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F-M Youth Basketball League

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer to coach or assist?
  • The League depends on parent volunteers! ¬†Both the online and printable forms have places to indicate your willingness to coach or assist. We always try to place at least 2 coaches or assistants together for each team, particularly at the younger levels. You can even request to coach with another parent.¬†
When are the games held?
  • The specific days of the week that games are held varies somewhat from level to level. All levels typically play some games on Saturdays, with additional weeknights throughout the season used to complete the schedule. However, no games or league activities are scheduled on Sundays or Fridays. Final schedules for each level are posted by the first week of November.
What if my son or daughter makes the school modified or freshman team?
  • The League allows players who make freshman and modified teams to play, and the team coaches at F-M schools actually encourage their players to consider participating in the recreational league to gain more experience.
If my son or daughter has a conflict and misses practice, will he or she be penalized (and play less in the next game)?
  • All players are assured equal playing time in this league. Coaches are NOT allowed to penalize players for missing practices or previous games.
Where are the games and practices held?
  • All games and practices are held at one or more of the Fayetteville-Manlius school gymnasiums. Most divisions utilize one or two different sites for the whole season.
How long does the season last?
  • It depends somewhat on the grade level. Younger divisions wrap up first, generally by the first week of February. The older divisions finish their regular season about the same time, but then move on to the playoffs. League championship games are completed by the first week of March.
Are the teams co-ed and divided by grade level? Or will my 2nd grade daughter be playing with 4th grade boys?
  • Boys and Girls are grouped together in the 2nd grade only. All other age divisions are separated first by gender and then by age/grade.
How long are the games?
  • Most games run about an hour. The refereed divisions run 6 periods of 7 minutes each (42 minutes total game time), plus a 5 minute warmup and a 5 minute halftime. The younger divisions hold a longer practice (up to 20 minutes) prior to their scrimmage.
When does the season start?
  • In the younger leagues (grades 2-4), you should receive a phone call or email from your coach before the end of October. The first practices will be held beginning in November. Players in older divisions must attend evaluations during the first week of November before teams are formed. Practices in those leagues begin the week after evaluations.
How much playing time will I get?
  • At all levels, every effort is made to ensure equal playing time for all players. In the younger levels, this is left up to the coaches to keep track of and it is not actively enforced. In the older refereed leagues, there is a mandatory rotation system in place (violating it results in loss of the game).
Can I request a specific coach or friend for my son or daughter's team?
  • Yes. The League will try to accommodate your requests if at all possible. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor all requests.