to help out in some way.
Who can participate?
Any child entering grades 5th through 8th in the FALL of the current season and who lives in the Gresham-Barlow School District attendance area. Private or home schooled students living within the boundaries are also eligible to play.
What if I'm outside of Gresham-Barlow High School boundaries?
The student will not be eligible to participate in the GBYBA competitive basketball. On rare occasions, and at the request of a high school level coach, a player from another district may play. Waivers and official documentation must be signed and approved by GBYBA board members.
Do I have to have a physical to play?
Yes, each player must undergo a sports physical. The form is available on our website. Please see that form for more details.
Do I have to start playing in the 5th grade?
No. We have successful first-time players at every grade level.
What if I have scheduled a vacation during practice time?
If you have ANY flexibility, please try to schedule around basketball season. It is important for teams to get conditioned, learn plays, and work as a team before games officially begin. It is very important that your player be there if possible.
How early can I sign up?
Registration begins in late August or early September of every year. Specific dates will be posted on the GBYBA website.
How late can I sign up?
Deadline dates will be POSTED on the GBYBA website. Registration will close at 11:59 pm that evening. It is best to register early so that you are guaranteed a place for TRYOUTS. Teams may be limited due to availability of coaches, gym time, etc.
What forms are required for me to print and turn in after registration is complete?
- Player Contract: this form is filled in for you when you register online. After you have fully completed online registration, this form will be emailed to you. Please print it out for your records.
- Medical Release: you must print this form and have a parent/guardian sign/date it to release your child to play GBYBA. You can download it at the GBYBA website.
- Emergency Info: you must print this form and fill out with all the players known medical history/conditions and emergency contact information.
- Photo Release: you must print this form, read and sign it. This allows any pictures taken by GBYBA during games and tournaments to be placed on the website or to promote GBYBA.
- Sports Physical
What is the GBYBA fee?
To begin the registration process, there will be a NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $5 per player to register and be invited to tryouts. Cuts will likely be made. There is no guarantee that all players make a team. Once a player attends tryouts and is selected for a team, the remainder of the registration fee will be due. Currently, our fee per player is $225, which includes the uniform (players get to keep) and covers expenses that are needed to run the league, such as gym rental, referees, basketball equipment, and league insurance. We understand this may present a hardship for some people and we are prepared to help. Or you may have friends, relatives, businesses, etc., who may be interested in sponsoring a player or team and the money is tax deductible. See Sponsors section on our website.
What if I know someone or a business that would like to sponsor the GBYBA?
Receiving sponsorships from local businesses, members of the community, family, and friends is awesome! Registration fees may not cover all of the league costs or include extra tournaments that teams would like to participate in. We will use sponsor money for yearly equipment purchases and for additional competitive tournaments offered during weekends throughout the season.
UNIFORMS and EQUIPMENT
What uniform/equipment is provided?
GBYBA provides a game uniform that will be yours to keep following the season. Coaches will have a few basketballs for practices, a scorebook, and a first aid kit.
What equipment do I have to provide?
Players will need basketball shoes and basketball (their own for practices, if desired). It is recommended they have a reusable water bottle and bag for carrying gear.
How do I take care of my equipment?
Basketball jersey and shorts - wash in warm or cold water. Do not bleach and hang dry (or if needed, use low heat in dryer). Do not put in dryer on med/high as the numbers and letters will fade/crack. Basketball shoes should be for gym use only. Please wear other shoes to practice and change when in the gym. If basketball shoes are worn outside, they pick up gravel which scratches the gym floor.
Do I have to try out?
YES! Tryouts will be held in the evening and will be led by the GBYBA directors, advisors, and coaches. They will be CLOSED tryouts. Parents/spectators will not be admitted in the gym during tryouts. There will be boys and girls teams 5th – 8th grades. Tryouts are mandatory and a player must attend at least two of the three nights (preferably all three) in order to be considered for a team. A player must be registered to attend tryouts ($5 non-refundable registration fee). There is no guarantee that all registrants to make a team, as cuts may take place.
How are the teams divided?
There are three levels of play in TRL. Therefore, tryouts will be held to place players on appropriate competitive play levels. Teams will also depend on the availability of coaches and gym time. Players will be evaluated on specific basketball fundamentals including ball handling, shooting, defense, and offense. Players will be matched according to talent and skill levels and there will be “elite” and "developmental" teams. Each team will have at least 10 players, and no more than 12 players per team. The goal is to have at least one team per grade level for all boys and girls.
How do I know if my child made a team?
After tryouts are completed, teams will be selected within 3 days, unless coaches are still being selected/recruited, etc. GBYBA leadership or the head coach will notify players. If your child is not placed on a GBYBA team, a recreational basketball program such as YMCA will be suggested or referred.
Can I request to be placed on a team with a friend?
Unfortunately, no. GBYBA requires all players attend tryouts and they will be evaluated and placed on teams according to their skill level. One of the great things about our league is that all of the players will be with same-aged players from other elementary and middle schools. These schools feed into our high schools and helps them make new friendships with students they will be going to school with in the future. Siblings are the one possible exception to this rule.
Can I request a specific Coach?
No, see above.
How are the coaches picked?
Applicants for head coaching positions are reviewed and selected by the GBYBA leadership team. The head coach usually selects an assistant from the parents of the newly formed teams, with approval from GBYBA leadership. ALL coaches will need to fill out an application to be considered (available on the website) and are subject to a criminal background check. Other requirements are listed on the application.
LEVELS OF PLAY
What are the levels of play?
- A: “Single A”
- AA: “Double A”
- AAA: “Triple A” (most competitive)
Levels will be discussed at the GBYBA parent meeting.
Play up/Play down Policy:
Once players are placed on a team at the beginning of the season, the roster should be complete and not change. Players are not allowed to play down, for any reason, either in age grouping or division level within an age group. If a team cannot field enough eligible players to play, they must forfeit or reschedule the game. Full teams are not allowed to play below their age/level under any circumstance. Teams asking to play up to the next age/grade level must apply to the TRL in advance of the season scheduling meeting and the TRL will have the final decision on whether to allow it. GBYBA will do our best not to have split grade/age teams. If a team must be made with split grade/age, the team must play at the higher grade/age in all games, to include tournaments outside the regular TRL season.
What is the schedule?
Game schedules are determined by the coaches at a TRL scheduling meeting. Games are on evenings during the week and on weekends.
How long are the games?
Players are required to arrive 45 minutes before the game time to warm up and meet with the team. Our TRL games are played like regulation high school games: (4) eight minute quarters with clock stoppages for fouls, half-time, etc. Most games last about 1½ hours. For a total time commitment, you will also have to calculate travel to and from the game and the 45 minute early arrival.
How many games are there?
The goal is to have between 18 – 26 games per season for each team, which includes league games and tournaments. At the end of the season, each team will play in a TRL Jamboree. The intent of the Jamboree is to offer teams one last opportunity to play games against teams of equal competition. Pairings are based on the TRL season overall win/loss records of teams.
Is there equal playing time?
No, playing time will not be equal. There is no guarantee for equal play time, nor are there any rules governing it. GBYBA will stress to coaches and players that additional playing time can be earned in practice through extra skill development and intangibles like effort and attitude. But, ultimately playing time is left up to the discretion of the coaches.
Exception: For TRL league games at the 5th grade level ONLY, all players on a team are required to play a minimum of two quarters in each game, subject to injury or fouling out early. If a team has more than 10 players on the roster, since it is not possible to have all players play the minimum of two quarters, players should all receive approximately equal playing time. This is not a rule for non-TRL games (such as weekend tournaments).
CODE OF CONDUCT
All players, coaches, parents, spectators, and fans are expected to be courteous and show good sportsmanship at all times during practices, games and tournaments. Every participant/parent of the GBYBA will be required to read and sign the official TRL CODE OF CONDUCT. If at any time, a person shows unsportmanslike behavior, he/she may be asked to leave the game or facility in which the game is being played. This will also result it a one game suspension for player, coach or fan for a game ejection. No exceptions. (OSAA Rule Enforcement - followed by TRL/GBYBA)
Please practice good sportsmanship!!