House Basketball League Grades 3-8
This youth basketball league program is for children in grades 3-8 who live or go to school in Arlington County. Players are not allowed to “play-up;” they must play with their current grade.
Register online HERE starting Monday, September 16, 2019. Register on or before September 30 to guarantee placement. Late Registration begins October 1. Volunteer Coaches Register here on or after September 16.
Walk-in registration is also available at the DPR registration office at 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm.
Players registering on or after October 1, are accepted on a space-available basis. We encourage you to register and we will try to place as many players as possible on teams.
3rd Grade Developmental League – $80 through September 30. $95 on or after October 1, 2019.
4th and 5th Grade Leagues – $85 through September 30. $100 on or after October 1, 2019.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Leagues – $90 through September 30. $105 on or after October 1, 2019.
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.
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.
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 2018-19 rosters who wish to remain on last year’s team are given priority on 2019-20 rosters until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019. 3rd grade teams will be formed randomly based on school districts. Players may include the name of 2-3 friends in the “special requests” section of the registration form, but we cannot guarantee placement on a specific team. Players in grade 3 who participated last year in the Saturday Morning basketball program will NOT have priority to return to last year’s team. This is a no-cut program; all players who register before October 1, 2019 will play. Late registrants are accepted on a space-available basis.
Team practices for grades 3-8 will begin the week of November 11 but could be later due to individual coaches’ schedules. Players will be notified prior to November 11 by their coach about their first practice sessions. Teams practice for one hour twice a week until the winter holiday break. Beginning in January, teams will practice for one hour a week through the end of the season.
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.
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 in the gym and 1-2 hours planning. We provide a pre-season coaching clinic, pre-season Positive Coaching Alliance training, and weekly emails with coaching guidance and practice plans (grades 3-6) . Coaches can register online or email for more information.
Boys use size 28.5 basketballs and play on 8 ft hoops.
Girls use size 27.5 basketballs and play on 8 ft hoops.
Boys use size 28.5 basketballs and play on 9 ft hoops.
Girls use size 27.5 basketballs and play on 9 ft hoops.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Basketball League Rules:
Players rostered on Arlington Travel Basketball, Arlington High School (Freshman or JV), or Private High School (Freshman or JV) teams 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. 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.
A full version of the updated Arlington County House Basketball League Rules can be found here: 2019-20 Youth Basketball Rules
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 Summary, 4th Grade Summary, 5th Grade Summary, 6-8th Grade Summary. These can be helpful tools for coaches and parents in preparing for league games.
The 3rd Grade Developmental Leagues will have one game on December 7 or 14 and then start their league games on Saturday January 11, 2020. 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 13 or 14. League games will begin January 10/11 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 6 or 7. League games will begin January 10/11and 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 7, 8, 14 and/or 15. League games will begin January 11. 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 17-19 and February 14-16), so please plan accordingly. Dates may change (extend season) if there are snow cancellations.