The South Loudoun Basketball Elementary house league program is designed for kids in grades 4-5 and provides an inclusive recreational basketball program. The Elementary league is intended to focus on player development in a safe, fun and positive environment. While we do encourage our teams to play hard and win, the primary focus is to have fun and learn the game of basketball.
At the beginning of the season, we will schedule a training session for all Elementary House League players. The purpose of the training session is to provide a foundation for the coaches and players for the season. SoLo will contract a trainer to provide this skills development program, scheduled for the first Saturday of the season. Each team will be assigned a designated time to attend the training session.
Evaluations are done at the beginning of the season for all Elementary House League participants. We use the evaluation results to help us try and maintain parity within the division and grade level. All kids who are registered on time are guaranteed to be placed on a team.
Evaluations are scheduled to take place in late-September through early-October. Players are expected to attend one evaluation session at the designated time. Schedules will be finalized and posted by September 1.
We have single grade-level divisions in the Elementary House League program. Where numbers permit, we will subdivide the teams into East and West geographic divisions for ease of scheduling.
The division commissioners and coaches select teams through a pre-season draft process based on the evaluation results, with the goal of maintatining parity within the division(s). For this reason, we do not guarantee any requests for a certain coach, or for players to play together.
Season and Schedule
Season runs mid-November through mid-March. The player clinic is scheduled for the first Saturday of the season in mid-November. Team practices are 1-2 nights per week, 50 minutes per session. Practices are scheduled between 6:15pm and 9:45pm (generally earlier for the Elementary divisions) at local elementary and middle school sites. The scheduled practice nights and times are based on the coach's availability. A scrimmage game is scheduled for the first weekend in December, followed by regular season games from December-February, excluding the winter holiday break. The season ends with a post-season tournament which runs through early-March. Practices schedules are posted on/about November 1. Game schedules are posted on/about November 15.
The coaches and division commissioners select all-star teams from each division. The all star players will represent their team and will participate in mid-season exhibition game. Players who are selected to the all-star team will receive a t-shirt in recognition of their accomplishment.