The South Loudoun Basketball Middle School house league program is designed for kids in grades 6-8 and provides an inclusive recreational basketball program. The Middle School House league provides an environment to allow for further development in a fun, competitive league. While we encourage our teams to play hard and win, the primary focus is to have fun and continue to build on the fundamentals of basketball.
Evaluations are done at the beginning of the season for all Middle School 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 mid-September through early-October. Players are expected to attend one evaluation session at the designated time. Schedules will be finalized and posted by early-September.
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.
We divide the SoLo Middle School players into grade level leagues based on the current year enrollment. In addition, we further subdivide the leagues into school-based divisions - Lunsford and Mercer/Willard - for ease of scheduling and convenience for the players and coaches. In some cases, geographic divisions may be combined due to low enrollment.
Season and Schedule
Season runs mid-November through mid-March. Team practices are 1-2 nights per week, 50 minutes per session. Practices are scheduled between 6:15pm and 9:45pm (generally the earlier slots are reserved for the Elementary divisions) at local Elementary and Middle Schools. The scheduled practice nights and times are based on the coach's availability. A scrimmage game is scheduled for the first weekend of the season, 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. Practice 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 a mid-season exhibition game. Players who are selected to the all-star team will receive a t-shirt in recognition of their accomplishment.