FAQ

NJB Frequently Asked Questions


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GENERAL

REGISTRATION

FEES & PAYMENTS

  • Q: How much does it cost to join NJB?
  • Q: What do I get as part of my registration fee?
  • Q: Do you offer financial assistance?
  • Q: Online registration said that my child gets a Memory Mate as part of their registration fee. What is a Memory Mate?
  • Q: What is the refund policy for registration fees?
  • Q: Can I pay my fees with a check?

    TEAMS

  • Q: What teams does NJB have?
  • Q: Can I request that two kids be placed onto the same team if they are friends? What about if they are siblings?
  • Q: Can I request a particular coach for my child?
  • Q: I understand that there is an additional fee for my child to play on an All-Net team. Why does it cost more?
  • Q: What is a waiver?
  • Q: What division do I register for? What if my 2nd grader wants to “play-up” on a third/fourth grade team?
  • Q: What about a D2 or D3 player who wants to play up? Is that allowed?
  • Q: What is All-Net?
  • Q: What happens at the All-Net try-outs?
  • Q: My child made an All-Net team, what do I need to submit for certification?
  • Q: Why does my child have to attend a division evaluation? Is it a try-out?
  • Q: How does the player draft work, and if it is really a draft then how can it produce balanced teams?
  • Q: How are Division teams created?
  • Q: How do I make a request to have my child on the same team as a friend?
  • Q: I selected “Coach” as my volunteer job when I registered my child. What do I do next in order to let the chapter know I am interested in coaching?
  • Q: What about assistant coaches? Do you allow assistant coaches to be teamed up with head coaches?
  • Q: Does your chapter offer a high school program?

    PRACTICES & GAMES

  • Q: Can you tell me more about practices?
  • Q: What level of team commitment is expected for practices and games?
  • Q: Why must there be a female adult chaperone present at each girls practice? Does attending practices count as part of my volunteer hours?
  • Q: When do the games start?
  • Q: Who do we play games against?
  • Q: How long is the season?
  • Q: How much of the game will my child get to play in, especially if they have never played before? How long is each game?
  • Q: What size basketball is used for each division?

    VOLUNTEERING

  • Q: Does NJB need my help?
  • Q: What types of volunteer jobs are available?
  • Q: How can I be exempt from Volunteering?
  • Q: I am volunteering to help with NJB. Do I need to have fingerprinting done?
  • Q. Why doesn’t the adult female chaperone for girls teams count towards fulfilling my volunteer obligation? Why can’t I opt-out of it since I paid the opt-out fee?
  • Q: How do coaches know which parents on their team have opted out of volunteering so they don't assign them a job?

  • ANSWERS


    All NJB games are played on a regulation floor with a scoreboard and players wear a full uniform. Referees are certified and many officiate at the high school level. NJB Foothill is a chapter within the National Junior Basketball League, which has more than 35,000 basketball players nationwide. National Tournaments for All-Net and for Division All-Stars are held at the end of each season in Los Angeles.

    GENERAL

    Q: Where can I find out the latest information about the NJB Foothill chapter?
    A: Visit the NJB Foothill website at www.njbfoothill.com to find out the latest information about our chapter.

    Q: What is the Silicon Valley Section?
    A: NJB Foothill and several other Chapters in the area comprise the Silicon Valley Section. Other Chapters include Almaden, Berryessa/Milpitas, Coyote Creek, San Jose East (Evergreen), Gilroy, Hollister, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Saratoga, Sequoia, West San Jose, and Willow Glen. The Silicon Valley NJB Section web site is www.siliconvalleynjb.com

    Q: Do I live within the NJB Foothill Chapter Boundary?
    A: With the exception of high school teams (which have no geographical boundaries), NJB Foothill is the home chapter for residents of Sunnyvale, Los Altos, a portion of Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View (see map). If you do not live in one of these cities NJB Foothill is not your home chapter, and you will need to find your home chapter to play NJB. Please see the Silicon Valley NJB Section web site for more information on the other chapters and to see a chapter boundary map.

    Q: What is the mailing address of NJB Foothill?
    A: All mailing information can be found in the Footer of every page of the website.

    Q: What is “Silent Sunday”?
    A: The following information about Silent Sunday is from NJB Headquarters. The date of Silent Sunday is typically held week 2 of the season and is set by the Silicon Valley Section. Often signs will be placed on the doors when you enter the gym. The gym monitor may also read the below statement with the help of players.
    “NJB is all about our kids! Our kids look to us as role models on how to act when it comes to games. The main goal of NJB is to make sure the kids have fun. To ensure positive parent support during today’s game, parents are to remain SILENT throughout the entire contest (however clapping will be permitted). Site Directors and Board Directors are instructed to enforce Silent Sunday. Hoping we remind ourselves of the significant role we play in the lives of our kids at their NJB events. Fun is number one!!”

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    REGISTRATION

    Q: When can I register?
    A: On-line registration for the winter season normally will open the 3rd or 4th Saturday in August after the bulk of our families have returned to school. Registration will last for two weeks or until we meet capacity. The starting date and time for registration will be communicated in two ways: via the NJB Foothill email list (you can subscribe on the home page) and it will also be posted on the home page at the NJB Foothill website. There is no walk-in registration. All registration is done online only.

    Q: What is the process for registering a new player?
    A: The registration process for a new player is the same as that of a returning player however their priority for acceptance into the league is different (*see how we manage priority below). With the completion of online registration, guardians confirm player age, grade and address are all accurate. Parents must certify and verify that they live within the NJB Foothill boundaries as defined by the Foothill Chapter Boundary Map on the Silicon Valley website found here http://www.siliconvalleynjb.com/
    NJB Foothill reserves the right to request any documentation for verification purposes. Any players who knowingly falsify their information to gain entrance into our chapter illegally will be expelled from NJB Foothill and may result in expulsion from other NJB Programs.
    The parents of the new player will need to need to sign up on the mailing list using the link on the home page of this website. They will then be included in communication out to our current membership of families.

    Q: Do I have to register online? What about using a paper form or attending walk-in registration?
    A: We do not hold walk-in registration or use paper forms. All registration is done online.

    Q: What things do I need in order to register?
    A: When registering online it is recommended that you have your child’s medical and emergency contact information handy. You will also be for uniform size, which is explained below.

    In order for your child to play All-Net or All-Stars, the following player certification documents will be required (no originals please):

    • copy of the player's birth certificate or passport
    • copy of ALL of the pages of the most recent report card
    • copy of a current utility bill (only gas/electric, water, and garbage are acceptable) showing your name and current address as proof of residency

    Q: What are the GPA requirements for NJB?
    A: With the completion of online registration, guardians confirm that their player will maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. Report cards will not be collected for regular division play.
    All-Net certification occurs before the season starts, and requires players to show a 2.0 grade point average for the most recent reporting period. NJB Foothill will check the report card GPA before allowing a player on an All-Net team. There are no exceptions. There is a second certification during the season based on the first trimester, or second quarter report card. Again a 2.0 GPA is required for eligibility in post-season play. This review only covers regular season and end of season tournament (Championship Series Tournament) play. The NJB Foothill chapter has adopted a policy requiring that players show a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for Divisional All Stars, including grade based teams. There are no exceptions granted. Eligibility is determined on the most recent report card.

    Q: What are the age limits for NJB?
    A: Players are categorized by grade and are then assigned the appropriate division level (e.g. D1, D2). If a player in one of these divisions exceeds the age limits provided for that division by NJB then they will be contacted by our Chapter and notified of this. This is a very rare situation and in those cases the player is moved up to the next higher division.

    The age restrictions are based upon your child’s age as of May 1st of the next year using the table below:

    Division Age Requirement

    • D3 - Shall not turn 11 before May 1st of the next year
    • D2 - Shall not turn 13 before May 1st of the next year
    • D1 - Shall not turn 15 before May 1st of the next year

    Q: What is the registration priority for new and returning players?
    A: Children of board members and returning families have the highest priority. Returning players (i.e., they played in a Foothill team in the last season) and Siblings of returning players (i.e. they had a brother or sister play on a Foothill team in the last season) have the next highest priority. Players who qualify for an All-Net team also have additional priority over others. Registration priority will be lost for any of the groups above if full payment is not received by the deadline (based on postmarked date). Simply registering or even being placed on a wait list does not qualify for priority.
    For new players their relative priority with other new families will be the date and time of their online registration. It should be noted that any prioritization listed above is only done for players who complete their registration requirements correctly (e.g. payment received and attend evaluations). There is one exception to the above: high school players in our high school program do not rely on geographical boundaries; instead they are added to a team based on try-outs.
    For new players who do not fall into one of the categories described above, registration priority is based on the time of registration (i.e. the earlier the registration, the higher the priority). If the Chapter needs an additional HEAD coach and one of the parents is eligible to coach, the child will be moved up in priority to secure the additional HEAD coach. Priority is managed by the Registrar and Player Agents.

    Q: One of my children played in Foothill last season. His sister now wants to join. Does his sister get priority as being a returning player? Can I register multiple children at once?
    A: His sister gets priority, but not as a returning player. She gets the next highest level which is "sibling of a returning player". That means that she has priority over any new players, but not over returning players. All of this assumes that she has fully completed each step of the registration process (e.g. online registration, payment, attends evaluations). Our registration system allows multiple children in one family to all be registered at the same time.

    Q: I noticed that I need to provide uniform sizes during online registration. Is there a guide to the sizes of the shirts and shorts?
    A: The guide shown below can be used to determine the approximate sizes of the NJB uniforms. The uniform size to specify during registration is given in the blue text. The typical measurement of the shirt and corresponding shorts is given in the red text. Measure your child’s waist and chest circumference with a tape measure to determine the best fit. A uniform may consist of different sized items (e.g. it is acceptable to select an AM t-shirt and an AL shooting shirt).


    Size Youth S Youth M Youth L Adult S Adult M Adult L Adult XL Adult XXL
    Shirts: Chest
    28-30
    inches
    Chest
    32-34
    inches
    Chest
    36-38
    inches
    Chest
    34-36
    inches
    Chest
    38-40
    inches
    Chest
    42-44
    inches
    Chest
    46-48
    inches
    Chest
    50-52
    inches
    Shorts: Waist
    20-22
    inches
    Waist
    24-26
    inches
    Waist
    28-30
    inches
    Waist
    26-28
    inches
    Waist
    30-32
    inches
    Waist
    34-36
    inches
    Waist
    38-40
    inches
    Waist
    42-44
    inches

    Q: I do not live in the NJB Foothill boundaries, however my child goes to school within the NJB Foothill boundaries. I would really like them to play basketball with his/her friends? Can I enroll my child in NJB Foothill?
    A: We get this question often, and unfortunately the answer is No. You much register in your home chapter based on your address. We are limited in the number of teams we can offer due to the gym space available and we need to be able to serve our residents first. In addition, we support our neighboring chapters in ensuring all children play where their address dictates. For example if you live in Cupertino, even though you go to school in Los Altos, your home chapter is West San Jose

    Q: When will I know if my child gets a spot in the chapter? How will I know if my child is put on the wait list?
    A: We will close our registration after two weeks or when we reach space capacity, whichever comes first. We have had a wait list and been at capacity for the last 6 seasons. If we are full and registration is closed, parents should email admin@njbfoothill.com to be placed on the wait list. There is a chance that even if you registered within the open registration period and paid, that you may still go onto the wait list, due to your priority. We will have a better idea of this about a week after we close registration. The registrar or player agent will invite as appropriate those wait list players to evaluations. This is a balancing act for the volunteers to manage as we figure out number of teams, coaches, and players. We ask for your patience. If at any time you are on the waitlist and you want a status update, please email admin@njbfoothill.com. Once teams are drafted and your child is still on the waitlist you will be notified. You will then be given the choice to stay on wait list to see if a spot open up or if appropriate get a refund.

    Q: My child is on the wait list for registration, what should I do?
    A: Players on the wait list will be notified if there is an opening at any time up to the third game of the season. After the 3rd game any players still on the wait list will have their payments refunded at 100%.

    Q: Why can I not order a shooting shirt this year?
    A: A shooting shirt (or shooter shirt) is an optional part of the uniform that players can wear when they are warming up. We are offering shooting shirts this year and the players last name is printed on the back of the shirt.

    Q: Where can I go to print a player’s name on the back of a shooting shirt?
    A: The Shirt Wheel in San Jose

         The Shirt Wheel
         1375 Blossom Hill Road
         Princeton Plaza Mall
         San Jose, CA 95118
         408.266.4122

    Q: What does the uniform look like? Can my child wear a t-shirt under the jersey?
    A: You can see a photo of the uniform on the uniforms page. NJB Foothill players wear the light (white) side of their shorts and jerseys when they are the home team and the dark (blue) side of their shorts and jerseys for away games. This can be done because both the jerseys and the shorts are reversible. The only blue t-shirt that can be worn under the dark side of the jersey is the one provided by NJB Foothill, because the color needs to match exactly. Shooting shirts and white t-shirts are optional and they are available at an extra fee. Shorts can be reused in future years but Jerseys have to be purchased every year.

    Q: I still have my shorts from last year. Do I still need new shorts this year?
    A: We adopted a new uniform model starting the Winter 2014-15 season, where each player buys a new jersey each year. Re-using the jerseys proved to labor intensive given the number of volunteers available. To keep the costs low, we've adopted a new color scheme. Our chapter absorbed the one time cost of these shorts for 2014-15 season. Starting this year, shorts may be reused if they were obtained during the 2014-15 season and looks like the one on this page, or players may purchase a new pair.

    Q: My child is a returning player and when I tried to register online using my user name and password from last season it said it was not valid.
    A: We have a new online registration system this year. Everyone must create a new account this year.

    Q: My child played in Foothill two years ago. She decided not to play last year, but has signed up again this year. Is she considered a returning player?
    A: No. Once a returning player skips a year then they forego any returning player status they had previously. The only exception is made for a player that has to withdraw during a season due to injury.

    Q: My child played in an NJB summer or spring league. Is she considered a returning player?
    A: No.

    Q: I made a mistake when I did my online registration and I want to go back and correct it. How do I do that? How do I go back in after registering online to view the information I typed in?
    A: You can only change your player's name, gender, date of birth, and picture (if you chose to upload one). You cannot change or view any of the registration information online. To change name, gender, date of birth, or picture, login to the system using the information you used to register your player, click your player's name under "My Players," and select the "Edit Info/upload picture" button. If you need to make other changes to your registration, you must delete your player's existing registration and re-register your player. Please note your player will lose their registration time stamp if you do this. If you notice your error immediately, go ahead and delete and re-add your player. If it's two weeks later, or if registration has closed, contact admin@njbfoothill.com.

    Q: I made a change to my child’s name, gender, or date of birth online. Do I need to notify someone that I did this or have my registration form reprinted?
    A: If you want to make a change to your registration information *after* the All-Net try-outs and division evaluations then you must also send an email to admin@njbfoothill.com right away. Some of the information you changed may have already been copied from the database and is being used by other groups.

    Q: I registered my child online and when I tried to login later as an existing member it said “Invalid Login”.
    A: You are probably using a different email address than the one you registered your child with initially.

    Q: My child wants to play on an All-Net team. Why is there no selection for this in the “division” field during online registration?
    A: Players are selected for the All-Net team. Only those who attend the All-Net tryouts and make the final cut will play on an All-Net team. Therefore All-Net is not an option you can “sign-up” for. Instead, there is place on the player registration screen where you can specify your intention to attend the try-outs. Selecting that option is not binding---it is there so we can get an idea of roughly how many players will show-up show up so we can plan accordingly.

    Q: I forgot my password to the new registration system and I need to sign-in. How do I reset my password?
    A: There is a "forgot password" link on the login page that will allow you to reset your password.

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    FEES AND PAYMENTS

    Q: How much does it cost to join NJB?
    A: Currently, the registration fee is $415. Players selected for All-Net pay an extra $300 after the teams are formed to cover the additional costs of All-Net (such as more practice time each week and more games). Players selected for All-Stars pay an extra fee TBD to cover extra practice time and tournament games.

    Q: What do I get as part of my registration fee?
    A: In addition to a season of fun and action, each player receives a uniform jersey, a navy blue NJB undershirt, and a Memory Mate Photo. Players will be able to reuse uniform shorts from previous years.

    Q: Do you offer financial assistance?
    A: Yes, we have a Financial Assistance Program to help offset a portion of the registration fees. Learn more by clicking here.

    Q: Online registration said that my child gets a Memory Mate as part of their registration fee. What is a Memory Mate?
    A: A Memory Mate is the photo package that is provided as part of the registration fees. It consists of a 3x5 individual player photo and a 5x7 team photo. It is mounted on a cardstock mat.

    Q: What is the refund policy for registration fees?
    A: 100% of registration fees less $25 are refunded if the request is submitted to admin@njbfoothill.com prior to the player drafts. A 50% refund of registration fees is provided after the draft and prior to the first game. After the first game no refunds given. Full details of the refund policy are here.

    Q: Can I pay my fees with a check?
    A: Sorry, we only accept credit card payments through the online registration site.

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    TEAMS

    Q: What teams does NJB have?
    A: NJB has teams for different age groups and genders. NJB does not have co-ed teams. Within the older age groups, there are select "All-Net" teams. Players must try-out to make the All-Net teams.

    The regular "Division" teams are divided as follows:

         Division 1 - 7/8th graders - separate girls and boys teams
         Division 2 - 5/6th graders - separate girls and boys teams
         Division 3 - 3/4th graders - separate girls and boys teams
         High School JV Division - 9th/10th grade boys
         High School Varsity Division - 11th/12th grade boys

    The All-Net Teams are divided as follows:

         Boys 5th grade
         Boys 6th grade
         Boys 7th grade
         Boys 8th grade
         Girls 5th grade
         Girls 6th grade
         Girls 7th grade
         Girls 8th grade

    NJB Foothill decides each year how many All-Net teams it will field based upon the number of players registered in that division and the level of interest from the players.

    Q: Can I request that two kids be placed onto the same team if they are friends? What about if they are siblings?
    A: No, we do not accept any friend request due to our draft process. As for siblings, we do allow for them to be drafted together onto the same team if this what the parent desires and their ages qualify them for the same division. A parent can also request that they not be on the same team.

    Q: Can I request a particular coach for my child?
    A: Players are evaluated at division evaluations and then drafted by coaches. Therefore it is not possible to request a coach via our registration process.

    Q: I understand that there is an additional fee for my child to play on an All-Net team. Why does it cost more?
    A: All-Net teams get significantly more practice time each week, larger gyms, and more games. Due to gym and referee costs this translates into a higher cost. The Section fees and National Tournament fees for All-Net are also higher than for division teams. These higher costs increases what it costs to sponsor these All-Net teams, and the families of All-Net players are expected to pay for the difference.

    Q: What is a waiver?
    A: When a player wants to play outside the Chapter in which he/she lives, a waiver must be obtained. The player’s home chapter agrees to release the player, and the receiving chapter agrees to accept the player. The waiver is signed by both Chapter Directors, as well as the Section Director. The player must register in their home chapter first, in case the waiver is not granted. In addition, if our chapter is full we can grant a waiver so that a player within our boundaries can play somewhere else. In past years our Chapter has been very full and that is one reason we have not accepted many incoming waivers. The waiver form can be obtained from the Chapter Director of the player's home chapter. The parents must initiate the waiver process and contact the appropriate Chapter Directors. To contact the Chapter Director send an email to admin@njbfoothill.com.

    Q: What division do I register for? What if my 2nd grader wants to “play-up” on a third/fourth grade team?
    A: All players should register by grade (pick the appropriate selection based on gender and grade) during online registration. For players who are considering trying out for All-Net, also check the box marked as such on the registration screen. Players are not eligible to begin with us until third grade. Second graders are not eligible to participate in NJB Foothill and we encourage them to play at the Y or in SYBL. The intention is not to have a third or fourth grader on the wait list in lieu of allowing a second grader to play.

    Q: What about a D2 or D3 player who wants to play up? Is that allowed?
    A: If a D2 or D3 player wants to play up they must attend evaluations for both divisions. If they are ranked in the top 50% of the upper division then they can play up. If they are not in the top 50% then they must play in the division that corresponds to their grade level. The reason for this rule is that we don’t want players to play-up if they are going to be sitting on the bench for the fifth quarter. If they can compete with the older kids then it makes sense for them to move up, space permitting.

    Q: What is All-Net?
    A: All-Net is a highly competitive team that usually travels farther distances to play some of their games. Players must try-out and be selected in order to play on it. Try-outs are open to anyone and are held at the end of September or beginning of October. During registration those players interested in All-Net should sign up for try outs as well as specify the appropriate division level should they not make the All-Net team. The intention of trying out for All-Net is not binding. At anytime the player can change their mind and show up for Division Evaluations instead of All-Net try-outs.

    Q: What happens at the All-Net try-outs?
    A: The first round of All-Net try-outs take place over a weekend. There will usually be independent evaluators at both the Saturday and Sunday try-outs. Players who are asked to come to the final call back session with the head coach will be posted on our website. These final call back sessions will occur the following week in the evening. It is mandatory that All-Net players attend a try-out to earn a spot on a team. If there is an exceptional circumstance in which a player cannot attend a try-out, you must contact the All-Net Coordinator (not an All-Net coach) before try-outs.

    Q: My child made an All-Net team, what do I need to submit for certification?
    A: All questions regarding All-Net certification should be directed to the All-Net Coordinator. You can also visit the Silicon Valley NJB website to access information regarding the necessary documents for certification. It usually consists of proof of residency, age and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Q: Why does my child have to attend a division evaluation? Is it a try-out?
    A: We have skills evaluation for the purpose of trying to make the teams as fair and balanced as possible. Players do not have to try-out to "make" the team. Experience has shown that unbalanced teams, either too strong or too weak, can discourage some players and parents. Although you cannot always tell which player is going to "bloom" during the season and exceed everyone's expectations, it is much more likely to get uneven teams when we place players on teams without seeing them. All Division players MUST attend one of their division evaluations to be drafted. If your child is injured, he or she still must attend the evaluation to be introduced to the coaches.

    Q: How does the player draft work, and if it is really a draft then how can it produce balanced teams?
    A: The player draft works the following way: coaches are given a rated player list 30 minutes prior to the draft. It has the normalized ratings of all players they may draft (no wait list players however). Each player's height and grade are included on the list. We will also include a notation if they played on an All-Net or All-Stars the previous year. Coaches are free to select anyone they want in any round. Only children of coaches (and assistants) are assigned rounds, based on where they were evaluated.

    Q: How are Division teams created?
    A: All players, including those not selected for All-Net, must attend one Divisional evaluation session. Each division will have multiple evaluation sessions and players can choose which session to attend. This is not a try-out. NJB rules DO NOT allow for cuts based upon ability. The program is based upon priority registration (see registration FAQs for more details on this). The evaluation is used to rate players for the draft, to create balanced teams. PLAYERS WHO MISS THE EVALS WITHOUT PRE-APPROVAL WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE PROGRAM.

    Q: How do I make a request to have my child on the same team as a friend?
    A: Players are drafted by coaches and therefore there is no opportunity to fulfill requests for friends to play on the same team. The only way two friends would end up on the same team is if the coached happened to draft both of them.

    Q: I selected “Coach” as my volunteer job when I registered my child. What do I do next in order to let the chapter know I am interested in coaching?
    A: Parents interested in coaching should email the Girls Player Agent for girls teams and the appropriate Division Coordinator for boys teams. You can find their email addresses here. You will also need to fill out a coach’s application, attend the Coaching Clinic and be fingerprint certified. When there are more coa

    Q: What about assistant coaches? Do you allow assistant coaches to be teamed up with head coaches?
    A: Often coaches are paired up prior to the draft. The first part of our process is contacting the head coach applicants to make sure we have enough for the number of teams we are planning. If we cannot find enough head coaches, we start contacting the people who volunteered to be an assistant coach to determine if they will step up to a head coaching position. Next we let all of the head coaches know who has volunteered to be an assistant coach. They can contact these volunteers to find their assistant coach that way. We typically have more assistant coach volunteers than spots.

    This can also be done at the coaches meeting held prior to the draft. At this time there is often a pairing of coaches and assistant coaches. Some of the coaches already know each other and request to be placed together. If someone is new to the chapter and does not know anyone else then we introduce them to each other and make suggestions on who should coach together. We often have coaches who show up at the draft without an assistant coach and are able to find one there. Coaches then can make a request for one assistant coach at the draft. If the other coaches agree, then both children are treated as coaches’ kids for the draft. We have draft compensation rules if a coach and assistant's children rate in the same round of the draft to make sure no team gains an advantage by a partnership. However, we will not allow two first round drafts pick players to be placed on the same team. The information for doing these two steps can be found in the “Volunteer” section of the chapter homepage.

    Q: Does your chapter offer a high school program?
    A: Foothill’s high school program is for boys who do not participate in their school basketball program (CCS rules do not allow them to play in both).

    • Unlike the division and All-Net programs, there are no geographical boundaries for the high school program.
    • We offer both a 9th/10th grade boys team (JV) and a 11th/12th boy’s grade team (Varsity). Should Foothill not have enough players to field these teams there is the possibility that we would combine with another neighboring chapter.
    • We have our high school evaluations the week after all the high schools finish their try-outs. We ask the high school coaches let players know about our program so they can tell the kids who do not make their high school teams.
    • Our high school program is competitive because we get a number of kids from high schools with really strong basketball programs where it is hard for most kids to make the team when the high schools only keep 12 to 15 players.
    • Practices are usually twice a week in the late evening. The games are on Sundays, usually in the mid to late afternoons. The first game is normally played on the second Sunday in December.

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    PRACTICES & GAMES

    Q: Can you tell me more about practices?
    A: All-Net teams usually begin practicing after team formation in mid-October. Division teams practice twice per week starting at the very end of October or the beginning of November. Practices run 1 to 1.5 hours and are typically at local middle schools (e.g. Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale, Blach and Egan in Los Altos, and some private gyms in Mountain View). Typically, one practice will be held during the week and a second practice will be held on Saturday. Starting in January, the divisions practices go down to one per week. Our chapter is always looking for more gym space. If you know of available gyms, please contact our Chapter Director by sending an email to admin@njbfoothill.com.

    Q: What level of team commitment is expected for practices and games?
    A: We understand that most kids have many commitments to juggle and it is our sincere hope that NJB ranks high when families decide which activity to attend. This is especially important as we always have a wait list and we would rather have kids who are in attendance than kids frequently missing due to other conflicts. Families should be thoughtful of this prior to registration. Absent players impact the team chemistry & skill progression of the team. We want to be respectful of the time of our volunteer coaches and when kids are frequently absent this negatively impacts everyone involved.

    In our division program, the player advantage rule awards points before the start of the game to the team with more players, thus penalizing the team without a full 10 players. When your child does not participate in the game, their absence penalizes the entire team. Please be thoughtful of this when making family plans or scheduling vacations. For details of this rule, please refer to the current year rule book.

    All Net players are expected to have an even higher level of commitment. Questions about the commitment to All-Net should be directed to the All-Net Coordinator. All other questions about level of commitment should be directed to your coach or player agent.

    Q: Why must there be a female adult chaperone present at each girls practice? Does attending practices count as part of my volunteer hours?
    A: It is a requirement imposed by the National Office of NJB out of Southern California. The purpose of the female adult chaperone being present at the practices is so that there is never an adult male alone with a girl or girls. This rule originated from a policy to protect children, as did the rule that all coaches, assistant coaches, referees, and board members need to be finger printed and the results reviewed before allowing them to be with the players. Also, having a female adult present at practices is helpful in case one of the younger girls needs to use the restroom that is outside the gym (like at Egan and Blach). In this case the girl can be escorted by the female adult. The time spent chaperoning does not count as part of your four volunteer hours. You still must signup for a team or chapter job, as selected during online registration.

    Q: When do the games start?
    A: Games typically start the first Sunday in December. Regular season games are on Sundays usually at Bay Area schools. NJB has eight to ten Sundays of games for the Division teams' regular season. Accounting for holiday breaks, the regular season typically ends in mid-February. All-Net teams have a couple more games in the regular season, so they play until late-February. Post season play for both All-Net and division teams can extend this end date further.

    Q: Who do we play games against?
    A: Division teams play about half their games in Foothill Gyms against division teams from our Chapter or another neighboring Silicon Valley Section chapter. The other games are played at neighboring chapter gyms. All-Net teams play against All-Net teams of other Silicon Valley Section chapters and some East Bay Section teams.

    Q: How long is the season?
    A: Division teams practices start in late October/early November and games start in December. Regular season games are scheduled into February. Post-season games can last from February into March depending on how the team does. All-Net teams can start a bit earlier and last a while longer. An events calendar for the season can viewed from the home page.

    Q: How much of the game will my child get to play in, especially if they have never played before? How long is each game?
    A: NJB Division games consist of five (5) quarters each of eight (8) minute length. Each child is guaranteed two (2) full quarters of playing time out of the first four. The 5th quarter is free substitution, so there is no guarantee of 5th quarter playing time. NJB All-Net plays High School rules. There is no guaranteed playing time, although Foothill does recommend each player play at least one quarter. However this is completely at the coach’s discretion.

    Q: What size basketball is used for each division?
    A:

    • D3 boys and D3 girls play with a 27.5 inch ball called a junior basketball
    • D2 and D1 girls and also D2 boys play with a 28.5 inch ball women's basketball called an intermediate basketball
    • D1 boys play with a 29.5 inch ball
    • The official basketball for California high school competition is the Spalding TF-1000 29.5 inch basketball for boys and the Spalding TF-1000 28.5 inch basketball for girls

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    VOLUNTEERING

    Q: Does NJB need my help?
    A: Yes! NJB Foothill is a non-profit (501c3) volunteer-run organization. The success of the season rests on the involvement of volunteers. It takes a lot of work to run the league. Please consider helping us, and if you can't, please be patient with and appreciative of those that do. We always are in need of working committee members and coaches. You don't have to have children in the league to participate. You also don't have to be a working committee member or a coach to help out. There are always short-term tasks that can use volunteers.

    Q: What types of volunteer jobs are available?
    A: Board positions, coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, gym monitors, registration helpers, uniform/merchandise distribution helpers and Picture Day helpers. If you are a new parent to the league it is recommended that you do not signup as a registration helper since that job takes place early on before parents know if they have made it into the chapter or whether they are on the wait list.

    Q: How can I be exempt from Volunteering?
    A: Each player is required to have a parent take on a volunteer job for either the team or the chapter. A sign-up is done during online registration for this. A parent is exempt from volunteering when they donate $100 for each player in their family. If a family has two children in NJB then they need to do two jobs (approximately 4 hours per job) or donate $200 to NJB. There is an NJB rule that there must be a female adult present at each practice. Even if a family is exempt from volunteering, they still are required to attend practice(s) to fulfill this rule if needed.

    Q: I am volunteering to help with NJB. Do I need to have fingerprinting done?
    A: The following jobs require fingerprinting: board member, coach, assistant coach, and referee. This will be done at the cost of NJB Foothill and by the NJB approved vendor. If you have been fingerprinted by another organization (soccer, girl scouts, employer) sorry, you will still have to be fingerprinted by NJB. Ideally this will be once and your records will be good for your entire NJB volunteer time. Click here to find more information on fingerprinting.

    Q. Why doesn’t the adult female chaperone for girls teams count towards fulfilling my volunteer obligation? Why can’t I opt-out of it since I paid the opt-out fee?
    A: The adult female chaperone is not signed up for via our registration process. It is a job done at the team level. It will need to be managed by the coach. Coaches will either ask for or assign parents to make sure that there is an adult female chaperone at each practice. Even if a parent has opted out of volunteering, they still need to help with this. We created this policy to address the situation where there was one girls team where almost every parent had opted out of volunteering. This over burdened the remaining parent(s) who had to cover the team parent job as well as go to every practice.

    Q: How do coaches know which parents on their team have opted out of volunteering so they don't assign them a job?
    A: Each coach will receive a player roster before the season starts that includes (among other things) a list of which parents have opted out of volunteering. Note: Paying a fee and opting out of volunteering does not release parents on girls’ teams from attending practices. This must be done in such a way so that there always an adult female chaperone at all practices, and this includes parents who have opted out of volunteering.

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