Many questions regarding our league are here in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
If you cannot find the answer to your questions below, click on Contact Us to ask your question.
When are the practices?
Winter League Practices are held weeknights (Mondays - Fridays) between 6:15pm and 9:30pm at the local elementary and middle schools (see locations for details).
- Practices for developmental and house participants (grades 2-8) are typically scheduled for 1 night per week. We make every effort to provide a make-up session for practices missed due to weather or school-issued blackouts.
- Travel Teams are typically scheduled for 2 nights per week however weather and school blackouts may affect the schedule. At a minimum, we will schedule all travel league teams for one practice per week.
- High School house participants (grades 9-12) are typically scheduled for a one-hour practice slot on Saturdays (between 8am-9pm) throughout the season.
Winter League Practices Begin:
- Travel Teams (grades 5-8): Late-October/Early-November
- House League (grades 4-8): M-d-November
- Developmental Division (grade 2-3): Mid-November
- High School House League: early-December
When are the games?
House League Games are generally held Saturdays between 8am and 9pm. Some Sundays games are scheduled between 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Additionally, weeknight games may be scheduled if there is inclement weather, school blackouts or if there is an odd number of teams in the division.
High School house games typically run Sundays between 1:00pm and 9:00pm. Some Saturday evening games are scheduled as needed.
Select Program Games typically run Sundays between 1:00pm and 9:00pm. Some Saturday or evening makeup games are schedule as needed.
Loudoun Travel Games run Sundays between 1:00pm and 9:00pm, with occasional Saturday or weeknight makeup games.
- Travel/Select League (grades 4-8): early-December
- House League (grades 2-8): mid-December
- High School House League: early-January
When does the winter season run?
South Loudoun Basketball offers a winter house league, travel and select, and high school program.
House League Player Evaluations are held in late-September. Practices begin on/about November 15. Games begin in early-December. The season runs through mid-March.
High School Evaluations are held in mid-November after the High School teams are formed. Practices begin after Thankgiving and games begin in mid-December. The season runs through mid-February.
Travel Team tryouts will be held the first weekend after Columbus Day. Players who are interested in the travel program will be identified during the player evaluations in late-September and invited to the travel tryouts. Travel team selections are made by mid-October and travel practices begin immediately following the final travel team selections. Games begin in mid-November and the season runs through early-March.
When can I register and how do I register?
Registration dates and information is posted on our Registration Page.
What equipment is needed?
Game uniforms are provided by the league and are included in your registration fees. Players are required to purchase a basketball (see sizing below) and bring it to practices. Players are required to wear tennis shoes or basketball shoes for practices and games. For practices, shorts or sweats and t-shirt should be worn.
Who can play in South Loudoun Basketball?
SoLo is open to kids in grades 2-12 who live in southeastern Loudoun County. This typically includes the following school zones:
- Elementary Schools: Aldie, Arcola, Buffalo Trail, Cardinal Ridge, Goshen Post, Hutchison Farm, Legacy, Little River, Middleburg, and Pinebrook
- Middle Schools: J. Michael Lunsford, Mercer and Willard
- High Schools: Freedom, John Champe and Lightridge
The house league program will accept kids from anywhere in Loudoun County. The travel program is restricted to players who attend one of the three middle schools (Lunsford, Mercer or Willard). Those who attend private schools are eligible to play on a travel team based on the public school zone that serves their address.
Players who play for their high school interscholastic basketball teams (Freshmen, JV or Varsity) are not eligible to participate in the Travel or High School House League program.
What size basketballs are used for each age group?
- 27.5" Junior/Youth for 2nd Grade Developmental
- 28.5" Intermediate for 3rd-6th Grade Boys and 3rd-12th Girls
- 29.5" Regulation for 7th-12th Grade Boys
Do I have to attend public schools to play for SoLo?
For the house league, as long as you live in Loudoun County, you are eligible to play for SoLo. See our Travel/Select Program site for details on eligibility.
How are the house league teams formed?
There are boys and girls age groups that are divided based on the grade level of the child. Our division structures are as follows:
- 2nd Grade Developmental
- 3rd Grade Developmental
- 4th Grade House
- 5th Grade House
- 6th Grade House
- 7th Grade House
- 8th Grade House
- 9th Grade House
- 10th Grade House
- Varsity Boys House (11th & 12th Grade)
- 2nd Grade Developmental
- 3rd Grade Developmental
- Elementary House (Grades 4-5)
- Middle School House (Grades 6-8)
- High School House (Grades 9-12)
We do also subdivide the age groups into divisions if enrollment permits. Some age groups may be combine if enrollment is low.
If everyone makes a house league team, what are the evaluations for?
Evaluations are done for grades 4-8 and High School House league divisions to allow the league to assess the skills for each player. We divide the teams based on these evaluations, and use the evaluations to invite the advanced-level kids to participate in travel tryouts. All kids who are registered for the winter program before the stated registration deadline are guaranteed to be placed on a team. We only use the evaluations to maintain parity in our league and to place the kids at the appropriate levels.
For the Developmental divisions, we divide the teams based on their schools/neighborhood. No evaluations are done for the developmental level.
Can I make a request for a specific coach or for my child to play with a friend?
No. Due to the player selection process, requests to play for a specific coach or with a friend cannot be considered. Volunteer coaches are guaranteed to coach their own children. Assistant coach pairing requests are not guaranteed.
Can my child play up a grade level?
We generally recommend that a child play at his/her grade level as we have developmental and travel/select programs at grades 4-8. We will review requests for exceptions on a case by case basis only. Players must attend their grade level evaluation and be ranked in the top 10% of their grade level in order to be considered for playing up in a grade level. Parents who wish their players be considered for playing up must complete a Request Form prior to the evaluations. All decisions by the South Loudoun Board are final.
Due to a limited amount of space, we will not permit a first grader to play up in the second grade developmental program.
What is the travel and select program about?
The travel and select program is an advanced-level of play offered to kids in the 4th - 8th grades. Our travel teams play the Loudoun County Travel League. Our Select teams play in-house. More information about the travel program is located in the travel link.
Does SoLo issue refunds?
SoLo will issue a full refund (less a $15 administrative fee) for any cancellations received prior to October 1. After October 1, refunds are subject to addtional fees, based on equipment orders, etc. To request a refund, send a email to [email protected].
What are the basket heights for each age group?
- 2nd Grade: 8'6"
- 3rd Grade: 9'0"
- Elementary House: 9'6"
- 6th-12th Grade, Travel and Select: 10'0"
Are there programs offered outside of the Winter season?
South Loudoun Basketball offers Travel and Select training programs year round. For more information, visit our Offseason Programs page.
My question was not answered here. Who can I contact?
You can find more information about each of the programs we offer by clicking on the program link in the "Our Programs" menu to the left. You can also review the online Parents Guide If you still have a question, complete the Contact Form and a volunteer will answer your question (please allow up to 72 hours for the volunteer to respond.)