ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Westfield Basketball Association is proud to welcome back the Recreation Basketball program for students in grades 2 through 12.
This program is played on Saturdays starting January 8th and ending March 19th. Practice and game times are combined in one session.
For the early grades, the program is primarily instructional. We work with the players to help initiate an understanding and love of the game of basketball. As these are considered instructional leagues, we do not keep score in the "games" played and there are no playoffs or league champions. This program allows the coaches to work with players in game situations without worrying about winning or losing a game. The WBA encourages a greater emphasis on teaching at this level. We also understand the desire on the part of the players to actually play the game, so the sessions are split into two sections; the first is for instruction, while the second is for scrimmaging. Everyone gets to play equally.
Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 play more of a league type of program with referees, standings, and a championship tournament at the end of the year. Trophies or t-shirts are awarded to the league champions and runner ups. As the players get older (7th & 8th) there is less instructional time and more actual game time.
The high school boys program games are played on Saturday afternoons during the school year. They have 60 mins of game time with no instructional time. 11th and 12th grade teams are run by the student captains.
These programs need volunteer coaches in order to run! We can’t do this without your help! Basketball experience is not necessary, although it is appreciated. Please register to volunteer when you sign your child up to play. All coaches must take the Rutgers SAFETY Course and background information is required.
Due to Covid, only one parent per player is allowed in the gym. No siblings are allowed. Masks must be worn by all spectators.
Masks do not have to worn by players in the game but are needed on the bench if the players are not distanced. Coaches will wear masks.
A Covid waiver must be filled out before the start of the season - this is completed online during the registration process.
Please note that no drinks aside from water are allowed in the gyms and pop-up top water bottles are preferred to screw-off tops to reduce the possibilities of water spills.
Finally, we ask that all players remove all garbage that they bring with them into the gyms. We are guest of the Board of Education and we can lose the privilege of the gyms at any time at the discretion of the BOE or a school Principal.