Gearing up for the 2018-19 Season

SAVE THE DATE - PRE-SEASON EVALUATIONS FOR GRADES 4-8 - SoLo will be holding pre-season evaluations for all players in grades 4-8.  Players are required to attend one (and only one) session.  We will open a SignUp Genius portal on September 1 for players to sign up for a specific evaluation time.  The dates will be:  Sunday, September 23;  Thursday, September 27 and Saturday, September 29.  Evaluations for High School House will take place on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.  There is no evaluation session for our development program (grades 2-3).

Website Redesign

South Loudoun Basketball has been selected by the Trilogy/GWU UX program to be one of their pilot programs for this summer session.  This program trains professionals to become user experience designers by teaching participants how to build solutions to create better experiences for the web. This is achieved by learning proper research methods, and understanding best practices for visual design and interaction design, for mobile and desktop devices.

We are asking the parents and/or participants to take a brief survey as a part of the student's research.  The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and will help the students design a better website and user experience for solohoops.com!

Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R85GVNR

Program Updates

3rd Grade - SoLo is extending the Development Program up to the 3rd Grade level.  We want to keep the focus of player development at our youngest grades.  The 3rd grade program will still feature 5v5 play, but will focus more on developing our players and our newest officials.  The pre-season will be extended through December to include two clinics and two scrimmages which allows more time for up-front development.  The regular season will consist of eight games from January through the end of February.  In lieu of a post-season playoff, we will conclude the season with an all new Developmental Jamboree with skills games and prizes!  We will not hold pre-season evaluations for the 2nd and 3rd graders - the development program teams will be divided based on the child's school and/or geographic location.  For more information, visit our Developmental Program page   

High School - SoLo is modifying the High School House Program schedule.  First, we are delaying the evaluation process until after the Thanksgiving break to allow for players who do not make the High School interscholastic program to be able to participate.  High School House Evaluations will now take place the first weekend in December.  Prior to the holiday break, the teams will be formed and hold 3-4 practices to prepare for the season.  We will hold a officiated scrimmage game the Sunday prior to the holiday break that will not count towards the final standings.  Following the holiday break, we will compress the schedule to have games only on Saturdays and Sundays from January through mid-February.   Teams may get 1-2 additional practices throughout the regular season as space permits. The playoffs will be held the final weekend of February, with the championship games the first weekend in March.  For more information, visit our High School House page.

Travel - SoLo will continue the initial open evaluation process for Travel Programs.  All players who are interested in the travel program must first attend one of the pre-season evaluation in late-September.  The detailed schedule will be posted by September 1, and an online signup for the specific evaluation slots will be posted by September 15.  Players who qualify for travel (based on the evaluation results) and who indicated their interest for the travel program will be invited to travel tryouts in early-October.  Travel teams will be finalized and announced by mid-October.  After travel teams are finalized, the house league teams will be formed in late-October.  For more information, visit our Travel page

Rules - Solo will be implementing the House League Rule Exceptions that will reflect the guidance from USA Basketball, as well as recommendations from our past experience and input from SoLo Referees, Division Coordinators and Coaches.  Updated rules will be finalized prior to September 1 and will be posted on our Rules page.