Saturday Morning Instructional Basketball League Grades 1-2
*SMBL session for February 2nd has been canceled*
The Saturday Morning Basketball program is for children in 1st and 2nd grade who live or go to school in Arlington County. No kindergartners are able to play within this program regardless of their age and ability. Players will be using junior sized basketballs and playing on 8 foot basketball hoops.
Online Registration: Registration opens September 17th, 2018. Register here. Volunteer Coaches Register here. Register on or before September 30th to guarantee placement on your preferred team.
Walk-up registration is also available at the Sports Office during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fees: $75 through September 30th, 2018. $90 on or after October 1, 2018. ($15 late fee). 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. NOTE: Debit cards are processed as credit cards and incur the 2.5% fee. There is a $20 cancellation fee added onto refunds.
Reduced Fees: 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.
Location: All sessions are held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd St. S.
Team Placement: Teams are put together by school. We do not allow special requests for this league as all players play at the same location and times each week. 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: 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. Volunteer Coaches Register here. Information for 2017-18 coaches here: SMBL Practice Plan Tips
Saturday, December 1st. 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.
Saturday, December 1st. 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.
Saturday, December 1st. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 8:00am-10:00am.
Practice and Game Schedule:
The league plays on Saturdays only. Clinics, practices, and games all meet on Saturday at the time below.
December 8th & 15th – Skills Clinics #1 and #2
The first two weeks are clinics which will be held for an hour and a half period.
- 1st Grade Girls – Clinics (9:45am to 11:15am)
- 1st Grade Boys – Clinics (8:00am to 9:30am)
- 2nd Grade Girls – Clinics (9:45am to 11:15am)
- 2nd Grade Boys – Clinics (11:30am to 1:00pm)
December 22nd & January 5th – 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.
- 1st Grade Girls Teams 1-12 – Practice (8:00am to 8:50am)
- 2nd Grade Girls Teams 1-14 – Practice (11:00am to 11:50am)
- 1st Grade Boys Teams 1-12 – Practice (9:00am to 9:50am)
- 1st Grade Boys Teams 13-20 – Practice (10:00am to 10:50am)
- 2nd Grade Boys Teams 1-14 – Practice (12:00pm to 12:50pm)
- 2nd Graders Boys Teams 15-26 – Practice (1:00pm to 1:50pm)
January 12th and 26th, February 9th and 23rd – Guided Games #1, #2, #3 and #4:
The last four weeks teams will meet at the SAME time as they do on December 22nd and January 12th. 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.
In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled if it is deemed unsafe to travel to the location. You may call 703-228-4715 or click here for more information. Staff will communicate make-ups as needed based on weather.
No practices/games on December 29th or January 19th:
Due to holidays or gym closures we will not hold practices/games on these dates. For the basketball grades 1-2 we need as many volunteers as we can and holding this program on holidays makes it hard to ensure the right amount of volunteer coverage for the program.
SMBL will not take place on Feb. 2nd. It will instead be made up on February 23rd.
Make Up Dates:
Make up date will be February 23rd and16th (President’s Day Weekend) if needed.
League Commissioner: Tyler Remerow, 703-228-1808